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…

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…

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…

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque isn’t Blue?

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, facing Aya Sofya and mirroring its domed silhouette,  is popularly known as the Blue Mosque. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. This huge mosque was build to calm God after the unfavorable result of the war with Persia. The mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 on the…

Last look over the mist filled valley before we left the Fortress

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Driving through the mist covered valley  we were met by the silence of the deserted castle set on the top of the mountain. Staring out over the mist covered valleys below felt like I was in the middle od a dreamy, fairy tale world. It was as though we were cut off from the rest of…

Hagia Sophia, Turkeys' Church-turned-Mosque

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. I couldn’t wait to explore this culture rich country and there is no better place to start than in Istanbul, once named Constantinople. After checking into my hotel…

Bug Hotel

Welcome to the Bug Hotel

Our gardens are home to a wide range of living creatures. An average garden could hold over 2,000 different species of insects! I do hope of which a minimum are spiders? With all this diversity of life it is good to know that very few creatures cause significant damage to our prized flowers and some help…

Cape Town' s Bohemian Long street

A taste of Cape Town’ s Bohemian Long street

Who wouldn’t like to stroll along a street filled with beautiful buildings, art and strange little stores? Luckily for me Cape Town actually has more than one street that fits this criteria and which is perfect for a morning stroll. One of these beautiful streets is Long Street, located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town, only a…

St George's Cathedral

Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral

The beautiful St George’s Cathedral is situated right at the entrance to the Company’s gardens right in the heart of Cape Town. This Cathedral is also the starting point for the Cape Town walking tour. As I arrived early for the tour I got to have a look around the Cathedral. The building of the cathedral…

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

One of the things that stand out vividly in my memory of my childhood holidays was feeding the pigeons in Durban with my grandmother. She used to collect all the breadcrumbs and crusts for days before we arrived and then take us out to the beachfront to go and feed the doves. I used to…