"Getting lost is the best way to discover and understand this utterly chaotic, beautiful and beguiling city." — Lucy Laucht
With over 30 passport stamps on the book, Lucy Laucht's curiosity for unseen lands is constantly being fueled. Lucy is a writer and photographer by day and globetrotter by...well, whenever she can step away from her desk in New York City. She celebrates the intangible and pursues a richer life through the discovery of hidden gems, beautiful places and new faces. Drawn in by the complex patterns and carved arches of Morocco's cultural capital, Lucy shares her don't-miss-highlights with us.
Before we talk of exotic souks, glittering riads and camels, let's acknowledge the one experience that all travelers who visit Fes must discover. You are bound, unequivocally, to get lost. Like hopelessly lost, because Fes-el-Bali, or old Fès, has over 9,000 winding, narrow and rabbit warren-esque streets. You will spend hours walking past what appears to be the same fountain, staring hopelessly at Lonely Planet maps before reverting to tactics like trying to decipher which direction is south based on where the sun is in the sky (PSA: Google Maps is useless here). On the bright side: when you've truly had enough, from nowhere an entrepreneurial kid will magically appear and guide you to your riad in exchange for a few dirhams. But getting lost is the best way to discover and understand this utterly chaotic, beautiful and beguiling city. It's overwhelming in the best possible way: the madness of the souks, the cry of the muezzin and the composition of soaring stone arches, carved cedar and intricate tiles.