S: Book #1 of Summer Vacation 2011
FC: Holland & Morocco 2011 | Frankfurt
3: Frankfurt - sleek & efficient with banks everywhere!
4: Frankfurt Airport
5: Frankfurt Stock Exchange
7: The Frankfurt train station. Scrap metal being transported by barge
8: Local resident, Margret Purzer took us to see the old city, then out for apfelwein & dinner, & then generously took us to her flat for wine
9: Amsterdam | Holland
10: Absorbing the atmosphere while having coffee by the canal
11: The tiniest stairway at our B &B in Amsterdam
12: The train station in Amsterdam is boat-shaped with a bicycle parkade beside it.
13: Dam Square is the center of Amsterdam & right beside the Red Light District | Bulldog Cafes sell all kinds of marijuana | Look how they move someone from the 4th floor
14: Moeders Restaurant has pictures of mothers all over the walls & offers real homemade Dutch food. Brown cafes are original cafes
15: Enschede - is a midsized town on the German border where we were welcomed by our old friend Betty Ehlert. Our hotel.
16: Welcome to Den Helder a small town on the northwest corner of Holland - built on land reclaimed from the sea. Jakob cooked 4 courses of fish!
17: Their home on the left. They are both beautiful musicians; & he is an talented singer. Good Dutch breakfast was bread,cheese & meat!
18: Day trip on Jakob's boat | George with his cousin Lea
19: What a wind!! We felt like we were being sandblasted alive
20: No wonder there are windmills in Holland!
22: Fez, Morocco -a huge step back in time! The main gate to the walled old city
23: Riad Fez Baraka a very foreign "hotel" located at the edge of the old city
24: Breakfast on the roof top - in the open, & under a canopy. Brass sinks in our bathrooms
25: The only restaurant that felt clean enough to eat at in the old town .... but we were shocked at the washroom .... ........ Never go anywhere without kleenex in your pocket
26: This traditional woodwork museum is a World Heritage Site containing ancient detailed woodwork. Women grind seeds & nuts to make various oils
27: A little boy enters his one room school for 1/2 day of education
28: The unbelievable tannery where pidgeon droppings & other similiar ingredients are used! We were given mint leaves to hold to our noses to counteract the smell. Young men jump into the vats to ensure hide is emersed. Glimpse the wooden barrel under the platform - it is the washing machine. Leather goods to buy afterwards
29: The tailor and a man in the background manually weaving thread with a little gadget in his hand.
31: Bou Inania Medersa - one of the few religious buildings open to non-Muslims. Built in 1350 as residence, mosque & school.
32: The Waterclock built in 1357. 12 windows represented the 12 hours on a clock. A cart ran behind the windows, controlled by a rope attached to a weight, which floated on a | reservoir of water. The water was drained at a steady pace over the 12 hours. Somehow a brass ball would fall each hour out of the window into a brass bowl supported by the little platforms seen in the picture. Balls & bowls removed recently for restoration
33: A nearby coffeeshop was filled with only men. Whereas this open space was filled with all women & children.
34: A spark plug is used for weight measure! | Want to buy some brains or goats heads for supper? | Chickens nestle on the back shelves waiting for the merchant to slaughter, clean, & sell them.
35: Can you believe it? Bottles of propane for cooking are transported to the businesses by donkey. A man makes change after weighting my dates on his antique scale. A farmer takes his chickens to market
36: The shoemaker makes his shoes & sells them - all on the edge of the narrow walking street. An old fashioned blacksmith works over an open fire in a very small room on a hot day.
39: A visit to the new town of Fez before leaving town. Goodbye Samir
40: Questionable ride through a sketchy area of Marrakech to Riad Karmela - beautiful on the inside, & with 2 pet turtles | Traveled by train 7 hrs without airconditioning in 30C weather.....for$24 to MARRAKECH
42: June was very hot on the roof top terrace of Riad Karmela. Beautiful breakfast served here every morning
43: Plumber advertizing his business
44: The largest outdoor market in Africa is in Marrakech - exciting to view. After dark the area was packed with people
46: Morocco vs.Algeria soccer game in Marrakech Saturday evening created incredible excitement -unsafe frenzy | Wild taxi ride (cream car in right photo) to the new town for dinner on our last night in Morocco
48: Goodbye Marrakech