Macaneta Island, Mozambique with Zeb the Duck

Today is our last full day in Mozambique and we are going to an island.   I, Zeb the Duck, love water, so I really love islands.   Alfonso picks us up at our hotel and we start driving, passing along the coast of Maputo Bay.

Maputo Bay

Maputo Bay

Leaving the city, we turn from the coastline, and continue driving in rural Mozambique.

Rural Mozambique

Rural Mozambique

After 40 minutes of driving, we encounter the town of Marracuene, walk 10 minutes to the Nikomati River. We wait to get on the small Nikomati River Ferry.

Nikomati River Ferry

Nikomati River Ferry

Our ferry takes six cars and many people.   The bridge you see on the left is not completed, so driving is not an option to cross the river.   We watch these people cleaning and cutting fish by the Nikomati River.

Cleaning fish

Cleaning fish

We stood on the ferry with many other people and watched the town of Marracuene fading away.

Leaving Marracuene

Leaving Marracuene

The cars in line are waiting for their turn to cross the river.  On the other side, we are met by a truck from the resort.   Driving on these roads is exciting.

Driving to the resort

Driving to the resort

Everything is so sandy here.   Afonso said many years ago crops were grown in this area, but the ocean gets too high in the rainy season and the ground has too much salt to produce crops now.   Perhaps this is our welcoming committee?

Welcoming committee?

Welcoming committee?

Or is this immigration,checking our passports?   But I like cows, so I, Zeb the Duck, am happy to see them.    Here we are.   This was our transport and we have arrived at Tan ‘n Biki Resort.

Arrived at Tan 'n Biki Resort

Arrived at Tan ‘n Biki Resort

We will have lunch here today.   This pool certainly looks inviting.

Looks good

Looks good

But mom says no swimming today.   After ordering our lunch, we returned to our transport vehicle.

Our transportation. Can I drive?

Our transportation.  Can I drive?

Now we are visiting another resort.

Nascer Do Sol Resort

Nascer Do Sol Resort

Mom, why does this resort say horses?   We are riding horses today?   Here I am, Zeb the Duck, in the saddle of a very big horse.

I am on a tall horse

I am on a tall horse

You will notice the top of the ladder.   The ladder is for mom and the other humans to mount their horses.   OK, mom’s on the horse, too.

Here we go

Here we go

We are ready to head to the beach to ride along the Indian Ocean.   This is so exciting.   This photo was taken from the back of Bonnie, our horse.

Indian Ocean from back of Bonnie

Indian Ocean from back of Bonnie

The beach and the Indian Ocean are beautiful.   I love this.  We rode our horse on the beach for more than one hour.   I, Zeb the Duck, did not want to get off this horse.   Her name is Bonnie.   But we did get off Bonnie.   Our driver took us back to Tan ‘n Biki Resort where our lunch was ready.   Because we are eating by the Indian Ocean, mom ordered line fish.   That is whatever fish they catch on the fishing lines today.   That is really fresh and tasty.   Our fish was so good.  Of course, we did get the whole fish again.   I am getting used to fish with heads on our plate.   We don’t eat the heads, but many people do.   After our delicious lunch, we wanted to walk on the beach.   Each of the resorts we visited were beautiful.   These are steps going over the sand dunes and on to the the beach.

Stairs to beach

Stairs to beach

Let’s go mom.   I am sitting on the beach and the waves from the Indian Ocean did reach me and I got wet.

I got wet in the Indian Ocean

I got wet in the Indian Ocean

But the water did not pull me out to the ocean.   And mom’s right there to protect me.  Here I am sitting on the boat.

Zeb on the boat in front of picnic shelters

Zeb on the boat in front of picnic shelters

These picnic shelters on the beach protect humans, and small ducks, from the intense tropical sun of the summer.   Even now, during winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun is intense.   Too soon it is time for us to get in the resort truck, drive down the sandy roads and get on the ferry.

