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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Eastern Zanzibar, Tanzania: July 11 and 12, 2021

The Rock Restaurant

Aboard the minibus we were driven east to the other side of the island for lunch at The Rock. Everything about this restaurant is memorable. It sits in the Indian Ocean off the eastern shore of Zanzibar. If you arrive during low tide, you can walk in. If you arrive during high tide a boat will deliver you to the steps. The food is imaginative and delicious. It is unique!

From The Rock we drove a little south but still on the eastern coast to the village of Paje where our last hotel, Kisiwa on the Beach Resort, would be our home for the last two days. Everything about the hotel was pleasing and beautiful from pervasive fragrance of lemongrass to the floral arrangements to the property itself. The beach sand was so white and fine it was like sifted flour. 

Another beautiful room
Kisiwa's Pool with the Beach beyond
A Maasai Vendor trolling the Beach
Instead of relaxing, Dan and I walked into the village of Paje once on the road and once down the beach. There were lots of places with signs in several languages that were selling stuff. There really wasn't much to see but we enjoyed exploring.

Along the beach people were taking kite foil lessons.

And a small herd of cattle looking for a way home somehow wandered onto the beach and seemed surprised by all the attention.

We did get our Covid-19 results in time, and the tour company made copies for us. At the Zanzibar airport our test results had to be hand stamped by a doctor hanging out in the airport for that purpose. Qatar Airlines looked at the results and handed them back. No other authority anywhere, not even in the USA, asked to see our results. Our fellow travelers who flew through Paris said they had to show their test results three times in the airport before flying their next segment.

All our flights to Tanzania and back home were on time which was quite remarkable given that flights were being canceled everywhere at that time.

It was a remarkable vacation in every way. We are so glad we jumped for the chance to take it. Our entire group was wonderful. Thanks to Ali and Nahid Khataw. Ali was generous with sharing his photographic expertise and Nahid was wonderful to converse with. She made sure everyone was happy and comfortable. Our fellow travelers Ali and Nahid, Farhan and Salva, Omar and Shadia, Dee and Winn, and Sharon and Dayna made traveling with a group easy.

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  1. Ceil, I enjoy seeing the world through your eyes. Places I know I will never travel to come to life through your beautiful photos and blog and make me feel as if I’m a part of the trip. Thank you for taking the time to share.


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