Come travel with me…

I cannot NOT write. I think I was born with a pen (okay, today it’s a stylus) in my hand. So, wherever we go (and we travel a LOT), my diary tags along too. So does my tiny #NoFilter Canon SD 1200. And together we create a world from a unique perspective. My perspective. This blog is the world through my eyes, a bit offbeat, sometimes quirky, always different.

This Blog is for my short-attention-span friends out there … less words, more pictures. But if you like what you see, I also have full-on longer-length articles of our wayward travels elsewhere on this website.
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From Route 66 to Route 62

From Route 66 to Route 62

Posted on: 9th November 2018| By: Marielle

The USA had its Route 66, so why can’t the Karoo have its Route 62? It was American crooner Nat King Cole who made sure Route 66 was immortalised in the history books with his song of the same name. The Rolling Stones sang it, as did Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and a great many…
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It’s a long, long road …

It’s a long, long road …

Posted on: 30th October 2018| By: Marielle

… to getting a handle on technology. So while we’re trying to refine the technical hitches we’re having on our new-look Blog site, I give you a couple more images of how the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is heading into the future. (If you haven’t seen the full story, visit my previous post “Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?”)
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Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Posted on: 29th October 2018| By: Marielle

Can you believe it’s been 12 years since this steam train ferried tourists and locals for 67 kilometres between Knysna and George, choofing across broad estuaries, rattling through pine plantations and dappled indigenous forest, huffing and puffing alongside cliff edges, and skirting shimmering lakes? It was in August 2006 that the train ground to a…
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Botanicals (the weird kind)

Botanicals (the weird kind)

Posted on: 25th September 2018| By: Marielle

Just when I think I need to venture beyond the familiar to find things exotic, out of nowhere I get a bump on the nose. It’s been taking me a little while to find my feet again after being on the road communing with wild and untamed creatures … 7,400 kilometres later … I mean,…
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Of real & inked lions

Of real & inked lions

Posted on: 14th September 2018| By: Marielle

So here’s a story… inspired by a recent lion encounter in Kgalagadi and the way its image mirrors an exquisite ink drawing I purchased on an interesting coffee stop not so long ago. There’s a really cool artisan coffee shop sitting slap-bang on the thundering-truck-ridden N2, at Riversdale in the Western Cape (what?! In this…
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Subtle sepia

Subtle sepia

Posted on: 6th September 2018| By: Marielle

Stimulated by my friend Clare’s comment (she, herself, is an accomplished photographer with an excellent eye for an unusual composition), I’ve done some experimenting with sepia on a few textural photos from Kgalagadi. Simply love the shapes of the collapsed camel thorns, gnarly limbs splayed out like giant tarantulas The term “sepia” is inherited from…
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Spirit of Kgalagadi

Spirit of Kgalagadi

Posted on: 31st August 2018| By: Marielle

As many of you already know, Quirky World View sees things a little differently so I give you a number of not-so-run-of-the-mill pictures of Kgalagadi. More scenics, less wildlife. (Well, okay, just wait for the owls …) Did you know that the name Kgalagadi, translating as “the great thirstland”, in fact is a SeTswana word?…
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Kgalagadi Lodge … One big wow!

Kgalagadi Lodge … One big wow!

Posted on: 26th August 2018| By: Marielle

Never say never … suddenly there are bouts of connectivity … and then reasons to get excited! So I know I’ve already said goodbye, but … we were so damn impressed with this lodge just a hop, skip and jump outside Twee Rivieren camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that the photos simply HAD to be…
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Hardap Dam Resort, what a surprise

Hardap Dam Resort, what a surprise

Posted on: 25th August 2018| By: Marielle

Oh my, oh my. Out, damned preconceptions! just like Lady Macbeth’s famous Out Damned Spot!  What a really, really pleasant squelching of low expectations. Hardap Dam took us quite by surprise. Admittedly we’d booked into VIP chalets but, goodness, we were impressed. Particularly as it’s an NWR resort and you know our feelings on that….
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Oh, Swakopmund, where has your charm gone?

Oh, Swakopmund, where has your charm gone?

Posted on: 22nd August 2018| By: Marielle

Sorry, Swakopmund. I just don’t feel the love. This town has utterly lost its early German charm. It is now one great, big, holiday resort. In spite of my laments, we just love The Beach Lodge right on the seashore, designed like a boat complete with portholes, which we return to again and again. But…
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