Monday, September 16, 2013

The Mambo Msiige, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a small tropical island about 20 miles off the coast of east Africa. As a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, Zanzibar has its own government. The capital of Zanzibar is Zanzibar City. Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.

The Mambo Msiige is a building located in Stone Town. It was built around 1850 by a wealthy Arab resident and the name means 'do not imitate'. Plans for Mambo Msiige to be turned into a multimillion dollar five star hotel almost led it to be dropped from the WHS list.
 Thx Steve!

This postcard travelled over 4 months to reach its destination (my home). Well, Zanzibar is far away, but….. there is another reason. Our local mailman decided not to deliver all of the mail, but save some in his garage. He was caught recently and about 10 days ago I found appr. 60 postcards in my mailbox. My missing postcards since 2011!


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