Waiting for the Nikomati River Ferry to go back to Maputo

Waiting for the Nikomati River Ferry to go back to Maputo

After the Nikomati River Ferry, we took the same route, through the country side, along the Bay of Maputo and into the city of Maputo to our hotel.   This was a wonderful day and a great end to our time in Mozambique.   If you go to Maputo, Mozambique, call Afonso to go to Macaneta Island.   Go for the day, or stay longer at either of these resorts.   You will love it.

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck Stay at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Our moms said we would come back and stay at this hotel.   And we did.   Here we are at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.   Many say this hotel is haunted.   Movies have been made here.   And we love it here.  Come on humans.   We ducks climbed the stairs and are waiting for you on the porch.

Let's go humans

Let’s go humans

It is time to register for the night.

Checking in

Checking in

We walked up one flight of stairs to our room.   This area at the top of the stairs is very light.   We loved the mirrors, the chandelier, and the beautiful window.

Looking out from our floor

Looking out from our floor

The sitting or reading area is also very pleasant.   We admired this lamp standing on an old pump.

Great lamp pole

Great lamp pole

The humans had appointments with Madame Vera.

Visiting Madame Vera

Visiting Madame Vera

We liked this psychic.   However, the humans won’t tell what she told them.    Isn’t this a calm feeling area?

View of conversation area from our room

View of conversation area from our room

This small conversation area can be seen from our room and is just outside the back door of our wing.   We think plants and fire pits are comfortable and soothing.   We think it is time for lunch.   Here is our table.

Outside dining area

Outside dining area

The weather was so nice and sunny, outside seating was our preference.   The view of this fountain was nice.

View of waterfall during lunch

View of waterfall during lunch

We love the sound of cascading water.  Stevie, Soapy Smith Duck’s dog, is with us.   Stevie knows that the container contains lunch treats for her.

Stevie is hoping for leftovers.

Stevie is hoping for leftovers.

The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining.  Although the original movie was not filmed at The Stanley, Stephen King later produced a mini series of The Shining, that was filmed here at this hotel.   This is the doll house that was used in the TV mini series.

Doll House from The Shining mini series

Doll House from The Shining mini series

Many movies have been filmed here, including the comedy, Dumb and Dumber.   As you can see, the natural setting of this hotel is film worthy and the hotel itself, rumored to be haunted, is also beautiful and photogenic.   In the lobby we liked this 1910 Stanley Steamer, Model 60.

1910 Stanley Steamer

1910 Stanley Steamer

Freelan Oscar Stanley (F.O. Stanley) and his twin brother, Francis Edgar Stanley owned Stanley Dry Plate Company which produced plates for photography and later the owned Stanley Motor Carriage Company which produced the Stanley Steamer.    This is the bar of the Stanley Hotel, which has been in films, including Dumb and Dumber.

Bar at Stanley Hotel

Bar at Stanley Hotel

On previous visits we have enjoyed lunch here at these tables.

Eating area in bar

Eating area in bar

This hotel opened in 1909 as a guest house for F.O. Stanley’s wealthy friends from the eastern part of the United States.   F.O. Stanley was diagnosed with tuberculous in 1903.   The recommended treatment at that time was relaxation and clean air.   Like many with TB, F.O. Stanley spent summers in the Colorado mountains.   The public restrooms have old elegance.

Public ladies room has old fashioned elegance

Public ladies room has old fashioned elegance

When the Stanley Hotel opened in 1909, it featured a hydraulic elevator, dual electric and gas lighting and was the first hotel in the west to have telephones in every room.  In the evening we enjoyed a performance by Aiden Sinclair of Illusions of the Passed.

Waiting for Illusionist, Aiden Sinclair

Waiting for Illusionist, Aiden Sinclair

We did not take photos during the performance.   The show was very good.   If it was magic, is appeared very real.   Ghosts of the past were called and answered by causing bells to ring.   If you visit The Stanley, we recommend this show.   However, on our next visit we will take the evening ghost tour.    Many believe the hotel is haunted and say they have seen ghosts.   Primarily ghosts of happy children on the fourth floor.   Soapy and his mom took the tour a few years ago, but will all hope to go again.   We ate a leisurely breakfast on the front porch while enjoying this view.

