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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Knysna also has Street Art!

Knysna also has Street Art!

Posted on: 21st February 2019| By: Marielle

Graffiti today — that is, the more polished creative kind — has been elevated to such an extent, it’s now called “street art”. Cape Town, Jo’burg, Durban, all have a slew of unbelievably talented spray-can artists, among them well-recognised names such as Faith47, Falko, Tapz, Kevin Love … and so, so, so many others. But…
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Inspired by Valentine’s Day

Inspired by Valentine’s Day

Posted on: 14th February 2019| By: Marielle

It being the 14th of February, these photos from travels all over the world show that love transcends borders, language, culture. Peep into the corners of any new country … there you will find love. Happy Red Hearts Day!   Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, born in São Paulo, is famous all around the world…
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Nyathi, buffalo … it’s all the same

Nyathi, buffalo … it’s all the same

Posted on: 9th February 2019| By: Marielle

So, I’ve been lambasted by a friend for recently straying from the travel firmament in my Posts. He even threatened to unsubscribe! Well, then, back to travel tales… I’m going buffalo-rogue. Because that’s the name of Addo’s new(ish) — and very stylish — camp, Nyathi, directly north of Addo Rest Camp in the northern part…
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Shuddering at our past

Shuddering at our past

Posted on: 1st February 2019| By: Marielle

I have just read a book. It affected me so deeply, I’m compelled to talk about it. The book is tense, horrifying, brutal. It leaves you speechless. But, oh, the writing is such poetry, the words have such beauty and finesse, you simply can’t put it down. It is South African poet and author Antjie…
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Focaccia & no flour?

Focaccia & no flour?

Posted on: 28th January 2019| By: Marielle

Who’d believe that a flourless focaccia could taste so darn good? It was to pizzas we were heading but we were hijacked by our friend Jan, the Knysna artist who famously paints with his fingers (and yet manages to elicit the subtlest of effects like feathery eyelashes and delicate wisps of hair). Jan was fencing…
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Balance, harmony

Balance, harmony

Posted on: 24th January 2019| By: Marielle

Balance and harmony … two qualities we all need to draw upon to get us through the next few months to Election Day. And how does one define balance? The tension between two opposites where, at a certain central point, a state of equilibrium is achieved. Looking at these sculptures, from all around the world,…
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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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