Visitors to Morocco will notice that in Marrakech, medina shops are almost entirely aimed at tourists. In the Fez medina, however, most shops are for the benefit of local residents. The View from Fez visits one such shop
On a dog-leg down Derb el Horra between Talaa Kebira and Talaa Seghira, you can't miss the plastic flower shop. Firstly, the street corner is usually adorned with all sorts of trees, bouquets and baskets. On the day of our visit, it was wet and windy so these wares were not displayed, except for a fetching cascade of wisteria attached to the doors.
Secondly, the shop is well-known for its music that blares out down the street. Bob Marley is a favourite, though it is just as likely to be Andalusian or Gnawa music. The owner has been known to make tapes for people who like the music.
Venture inside, and you can choose from just about any type of plastic plant that takes your fancy. Also available are flower collages, framed in gold, and various vases and potplants. Now and again, there are some real plants like cactuses. At the back of the shop, there's a tatty but comfortable-looking brown armchair where you can sometimes spot a local policeman having a teabreak during his shift, specially at night.