A Visit to the Souks

Welcome to the 444th Tablescape Thursday!

The place we are staying here in the Sahara before we head out to our tented camp in the desert, has the absolute worst internet I’ve encountered the entire trip. So instead of trying to create a large post sharing one of the many dinners we’ve had on our trip, I thought I’d take you on a brief trip through the Fez Market, also known as the “Soucks” for this week’s Tablescape Thursday.

The Fez Market is located in the Medina, the oldest part of Fez, Fes el-Bali, dating back to the 9th Century. Walking through the soucks is definitely overload for all the senses. The smells, the sounds, the colors come at you all at once. Much of what you see is wonderful, like this proprietor selling olives of every kind.


You’ll find all the eggs you would ever want for sale.


Spices, too!

Morocco is one of the biggest exporter of dates, so of course we found those for sale on our visit to the market.

There’s a butcher…


And if your tastes run to the more exotic or “gourmet” you can buy a scoop or two of live snails for your dinner. We passed on the snails even though the amused proprietor offered us a whole scoop as a “gift!” Ha! πŸ™‚


I’ll be back home for our next Tablescape Thursday, although I’m sure I’ll be suffering a major case of jet lag by then. I’m off now for a little breakfast before we take 4-wheel drive vehicles out further into the desert. Looking forward to sharing some fun pictures with you when I return!

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  1. OMG…I’m “way behind” here…YOU’RE THERE!!! Remember…camels spit… xxx franki

  2. I don’t have a bucket list but Morrocco is one place I’ve always wanted to visit. Theses pictures are beautiful and make me want to visit even more. Have a great visit and thanks for hosting.

  3. Wow! What a market!!! Glad you are enjoying your vacation Susan! Thank you for hosting today!

  4. What fun! Your pix of the market are beautiful. Can’t wait to see pix of you on riding a camel! Thanks for hosting in spite of your bad internet connections.

  5. Incredible pics of the market there in Morocco. I feel the same about the snails but I think I would have taken his offer and let the poor little guys go. It looks like they were still alive. πŸ™
    Looking forward to more posts.

  6. Maggie Amis says

    Wow – how exotic – and colorful! Do they do cheeses?? It makes you just want to buy a bunch of stuff and run home and prepare it, well, except for perhaps the snails…. I think I can leave them there at the market…. Have Fun – Be Safe.

  7. Looks like you are having a great time! I need to check your Instagram page again!

  8. Really beautiful photos, very happy for you having a fabulous vacation.

  9. The souks in Fez are amazing, the doors in Chefchaouen, Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech and a camel ride at sunrise in the Sahara are highlights of our trip to Morocco.

  10. Antoinette says

    Susan, great photos of the market! The place looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. Happy Travels!

  11. An incredible market. Thanks for hosting.

  12. Hi, Susan! Thanks for sharing your adventure. Looks like you’re having good weather and many new experiences. Your photos are wonderful……I feel like I’m right there. Happy Travels!!

  13. I didn’t realize you were already there! Your market pictures are so colorful and interesting. Looking forward to more photos! Thanks, and have a great time.

  14. Typical market in Arab countries ad you captured it with your camera very eloquently.
    Thank you for hosting.
    Enjoy your weekend ahead.


  15. I would pass on the snails as well, live or dead. Not into eating them at all!

  16. Gail Bell says

    OMG-Sensory overload!!! LOVE it.

    Following on Instagram…Have fun! Stay safe!

  17. Your pictures are wonderful. What an amazing world we live in. You are so far away, yet are able to take us along on your journey! Can’t wait to see more.
    Have fun!!!

  18. What a feast, from this side of the camera!!
    I can only imagine how amazing it all is in person.
    How blessed you are with this trip.

    Oh, and I’d pass on the snails, too. lol πŸ˜€

  19. Nice pictures Susan! Just a little remark: The word “souks” is written without a “c” before the “k”. Michelle

  20. My daughter and I rode our bicycles from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal. We spent a day off in Fez. One of the wildest experiences for us was when we went to the public bath. We will never forget that event!!! It definitely took us out of our comfort zone. If you go across the Atlas mountains, think of us doing that on a bicycle and then sleeping in a ten every night. What an experience!

    • Yikes…can’t imagine! lol I definitely would not like that. I can’t imagine biking over the Atlas Mountains! I would not have been able to move after one day! It is gorgeous, though!

  21. What a gloriously colorful market you captured in that lead photo! Nothing short of what I’d expect from Morocco – fantastic! Enjoy, and stay safe.

  22. Great pictures of the market! There’s no accounting for internet connections when you’re that far from home. Just take lots of pictures to show us when you get back home. Stay safe and enjoy everything!

  23. The market looks fabulous, I hope you bought dates. I bought dates in Jerusalem and they were fabulous! Can’t wait to see more of your pics…enjoy!

  24. Wow, so fascinating. Those olives and dates look delicious, but I’d have to pass on the snails. Yuck! lol

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