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David M Byrne
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Worldwide Destination Photography & Insights
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Cape Dutch Architecture, Western Cape, South Africa

Cape Dutch architecture is an attraction at many of South Africa's Western Cape wineries, that and the Victorian architectural styles subsequently introduced by the British once they had rid the Cape of the Dutch. Some estates do dazzling architecture better than others and you would need a lot of time moving from estate to estate in a bid to sample all the best of the architectural delights on offer – if your three passions in life just happen to be wine, photography & architecture, then I fear you may never leave the Western Cape Winelands. As an introduction to the gleaming architectural gems on show, this glorious & unmistakably Cape Dutch building in the grounds of the Blaauwklippen Vineyards did just fine. Just fine indeed. Prevalent in the Western Cape, the distinctive Cape Dutch architectural style – typically squat, H-shaped buildings with grand & ornately rounded gables, whitewashed walls and thatched roofs – was prominent in the early, 17th-century days of the Cape Colony, the name obviously derived from the fact that the early Cape settlers were Dutch.

#architecture #capedutch #capedutcharchitecture #westerncape #southafrica #winelands

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Dassie, South Africa

While I'd met penguins before, I'd never before been acquainted with a rock hyrax, affectionately known in South Africa as the dassie, a name meaning 'little badger' that was bestowed upon them by the Cape's first Dutch settlers. A medium-sized terrestrial mammal resembling a guinea pig with short ears and tail, they are, and belying their size, actually the closest living relative of the elephant. Widely distributed in South Africa having thrived in the absence of any real predators, it was here on the boardwalks behind the Boulders Beach penguin colony where I first encountered them late in the evening on day 3 of a 9-day exploration of Cape Town & environs.

More: http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/cape-town/

#travel #travelphotography #dassie #capetown #westerncape #southafrica
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Boulders Beach, Western Cape South Africa

There were many highlights while exploring the Western Cape's Cape Peninsula (epic coastal drives, plush seaside settlements and end-of-the-world vibes among them), but the African penguins doing their thing among the sheltered rocks of Boulders Beach outside Simon's Town was probably the highlight of day 3. Penguins? In Africa? Well I never!

#travel #travelphotography #bouldersbeach #penguins #capetown #westerncape #southafrica #capepeninsula
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The Grand Canyon, North Rim, at sunset.

#grandcanyon #travel #sunset
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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 
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Cape Peninsula, South Africa

It's a leisurely drive south from Cape Town via the M6, a.k.a. Victoria Road, along the Atlantic Seaboard of the region's finger-shaped Cape Peninsula, that mass of rocky land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean at the southwestern extremity of the African continent. The coast-skirting, cliff-hugging road winds through some pretty & plush settlements that are pushed up against the slopes of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles of the Table Mountain chain. Boasting Africa's priciest real estate, these settlements are a mix of residential social hubs and popular tourist attractions lined with sundowner bars and restaurants, and quiet, secluded bays and coves good for sunbathing, such as here at Llandudno. Much less developed than settlements further north, this particular exclusive Cape Peninsula suburb, seen here from a Victoria Road overlook, probably has the most idyllic picture-postcard setting of them all.

#travel #capetown #southafrica #capepeninsula #wowsouthafrica #llandudno #lovecapetown
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Amazing Antarctica

That time I went on a 10-day Antarctica cruise.

http://travel.davidmbyrne.com/antarctica/

#antarctica #onceinalifetime #luxurytravel
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Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula's Chapman's Peak Drive, some 20 kilometres south of Cape Town, isn't long, but the drive, affectionately known as Chappies, is billed as one of the world's best coastal drives, and it's not hard to see why. Cut into the edge of the Peninsula's 592-metre-high Chapman's Peak, the 9 kilometre tolled road, formally opened in 1992, has 114 curves and is sometimes closed due to rock falls, the massive nets on the cliffs high above the road an ever-present reminder of the hazards lurking above.

#chapmanspeak #capepeninsula #southafrica #travel
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