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Gaudi in Zakopane?

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I saw this strange building on the main road into Zakopane, and it really interested me. It looks exactly what Guidi would have built if he was an artist in Zakopane instead of in Barcelona. I love the way the two architectural styles are so seamlessly blended in this building.

If you want to find out more about the house (and are willing to read Polish or at least use Google translate), here is an interesting interview.

By the way, they say that the best camera is the one in your hand. I shot this with my phone and the processed it in Photomatix afterwards.

Downstreet

This will be my final post of the Cape Town Club (well at least for now). I love these old stairs – they remind me of the art by MC Escher (he used to draw the strange staircases that started and ended at the same place). If you have read Neverwhear by Neil Gaiman (if not you should – it is a great book), you will remember the “Down Street” section of the book, and these stairs really look like they could be Down Street.

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Cape Town Club – the formal lounges

While the formal lounge at the Cape Town Club has some lovely furniture, it is…well…just a little too formal for me.

Although I am a little intrigued about the organ on the right of the first pic.

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But don’t you think the rooms are nice and spacious. They would make great band practise rooms – do you think the venue will agree?

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Cape Town Club – down in the cellars

There are some wonderful old buildings in Cape Town, and the Cape Town Club is no exception. If you go down into the basement there is a lovely old dark bar, complete with old carpets and period furniture – I am convinced the furniture was modern when the bar was originally built! This is where you go to watch magic. In fact the Cape Town Magic Club meet here (which is where I first found the bar). It is a lovely old building with some beautiful furniture inside.

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Old bar (and rather well stocked) bar

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Velvet cushioned chairs

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The side room

Watch this space to see some more pics of the Cape Town Club.

Update: the Cape Town Magic Club now meet at Truth Coffee – still in the city bowl.

Mythological Landscape

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This sculpture is in the middle Cape Town on Thibault Square. I am not quite sure what it is of, but it looks like a few gargoyles looking around the city. According to this AVA, it was created by John Skotnes in the 1990’s, and is called “Mythological Landscape”. It was “an attempt to speak directly to, and become a celebration of, the diversity of people“. I just think it is a strange yet somewhat interesting sculpture.

Anyway if you want to see it pop over to Thibault Square in the city centre.

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