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Mamre, Cape West Coast

Tranquility AND Heritage at it’s finest. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town, or 20 minutes from Darling.

South Africa’s West Coast

South Africa’s west coast is still considered to be a relatively unspoilt coastline due to it’s rugged beauty, biosphere and long white sandy beaches that stretch for kilometers on end. This unique coastline, nestled with fisherman’s cottages, coves and bays have been a haven for surfer’s from around the globe to ornithologists, botanists and for…

Cape Town – The Mother City

  The most southern African city on the continent … Crowned with her majestic Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill. As quoted by the South African National Parks Board (SANParks) Table Mountin – “This natural world heritage site, and Natural New 7 Wonder of the World, is a haven of magnificent mountains plunging into…

Greek Islands & Mainland

Ἑλλάς Greece, otherwise known as Hellas or Ellada to the locals. A trip to Greece simply has to include at least one overnight in the capital city of Athens.  To understand the wealth in archaeology and history is to set foot on the acropolis, hear the wind whistle through the columns as you grasp the…

Lesvos – The Eden of The East

Sigh …   This island is my second home, my childhood playground… The place where I first set eyes on and fell in-love with the Olive Tree, it’s silver-green leaf, her fruit, and golden olive oil (unique to Mytilene).  The island of poetry and myth, from the 6th Century BCE poet – Sappho’s, to Stratis Myrivilis,…

Anselm Kiefer – Cultural Healing through Memory

Cultural Healing/Heritage through Memory This paper examines the artist Anselm Kiefer, and the notions of memory as heritage within the work produced by him.  It is therefore suggested that exploring the values and meanings associated with Kiefer’s art works in this way within contemporary society provides valuable insight into the complex relationships of art, memory…

Poetry

The Pomegranate by Khalil Gibran Once when I was living in the heart of a pomegranate, I heard a seed saying, “Someday I shall become a tree, and the wind will sing in my branches, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful through all the seasons.” Then another seed spoke…

Homer’s Iliad (A study/travel guide)

Homer’s Iliad Based on Richmond Alexander Lattimore’s (1906-1984) translated version Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961. Image Credit to – Cover design by Sue Allen. I have taken the honor of publishing my sketch notes on Homer’s Iliad during my studies at The American College of Greece, Athens.  I strongly recommend this phenomenal book for any traveler…

A Burial of Romanticism – Gustave Courbet

Courbet and Schiller:  A Burial of Romanticism In this paper I am going to discuss the revolutionary French painter of the 19th century, Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet through the notion of aesthetic and political freedom, as restated by the German philosopher Friedrich von Schiller in his Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Mankind (1793-4).  Due…