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The same day we visited the macaques (see previous post), we stopped at the souk hebdomadaire in Azrou. This is a traditional weekly market where vendors put up tents or canopies and sell all kinds of goods. A lively functioning market has to deal in goods people really want and in Azrou that ranges from livestock to plastic containers, with lots of clothing, fruits and vegetables, even a flea market section. The only rugs we saw were mass produced, possibly in China. There were no Berber crafts at all, guidebooks notwithstanding. It was animated and crowded, with a very large livestock area (foreground below).

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People wound around tent ropes and among vendors.

The day was overcast and quite cool. Smoke from the food tent drew us in for a snack of freshly grilled meat on bread.

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These colorful items turned out to be donkey saddles.

We were happy to have visited in the morning. The sky was full of low clouds, but we could see the fruit trees just coming into bloom.

4.19.16-051It was a lovely drive and we stopped at an enchanting waterfall, where we also saw a new bird, a great spotted woodpecker.

It began to rain on the way back to Fez and rained most of the night. We were happy to have had our visit before it started.