PhotoPOSTcard: A Sahara Desert Sunset

The sunset in the Sahara desert was pretty spectacular also.

My Sahara desert experience was hosted by Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Sahara Desert Sunrise

An iconic sunrise photo in the Sahara desert has to include camels.

This wonderful experience was hosted by Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Glamping in the Moroccan Sahara

Bucket list item: glamping under a sky full of stars in the Sahara desert. Check.

Despite a crescent moon hanging low in the sky, the milky way and a million other stars were visible in the night sky as I lay on a sand dune in the Sahara desert, looking up and contemplating the vastness of the universe.

Thanks to Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp for hosting such an amazing experience.

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Rose

 

Discovering A World of Diversity in 72 Hours

I’m a planner. For me, figuring out the details of a trip is just as much fun as the actual travel. But not surprisingly, I discovered that the most meaningful experiences are often the unexpected ones.

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Finding Craftsmanship Among the Kitsch in Zanzibar

“Please. Come into my shop. Let me show you what I have. I will make you a good deal”.  This was the constant litany that accosted us as we wandered the narrow lanes and tried to do some last minute shopping in Stone Town, on the Island of Zanzibar.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Study in Contrasts

As we were touring the  Sultan’s Palace Museum in Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar, a group of local students were also visiting on a school field trip. They were all dressed in what was clearly a school uniform – the boys in grey slacks and yellow polo shirts and the girls in ankle length grey skirts and yellow head scarves. I was struck by the contrast of the girls with their simple head coverings as they were studying one of the displays in the museum, and the painting behind them of a very elaborately dressed Empress Elizabeth of Austria. The painting was given as a gift when Zanzibar’s ruler, Sultan Barghash bin Said, signed a treaty with Austria-Hungary’s Emperor Franz Josef in 1888.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Sasik Women’s Cooperative in Stone Town, Zanzibar

The narrow alley like streets in Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town are filled with stores and vendors that all seem to sell the same carved wooden masks, kaleidoscopic lion paintings and made-in-China t-shirts. There was one store that I discovered though that was different – Sasik. This is a non-for-profit women’s cooperative that makes beautiful applique cushion covers and wall hangings based on Arabic designs. The proceeds from the sales go back to the women and their families.

If you visit Stone Town, make sure to check out and support Sasik.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

 

PhotPOSTcard: A Zanzibar Sunrise

We ended our tour of East Africa with two days on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. After almost two weeks of driving through game parks and seeing so much wildlife, sitting on the beach for a day felt like I had been transported to a different world, even though it was just a short flight away. I love to watch sunrise and sunset on a beach. Since our hotel was on the island’s east coast, in this case it meant getting up early to see the Zanzibar sunrise. Definitely well worth the early morning wake up call.

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Rose