Last November, after visiting my sister in Sevilla, I met my boyfriend, Cris, in Morocco for ten days. It was one of the most, adventurous, scary, and eye-opening experiences of my life. We rented a car in Casablanca, and drove from there to Fes, to Cascades D'ouzoud, to Essaouria, and finished the trip in Marakech. We really wanted to take in the country and see all the different types of cities.
I will never forget the morning we drove into the city of Fes, attempting to find our Riad (a traditional Moroccan house with a courtyard interior, where we had booked our room). We arrived at the coordinates we had plugged into our GPS, which was a dirt parking lot with no sign of any "Riad". Naturally, I was freaking out since there were multiple men coming up to our car, speaking to us in Arabic and French, not liking the fact that we were trying to park there. Also keep in mind that I was pretty much the only blonde hair and blue-eyed human in the country, so that probably did not help our cause. Since Cris can pretty much pick up any language wherever we go, he began to explain to them that we were going to go find our Riad and would be back. We lugged our bags out of the car, and dragged them up a narrow alley way. Amidst all of this, there were a ton of little kids haggling us for money in return for showing us to our Riad.
Thankfully at the end of that dark alley, there was a little door with words Riad Adarissa on a sign just above. The second we entered, my stress and anxiety dissipated. The Riad was absolutely gorgeous, and the owner greeted us with open arms and served us our first cup of Moroccan mint tea, while he walked us through the map of Fes and what there was to do there. I had never felt more welcomed. The Riad only had six rooms so there was a lot of individual attention. We were also served the most amazing breakfast every single morning. Fresh orange juice, french-pressed coffee, omelets, Beghrir (traditional Moroccan pancakes with a light texture that are DELICIOUS), fresh fruit, and an assortment of homemade breads and jams, all included in our room rate. I would highly recommend Riad Adarissa to anyone traveling to Fes, and would definitely go back myself!
More on the Morocco trip to come!