Daily Wanderlust: the Fez tannery

Written by on March 27, 2012 in 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.


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Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long-term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX Europe and Asia and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numerous documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. She is a regular contributor to Top 10 Vegas, and her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel 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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