Archive for the ‘Something to see’ Category
Posted by Yacoob on June 25, 2013
Posted by Yacoob on April 3, 2013
Posted by Yacoob on December 26, 2012
Aside from the famous ‘table’ part of Table Mountain (in Cape Town), the mountain range has many other areas of interest – one of which captivated me for years. A few months ago, I finally made a trip up to it: the King’s Blockhouse – situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.
According to this source:
“Following the first British occupation of the Cape in 1795, the existing Dutch line of defence, known as the “French line”, was extended by the addition of three blockhouses up the slopes of Devil’s Peak. These included the Queen’s Blockhouse, on the Zonnebloem Estate, the Prince of Wales, above present-day De Waal Drive, and the King’s Blockhouse further up the mountainside. The first two have since fallen into a state of disrepair but the King’s Blockhouse, a massive stone structure 7m square, located on a prominent point on the Devil’s Peak, was retained in use as a signal station for communication between Table Bay and False Bay. The line was further strengthened in 1814 when several additional redoubts were built, and at one stage served as the official boundary between Cape Town and the country districts beyond. The King’s Blockhouse was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 4 February 1938.”
So for those in Cape Town (or those who’ve visited), if you’ve ever gazed up at Devil’s Peak and noticed this castle-like structure on the hill, that’s the history behind it.
It’s a pretty easy hike – starting at Rhodes Memorial, and running for about 45 minutes in total, with only a little section being quite steep.
Posted by Yacoob on June 4, 2012
Posted by Yacoob on January 8, 2012
A few signs from my recent trip to the Middle East:
Top left: A sign warning Hujaaj against begging. The English isn’t too great, but you get the message.
Top right: A fast food place near the Haram in Makkah, catering for pilgrims not so well off (of which there were many). To give you an idea, the prices quoted there are in Saudi Riyals, and one riyal is worth just over 2 South African Rands.
Middle left: No explanation needed. But despite fine efforts like this, it seems that smoking is still big in the country.
Middle right: I don’t know why, but I have a strange liking for this advert. I don’t know exactly what it’s advertising, but one of the logos on the poster is for the Saudi mobile operator Mobily.
Bottom left: Taken in Cairo, referencing the revolution that took place in Egypt a year ago.
Bottom right: Taken in Palestine, referencing the Palestinian attempt to gain recognition at the United Nations late last year.