Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The Islamic Hamptons: A weekend in Lamu
This weekend, we jetted off a four day holiday in Lamu, or more accurately, Shella (a small beach town just 4km down shore). In these highly religious, quasi-medieval villages, donkeys and dhows are the only form of transport (as cars are not allowed), ancient buildings and streets are carved from local coral, and most women don the traditional Muslim head coverings, some baring only their eyes...needless to say, we fit right in!
We were even invited, on several occasions to stay longer in the land where camels roam the beach (and where Princess Grace of Monaco has built a beach side villa)--Brian was honored for his skills on the dhow's trapeze, and I for my steering in short short skirts!