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After a short, three and a half hour flight from London Stansted, we arrived in Fez.  We had pre-arranged a grand taxi to meet us at the airport to take us to the Riad.  Our taxi driver provided more than his transportation service; we also received a mini-tour of the city and an introduction to Arabic.

 After a turn down a dark alley, we had arrived. Upon entry, the darkness of the alley revealed itself to be naive and shallow descriptions of a far more complex place. We entered Dar Al Andalous, and were greeted with some mint tea.  Fatima Zara offered us some advice for our stay, and also showed us to our room. The entryway, common areas and our room were ornately decorated in blue mosaic tiles, blue being the city colour of Fes. The staff were attentive and we felt at home.

We enjoyed the atmosphere, so we opted to have dinner in the riad as well.  The food was nice, complete with traditional soup and bread, pastilla, chicken tangine, dessert, and of course, mint tea.  It was a perfect end to our first day.