From Rabat we headed to Meknes, just east of Rabat. This was our first real opportunity to see the Moroccan countryside. And it was beautiful. Several things stand out.

First, there are donkeys everywhere. Donkeys carrying people along the side of the road. Donkeys carrying large packages along the side of the road. Donkeys carrying vegetables, and plants and anything else you can think of, along the side of the
road. We even saw wild donkeys, literally frolicking. One also sees sheep and goats and cows in the fields. This is farm land as agriculture is the number one industry (tourism is number 2) and Meknes lies in the midst of fertile land. It is in fact known for olives, wine and mint tea (so, what could be bad?).