Our driver to the north of the island was very kind & talkative.
He gave us his friends contact info to venture out and see any sights.
Cabs and tour groups are outrageous!
We used him to visit Prison Island & Stone Town.
We met up with his friend that took us by boat to the island.
The boat driver/owner was in a interesting outfit to say the least.
Wife beater & boxer brief undies.
It was a quick ride over.
The island is known for the gigantic turtles.
The bright blue numbers on the shells is the age of the turtles. We saw from babies up to 155 yrs of age.
As they have a very large space to roam in I still felt a bit bad they were caged up.
Also we learned they quarantined the sick on the island to not spread disease.
After exploring & learning it was off to Stone Town.
It has very old buildings- mostly white tattered looking ones.
With old authentic rustic wood doors….full of carved details and metal ornamentation. along with the old wood shutters on windows had me wanting more on each turn.
The streets were small and windy with shops to attract the travelers from all over the world.
The town is much smaller than I imagined.
We stopped in a quaint restaurant for a treat. Cappuccino was so delicious & I enjoyed every sip.
We also ordered lots of different desserts and everyone was excited we found this darling little place to take a break from our exploring.
Off to the real local market we go!
The smell of fish was hard to digest but I thought at that moment of my photographer friends and they would have had a hay day.
I captured what I could as the group could not take the smell with the combined heat and small walkways.
We hit up the spice area and picked up some fantastic sticks of vanilla, fresh cinnamon sticks & real nutmeg nuts.
It was another delightful afternoon!