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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Buongiorno, Siena

Buongiorno, Siena

Posted on: 19th June 2018| By: Marielle

      Before a drive to Siena, a skip, hop and jump from where our apartment is, a mandatory run in the countryside … testing our bursting lungs (the altitude!) and burning legs (those relentless hills!) but the scenery is priceless. Green-gold wheatfields, serried cypresses commanding the skyline, rough honey-stone buildings with crusty clay roof tiles,…
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Hello, Toscana!

Hello, Toscana!

Posted on: 17th June 2018| By: Marielle

So, I sit on an open terrace guarded by giant terracotta pots of trees and herbs, with 180-degree views of dips and rises unspooling to the skyline. Over here, silvery-green olive trees and rolled hay bales, there neat regimented vineyards and a horizon marked by long thin cypresses. It’s a Tuscan cliché. But an eternally…
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Monochromatic

Monochromatic

Posted on: 12th June 2018| By: Marielle

Contrast. Striking. Abstract. Moody. Powerful. Non-distraction of colour . . . All words to describe black-and-white photography.         (Full disclosure: wildlife images are by my partner-in-crime, Hirsh Aronowitz)  
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Nature gallery … petals

Nature gallery … petals

Posted on: 11th June 2018| By: Marielle

  On the gnarled magnolia, in the fog, the blossoms and buds were like all the moons in one night — full, gibbous, crescent. — Sharon Olds in “Stag’s Leap” collection of poems To accompany my pictures, I share some beautifully evocative text from a wonderful Man Booker Prize winner, Tan Twan Eng, in her…
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Groovy Graffiti

Groovy Graffiti

Posted on: 8th June 2018| By: Marielle

The term ‘graffiti’ — the singular is ‘graffito’ — has evolved from the Italian word graffiato, which means ‘scratched’, and its original use was in discussing historical art when describing works created by scratching designs into a surface. Such practices go way back in time, from Mayans and Vikings to Greeks and Romans (so we’re…
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Zeitz MOCAA : Africa finds its voice

Zeitz MOCAA : Africa finds its voice

Posted on: 31st March 2018| By: Marielle

It took 39 curators to research, commission and put together the collection of art on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, known better as Zeitz MOCAA, in Cape Town’s Silo District at the V&A Waterfront. And what a diversity the art entails. Rich, saturated photography; paintings and posters; multi-textured hangings; sculptures in imaginative…
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Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Posted on: 27th February 2018| By: Marielle

Look, I’m not going to give you the gushing tourism prose about the attractions of Kimberley as a city. Gravel Road Adventures is about Truth and Authenticity. The real experience. So, I’m sorry … Kimberley is a dump. There. I’ve said it. But if, as a traveller, you just happen to be passing through, what…
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From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

Posted on: 5th February 2018| By: Marielle

The name De Hoop was not inspired, as you would think, by the Cape of Good Hope further along south. Believe it or not, it was named after a stud farm called Hope where Spanish, or Andalusian, horses were bred. The farm was eventually bought by the Cape Administration to create a conservation area. And…
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Hippos & Karoo Gariep Conservancy

Hippos & Karoo Gariep Conservancy

Posted on: 1st February 2018| By: Marielle

Just imagine … after more than two centuries of having been blitzed out of the Karoo by the likes of explorer Robert Jacob Gordon and Governer Joachim van Plettenberg, hippo snouts can be detected rising and submerging in the waters of the Seekoei River. This is happening on a farm, about to become an official…
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Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch … say what?!

Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch … say what?!

Posted on: 12th December 2017| By: Marielle

Three nature reserves, reasonably close together, and all with tongue-twister names … Gamkaberg, Anysberg, Grootvadersbosch. Lion, anise, grandfather … that’s how the foreign-sounding bits translate from Khoi, Afrikaans and Dutch. When you mention these places to anyone, most look at you with head cocked and ask: “Really? Where are they?” Um, the Little Karoo and…
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