View from terrace while eating breakfast at Stanley Hotel

View from terrace while eating breakfast at Stanley Hotel

Later we walked around the hotel grounds and saw this bronze elk.

Colorado Traveling Ducks on bronze elk

Colorado Traveling Ducks on bronze elk

It did make us smile.   October, 2014 we were here and the lawn of The Stanley was a temporary home to a herd of elk.

Elk herd on the Stanley lawn in 2014

Elk herd on the Stanley lawn in 2014

In the fall, the elk often roam all over town and then return to the nearby Rocky National Park.   Before leaving for Denver, we took one more photo, showing Lake Estes and the fabulous Colorado Rocky Mountains.

From Stanley Hotel view of Lake Estes and Colorado's Rocky Mountains

From Stanley Hotel view of Lake Estes and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

We hope you visit here soon and also enjoy the spectacular views.

 

Swaziland’s Culture and Shopping with Zeb the Duck

We are enjoying our time in the Kingdom of Swaziland.  Now it is time for lunch.   This is the place.

Time for lunch

Time for lunch

While eating we can gaze over a pretty lawn, into a valley with pretty mountains behind.   Lunch was delicious.  But, now there are shops to visit.   But mom!   First let’s go to the House on Fire.

House On Fire shops with Samson

House On Fire shops with Samson

What??  Go into a house on fire?   This means that it is a hot place, or a very popular area.   I, Zeb the Duck, was getting worried.   Inside the complex is a stage.

Center stage

Center stage

Perhaps I, Zeb the Duck, should perform on this stage? Maybe not.   This is where future performances are announced.

Schedule of performances. I am with Samson

Schedule of performances. I am with Samson

I did not see a sign for me, so I will not perform here.   Soon we went into a nice store that specialized in basketry and woven things.   Yes, she did.   Baskets?   Suitcase packing tomorrow night will not be good.   I really like these trees, and look at the unusual plants.   They are bent like candy canes.

Unusual plants

Unusual plants

I, Zeb the Duck, am in the leaves of the plant on the left.   Very nice in here.   Another store?   Let’s enter Swazi Candles.

Swazi Candles

Swazi Candles

Oh, I like this place.   This man is making a candle.

Making a candle

Making a candle

He stopped to tell us how they are made and show us how the wax is kept warm to shape it.   This man is adding more wax to a head to make big hair.

More wax to make big hair

More wax to make big hair

Look at these candles.

Candles

Candles

We love the safari animal candles.   After working on candles with warm wax, the finished candles must be cooled in cold water.

Newly made giraffe candles cooling in cold water

Newly made giraffe candles cooling in cold water

These giraffes are cooling now.   Our friendly candle maker has just finished this elephant.

He just finished this elephant candle. We bought it.

He just finished this elephant candle. We bought it.

Wow!  I love these candles.

So many fabulous candles.

So many fabulous candles.

Of course we purchased some.   They will be so much fun to have at home.   I will be reminded of Swaziland every time I see them.   It is now time to return to Mozambique for the night.   Samson takes us through the city of Manzini.

Driving through Manzini, Swaziland

Driving through Manzini, Swaziland

We really like Swaziland.   Everything is so clean.   The people we met were all so nice.   We even met Samson’s sister today.  Almost everybody we talked to spoke English very well, so our trip to the Kingdom of Swaziland was easy and very enjoyable.   If you ever want to go to the Kingdom of Swaziland, call Samson at Dug**** travel.   We think you will love your visit.  We did.

Swaziland Cultural Morning Tour with Zeb the Duck

Mom and I got up early again this morning   Samson picked us up and we are going to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland.   A Kingdom?   The King has absolute power here.   Samson used to live in the Kingdom of Swaziland, so he is our perfect guide.   I am riding through the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Driving through the Kingdom of Swaziland

Driving through the Kingdom of Swaziland

The country is pretty and everything is very clean.   The roads are good, also.   Our first stop is the craft center.

More markets

More markets

Oh no!   Mom, the suitcase is already full.   There is no room for more.   But it is OK.   She did not buy anything big.   She hardly bought anything at all.   We had to leave to see the cultural village.   Here we are.

