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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Nottingham Rd to South Kruger

Nottingham Rd to South Kruger

Posted on: 13th July 2019| By: Marielle

It was a 3°C morning. Even the Disco’s dashboard flashed us a snowflake. Our day was one of African amplitude … great wide open spaces. With the soft cinnamons and purples of the Drakensberg rampart on the horizon, all around us were big skies and low undulating fields of cropped golden grass cut through by…
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Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander

Nottingham Road, Midlands Meander

Posted on: 11th July 2019| By: Marielle

I have to give it to Haga-Haga Hotel. Last night I had the most delectable, spicy, fragrant, flavourful cauliflower and chickpea curry I’ve ever eaten. And the chef was Zimbabwean! Go figure. In the morning, we started with 9°C temps as we drove into pretty wooded rolling hills, lots of buzzards planing above us. Then…
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South of the Great Kei River

South of the Great Kei River

Posted on: 10th July 2019| By: Marielle

This is how close we are to the crashing waves. Other than a small party from Durban who left this morning, we are the only guests in the hotel. We have the entire place to ourselves. And most of the time, the long stretch of rocky sands too. This morning a short, intense 5 km…
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Knysna to Haga Haga

Knysna to Haga Haga

Posted on: 9th July 2019| By: Marielle

For us it was moody skies, bald-headed mountains lined with a sparse bristle of blasted pines, many many double-length cargo trucks to pass, and Ozzie Osbourne and Deep Purple on the iPod. No kwaito, trance or rap for us. Then cart-wheeling blades of the wind turbines doing their lethal air-slicing. We chuckled when Hirsh said,…
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In anticipation of Kruger

In anticipation of Kruger

Posted on: 4th July 2019| By: Marielle

Did you know that Kruger National Park is about 360 kilometres in length? That’s what we’re going to be doing in a few days, trawling up slowly from south to north, bush camp to bush camp, a few of which we haven’t yet tried. A New Adventure awaits. So, just to whet your appetite for…
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Berlin in black and white

Berlin in black and white

Posted on: 20th June 2019| By: Marielle

Yes, we are back from our five-week adventure in New York, Prague and Berlin . . . and it is wonderful to be home and into some, sort of, kind of, semblance of a routine again. But the experiences, the art and architecture, and the spirit of each place will still live on for a…
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Berlin, an overview

Berlin, an overview

Posted on: 14th June 2019| By: Marielle

Now that it’s time to become introspective, Berlin has been an interesting experience. More grunge than I expected, less 1920s nostalgia than I’d hoped for. Maybe I’m being naive. (No comments.) The city has less elegance than Madrid, less panache than Prague. Berliners in the service industry are also not that polite. Café owners bark…
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Berlin’s East Side

Berlin’s East Side

Posted on: 13th June 2019| By: Marielle

According to the guidebooks, the East side of Berlin is where the cool, hip dudes hang out. Think decayed grunge areas that are now attracting artists and creatives and young free-thinking individuals to settle in and do their thing. Of course we couldn’t leave Berlin without saying we’d been there. Also, there’s the East Side…
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Berlin, an architectural tour

Berlin, an architectural tour

Posted on: 12th June 2019| By: Marielle

Considering Berlin’s history, there is not an enormous amount of charm to the city’s buildings, even while it is constantly transforming with more and more modern architecture grazing the skyline. Make no mistake, construction is BIG business right now. You can’t land in any of Berlin’s many different neighbourhoods without encountering the cranes and the…
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Pergamon, Museumsinsel

Pergamon, Museumsinsel

Posted on: 11th June 2019| By: Marielle

Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, really is an island created by two arms of the Spree River which runs right through the city of Berlin. It has a whole assemblage of art and archaeological museums, and the one that piqued our interest the most was Pergamon, built between 1909 and 1930 and filled with ancient art…
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