The Socialist sculpture park.

Throwback Thursday: The Socialist Sculpture Park in Moscow

I explored the Tretyakov gallery area a couple of times during the first sunny weeks of May 2012. It was lovely just getting out of the small flat  after the long harsh winter, and spending some time outside in the sunshine. As I walked through the numerous side streets of this district I eventually reached the…

Castle Of Good Hope

Exploring South Africa’s oldest colonial building

I took my family on the hop on hop off red bus tour of Cape Town and one of the main stops was the Castle Of Good Hope. I actually live just down the street from the Castle, a star or pentagonal  shaped fort built in the 17th century here in Cape Town, South Africa. Its position, although unremarkable…

Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Surviving My 3 Motorbike Accidents in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is filled with skyscrapers, ancient temples, motorbikes, people on bicycles and more motorbikes. While living in Ho Chi Minh I got myself a canary yellow 1969 super cup motorbike, which I named Buttercup. It couldn’t go faster than 60km per hour but in a city as crowded as Ho Chi Minh City…

Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh – Spring in Japan

The Freshness of Spring creates the perfect atmosphere for rejuvenation and well-being. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. There is definitely a sense of renewal and new life all around. The appearance of the Cherry blossoms in Japan bring with it an energy of change and something new. The fragrance of the fresh…

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…

Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Newbie cruise on the MSC Opera

Along with all the other  newbie’s at Pentravel where I work we got to go on a 5 day cruise from Cape Town to Walvis Bay and back on the MSC Opera.  It was a cruise educational to give us first hand knowledge of cruising and the products we sell. It is always easier to…

As the suns ets it casts shadows over the beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed at sunset

As the sun sets over the ocean it casts earie shadows over the beach and its surroundings.  Low-light photography can be difficult to get right, but sometimes the absence of light can make for a compelling, dramatic photograph. Experimenting with shadows can be a fun and rewarding way to push yourself to try something new…

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…

Bikes of Japan by Jacqueline Hadel

Bikes of Japan by Jacqueline Hadel

Bikes of Japan is the third book by my friend the photographer and blogger Jaqueline Hadel from TOKIDOKI. Her blog is a documentation of life in the different countries she travels through. Not only is it a “Street Art” lovers paradise, you also get to experience the “everyday” activities of strange cultures and interesting people. Jacqueline has been working and travelling through…

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the Western Cape. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing. Guests staying at…

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…

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…

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Beautiful views over the Bosphorus in Turkey

Last week a client asked me which country I would recommend for their first abroad adventure and the first place that came to mind was Turkey. It is the perfect mix between European and Asian with its unique culture and magnificent buildings. Istanbul is one of the best cities to get lost in, to explore and…

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo

Oh the Places You Will Go with Travel Bingo Janaline’s World Journey poses this challenge to all its readers: “Choose one place that you want to go, and pick a date in the next nine months to go there. Buy your plane tickets immediately.” This way, you’ll be committed to making the trip, and you…