Friday, February 26, 2010

Palace of Shah Jahan - Agra

Shah Jahan is the ruler who built the Taj Mahal for his wife who passed away in child birth. I'm pretty sure this is where we were visiting when I took all these pictures. Pretty sure....I was definitely in Agra though!
This monkey was hanging out when I started to take his picture. All of a sudden he was in motion because Stephanie was opening a granola bar in his presence.

Silly Stephanie. The monkey jumped up and took it out of her hand! You can't see it very well but here he is now munching on her breakfast.

The entrance gate on the way up to the palace. The path was wide enough for two elephants to pass and built with graduated stones so that the elephants wouldn't slip.

Tiny me in front of one of the archways into the palace grounds.

This was the reception hall where he would meet the petitioners and listen to complaints.

The columns are perfectly symmetric. If you stand in the right place, you cannot see them lined up. (I am obviously not in the right place)

After Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal, his son over powered him and held him prisoner. He spent 8 years confined to his rooms where he would stand on the balcony and stare at the Taj Mahal yearning for his dead wife. Unfortunately, the haze obscures the view of the Taj on the other side of the river.

Loved the carved fountains. They were all gravity fed. (No electricity back in the 1500's)

The swimming pool! Constructed with built in seats and fountains for lounging. I would have loved to see this filled with water.

I'll never complain about picking up leaves again. No leaf blowers in India. Just people with some thatches bundled together sweeping the ground clean.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Taj Mahal

In case you haven't heard by now.... I went to India and got to see the Taj Mahal.

This is the entrance 'gate' to the Taj Mahal. Nice and small, no?

Through the gate and off to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

I think this one was taken with the crackberry.

Look ma! I'm really here! I do almost look photo shopped though, don't I?

What most people may not know is that the Taj Mahal is made up of thousands of inlaid jewels. These patterns were carved out of the marble and then filled with precious stones.

Your shoes are not allowed to touch the mausoleum ground. I've got the cool booties on rather than taking my shoes off and going barefoot here. Wasn't really a tough call.

The sun was setting as we got there so the light was amazing.

Up close and marbled.

Another photo as the sun sets. I even caught part of the reflection. Yeah me!

Lastly, unattractive photo number 1,076. Apparently all my rice and nan bread is taking it's toll.

Friday, February 19, 2010

There's Just Too Much - Delhi and the Wedding

I sacrificed some precious sleep time and did a little sorting. Here's my best recollection of the events below. :o)

Getting my henna applied. It takes about an hour to dry and flake off so make sure you go to the bathroom or get a drink before you get started.

One of the wedding ceremonies was for all the women to tie bracelets on to the bride for health and prosperity. The poor girl's arms were a wee bit tired at the end.

Our first sight seeing trip took us here. Unfortunately, I can't remember where this was. It was really neat though. Intricate stone work and several hundred years old.

The group in action. Everyone got their buddy? Who is missing? Head count!

This is the entrance gate to the masoleum grounds. The gates are just as amazing as the monuments they allow entry to.

This masoleum in Delhi is the inspiration for the Taj Majal. Built first, everything is symmetrical except they also entombed the guy who commissioned this. He built it for his wife and they buried him along side her. So everything is perfectly balanced except his tomb. Men. Always upsetting the balance.......

The grounds are extensively irrigated with pools and fountains. Pretty nifty construction for being hundreds of years old.

Lastly, true to form, another dorky photo of me sitting on the masoleum deck with the grounds and the entrance 'gate' behind me. Why am I not smiling? I must be thinking about all the photos I'm going to have to organize....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It Can't Be All Serious

I seriously have not arranged my photos yet. This weekend... really. I have to get some work done so I'll be in front of the computer anyway. Promises... promises.... Anyway, you can only be awe inspired so many times and after awhile, you start to get a little silly.....

Trying to figure out which one of these beasts is TC?

Shannon gets flirty with the men guarding the peacock door.

It could almost be a Coca-Cola advertisement.

We tried to get a Brady Bunch theme going but the boys wouldn't play.

Showing off my booties at the Taj Majal. Uncovered shoes are not allowed on the masouleum itself so either the shoes go or the feet get covered. Here I'm practicing my Dorothy Hamil moves.
My cool footwear.

Steph and TC give our tuk-tuk races the thumbs up!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Without John Booker, I wouldn't have India

Well, at least the photos. A big thanks to John Booker who recovered my photos last weekend. He also led me and Tucker on a nice little run. Thank you! Inside the grounds that are the basis for the Taj Mahal

Gateway of India in Delhi on Republic Day.

When monkeys fly out of my ___!

Look out for the vicious guard dogs (not). They only appear to be cute!
Lotus temple in Delhi
Happy bride!

I promised commentary but also foolishly thought I would have my life in order. Maybe if I didn't head off on ten mile runs with friends and dogs, eh? I'll keep making my weak promise to organize more soon. Really.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Gotta Dress the Part II

I know, I know. I said I was going to organize the pictures this weekend. Sorry - but I've been swamped. I'm having trouble getting caught up with my life (not to mention work) at the moment. More soon... in the mean time.. the most pictures EVER of me. I'm done for 2010. Dressed up for wedding day #1. I'm trying to show my cool henna designs and my sparkly bangles but to no avail.

Dressed up for wedding day #2.

Work colleagues at the wedding - Alexis, Julia, Gavin and myself. The pink turbans were very tight according to the fellas.

A picture of me with the bride and groom. Ahh... how cute! .... that's enough of people. Scenery and adventures next!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Gotta Dress the Part

A quick group photo of the group that traveled from England and the States to the wedding.
It seems that everyone except Bert got the memo. I'm hiding in the back under the yellow flowers.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

India is Coming Soon

Apologlies for the delay but I've been recovering from a minor bout of Delhi Belly and also trying to recover my photos. Not to mention getting caught up at work. Friends are sharing their photographs so I'm going to try and sort through everything this weekend and start a few posts. It's going to take a while. In the mean time, here are a few quick photos. Commentary next time..