Oh Lawdy it’s Randlords

Randlords

These black and white, long-exposure captures of the Johannesburg skyline paint it in a different colour, to reveal the relaxed atmosphere that enveloped the cityscape at twilight on New Year’s Eve. Few cars were seen navigating the street grid that stretches below Randlords. One of…

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1000 Drawings, Countless Smiles

1000 Drawings

Three thousand artworks hung pegged to twine as hundreds weaved between them, like a needle sewing thread. They stopped. They stared. They smiled. The historic electric workshop in Newtown – which houses the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre – was transformed into a walk-though art gallery for the “Night of…

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Supermoon Over Jozi

Supermoon

It’s known as the ‘Supermoon’ to us non-astronomy types, but to those who study the night sky and beyond — as they peer into the past — it’s the Perigee moon. ‘Tis the largest full moon of the year, due to its proximity to the…

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Johannesburg Skyline

Johannesburg skyline

There aren’t many more satisfying ways I can think of than to spend a Sunday afternoon on the rooftop of the City of Gold. Randlords, on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers in Braamfontein, offers splendid panoramic views of the Johannesburg skyline. The bustle below…

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Meditation On A Jo’burg Sunset

Johannesburg sunset

The end of one day merely ushers in the beginning of another Some find hope in the end; some find hope in the beginning And so one never knows whether it’s the sunrise or the sunset that is more beautiful And perhaps there is no…

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Windhoek and its Incongruities

Now I can say that I’ve visited one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Country number 22 on my travel list was Namibia: the 34th largest country, which only boasts a population of 2.32 million. The former German colony was mandated to…

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Sunflowers Worship Ra

Darkness is sent scuttling by his imminent presence. He calls life into existence through his majestic course across the heavens. The sunflower awakens for his ritual of worship. After twilight he bows his head, awaiting dawn.

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Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

To celebrate the Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon, I visited the Nan Hua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit, which is approximately 100km from Sandton. The stalls which attracted so many hungry customers really did give me the impression that I…

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Prague: Bohemian Bliss

After the Velvet Revolution, the city of a thousand spires has emerged from behind the iron curtain to become one of Europe’s most-visited cities. Prague, the largest urban historical centre on the UNESCO Heritage List, should be on everyone’s bucket list, whether you’re passing through…

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Cracow’s Fire-Breathing Dragon

Krakow

Most castles have some magical, or perhaps monstrous, creature woven into their history. Wawel Royal Castle, in Cracow, is no different. A fire-breathing dragon — smok wawelski in the mother tongue — terrorised Cracow’s people and probably provided quite a bit of adrenaline-fuelled ‘entertainment’ and…

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Poland’s Exits and Entrances

Poland

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances…” — As You Like It, William Shakespeare There are  so many interesting ‘exits and entrances’ (those things we know as doors) in Poland. Here are…

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Poland’s Oldest University

Jagiellonski

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski is renowned for being the highest rated university in Poland – that’s probably because it has had quite a bit of practice, over the centuries, as to what is required of a top university. Its oldest campus (Collegium Maius) dates back to 1364…

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Let There Be A Fortress

Fortress

Everyone knows that a medieval European city needed to be fortified. Cracow is no exception. The city centre was surrounded by fortress walls that ran for two miles around its perimeter; had 39 towers and 8 gates. The fortress kept out invaders with its 10-metre…

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Cracow’s Leaning Tower

Krakow

I know what you’re thinking! Shouldn’t this post read: ‘The Leaning Tower of Pisa,’ that town in central Italy? Well, Cracow’s Town Hall Tower (Wieza Ratuszowa) could be better known as ‘The Leaning Tower of Cracow’. The gothic, 70-metre high tower leans 55cm to one side.…

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Sukiennice in Cracow

Sukiennice

Sunlight waltzes in through the four main entrances and asks the amber jewellery for a dance; she coyly glistens but obliges. Wooden marionette puppets wink as you pass by, while sheepskin slippers conjure thoughts of winter. Sukiennice, or cloth hall, is located in the centre…

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St Mary’s Basilica

St Mary's Basilica

St Mary’s Basilica (Kosciol Mariacki), which is situated in Cracow’s Old Town Square is one of the city’s most well-known landmarks. For this reason, it is often the meeting point for locals and for free walking tours around Cracow. Perhaps you may recognise the basilica from…

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Is there a FRACKING way?

Fracking

Fracking: You’re either for it or against it! There seem to be no gray zones when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. I was in the Karoo, a semi-desert region of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, at the end of…

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Dutch Reformed church: Graaff-Reinet

The centre piece of Graaff-Reinet is its national monument: the Dutch Reformed church. It greets visitors at the end of the main street in this small Karoo town, which is aptly named Church Street. And why would it be called anything else? The church is…

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