Our 27 African Art Acquisitions & My Final Thoughts on the Trip…

See part 1, part 2, and part 3 in the series documenting our trip to West Africa in July…

April’s been home now for several weeks, but I’m only just now ready for this final wrap-up post about our trip. It took some time to prepare our new shelves and to set up our art, books, and movies. But now I’m ready to present our findings, most of which April acquired after I flew home from Nigeria and she continued on for a number of weeks into Togo, Benin, and finally Ghana. My post yesterday regarding Camille Paglia’s books linking ancient tribal Paganism with today’s art and popular culture are relevant to the points of this piece — the line between religious icon and art object is often in the eye of the beholder…

First, a mask from Ghana, with two sand paintings from Goree Island in Senegal. Our comedy DVD shelf sits above them:

Two heads from Benin, in between shelves of April’s art books, these also possess two Goree Island sand paintings, one on each side:

These two heads are from #Benin and sit between shelves of @aprilbey_ #art book collection.

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The Last Two Legs of My Africa Trip

(Click here for Part One, and here for Part Two.)

Well, I’ve been home for over a week now and between trying to get caught up on work and getting my sleep back in order (apparently jet lag can last awhile) I have not yet done the final post describing the last two countries of my part of the trip — Morocco and Nigeria. Let’s correct that now.

Day 19: Thursday, July 20 — We arrive in Morocco early in the morning (around 8) but cannot check into our hotel until the afternoon (2ish). Apart from that anticipated bump in the road the hotel was nice, among the highlights of our short stay in Casablanca.

We survived our Red Eye flight and now are enjoying breakfast in Casablanca!

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Day 20: Friday, July 21 — We take a tour of the Hassan II Mosque in the morning and then explore the markets in the afternoon.

#Casablanca #morocco

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Just Maura & Me At the Hobbit Hole For A Bit…

Hilltop Queen Maura decrees an afternoon working outside. The perfect weather further insists. I comply. #siberianhusky

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Much has been afoot the past few weeks to push my attention away from consistent blogging. I offer my apologies, dear readers.

The primary challenge confronting us concluded yesterday: April left to begin her travels. I’ll be joining her in 10 days’ time. For now it’s just the Maura dog and me in our quiet hobbit hole in the hills…

I’ll try and pick up the blogging pace more over the remaining days before the trip starts and then will hopefully be able to begin daily or every-other-day travel blogging from Africa, all through July…

UPDATED: Maura Went to the Vet Today & She’s Fine

This morning, after dropping off April at work, I stopped to fill up the gas tank and took this photo of the back seat:

We’d gotten out of the house much earlier than anticipated so we had some time to kill before Maura’s 9:45 AM appointment to have a growth examined and likely removed from outside her right ear. Continue reading “UPDATED: Maura Went to the Vet Today & She’s Fine”