Nature Reserve and Cultural Center

Nature Reserve and Cultural Center

This is the Mantenga Nature Reserve and Swazi Cultural Village.   First we are entertained by dancers performing traditional Swazi dances.

Very talented Swazi dancers and singers

Very talented Swazi dancers and singers

Toward the end of the performance they sing.   We really like these dancers and singers.   The performance has ended, so we visit the cultural village.   This is the home of the medical healer.

Medical healer lives here

Medical healer lives here

Traditional medicine and herbs were used to heal most illnesses.   Here is the fire area.

Fire area

Fire area

This is not the kitchen.   The fire area is for men.   The kitchen is for women.   Mom reacted to that, of course.   So did all the other female tourists.   But she liked this one.   This is a house of a grandmother.

Grandmother by her house

Grandmother by her house

Grandma’s  house is probably the most important house in the village.   Women marry when they are about 18 and men marry when they are about 35.   The men need to work to have enough money to buy cows for the dowry of the bride.   So, husbands die first and the widow is considered the wisest now.   When there is an important function in the family, the grandmother even cooks and supervises the special food preparation.

Outdoor cooking area

Outdoor cooking area

This is another grandmother’s house and we went inside.

We are going inside this grandmother's home

We are going inside this grandmother’s home

After entering, men stand on the right and women on the left.    The door is low for safety.   If an enemy tries to enter, he must bend low and his head enters first.   The men will simply club him on the head and the problem is usually solved.   In our society, when leaving a building, it is ladies first.   Here it is men first.   The same reason.   When leaving, you bend low and your head leaves the house first.   The men go out first to be sure that it is safe for the women.   After the cultural village, we went to Mantenga Falls and Picnic Site.

Beautiful waterfalls and river

Beautiful waterfalls and river

We love these waterfalls.  It would be so nice to have a picnic here.   Many people enjoy the falls and picnic site.   There is a stove and wood for  your fire.   The picnic tables are big and in great locations.   Aren’t these stairs great?

Scenic stairs

Scenic stairs

They just look like waterfalls and beautiful scenery should be near.   Leaving the nature reserve and cultural village, we saw this aloe plant with pretty yellow flowers.

Aloe Vera plant in bloom

Aloe Vera plant in bloom

At home, in Colorado, we have aloe plants in the house, but we never have flowers.   The yellow is very cheerful.   Continuing on the road, we passed the mother cow with a calf.

Mom and baby

Mom and baby

I love cows.   They seem to make everything peaceful.   Next time I will show you how we spent the afternoon in the Kingdom of Swaziland.   We like the Kingdom of Swaziland, and Samson is telling us so much about the country.   This is a great day.

Happy Columbus Day 2016

Today is the official Federal holiday to honor the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Western Hemisphere.   In the United States, the holiday had been celebrated on October 12.   In 1971 the US Congress changed the holiday to the second Monday in October.    Although many cities and schools no longer celebrate this holiday, it is still a Federal holiday.   So today, all Federal offices, courthouses, banks and the US Post Office will be closed.   No mail delivery in the United States today.   In 1492 Christopher Columbus, with his three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María touched land in what is now the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea.   This changed the history of the world.   This is the photo we, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, took when we were in Washington D.C. this summer, right before our trip to Africa.   This statue is in front of the train station in Washington D.C.   We hope you all enjoy this holiday today.

Statue recognizing Columbus's arrival in the New World

Statue recognizing Columbus’s arrival in the New World

Denver’s Festival Italiano 2016 at Belmar with Colorado Traveling Ducks

We have great festivals in Colorado.   I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck felt Italian today.   We are at Festival Italiano.

Festival Italiano 2016

Festival Italiano 2016

We like the music at this stage.

He sings while they dance

He sings while they dance

And the dancers.   Everybody having fun today.   There are several stages at this festival.  And so many booths.   This one really highlights Italy, advertising “All Things Italian”

All Things Italian

All Things Italian

Tesori Italian Pottery has great stuff also.

