Off the beaten track

I’m living in a small town through which the main road between Cape Town and the Southernmost tip of the African Continent runs. ‘Runs’, indeed for most tourists are racing in high speed mode from one ‘attraction’ to the other. It’s a pity to see people not experiencing the real beauty of a wonderful countryside. …

Another Haiku sold

We are still working on the decoration of our Private Gallery. In the meantime however, thanks to marketing abroad, tourists are popping in (on appointment!!!). Yvonne sold this morning some jewellery pieces. And me? Just sold the natural whirlpool in the ‘Klip Rivier’ (Stone River) in Napier to a European customer. With haiku: Whirlpool Haiku …

The Private Gallery

The Private Gallery in Napier, South Africa, opens soon.

The off the beaten track botanical garden 2

(See also previous post) Many tourists who travel to South Africa visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town. From a botanical point of view this ‘tourist trap’ has been continuously detoriorating since we live in this part of the world. And we also hear this all the time from horticulturists/botanists of name and fame …

The off the beaten track botanical garden 1

Many tourists who travel to South Africa visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town. From a botanical point of view this ‘tourist trap’ has been continuously detoriorating since we live in this part of the world. And we also hear this all the time from horticulturists/botanists of name and fame from around the globe …

Trendy Places in Cape Town 4 (The Gallery Shop)

Many tourists in Cape Town visit the Green Market to bargain for souvenirs from South Africa; most of these not made in the Rainbow Nation. But The Gallery Shop in nearby Church Street is a different story. It showcases contemporary handmade craft and art from South Africa. The owner focuses on beadwork, jewellery, ceramics, felt and recycled materials; all …

Tomorrow …

This is the last week Emile Richter shows tourists around the restored watermill in 19th century village Elim. The village land is owned by the Moravian church and only villagers are allowed to build a house on a designated plot. Emile is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the village including upgrade of …

Back in time

Funny… When the church bells woke me at five this morning I went back 50 years when Ferre Grignard became famous in the European lowlands with the song ‘Ring, ring I’ve got to sing‘. As a 14 yr old I saw him performing in ‘De Muze’ in Antwerp (nowadays a famous jazz cafe. Grignard was inspired …

Chilling Cheetah in the wild

Some, in fact most, tourists visit a sanctuary, a game reserve of a zoo to see animals. That’s the safe way. I rather see them in a natural environment. But than one must be lucky to see any because most of the ‘wild’ animals are shy unless you enter their territory or protecting their young ones …

Visitors of the South

Imaginary of the Esplanade in Hermanus, South Africa. It’s South Africa’s whale-watching hotspot for tourists but most of them eat and drink on the terraces …. and … , seemingly, forget about the whales…. More eye for what is on the menu…