Category Archives: Art & Photography

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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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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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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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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