Friday, October 20, 2017

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Here stands one of the gates to Chefchaouen's medina as it existed a generation ago, when the population was thoroughly Berber and tourists were scarce. The djellaba is the traditional garb for Moroccan men, but the pattern here is unique to the Rif. Unlike most of Morocco, Chefchaouen was Spanish before the country gained independence in 1956. [1989]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ceuta, Spain

The city of Ceuta is in the Kingdom of Spain. On what continent is it located? (a) Europe, (b) Africa, (c) Asia. The correct answer is Africa. Ceuta is one of two self-governing Spanish cities that are not in Europe. What country claims Ceuta, which they call Sebta, as their own? The country featured in tomorrow's post provides the answer. [1989]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Here's a cat that has survived for almost 130 years. Its paw rests on an orb, symbolic of the world and very reminiscent of Britain's reigning monarch. It's role may be nothing more than a powerful temple (or home) guardian, positioned strategically at the corner of the building it is protecting. [2006]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rayne, Louisiana, USA

Rayne fancies itself as the frog capital of the world. There are frogs around every corner, sometimes in full form and sometimes in murals. Why's that? Because there was a time when frog legs served in New York City and and around the world came from Rayne. [2011]

Monday, October 16, 2017

Palm Desert, California, USA

No pot of gold here. That's because we are at the Beginning of the Rainbow, where the colors originate. But, there's no indigo or violet (as noted by Roy G. Biv). Apparently, the artist wasn't working with a full spectrum. Nevertheless, here's a great use for an otherwise unremarkable median strip. [2015]

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Land, sea, sky. Tree, dolphins, moon. Only the dolphins are out of their element, having been put there by a chain-saw wielding sculptor who took a dead live oak (the victim of hurricane Katrina) and turned it into a living piece of art and a symbol of hope. It's a perfect gift for any birthday! [2009]

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Giraffes can sleep while standing up, but they do occasionally take a load off their feet. While he may be taking a rest, you shouldn't. Why not adopt a giraffe at your local zoo? Last year, the Red List reclassified giraffes as Vulnerable because their numbers have declined by 36-40% since 1985. Currently, there are fewer than 100,000 worldwide. [2014]