My apartment building!

Throwback Thursday: My struggle for my first cup of coffee in Moscow

My Russian adventure officially started September 2010! The unknown, the secretiveness of Moscow acted like a magnet for me. Since I can remember I have always been interested in finding out what actually goes on behind the “iron curtain”. I grabbed at the chance to work and live in Moscow and couldn’t wait to start my adventure. Although…

Barbed Wire Defence

Barbed Wire Defence

Between the old and beautiful buildings of South-Africa there is also spikes and barbed wire, intended to keep safe despite its ugliness. It does look like some places go to extremes for safety but I guess it is necessary in some cases. In the military science of fortification, wire obstacles are defensive obstacles made from barbed wire, barbed tape or concertina wire. They are…

The Bo-Kaap (2)

Cape Town Free Walking Tour

These days most big cities have walking tours and some, like South-Africa’s Cape Town, even has free walking tours. At the end of the tour you can tip the guide but don’t feel bad if you cant afford too, that is why they are called free walking tours. You get a guided tour from a local…

Cape Town City Hall is a large Edwardian building in Cape Town city centre which was built in 1905.

Disregard of a Straight Arrow!?!?

I actually got to see the inside of the beautiful town hall of Cape Town the other day. Unfortunately it was not to explore it, but to go and squash a traffic fine that I got the other day. Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. I have just moved back to South Africa and have…

Eyes on Long street

Eyes on Long street

I have noticed that there are quite a few mosaic benches and seats popping up all over Cape Town lately. It seems that Cape Town is really doing South-Africa proud as the Design Capital of the year and I love seeing all these new changes to this great city. I read that they are adding…

Babylponstoren puff adder walkway

5 Things that make Babylonstoren Enchanting

A perfect summers day is spending a couple of hours walking through the extensive gardens or Babylonstoren and ending it with a delicious winetasting session or with lunch at the Babylonstoren glasshouse. Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm in the Western Cape with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. The…

Luxor Temple

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry – Egypt

Symmetry. Architecture that is balanced in its use of lines and shapes creating rhythms in the structure.  These are the magnificent pillars found at Luxor Temple in Egypt. Its amazing what can be built without the help of technology.   New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your…

Red is Leister Square

Wordless Wednesday: Red is Leicester Square

Leicester Square is London’s home of entertainment. This is where you can enjoy a west end show, an international cinema premiere, relax in one of the many hotels, restaurants and bars or visit one of London’s top attractions. With Trafalgar Square to the south, Piccadilly Circus to the west, China Town to the north and…

All Shall Be Equal Before the Law on Queen Victoria St in the CBD is done by street artist Faith47.

All Shall Be Equal Before the Law by Faith47

There is an old saying that ‘All are equal before the law.’ The author Anatole France said in 1894, “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.” Equality before the law, is the principle under which all people are subject to the same…

bronzes by Dylan Lewis

Bronze animals at Kirstenbosch

If you are a lover of gardens, then Kirstenbosch is a must-see in Cape Town.  Situated in the wettest corner of the town (some say the wettest place in the country), a very wide range of flora are to be found. One of the lesser known attractions of the garden are a series of artworks,…

New reclaiming the Old

Weekly Photo Challenge: New reclaiming the Old

New Possibility. Opportunity. Potential. As another year gets underway, let’s celebrate the new. For many of us, the year’s beginning is time to take stock of the past and plan for the future; this week, let’s get excited about those plans by celebrating what’s new. Here is the new incorporating the past and reclaiming the old…

Mambo stone sculptures

Art in the Garden

The magnificent landscape of Kirstenbosch is also a perfect setting for art. The Sculpture Garden of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden features a permanent but ever-changing outdoor exhibition of the wonderful Mambo stone sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. Exhibiting your art with Table Mountain as its background must be amazing. Each sculpture is a unique…

The largest outdoor theater of the Ancient World

The largest outdoor theater of the Ancient World

Ephesus which was established as a port, used to be the most important commercial or trade centre of the ancient world due to its very fertile valley and its strategic location. It was definitely a magnificent city during its prime and was filled with many important structures. The city was not only famed for the Temple of…

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines. But La Motte is niot only kown for its wines, it has an outside tearoom set between the vineyard and mountains, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with my family. This…

Temple of Hadrian

The remains of the Temple of Hadrian

Another treasure to be found at Ephesus is the remains of the Temple of Hadrian. It is quite spectacular that any of this beautiful temple has survived through the destructive history of what once was a magnificent city. An inscription shows that the Temple of Hadrian  was erected around 118 AD but underwent repairs in the 4th century…

Library of Celsus in Ephesus

The Library of Celsus in Ephesus

One of the most recognized and most famous buildings of the ancient city of Ephesis is the Library of Celsus. Before traveling to Turkey and reading up on the history of this ancient city I admit that I thought this Library was the most significant part of Ephesus. I quickly learned that it is the one…

Memmius Monument

Ephesus home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

When visiting Ephesus in Turkey I was greeted by the remains of a magnificent ancient culture and people of which today nearly nothing remains. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former  Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. According to myth…

The wishing wall

Visiting the House of the Virgin Mary

The best way to start your adventure in Ephesus is with a little history on the area and by visiting the Church or House of the Virgin Mary. It is not just a religious site but also a big part of the history of the area and a very interesting and beautiful place to visit. The House…

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque

Turkey is one of those countries which has changed identity and cultures so many times that it has turned into a unique country with a unique culture. Exploring this culture rich country has been one of my most amazing adventures. The beautiful Hagia Sophia, Turkeys’ Church-turned-Mosque served as the principal mosque of Istanbul, then Constantinople,…

Topkapi Palace

Holy Banners, courtyards and chambers of Topkapi Palace

Istanbul is filled with so many beautiful and amazing buildings and one of these fabulous buildings is the Topkapi royal palace. I entered the Inner Court of Topkapi Palace through the Gate of Felicity, but it looked more like a grand entrance than a gate. This Inner Courtyard holds the private and residential areas of…

The beautiful Kubbealtı

Marble, Golden balls and Towers of Justice at Topkapi Palace

When I hear “Palace” the picture of a Victorian building comes to mind, a grand building with gilded gold, surrounded by turrets and lots of grandeur. The Topkapi Palace of Istanbul did not disappoint. You can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the Topkapi Palace, home to generations of sultans and their wives, who…

Bosphorus river cruise

I saw both Europe and Asia from the Bosphorus

Walking through Istanbul I got to experience it in detail but to see the city as a whole I definitely recommend doing the Bosphorus river cruise. It is true that excursions along the shoreline of this magnificent city best reveal the city’s grandeur and other attractions hidden from street view.  A cruise on the Bosphorus is…