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Stonetown, Zanzibar Review

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Stonetown (in Zanzibar, Tanzania)
We took a 2-hour tour of Stonetown before leaving the island of Zanzibar. We stayed at the Palms, which was a 1-hour drive each way to Stonetown, so rather than give up half a day of relaxation for the tour, we decided to leave for the airport a bit early and see it en route. (This was a wise choice, for while it was a nice tour, it was quite hot and not worth giving up our luxurious post at the Palms.) We saw the main sites: synagogue (closed after noon on Fridays for services), House of Wonders, Old Slave Market, Anglican Church, Roman Catholic Church, markets (meat, fish, spice, vegetable), ampitheatre. We used a Unicef guide, who charged $20 per person, probably a bit steep, but he did manage to steer us to all the proper places in a short amount of time. The passageways were narrow, and we certainly would have gotten lost. Our map wasn’t very good (Stonetown was much larger than we envisioned). I didn’t see any of the hotels that I had considered staying at for one night (we looked at Emerson & Green, Sultan’s Palace, Serena Inn), but in retrospect, it was a bit noisy and crowded and wouldn’t have suited us.

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