The Maya World Tree

In Mesoamerican theology the sacred World Tree stands in the centre of the world, crossing and connecting three horizontal levels, the heavens, the earth and the underworld. It has its roots embedded deep in the underworld, with its trunk straight and sturdy in the earthly realm and its branches high up in the heavens, diverging into the four cardinal directions. Each direction has a colour. East is Red, North is White, West is black and South is yellow. The World […]

Exploring Easter Island – Days 5, 6 and 7

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Highlights of Day 5 (continued) + Days 6 & 7 Te Pito Kura the magnetic stone, Manavai plant enclosures, Hare Moa stone chicken coops and Anakena Beach.   Right next to Paro (the toppled moai) I found a stone enclosure with a large stone in the centre and four small stones surrounding it. The smaller stones are “seats” and people can sit here and place their hands on the large stone to absorb the energy. The […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 5 – Part 1

Travelogue – Highlights of Day 5 – Rapa Nui: Rano Raraku Crater and Lake, Papa Vaka Petroglyphs and Garden and Paro the fallen Moai at Te Pito Kura Day 5 (Part 1) I woke up at about 3am and something was amiss. It was quiet outside. The stormy weather had died down. This could just be a lull I thought, but what if it holds? I reset my alarm and went back to sleep, holding thumbs. I was up early. […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 4

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 4 Highlights In the morning I went to the tourist information office to pick up some maps and brochures. When inquiring about the weather staff assured me that it would be raining for 3 or 4 days and that the rain would start the following morning. They recommend getting as much as possible sightseeing in during the day. This made me decide to head out to the south-east end of Easter Island and then walk […]

Exploring Easter Island – Day 3

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Day 3 Highlights The following morning I set out early. It was raining all night and the clouds were just starting to clear. I came across a lonely horse next to a small moai, but soon encountered more. I passed by Tahai again and then continued northwards. The terrain was getting more rural. Shortly after passing through a country gate and stepping over pools of rain water I heard a noise. Looking back I noticed horses […]

Exploring Easter Island – Days 1 & 2

Travelogue: Rapa Nui – Days 1 & 2 (June 2015) Day 1: After about five hours of flight time from Santiago, we were nearing our destination. Serious turbulence started up during our descent in the stormy weather. Just before touch-down a very strong tug to the left occurred, then to the right, followed by a hard bounce as wheels connected with rain-soaked tarmac, complimented with (some) veering and swerving, but no skidding, until the plane came to a standstill. A […]

Santiago Street Art

June 9 – 12, 2015.  Santiago de Chile. Photography by Jean-Jacques M. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café. Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Choose Conscience Building the New World Within (10) – What is Enlightenment?

Free your Mind

‘Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo’, situated in Uruguay’s oldest (ex-)prison. Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015.  Photography by Jean-Jacques Montagnier — Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Choose Conscience Building the New World Within (10) – What is Enlightenment?

Thoughts from the Streets (3)

Cordón, Montevideo, Uruguay, 12.04.2015. Photographs by Jean-Jacques Montagnier © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsycafe.org / Travelosophy.org Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Santiago Street Art Free your Mind Montevideo Murals Rustic ARTitecture Dublin Revisited

Montevideo Murals

Street art is big in Montevideo, with interesting styles. Here are a couple of examples which I took pictures of recently in one of the older neighborhoods, Cordón. – Jean-Jacques Murals, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2015 Photographed by Jean-Jacques M. Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved. Gypsy Café Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Choose […]

Rustic ARTitecture

I arrived in South America 3 weeks ago and spent 5 days in Buenos Aires. I got these shots with my Film SLR and then as usual I had to wait for them to be developed. I might take most of my future shots with my Digital SLR as it has become increasingly difficult (and expensive) to get film processed, no matter where you are in the world. – Jean-Jacques ** Photography by Jean-Jacques M. with Pentax P30T Film SLR […]

The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback

Hogsback “Hogsback is a magical world of mountains and forests. It is situated high up on the Amathole mountains of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, and is surrounded by centuries-old indigenous Afro-montane forests.” Quoted from: http://www.hogsback.co.za/ Hogsback in a Nutshell – Read More — The Eco-Shrine at Hogsback “I created this art work in 1995 and 1996 because I felt the need to give artistic expression to the scientific facts regarding the origin of Earth and all of […]

Dublin Revisited

Just over a year ago I returned from Ireland. For me this is so recent that I could just as well still be there, but I’m not. I could just step out of my Irish Sea red brick sea-facing house (in which I rented a small apartment), jump on a bus and be in the city centre in about 12 minutes flat, traffic depending, but I can’t. I could just take a stroll up to the local Dart station and […]

Resentment Resolved

“Having resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die” — Malachy McCourt. Recent & Related Murals and Street Art of Buenos Aires Santiago Murals Los Lagos y Los Volcanes The Crosses on San Cristóbal Hill – Santiago The Fifth Element – Illuminating the Shadows Stage Shifting Peruvian Selection – People, Landscapes, Churches & Ruins

South Africans Should Never Forget

  South Africans should never forget. It is our disunity that makes our unity. Whether we fully appreciate it or not, we still stand as a model for the world… …about how disunity can be overcome. Even if it leads to some of the same, we have also made massive strides. What we need to do is mature into this process and take pride. Politics aside. It is our duty to continue to build on this and not take our […]