The Museum

One of the finest educational museums to visit in the Western Cape, South Africa is the one dedicated to the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (sometimes written as Diaz) in Mossel Bay. The nice thing is the lack of coffee corners, restaurants and ‘Made in China’ souvenir shops but somewhere hidden within the museum is a shop with locally made crafts related to the museum and the town. Coffee and food outlets are plenty nearby.

In the centre of the museum is a big hall with in it a replica of the vessel the explorer discovered Mossel Bay in 1588. Most pictures in this photo-gallery show details of this vessel. Lots of ropes… But there is plenty more of curiosities to experience!

 

 

Peruvian mask

During our travels in the past we always try to collect souvenirs. Sometimes these are just stones, sometimes genuine crafts or art. And we never went into a souvenir shop. If we bought something we had to like/love it and it had to be made by an artist on the spot. We’ve never been in Peru (South America is still largely to be discovered by us) but we met once in France an ceramist from this country working in the traditional way including wood-fired ovens scattered around his house somewhere in rural Burgondy, high in the mountains above the original French capital Cluny. And that is where we bought this mask and forgot in the meantime the meaning of it and also the name of the artist …..

_DSC2664webWe played a bit in Photoshop with brightness, exposures and styles to add some ‘mystery’.