By Suzanna Clarke
The Medina -- the previous urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on the planet. within this shiny Moroccan group, net cafes and cellphones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer structures, and Arab-style homes, lovely with difficult, if frequently shabby, mosaic paintings.
While touring 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 off a impressive experience that's bewildering, every now and then hilarious, and finally immensely lucrative.
A condominium 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. while the riad is eventually again to its former glory, Suzanna unearths she has not only restored an previous condo, but additionally her soul.
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