Monday, 20 March 2017

A QUIET LONG WEEK-END


There is nothing as relaxing as a quiet week-end surrounded by trees, forest streams, mountains and friends

OJ

Hogsback
Eastern Cape 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE


Is it not strange that looking at something familiar from a different point of view can change your perspective?

Even the Tour Eiffel can appear completely different when looked at from below.

OJ

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

NOT A ROAD FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED


This narrow road taking residents to their homes in the mid levels of the town of Beynac-et-Cazenac is certainly not for the faint-hearted or intoxicated!

Beynac-et-Cazenac is one of six medieval villages in the Dordogne which have been recognized for their unique architectural style - others include Domme, Roque de Gazeac and Sarlat. Walking through their narrow streets is like stepping into a "time machine" and travelling back a thousand years.

OJ

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PAUNAT


According to legend a pilgrim passing through the valley where one now finds the town of Paunat, swore that if his staff were to take root, he would build a church on that spot. Apparently the staff sprouted roots and consequently the abbey church of St Martia was established in the 12th century. 

Paunat is a small picturesque village in the Dordogne, east of Bergerac.
OJ 

Monday, 13 March 2017

SILENT POLITICIANS


Marble statues of gods, mythological characters, politicians and soldiers in one of the quiet galleries of the Louvre ... not a tweet to be heard.

OJ 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

CHANTILLY


The spectacular Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly on an icy (but clear) winter's day. This famous horse-racing venue was created by Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon who is alleged to have believed that he would be reincarnated as a horse!  Was he planning ahead when he designed these stables?

OJ

Friday, 10 March 2017

PRETENSION


While taking an early morning walk on my favourite beach, I came across this scary fellow!

I think he is a harmless mole snake (Pseudaspis cana) but he got me thinking about snakes, politicians and other pretentious people ...

The Indian philosopher and politician, Chanakya  (350 - 275 BC) reminds us:

"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous!"

OJ