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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Dutch Master Vermeer in Britstown

Dutch Master Vermeer in Britstown

Posted on: 17th January 2019| By: Marielle

Gorgeous silkscreen wall hangings of portraits by the famous Old Masters. On the left, I know not!, but on the right, Johannes Vermeer’s unmistakeable “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, painted in 1665. These beautiful luminous faces hang in the Transkaroo Country Lodge’s wonderful coffee shop (delicious breakfasts, home-baked cakes, and both buffet and à la…
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Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year

Goodbye Old Year, Hello New Year

Posted on: 8th January 2019| By: Marielle

Oh, we do so want 2019 to be a good year for all of us, and for our beautiful country. A positive outlook, cooperation (and sharing, and teaching) between ourselves, and Respect for one another will get us there. Fingers and toes crossed … In the meanwhile, a few highlights of our Goodbyes to 2018…
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Food … ’tis the Season!

Food … ’tis the Season!

Posted on: 12th December 2018| By: Marielle

School holidays, wrapping up work, packing for the beach, going on a trip  … all anyone is thinking about right now is Shopping … and delectable, decadent, spoil-yourself FOOD for those big family-gathering days. So this Post is about Food. Gravel Road Adventures does sometimes take a break from planning trips to the gramadoelas, and…
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Karoo air, stars, amplitude

Karoo air, stars, amplitude

Posted on: 27th November 2018| By: Marielle

Black Friday is behind you. Ahead, the madness of the end-of-year season. You’re tired, frazzled and fed up with work pressures, ultimatums and deadlines. All you want is silence and peace. So … I give you a silence so Zen it’s unnerving: Elandsberg Wilderness Cottages. Only five of them, they sit at a discreet distance…
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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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