The hills around the Fes medina offer an overall perspective that we really wanted to take in on our previous visit. We weren't going to miss it this time, and just before sunset we set out for the Merinid tombs. Perched on a hill opposite the medina, while one can't enter the tombs the surrounding gardens offer a wonderful place to take in the medina in the twilight.
Below is a meatball panorama pieced together from several photos. It shows the medina in full, all 9000 streets, 800 mosques and 250,000 people strong. Click on the photo to get a more detailed image (about 100K in size). While we were sitting there admiring the medina, three young girls coyly sat next to us and half-pretended not to be interested in us. Their giggling gave them away and we attempted to chat with them. While we're sure one understood some French, they were shy and only talked back in Arabic. We showed them our digital camera and how it worked by taking their picture. One (on the right) responded by running into the gardens and coming back with a rose, which she presented to Kathy. We gave them our card with this web site address, and hope that our three new friends have access to the internet so they can view their picture again.