Saturday, July 20, 2019

Last Dubai

Our last morning in Dubai we tried to sleep in and rest. We had breakfast in our hotel and then headed out to see the old town area with the souks. We stayed in a hotel closer to the airport since we had a super early morning departure the next day. We really missed our Double Tree Business Bay hotel and breakfast though! 
We found you could take a short boat ferry ride across to the souks so even though it was 110 degrees out (not exaggerating) we braved the heat to see some sites.

The little boat ride was fun and only lasted about 10 minutes and cost about a dollar per person.
Once across the bay we went into the spice markets. The merchants are greeting you in the streets and practically force you into the stores. Considering the stores are air conditioned we didn't mind too much.
They are really pushy sales people and it is not my personal favorite when I feel like I am being forced or coerced into buying so we ended up with only a small amount of a mixed spice blend.
We wandered up and down the aisles of the souks.
Until we finally made it to the gold markets. There are jewelry shops lined up as far as you can see with flashy gold jewelry in the windows.
We went into a few stores to look, and cool off. We found a store named after the girls, Safari Gems.

Lily was fond of the diamond crusted kitty pendant.

After an hour or so we headed out of the heat to an indoor mall area that had restaurants. We had some lunch and wandered about the mall for a while. There are so many shops in Dubai it is astounding. They even had an Ikea and Carrefour. The girls enjoyed the shopping and we got a few things from Boots and Daiso before heading back to the hotel.
The girls needed to check out the hotel pool to cool off. We also packed up our loot from all our 7-11 raids in Dubai. We had to bring back some foreign treats for friends. 
Up at 5am to head to the airport. Once last glance at Dubai before heading home.

We don't want to go home. Let's head south and go back to Africa again!

Leaving Zanzibar

Our last morning in Zanzibar and with this lovely breakfast. Look how many house made jams they had to offer! I need more time here people.
Our last swing in the lobby. 

The girls got hair wraps and are wearing them with their matching safari rompers.

Don't make us go! We're not ready!
It was a beautiful short flight across the water back to Dar es Salaam.

Then a connecting flight back to Dubai. A LONG day of travel.
Back in Dubai we said goodbye to Granny and Grampy in the airport. They were headed back to London in the morning. We had one more night in Dubai before our early flight the next night to LA.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Zanzibar Day 3

We spent our last full day back on the beach and by the pool. It was cloudier this day but still warm and relaxing. 
The activities shop had lots of beach gear to rent and since we arrived the girls had been wanting to kayak.
They are expert kayakers since our Hawaii trip.
The ocean colors were an ombre delight of greens to blues and every shade in between. 
Not sure who did the most work rowing.
While the crew rowed I walked along the beach and saw some good urchin.

Granny and Grampy joined them in the water for a while too. Until some snorkelers told us they saw jellyfish!!
The local fishermen were casting their nets to catch fish. It looks like a lot of work.
A hard day at the beach requires fruity beverages.
Or an icy cold ginger beer and coca cola lite.

We had to hit the pool again as well.
The whole pool to themselves practically all the time. I guess honeymooner types don't swim.
It was a magical trip and the beautiful beach ending was just what we needed. After our water fun we cleaned up quickly to head to the spice garden tour at the resort. Zanzibar is known for it's spices and they grow them at the resort gardens and offer daily tours.

The spices are both beautiful and useful. You can even use them to paint your face. After our tour they offered us cool refreshing tea and cakes.

The guides even made the girls jewelry out of palm leaves.
We still needed to clean up before dinner so this time we used the outdoor bathtub! What a luxury!
At dinner we requested to sit at the giant wooden crocodile table. We felt so lucky and special it was the coolest table in the restaurant.