Category Archives: Africa

For the Love of the Grape

In addition to cemeteries, sunsets, and trains, I love wine. There was one particularly cloudy, wet, drizzly day toward the end of my Cape Town sojourn, and that is the day that called for one of those other things South … Continue reading

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Things are Looking Up

Where I have lived for over thirty years, it is said that people “never look up.”  In fact, that is often one of the ways you know who the tourists are:  They’re looking up. New York City, of course, is … Continue reading

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Cemetery of Souls

I love cemeteries.  I always have. A macabre attraction to some, granted, but to me, what is macabre about the unwavering silence, or the peace we project onto those souls planted beneath the soil? It’s hard to resist the rough … Continue reading

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Cemetery of Trees

On an early morning off-train mini-safari excursion to Hwange National Park during the journey from Victoria Falls to Pretoria is where we, the rail travelers, saw wakes of vultures, dazzles of zebras, towers of giraffes, and herds of elephants.  The … Continue reading

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Hey, hey we’re the Monkeys

One of the sights most tourists are enthusiastic about seeing on a trip to Africa (or anywhere for that matter) are our close relatives in the monkey family. I saw a few types of monkeys on this trip.  While in … Continue reading

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The Big Five

In Africa, you often hear of what is referred to as The Big Five.  Including the African lion, the Big Five are what every safari tourist hopes to see before they have to head home.  They are the large game … Continue reading

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Birds in Paradise

Many of the birds we saw in Africa had names — as in genus, species names — I just don’t recall any of them (except the vulture, of course, and perhaps the ostrich and the penguin). The birds are curiously … Continue reading

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