A morning walk, Bangkok

Royal palace, Bangkok. 2018. It’s already been two years since we went on our Asia trip. From Singapore to Malaysia to Thailand to Cambodia. I must say my feet are itching to  go back. Meanwhile, some views of Bangkok. Sawadeekraap… Klong or canal, facing the Artist’s house. Bangkok used to be a water city. Now…

A bridge in Yucatán. Street art

Under the light of the Jelly fish. Akumal bridge, Yucatán, Mexico. Mirror, mirror, who’s the greenest? La taverna, Akumal beach. (Very recommendable place to eat in Akumal) Guardian of the Bridge. Akumal. No fear. Bernard l’hermite. (Bernard the Hermit…) (See your local Kikipedia for exact translation) Stay in the queue. My hair is a mess!…

A Yucatán post(card)

Coati Bill, shooting the breeze with his buddy, Dr Death. Tulum, Mexico. Coati Joe and the Missus, distant relations of Bill’s, at the ruins of Coba, Yucatán peninsula. Yucatán postcard 1. View from breakfast. This past end-of-year, we decided to spend the holidays with the whole family near Tulum, on the Yucatán peninsula, near Tulum.…

An African* childhood, part 3

The magic house, Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, c.1962. I’m sitting on the table, pondering the day’s next play. Little Sis walks down the stairs with her cast on her arm. Keep a safe distance lest she clubs you. The house may be long gone, the African village at the back has been replaced by rows…

Van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise

Vincent Van Gogh arrived at Auvers-sur-Oise in May 1890. Nearly 130 years ago. Auvers is a small town, or a large village North of Paris. Long time friends of ours live 10 kms away. Our old house in Normandy was 20-25 kms away perhaps. Monet’s Giverny lies 30-40 kms to the West. One week-end we…

Colours for winter

Gold. Copa de oro. Gold cup. This post is for our friends in the North, caught up in the drab and grey of winter rain, sleet or snow. Low light and endless nights. Hang in there. Colours will come back. Blue. Green. Orange. Cempazúchitl, flower for the Day of the Dead. Terracotta. Better safe than…

Travellers 3. Reset.

“Missed my bus.” Traveller 42. Boulevard Raspail, Paris, 2019. “I don’t care.” Traveller 43. Skull and tats. Jardin des Tuileries. Travellers 36 & 36A. Les Dimanches à Bamako. Traveller 44. See Amadou & Mariam below. Setting the micro wave oven remotely on defrost. ETA 20 minutes. Traveller 45. The mad hatter. Arc de triomphe du…