when you are in nairobi, take a day off to go to kitengela glass. it is an overwhelming place, you dont know where to start or stop looking! mother and son or son and mother, two places two styles. the creative energy of nani croze is overwhelming. her love for glass, for colour and form just knocks you out. you feel like entering alice's wonderland, made by nani - and embedded in wild nature. overflowing green, where there was not a tree 40 years ago, and a menagerie of animals welcome and surround you. you like dogs? this is your place! there is 11 of them! geese, sheep, kamels, horses, ostriches.... and all in tailormade artistic homes. these are definitly the first animals I met that have the priviledge to live in artwork!
the studio and galery are like their own planet. you can watch them blow glass, put mosaics together, create metal work or build glass windows made to order. anything goes with glass in kitengela! we just love the juice and wine glasses, how did we drink before? :-) also the vases, bowls and all these little things like key rings etc are just devine. I dont know how this happens, but these things have that bit of soul in them that makes you feel good.
you can also stay over night if you like, each house is special, different and artistic in its own way. it is not hightech, it is high-character! after all these hilton and marriott experiences, this is certainly a stay you will not forget. the views are mind-blowing. we got woken up by a group of baboons, who jumped over the roof and sneaked into the window briefly! what a whow! hyraxes are more suttle, much around, and when you open your eyes you have the view across that gorge into the massai land! cross the bridge, check out the crocs, and enjoy the most special place around nairobi!
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