Tesoro Italian Pottery

Tesoro Italian Pottery

One of the annual highlights of Festival Italiano is Little Feet Grape Stomping, sponsored by Denver’s own Balistreri Vineyards.

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

These bins, full of grapes, will soon have barefoot children, with clean, washed feet, stomping grapes.

Stomp these grapes!

Stomp these grapes!

Here are kids signing up for the stomping and fun.

Children eager to stomp grapes

Children eager to stomp grapes

Another popular event is the Italian flag throwers.

Flag Throwers ready

Flag Throwers ready

They are ready to begin.   You can see several, five I believe, flags in the air.

Flag throwers at work

Flag throwers at work

It is difficult to see everything as popular events draw many people and that is a problem for mom taking photos.   But we, Zeb and Soapy, love it all.  Here is another stage.

Story Telling

Story Telling

Music and an announcer telling family stories.  We were at Festival Italiano shortly after it opened on the first day, so these chalk artists are just beginning.

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Festivals always smell so good and have delicious food.   Berry Kabobs look and taste yummy.

Berry Kabobs!

Berry Kabobs!

They are from Banane E Fragolae.   Still hungry?   This will soothe any growling stomach.

So much food

So much food

From Italian Flame Foods.  So much to see, to do and to eat.   But wait, now you can be more Italian.   They even have Italian language lessons here.

Let's learn Italian

Let’s learn Italian

This is a fun, and educational, festival.   Hope you were here and come again next year.

Zeb the Duck and Mom Explore Maputo Bay Coastline

Today we will see if Mom can lead us through Maputo.   Isaac is no longer with us.   First, a taxi to Hotel Terminus to sign up for a tour to Swaziland.   Now Mom thinks we can walk along the coast of Maputo Bay and find someplace, with a water view, for lunch.   We love seeing these ships on Maputo Bay.

Ships on Maputo Bay

Ships on Maputo Bay

We stop here and admire the view above Maputo Bay.

Beautiful spot to look out to sea.

Beautiful spot to look out to sea.

Isn’t this beautiful.   We love to just sit and watch the water.   This bird seems to also enjoy watching the water.

Best seat in the area

Best seat in the area

I believe he has the best seat on the coastline.   Small boats are used by fisherman.

Fisherman

Fisherman

Being in a small boat is my idea of a perfect day.   This is a really old, original waterfront building in Maputo.

Old building with thatched roof. Zeb on ground under giraffe

Old building with thatched roof. Zeb on ground under giraffe

A great thatched roof.  I, Zeb the Duck, am sitting on the ground by the giraffe.   Continuing along the coastline, this pier calls us.

Let's walk on the pier

Let’s walk on the pier

Let’s go, Mom.   The end of the pier consists of rocks.

Rocks at end of pier and ship on Maputo Bay

Rocks at end of pier and ship on Maputo Bay

Very interesting to this duck.   Looking back, we gaze at the waterfront hotels.

Looking back at water front hotels

Looking back at water front hotels and apartments

Now I see another boat with more fishermen.

Fishermen

Fishermen

This is a little different from what we usually see here.   We walk to the Southern Sun Resort.   Looks like a good place for lunch, I think.     I, Zeb the Duck, have never seen a sandwich with so much inside and even bacon on top of the sandwich.

Love the basket for French Fries. First time with bacon on top of sandwich

Love the basket for French Fries. First time with bacon on top of sandwich

During lunch, I really enjoy the view of Maputo Bay.

Great view for lunch

Great view for lunch

I have been watching this fisherman gathering and moving his nets.

Bringing in fishing nets

Bringing in fishing nets

This is a very nice pool, but mom says we cannot swim in it because we are not staying here.

Southern Sun Hotel pool

Southern Sun Hotel pool

That is fine with me.   I want to watch the water.   We stroll along the sand for awhile.   Mom says it is time to go back to our hotel, but we don’t want to walk back.   Our lunch and earlier walk seem to make us have less energy.   This man drove us back to our hotel.

He brought us back to our hotel.

He brought us back to our hotel.

He was very nice.   While in Maputo we have talked to so many very nice people.   We are glad we decided to visit Maputo, Mozambique.