Sunday, March 4, 2018

Brother and Sister at The Qutub Minar in Delhi, India

I had a wonderful visit yesterday to this minaret in Delhi, not sure I've ever seen a minaret before :-) The ruins around it were well kept and a popular spot visited by many locals and tourists alike on this beautiful day. 
My favorite part was watching the people enjoying their Saturday outing, and seeing families getting along so well. These 2 young ones were so expressive and I loved this series that told a story of a moment between brother and sister that I didn't think just one photo could do!

Just look at her little face, precious!

And this is what finally caught their attention, the Qutub Minar!

From good old Wikipedia:

The Qutub Minar  is a minaret that forms a part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of DelhiIndia.

Qutab Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutub Minar's first storey around 1192. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish completed a further three storeys. In 1369, a lightning strike destroyed the top storey. Firoz Shah Tughlaq replaced the damaged storey, and added one more.Sher Shah suri also added an entrance to this tower while he was ruling and Humayun was at an exile.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Welcome to India!

Welcome to India!
For the next 20 days or so I am very fortunate to be traveling in India, starting off in New Delhi.

I'm traveling solo for the first 5 days, then meeting up with a VegNews India tour that will take us to places around Northern India. So excited to actually be here after it being a bucket list destination for many years. The place I am staying, Bungalow 99 is lovely, so beautifully designed and comfortable, the owner has been very gracious showing me around the neighborhood personally and arranging for a driver to take me around to the sights.

Here are a few of my images from my very first morning here, February 28th, walking on foot in the Defense Colony area where I am staying!

This is the Defense Colony market area, which is really a lot of small shops all gathered around a park. There is an ATM here and people are very helpful. 
I am finding that the English spoken here is unlike any English I know, and I think the people who live here feel the same way about my English!

 Another street scene, I love the clothing worn by the women. My goal is to find something similar to buy here so I can blend in a little more.

 The ubiquitous auto rickshaw ... they are everywhere and keep up with larger cars in traffic, maybe even better as they are smaller to maneuver. The yellow and green color looks great and makes them easy to spot.

 Just a haircut in the street.

He doesn't look friendly in this photo, but he gave me a big smile and was happy to let me take photographs, I just missed the one with the smile.... 

Taken from the window in my hotel, I loved the simplify of it and the camaraderie these people seemed to have.

The challenge I'm putting out to my photo club for the month of March is Feet. Took this one while the floors were being cleaned this morning and loved it!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Beautiful Architecture in Paris!

What can I say about how beautiful Paris is besides showing it to you? These photos evoke for me the beauty of this city, and if you've been fortunate to be visit or live here, you know it's even better in person. Around every corner is something even more compelling to look at, and the backdrop of these skies... I'm in love!!!
J'aime Paris!!

I was standing on the Pont du Change looking over the Seine River towards the Conciergeri. I think the Conciergeri looks like a fairy tale castle with those turrets :-) 

A neighborhood produce store near where we're staying in Marais.

Looking smart while on his smart phone.

My view as I looked up at lunch, these 2 were joined by another friend and looked so good against the backdrop of the building. Man on the right is smoking, lots of smoking going on in Paris.

Susan and I found this lunch spot, perfect! View of the Panthéon in the background.

Area around the Panthéon.

The actual imposing Panthéon in Paris!!!

We wandered over to the Luxembourg gardens that are a few blocks from the Panthéon, and were treated to some wonderful landscapes, flowers and gardens!

A lovely pond for people to sail these small boats that were for rent at the Luxembourg gardens.

Another view at the Jardin du Luxembourg looking at the Luxembourg Palace.
This area is considered the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank.

At the end of the day Susan and I head back home near the Place des Vosges, our local park :-)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Walking around on a Sunday in Paris

Susan and I decided to walk to the Marche Des Enfants Rouge yesterday, Sunday, and as always walking anywhere is always richly rewarded with all kinds of sights and experiences. As it was Sunday, some of the main streets were closed off to cars, always a benefit to us pedestrians, and families were out and about.

Not 10 minutes from our apartment this friendly chef greeted us, love his hat and attitude!

Doggy love!

Closed to automobiles, nice.

 The Picasso museum certainly has a beautiful mansion to house his works of art.

Le Marche des Enfants Rouge... it was way too crowded for us to do more than walk through, but a lovely display of flowers were on sale.

 We spent a few hours at this cafe over a wonderful lunch watching the world go by.

 One of many cafes, it would take a lifetime to try them all... I'd love to give it a try :-)

 Amazing boulangeries that are more than mere bakeries.

 Inside a random church.

Stylin' on a scooter.

I remember when Ian had a difficult time deciding on which pastry to choose :-)

More doggy love...

Graffiti art.

A little humor for sale on the street.

Very focused.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Jardin des Tuileries in Paris on a Beautiful Day in September

The Tuileries gardens are enjoyed by many, and are such a lovey place to spend some time on a beautiful day, especially with someone you love :-)
They are located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concord, open to the public and chairs are provided for anyone who wants to sit for awhile.

 Romance in Paris.. J'aime Paris! 

The Eiffel tower in the distance, looks much closer than it is... a long walk on foot.

The Louvre in the background.

A gathering of people with special hats... 

...and one of them picked some flowers to share with the others. 

Yes, cell phones are everywhere, we should have lots of documentation of our lives if we post them somewhere... like a blog maybe ?  :-) 

 In the way distance you can see L'Arch de Triomphe, but I don't think these 2 had eyes for that :-)

Some birds for Ian.

The Louvre in the background, again.