Daily Wanderlust: the Fez tannery

Written by on March 27, 2012 in Daily Wanderlust, Destinations - 4 Comments

During my time in Morocco, I hired a guide. Even though I swore I wouldn’t. I just got so worn down, tired of pretending to not hear the calls, tired of being on guard.

When in Fez, and I met Sayid, I succumbed and let him take me around the old medina of Fez, which dates back to 793 AD or something crazy like that.

He took me to all over town, including to the coolest overlook in the city, a bath, and even to the leather tannery.The tannery dates back nearly 1,000 years and still processes hides of animals using traditional techniques.

Here, vats are filled with pigeon poop and veggie dyes to prepare the skin for leather production. On a hot summer day, you can smell it across the medina.


About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

4 Comments on "Daily Wanderlust: the Fez tannery"

  1. Francy R March 28, 2012 at 9:29 am · Reply

    Does a similar spot actually exist! Unbelievable!

    • Diana March 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm · Reply

      It is neat!

  2. Kristen April 1, 2012 at 11:42 am · Reply

    I took a tour in Morocco as well. I won a trip with Intrepid Travel, and had an absolute blast. It was a great break after 9 months of backpacking on my own to have everything planned out and taken are of for you.

    • Diana April 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm · Reply

      I feel the same way! I took a tour in Turkey, and although the tour was terrible, it was SO nice to be told what to do, where to go and how to get there, after backpacking for months!

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