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January 16, 2016

Zanzibar ii

We spent our second night in Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City. It's a World Heritage site because of its history and architecture, which has Arab influences. The streets are narrow and it's easy to get lost (as we did) - kind of like Venice, but with no canals. It was amazing to walk around here, it's very atmospheric when the streets are almost deserted and the call to prayer is being played on speakers.

I think the hotel we stayed at was in a more residential part of Stone Town.

A nice coffee place we stumbled upon - Zanzibar Coffee House.

We walked until we got to the Darajani Markets, which was a huge, crowded market with food like fruit and meat and then a lot of clothing stalls.

We then ended up wandering to the harbour waterfront, where we climbed a random set of stairs for the view.

Found these gates - no idea what this building is/was!

Good view of the House of Wonders, a former palace.

There were heaps of kids playing in the water, and jumping into the harbour.

The next day we went on a spice tour, as Zanzibar produces a lot of spices.

Mtoni Palace ruins, the residence of one of the previous Sultans of Zanzibar.

Old Persian baths.

All in all, I loved it! It was so worth visiting.

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