Butterfly World

Weekly Photo Chalenge: Eye Spy

This week, take “eye” as your inspiration for the weekly photo challenge. I got to visit Butterfly world in Paarl, South-Africa yesterday and got some great “eye” shots of some of the beautiful animals there. Butterfly World is a tropical garden filled with exotic butterflies, birds and other animals. .  

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…

Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway

Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway

Have you been to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa lately? Well you have to go and experience the new Treetop Canopy Walkway. It is a new curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of this beautiful botanical gardens. They say that it was Inspired…

District Six Museum

10 Things I learned at the District Six Museum

District Six Museum is in the former inner-city residential area, District Six in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Museum was established in December 1994 to remember the forced removals of the people who lived here during the years of apartheid. Visiting this museum I learnt the following things… This area was named District Six when it became the Sixth Municipal District…

Saronsberg wine farm

Wordless Wednesday: Bronze Goat Family

One of the most beautiful wine farms we got to explore while touring the wine region of the Western cape province was Saronsberg, nestled in the Tulbagh Valley. We visited quite early in the morning so although we never got around to taste their wine we got to enjoy a great collection of South African…

Travelling along the coast by train

First South-African train ride!

Living here in Cape Town, South-Africa, we are quite spoiled for things to do and places to see so its sometimes hard to make up ones mind of what you are going to do that day. Not letting a lovely sunny day go to waste, my friend Lara and I decided to take the Metrorail…

From Earth, From Water

From Earth, From Water

My favourite piece of art by South African artist Angus van Zyl Taylor is definitely his piece named “From Water, From Earth”. This piece of art has become the signature of Saronsberg wine farm in Tulbagh. Even if you are not a wine lover, you will find Saronsberg intriguing. It has a huge selection of…

colonial style windows found in Saronsberg Winery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grid

This weeks Photo Challenge is to make a grid the centerpiece of your photo. These colonial style windows found in Saronsberg Winery is divided into an equal number of panes. They actually force one to focus on the art inside the show room, rather than the stunning landscape outside.

"Perceiving Freedom".

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

I got to photograph a sculpture with a difference from every angle.  This giant pair of glasses were put up at the Sea Point promenade, Cape Town South-Africa, to honour late former President Nelson Mandela. It is a giant set of stainless steel spectacles, anchored on the ground facing Robben Island. Artist Michael Elion says…

Some of the thousands of skulls dug up in the Killing Fields

Weekly photo challenge: Creepy in Cambodia

 This week, share an image of something creepy. Unsettling. Eerie. Disgusting. My most unsettling and creepy travel experience was visiting the Killing Fields of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. This mass murder site, where the Khmer Rouge executed about 17,000 people between 1975 and 1979 is definitely very unsettling. The place is filled with mass graves containing…

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town.

Wordless Wednesday: Cape Town street art

Streetwires, home to a shop and working artist’s studio in the picturesque Bokaap, Cape Town. Streetwires was started in 2000, and this Proudly South African project provides training, support and materials to unemployed people who in turn use their artistic capabilities to create African wire and bead art. Published as part of Wordless Wednesday.

Cappadocia in Turkey

The number ONE way to experience Cappadocia

I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in…

My current Muse: Western Cape, South-Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This weeks’ photo challenge is to show your muse — the subject you turn to frequently, that leaves you inspired each time! At the moment my Muse is the colourful buildings and people of the Western Cape in South-Africa. Each time I go exploring I come upon a new brightly coloured treasure, and I cant wait…

Cape Town Minstrels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

The weekly photo challenge vivid imediately bought to mind the bright, intense and cheerful colours of the Cape Town Minstrels. In CAPE TOWN, South Africa you get to watch these colourful and brightly dressed mistrels parade the streets as they celebrate the Tweede Nuwe Jaar event ( Second new years ). The Cape Minstrels (also known as the Kaapse Klopse)…

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

Unwanted Night visitor in my room

 I loved the narrow three story house tucked away at the end of the alley where we lived in Ho Chi Minh city,Vietnam. Three of my co-teachers and I shared this house, in one of the Northern Suburbs, far away from the touristy areas of the city. This was the perfect place to experience the culture…

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…

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…