We thoroughly enjoyed the Fes excursion. Although the ride from Casablanca took 4 hours, we had an excellent, cautious driver who unfortunately did not speak English. But we managed to communicate with him successfully in our limited French. In Fes we were met by our guide Bedia, who spoke beautiful English and provided a running description of where we went and what we saw. Since Fes is known for its handicrafts, we visited a mosaic and pottery school and factory, a leather tannery, a weaver, and rug cooperative, and learned about the creation of these works of art. Our visit to Fes was on Friday prayer day when some of the shops were closed, but the alleys of the medina were crowded with people leaving the mosques. Since we were new to an Islamic environment, Bedia explained cultural and religious practices. We took a break for a Moroccan lunch at a lovely local restaurant. Bedia made our visit to Fes educational and enjoyable. She provided details about local history not included in most guidebooks. We headed back to Casablanca late in the afternoon. It was a very long day, but well worth it.