The Chobe River is a tributary of the mighty Zambezi River and forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. The Chobe National Park is situated on the southern banks of the river and is home to large herds of elephants, hippo’s, antelopes and a wide variety of birdlife. One of the highlights of my trip to this region was the cruise on the Zambezi Queen and watching the sunset on the Chobe river from the top-deck, glass of vino in hand.
The Jemaa el-Fna is a historic square in the Medina (Old Town) of Marrakech, Morocco. For centuries, the square has functioned as the main meeting point and centre of entertainment in the Medina. From the square, alleys branch out in all directions into the famous Souk and other parts of the Medina. The square itself is a hive of activity throughout the day, with stalls selling food, orange juice, spices and all sorts of Moroccan crafts. Snake charmers, musicians and street performers entertain both locals and tourists. A trip to Marrakech would not be complete without a stroll around the Jemaa el-Fna square.
The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is one of the largest art galleries in North America, featuring more than 80,000 works of art from the 1st century to more contemporary pieces. The gallery has been renovated several times during its existence; the latest renovations were designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry (think Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao) who was born in Toronto. The artworks at the gallery, from Renaissance to Canadiana, were certainly impressive but the most striking features of the museum were, in my view, the gorgeous curves designed by Frank Gehry.
If you’re in Toronto, the AGO is absolutely a must-visit, if only to admire its gorgeous curves!
It’s that time of year again when temperatures drop to and stay below freezing for a prolonged period. You can quite literally feel the excitement build up throughout the Netherlands, a country of ice-skating enthusiasts. Ice-skates are sold out in stores, scenes of ice-skating marathons along frozen canals and lakes fill television screens every evening, and the country looks to the northern province of Friesland in anticipation of the legendary Elfstedentocht (an ice-skating marathon along 200km of canals and lakes past eleven Frisian towns). This is a photo I took near the town of Leiden of people skating on a frozen waterway.
Read the accompanying post: “The Dutch Winter Frenzy“.