Thursday Doors, 8/3/18. Doors of the Mizingani…

Stonetown, Zanzibar June 2017.

After deciding to move to Stonetown for our last night on the island, I quickly found a hotel online that looked as if it had an ideal position, had vacancies and wasn’t a ridiculous price.

We chose the Mizingani Seafront Hotel. When we arrived, the seafront was hidden behind large hoardings as there was some sort of construction /renovation going on along the beach wall. A small, stompy moment on arrival, not really seafront when you can’t see it, hey-ho…

No matter, we were going to be walking most of the time and it was only for one night. The hotel is located next to the ferry port and it is ideally situated for those who want to explore the town.

The hotel is a unique historical building converted from a former Palace constructed in 1865 for newly married Royal couples for their honeymoon.

It was a really good choice and the atmosphere within put you in the right mood for exploring Stonetown.

Full of creaky staircases, interesting antiques, staff who glided in and out of the shadows, named suites after Tippu Tip and Vasco de Gama, fourposter beds, colored inset glass windows, views over the crumbling old town, it was a perfect place to spend the night and had exactly the atmosphere I had imagined for this unique town.

Oh, and it also had some wonderful doors too. I was perfectly happy!

Photos were taken using iPhone6.

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Thursday Doors, 22/2/18, back to Stonetown, Zanzibar…

June, 2017, Tanzania.

I was lucky to spend 24 hours in Stonetown, Zanzibar, a place with a huge history of doors and for a door lover, a place that surpassed all my expectations. I regret my stay was so short, I would love to return. We only covered part of the town and there are many more doors that evaded me.

I’m only now editing the shots and the results are worthy of a second door post from this historic city, probably a third too.

The streets are small and narrow, with towering buildings, many in a state of disrepair. The buildings shade the rays of the sun and there is relief from the heat at ground level, but it’s humid and enclosed and very easy to get lost as you twist around the town losing your sense of direction, but so fascinating…

I normally use a DSLR camera, but in Stonetown I used my iPhone6 camera as it was the only way to catch the scenes in these narrow spaces.

For the history of Stonetown, the spice and slave trading, the door culture and shots of previous doors posted, please visit my previous post.

Please enjoy Stonetown as much as I did…

 

Thank you for visiting Stonetown with me…

Linking with Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. Hit the blue frog link at the bottom of his post and visit some more doors today…