Nabil Zariffa Blog

Drawing Portraits

In this period of confinement because of the COVID-19 virus, I spend my time drawing portraits from sketches  or photos.

I created a slideshow using JSSOR. I used the opportunity to try to understand how it works, it’s not obvious, especially if you want to use it with JQUERY. Here is the result:

Drawing Portraits



Cape Horn Cruise

23 day trip, started in Buenos Aires, where we spent 5 days, followed by a 14 day cruise on the Norvegian Star, 2,300 passengers, which took us around Cape Horn to the port of San Antonio at Chile, from there transfer to Santiago to take the plane back.


Our cruise

We really liked Buenos Aires, a very beautiful city that reminded us a lot of Paris. Very beautiful avenues, buildings with architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, very beautiful parks, beautiful statues everywhere.

Our hotel was in a great location, opposite the obelisk, very close to the Colon Theater and near a superb park, Lavalle. We have adopted a charming bistro a stone’s throw from the hotel “Le Petit Colon” for our coffee breaks.

Took a city tour, visit the famous Recoleta cemetery, the La Boca district and a superb 3 De Febrero garden. Went to  a Tango dinner show

One day, we went to see the Iguazu Falls, 2 hours by plane, very impressive. A tiring day, we walked for almost 4 hours under a blazing sun.


Iguazu Falls

We really enjoyed the cruise, the boat was very good, food, in general excellent, courteous and kind services, high quality shows, lots of activities every day to keep you busy if you wanted. We had a cabin with balcony on deck number nine, very comfortable and well designed.

Norvegian Star

Norvegian Star

The boat made 6 stops, Montevideo in Uruguay, Puerto Madryn in Argentina, Stantley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt in Chile. We took 6 excursions, 4 were excellent, one was OK and one bad.

In Montevideo we did not take an excursion but went down for a walk, we ended up on a corniche which reminded us a lot of that of Alexandria.

In Puerto Madryn and the In Puerto Madryn and the Falklands we visited penguin colonies, saw an albino penguin, something very rare.





At the Falklands

In Punta Arenas we went to a sheep farm, where we were treated to demonstrations; shepherd dog, swimming and shearing sheep.  We were welcomed with Pisco Sour cocktail and an excellent meal of braised mutton was served with Chiliean wines.


Shearing of a sheep


Berger avec chien

In Ushuaia and Puerto Montt we are we went on catamaran trips and visited national parks, perfect weather (incredible! We were told to dress warmly, but it was not really necessary) and breathtaking landscapes



Magda and I were a great team taking  a lot of photos.

The weather was ideal during the whole trip, which is remarkable because it is often windy, the sea is rough and it rains in this corner of the world. At Cape Horn, where the weather was superb, the captain, who was Greek, said “This is what happens when the captain speaks the language of Poseidon“.

At Cape Horn

At the Cape Horn

In 2 places, at Cape Horn and in front of the Chilean fjords the captain had the boat made a 360 degrees so that everyone could admire the view.

Taken nearly 2,000 photos, we had 2 cameras, the Nikon D750 with 2 lenses, including the 200-500, The CyberShot and my Galaxy phone.

In Santiago again the hotel was very well located. Took a city tour and then stroll a bit to the Plaza de Armas. We witnessed a shoplifting theft in a pharmacy, where the security guard caught the thieves. ”

Santiago is a beautiful city unfortunately disfigured by graffiti, the result of violent demonstrations that took place in the fall.

Quelques photos du voyage

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Submitted several photos to the photos contest “La montagne en image”

Created a new Web Site for all artists in the Town of Mount Royal

Jean Vaucher and I created a web site for all artists at Town of Mount-Royal.

It allows artists to present themselves and show a selection of their works.

The site is Bilingual and very user-friendly! User scan enter and modify their information themselves without the need of a Web Master.

The site will keep them appraised of current and upcoming exhibitions-Activities which could be of interest to them.

We encourage them to visit the site and let us know of any note worthy activity going on.

Our fiftieth wedding anniversary at Manoir Hatley

On June 3rd we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary!

Fifty years ago our best friends, Mona and Claude Nahmias were married a few days apart from us and we went on honeymoon together.

So we decided to celebrate our fiftieth together again!

We stayed for 2 nights at Manoir Hovey in Notrh Hatley in the Eastern Townships. What a beautiful experience !!

It must be said that the Manor is a five stars establishment  part of  «Relais et chateaux ». The staff was super nice, the service impeccable , the food exceptional, a real treat.

The first evening was memorable; it happened that we were five couples celebrating our fiftieth at the same time in the dining room that day, it was the first time that it happened to the manor. In addition we discovered that the MâîtreD had spent 10 years in Egypt had attended the same school as Claude and spoke a little Arabic! We exchange memories and jokes and the whole evening was spent in a good mood, really a very nice memory.

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