14 December 2012

Graaff-Reinet : War monument

This beautiful memorial is in the square in front of the Town Hall.  The memorial of a bronze figure of the “victory Peace Angel” is mounted on a pedestal in the square.  It was erected in 1918 and has the names of the men from Graaff-Reinet who died during World War I.  The names of men who died in World War II were added on a later plaque. 














I really enjoyed taking photos of the angel on the war memorial.  It stands between two beautiful buildings (Behind the Dutch Reformed Church and in front of the Town Hall) surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers.  The sun was shining very bright and made it difficult to take photos from certain angles.
It is difficult to share negative information about places we visit.  I wrote and rewrote the next paragraph a few times.  Then I deleted it but changed my mind and included it in the post. 

The unpleasant thing about Graaff-Reinet is the beggars that are everywhere.  We tried to be polite but they are very persistent.  During the day a lot of them hang out in the square where the War Monument stand.  The square was dirty.  I was disgusted when one of the beggars used the wall of the square as a bathroom. It is such a beautiful and historical town and makes me sad that people cannot respect that.

3 comments:

  1. HI. Great photography well done.

    Since your post the begging is much much worse. I stop off in Graaf Reinet as a lunch stop and have now taken to parking away from the square to avoid the car guard the beggars the peanut seller etc etc.

    The most beautiful town spoiled..

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  2. HI. Great photography well done.

    Since your post the begging is much much worse. I stop off in Graaf Reinet as a lunch stop and have now taken to parking away from the square to avoid the car guard the beggars the peanut seller etc etc.

    The most beautiful town spoiled..

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    1. Hello, Graaff-Reinet is such a beautiful town. It is sad that the begging spoil this beauty.

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