A sprawling Free State farm returned to the steam age last week.
Twenty-two restored steam locomotives were fired-up and spent the week hauling trains on the 26km-long narrow gauge railway that picks its way through the maize fields and under the sandstone buttresses on Sandstone Estates near Ficksburg. Read More…
January 2, 1995. It was my last day in Hanoi. We had returned to the city from a five-day scooter ride in the country. We had been lost, cold, battered by the “Chinese wind”, rained on and starved of gas and food, and Vietnam had, occasionally, felt mean and less enchanting, as it would from under a soaked poncho and freezing mud in our boots. We had tickets for tonight’s train, the Reunification Express to Saigon. But first I had to wash the mud off my scooter and inhale whatever last memories I could of Hanoi. Read More…
June 3, 2012 EIGHT million people a year shuffle down the long galleries of The Louvre. On any summer Sunday, it feels like all of them are there on the same day. That’s the cost of modern tourism and who can argue with that when it pays The Louvre’s rent? Read More…
The last Times Explorer team has left the Wild Coast behind and tonight are in Hogsback, at the edge of the Amatola Mountains. Tomorrow they head for Bloemfontein and then Joburg and the end of the road.
PHOTO: The view from the Fisherman’s Tales bar at Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape.PICTURE: Kevin Sutherland
The Times Explorer team is heading for Jo’burg, having spent the last couple of days making their way from Piet Retief to the frogging town of Chrissiesmeer and Ermelo. Here’s what they saw on the way.
Esa Alexander took the pictures.
The Times Explorer team ambled across country to Piet Retief and on to Amsterdam to check out its nightlife and red-light district. Things, as they discovered, are never quite what they seem.
The photo shows Amsterdam on Sunday night. Esa Alexander took the pictures. For more stories and photos, see Times Explorer.
The Times Explorer team rolled around the country where the might of Zululand clashed bloodily against the British Empire. It’s a hard place, indeed, for the people lost the war AND the peace.
Esa Alexander took some great pictures such as this one in the Rorke’s Drift museum.
For more stories and photos, see Times Explorer.