By Suzanna Clarke
The Medina -- the previous urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on the earth. inside of this vivid Moroccan neighborhood, web cafes and cellphones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer platforms, and Arab-style homes, lovely with tricky, if frequently shabby, mosaic paintings.
While traveling in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique attractiveness, utilizing simply conventional craftsmen and hand-crafted fabrics. So starts a outstanding event that's bewildering, now and then hilarious, and finally immensely profitable.
A residence in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it is additionally a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. whilst the riad is ultimately lower back to its former glory, Suzanna reveals she has not only restored an outdated apartment, but in addition her soul.
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A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco by Suzanna Clarke