In Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at last count, there were 47 million “motos” and 3 million cars. Incredible. We saw everything being transported, and even families of four balanced on one small motorcycle. And they rule the road, so you’d better get out of the way. This is a blurry photo, taken as we zipped by in a bus, but I just had to include it as an example of… Read More
Photo challenge about a quiet moment features pics from India.
Brijrama Palace|Varanasi The Brijrama Palace is a luxurious heritage hotel on the ghats (high embankments with steps leading into the river) in Varanasi. More than 200 years old, it’s been open since 2016, after 18 years of restoration. It is beautiful and opulently furnished with antiques and 18th-century art. Located on the Darbhanga Ghat, the only way to get there is by boat. Following a fascinating hour-long drive from the airport to the Mahishasura… Read More
Can’t escape the media. Our guide from yesterday was very excited when he called this morning. . . . . Ironically, (because I’ve had a career in PR) he was telling us my picture was in today’s local paper. We’ve been in Jaipur for the last few days and were visiting Jantar Mantar, one of several observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734. Since it was a… Read More
Spoiler alert – we did not see a tiger. As disappointing as that was, our visit to Ranthambhore National Park was a wonderful experience. The weather was beautiful, clear, low humidity, blue skies, and cool. The scenery was so much more varied than I imagined. We traveled through dense forest and open fields, around huge lakes, along sandstone cliffs, forded rivers and saw more types of vegetation than I will ever… Read More
There is a bit more to Agra than the Taj Mahal and we tried to cover the bases. First, I want to acknowledge the staff at the Oberoi Amarvilas. Making a few adjustments to our itinerary we made our own arrangements with the Oberoi. And WOW, they were amazing. We are still not quite sure how we deserved the incredible upgrade they gave us to the Robert Burns Suite, or all… Read More
Enough said. More on Agra later . . . .
Our guide said it was like we had walked into a movie set and the director screamed “action.” It was a perfect representation, everyone and every vehicle were in motion. For three hours we walked through the streets and alleyways of downtown and northern Varanasi. It was at once surreal and a bit intimidating. Intimidating because I felt like I could get mowed down by a motorbike or Three-Wheeler at any moment…. Read More
Let’s put this part of the world in perspective, look back to the 7th century BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built, the Maya culture was thriving, Ezekiel the Hebrew prophet was born, Egypt’s Thebes was captured and sacked, Argos defeated Sparta for the last time, Greeks had their first naval battle, the Zhou Dynasty ruled in China, and Varanasi was part of the world stage. This century, every kilometer closer… Read More
There might be a haze from smoke in Delhi, but little pollution from vehicle exhaust. They use CNG – natural compressed gas, so no diesel odor. And believe me, we were in traffic a lot. Temps feel pretty much like Miami and the vegetation would be familiar to South Floridians. There are a lot more green areas than I imagined, frangipani trees are blooming, and green parrots are just one of the… Read More