Category Archives: Trip Reports

Knysna’s Urban Geometry

Knysna’s Urban Geometry

Posted on: 27th March 2020| By: Marielle

If you don’t look closely enough, you’d never believe that a small tourism-based village such as Knysna in fact followed some highly fashionable trends in its earlier building styles. I’m talking specifically here the period between the 1920s and 1930s. I’m talking Art Deco. It’s an architectural trend that was coined after an international exhibition…
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Signs of history in Knysna’s architecture

Signs of history in Knysna’s architecture

Posted on: 22nd March 2020| By: Marielle

It struck me one day that if, while wandering through Knysna, you look upwards at the gables and lintels and parapets, there is still so much history, so many stories, bound up in the curves and columns and straight lines. I was so intrigued that early one morning, armed with my camera, I set off to…
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Spirit of Toronto

Spirit of Toronto

Posted on: 5th March 2020| By: Marielle

With a new adventure happening in Toronto, we’ve just spent some time getting to know the city. It’s been great fun, and so far we like what we see. Here is a brief sense of our first impressions, and a little flavour of the city. (No snow in this particular Blog Post, but there was…
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Toronto’s Unique Architecture

Toronto’s Unique Architecture

Posted on: 24th February 2020| By: Marielle

We’re in the middle of a new adventure, visiting Toronto, Canada, in spite of it being entirely the wrong season to venture into this icy northern territory! Canadians we meet are constantly joking that we must have come for the weather. (Minus 15 degrees C some days …) And yet, there is still magic to…
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Whoo-hoo! Owls and Holidays

Whoo-hoo! Owls and Holidays

Posted on: 12th December 2019| By: Marielle

The call of the Spotted Eagle-Owl is one of those typical owl sounds that appear again and again in mythology, fairy tales and spooky stories — and it’s also one of the cries we make when we’re happy. As in Whoo-hoo! It’s the December holidays! And Thesen Islands has just celebrated the third brood of…
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What a difference a (season) makes

What a difference a (season) makes

Posted on: 14th November 2019| By: Marielle

… with apologies to the original song by Dinah Washington (and Natalie Cole). “… what a difference a day makes, Brought the sun and the flowers, Where there used to be rain … There’s a rainbow before me” The singer was talking about the effects of love and kisses, but I’m talking mountains and weather….
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Greece? Caribbean? No, Knysna Beach Bar!

Greece? Caribbean? No, Knysna Beach Bar!

Posted on: 31st October 2019| By: Marielle

Only the elegant old Paddlesteamer gives the game away … [thank you to Jenny Wolhuter for this photo!] So, while the rest of South Africa was watching the Springboks/Wales Rugby World Cup face-off, three of us went AWOL. The tension was simply too much. And then the Boks went and won the game!!! Well, then,…
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Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Gallery on 103, Groot Brak

Posted on: 22nd October 2019| By: Marielle

My few days in Groot Brak were spent with two very artistic “tuned-in” women … oodles of talent, thought-provoking conversations, and an appreciation of the magic in nature. Laurinda Smit, besides her day job producing a monthly local news publication with two associates, is also a mandala artist. Using a pointillist painting technique among other…
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Eyes on Groot Brak, Garden Route

Eyes on Groot Brak, Garden Route

Posted on: 17th October 2019| By: Marielle

A short, gentle sojourn in Groot Brakrivier (or Great Brak River to the English) opened my eyes recently to how we sometimes underestimate what very long stretches of silky-sand beaches (in a still-pristine state) we have in South Africa. We walked for kilometres on broad ribbons of powdery sand, sometimes flanked by high dune ridges,…
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Kgalagadi Crossroads

Kgalagadi Crossroads

Posted on: 3rd October 2019| By: Marielle

Kgalagadi is a hard nut to crack. Yes, yes, it’s the best wild precinct for Big Cats. Cheetah, leopard and those amber-eyed lion with beautiful dark manes. Put it down to the swathes of lustrous-gold grasslands to hurtle through and broad open riverbeds to stake out, filled with giant herds of springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest….
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