Monthly Archives: October 2013

Favourite Photo Friday… or rather… Sunday: 3 for 1 (to make up my lateness)

This has been a busy week and I forgot to blog I’m 3 days late.

So here you go, 3 people featured in this photo: Nelson Mandela, yours truly, and the big red Coke-crate man:


The sculpture (the red one obviously), made out of red Coca Cola crates was created for the 2010 World Cup… I don’t know why. But, this seemed like a good place for a photo :)

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

The One About Painting the Sea

This is JMW Turner’s painting Storm at Sea:

Storm at Sea

In the Bahamas, The Husband and I sat down with paint and canvas, and painted on the beach. We both shared the same view and the same paint. He thought he did a better job, and I have to admit that I really admired the light feathery touch he had with the paintbrush. But I still thought I did a better job. I preferred my heavy, dark and deep colours and the build up of paint on the canvas over his more whimsical scene. His painting had a certain happiness to it, mine was a bit depressing and lonely, but in that, I feel, more thought. I don’t know where those paintings are anymore. I can’t remember if we ended up leaving them behind or where we might have put them if we brought them back.

Maybe you’re not as attracted to Turner’s study of water-meets-sky-movement, as I am. Perhaps you’re drawn more to Claude Monet’s foaming waves and his interest in sunlight and weather effects in Waves Breaking:

Waves Breaking

These two paintings sort of illustrate the very different results The Husband and I got.

Everyone wants to paint the ocean. There’s something captivating about the movement of waves that’s inspiring. It helps that the same view you stare at one day, is different the next day - no two days look the same if you pay attention to all the details.

To read more about Turner and Monet’s paintings, or learn about other artists who’ve painted the ocean, check out The 10 Best Sea Paintings.

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul” – Victor Hugo 






The One About Istanbul

“Rome may be The Eternal City, but Istanbul can make a pretty good case for immortality too. The cities are about the same age, both over two-and-a-half millennia, and for much of that time the larger, wealthier, and more influential of the two was not the one in Italy. In fact Istanbul, known as Constantinople at the time, spent hundreds of years ruling over Rome as the capital of the Roman Empire.” – see full article here

Istanbul is magical. That’s all I can say.

8 Things Not to Miss in Istanbul lists the eight must-sees for all. Below are my images of the 8 rather 7… #4 was eaten and not photographed :D

#1 Be awed by the Blue Mosque

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#2 Learn the mysteries of underground Istanbul

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(underground water cistern – the conclusion of Dan Brown’s Inferno takes place here)

#3 Get lost in the Grand Bazaar

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#4 Enjoy Turkish delight (yeah this one didn’t get photographed, but was definitely enjoyed)!

#5 Be blown away by Hagia Sophia

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#6 Learn how Turkish carpets are made

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#7 Live like a sultan in Topkapi Palace

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#8 Ride the funicular (to Taksim Square)

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For more info on these places/things, check out the article.

“If the earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital” – Napoleon Bonaparte.