This is what a church full of singing and dancing people looks like on the Sunday worship. Taken in the tiny tiny town of Ochero in the Uganda countryside. A place where we were the first white people to visit in two years!
Make sure to watch at least till one minute!
By the way: the palm leaves were due to the upcoming Easter festivities.
About time to add some panoramic images from all over the world, a section that I will be updating more over the coming months.
Most of these have been stitched using the excellent Hugin stitching tool.
View over Nagasaki, Japan, from the Clover Garden elevator. 2004
One of the nicest hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of overnighting can be found near the Johannesburg Airport, little over twenty minutes North of the hectic and largest South African city is Pretoria, the legislative Capital. Before hitting that town, famous for its abundant Jacaranda Trees, in a hidden and very nice neighborhood you will find a Villa turned into a hotel for Kings, their website says it all and nothing of it is overstated. What an incredible place!
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A magnificent villa with sweeping views across the treetops of the historical Jacaranda City. Set in tranquil gardens, teeming with birds, it is no wonder that Illyria is often referred to as a “little paradise”.
Upon entering through the wrought iron gates, a fairytale ambience, reflecting the epitome of gracious and romantic living unfolds, complete with white gloved butlers discreetly working their magic to please.
Unrivalled personalized service, exclusivity and luxury are a given at this intimate haven. Fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, soft classical music and exquisite cuisine have contributed to Illyria’s standing as a sought-after oasis of tranquility, refined beauty and charm.
It comes as no surprise that Illyria House has become a destination in its own right, a unique, nostalgic, colonial experience, highly appreciated by the discerning traveler, and the secret retreat of royalty, heads of state and celebrities alike.
Services rendered by your personal butler include organizing historical tours, sports activities, country picnics, individualized shopping outings and transfers to attractions in the city and surrounding areas. Guests may enjoy beauty treatments in the magical wellness spa in the secret garden or in the privacy of their rooms.
Secluded yet centrally located, a stay at Illyria House is ideal in combination with a luxury rail journey, wildlife safari or Indian Ocean island resort, and holds the promise to add an unforgettable authentic experience in colonial African hospitality.
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2000 meter long, 280 meters high and speeds up to 120km/hour. Sun City (South Africa) has the longest zip-slide in the world: The Pronutro Zip 2000 (what a name!).
Thougth I’d give my Canon EOS 1DmkIII a spin with a med-resoultion setting and the motordrive on the medium setting as well. ISO 200, aperature priority at f5 and a plus stop of 1/3 for that extra bit of light. The whole video is composed of over 350 resized jpegs.
Kelly Rowland headlined the 2008 edition of the POSI+IVE event in South Africa’s Sun City. The Sun International event raises money for some of their AIDS projects all over the country. With ust a few days notice (Backstreet Boys had to cancel due to family circumstances) she managed to pull a great show at the POSI+IVE Rocks Gala.
Lately, I’ve been getting quite a few request for hi-res images from the Dhow sailing boats that I captured along the Tanzanian coast in 2004. So, I figured it was time to make a decent posting about these incredible sailing ships that transport cargo and people over the rough seas of the Indian Ocean. At the end of this post there is a slideshow with decent captions about the Dhows, Zanzibar, Dolhpin watching and Stonetown. Enjoy!