Chopin concert in Warsaw

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There are two composers that (in my opinion) are the the best ever piano composers. The first is Beethoven (a while ago I visited his grave in Vienna), and the other of course is Frédéric Chopin. Every single piece of music that Chopin wrote contains the piano.

They day we arrived in Warsaw there was a free Chopin concert at the Chopin memorial in the Royal Baths Park in the South of Warsaw, so as soon as we found our apartment we dropped our bags and dashed out to head off to the park.

The concert reminded me a lot of the Kirstenbosch concerts in Cape Town (except this one was free), but there were at least a thousand people sitting on benches and the lawns.

While I don’t know the pianist, he is (at least according to the announcer) one of the top Polish Pianists, and judging by his playing he clearly was! It was amazing to sit for an hour and just relax after a crazy long flight and listen to some Chopin.

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Lake Malawi

These photos are from a long time ago. I was in Malawi in 2008 to run a training course and I managed to get a day to go North to visit the lake. It is a truly beautiful lake to visit, almost completely untouched and completely clean. But it was very hot – especially standing at the side of the lake with the heat reflecting off the sand.

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It looks like the perfect place in the evening when it cools down a little, and to enjoy an ice-cold beer while watching the sunset…although I think that the mozzies just might be a bit of a problem, and it is a Malaria area, so maybe it was best to keep my visit to the day.

Lake Malawi

Fresh Pumpkin

I saw this lovely display of fresh pumpkin & squash outside a restaurant in Krakow. It looked so great and colourful. All I can think about when I look at them is a hot and tasty vegetable curry.

Mixed squash
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Pumpkins
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Street markets in Athens

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When we arrived in Athens it was market-day in our street, so as soon as we dropped off our bags at our apartment we went straight downstairs to do some shopping for the week. The European fresh-produce markets are really fantastic. The quality is great and you can stock up on almost any produce for the week, and they are truly markets for the people.They are nothing like the markets in Cape Town which sell (to be fair excellent quality) expensive “artisan” produce catering for the upper-end consumer.

If I had a market like this near my house I would happily shop there every week.

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