Category Archives: Art & Photography

Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Dylan Lewis and Paradys (kloof)

Posted on: 17th September 2019| By: Marielle

Overwhelming. Awesome. Sensational. World class. These are all words that describe South African sculptor Dylan Lewis’s sculpture garden on Mulberry Farm in Paradyskloof (a very apt name, that!) in Stellenbosch. He started the garden himself way back in 2009, using an excavator to dig and pile up earth and mould it into dips and mounds…
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Think you can see me?

Think you can see me?

Posted on: 15th August 2019| By: Marielle

When you’re in the wilds, often what’s more special than major tick-off sightings is simply to sit quietly and observe animal behaviour, their interactions with each other … and you … as the case may be. You are now in their territory, where it’s the wild animals that direct operations and call the shots. Clearly…
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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’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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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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Schloss Charlottenburg & Picasso

Schloss Charlottenburg & Picasso

Posted on: 10th June 2019| By: Marielle

Hard to believe that this grand palatial complex was built as a summer residence for the wife of a 17th-century ruler. It is so lavish and opulent, filled with Rococo-style gilt, mythological ceiling frescoes, tapestries, gorgeous silver and gold objets d’art, statues and cherubs, exquisite painted porcelain from China and Japan, as well as lacquered…
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Prague’s Astounding Architecture

Prague’s Astounding Architecture

Posted on: 6th June 2019| By: Marielle

Sun-gilded buildings on the Old Town Square at around 8 p.m. One day left in Prague — we have explored it on foot from top to bottom, taken trams and the metro, and feel we’ve done it justice — but I can’t leave without taking another look at the astounding architecture. Every time you turn…
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Prague : it’s in the details

Prague : it’s in the details

Posted on: 5th June 2019| By: Marielle

Prague’s architecture goes all the way from Gothic and Baroque to Renaissance and Art Nouveau, so the wealth of detailing is astounding. I spend most of my time with a craned neck, looking upwards. A post dedicated to the details … Imagine stepping out onto your balcony and there are these gorgeous sculpted figures. An…
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Prague Fun

Prague Fun

Posted on: 3rd June 2019| By: Marielle

It’s interesting being in a country where the language is so foreign you can’t get anywhere close to understanding the street signs, and just getting to say “Good morning” is a major challenge. The weird accents on the letters don’t help with deciphering the language either. The closest we’ve got to understanding any words are…
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Warhol, Dali, Mucha

Warhol, Dali, Mucha

Posted on: 2nd June 2019| By: Marielle

How fortuitous that we chanced upon an exhibition featuring a 3-in-1 … the crazy Spaniard painter Salvador Dalí, American Pop artist Andy Warhol, and Art Nouveau illustrator Alphonse Mucha. Granted, it was mainly posters, illustrations, postcards, calendars and so on, but we were excited nonetheless. Andy Warhol’s silkscreens of famous personalities (where he introduced the…
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