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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu Valley September 27th 2017

The flight to Kathmandu from Delhi displayed, once again, the contrast between their security and efficiency to ours in the USA. Not only did we go to the usual security entering the airport, but a second round before boarding the airplane. In spite of the flight being barely over an hour, we were served a tasty hot lunch. I was impressed. The drive through the City to our hotel was fascinating. Once again, sidewalks were practically nonexistent for the most part and there were endless arrays of shops and stalls with colorful displays. In some areas, the garbage was piled high, although I’m not sure whether this was an usual circumstance, or a result of the Goddess Festival that was taking place here as well as in India. We arrived towards its culmination and, again, I ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra September 24th 2017

Our arrival in Agra was a little apprehensive, because there was a possibility of rain predicted for our visit to the Taj Mahal. Although we were travelling at the end of the monsoon season, we had encountered no rain, and the heat was daunting at times. Our hotel was on the main road, not far from the Taj Mahal, and provided a little oasis from the dusty and crowded Road. On our way there, I had been wondering about the amount of dust that might actually settle on top of the foods being sold at the endless stalls along the streets. The roads are dirt in many places, and a small cloud of dust is not unusual due to the heavy traffic. Agra is not as large as Delhi, or even Jaipur, but it is still ... read more
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Asia » India » Rajasthan September 23rd 2017

The trip from Jaipur to Agra is made memorable for one single stop. Located in the small village of Abhaneri, there are two unforgettable Hindu jewels, the Chand Baori step well, and the ruins of the temple of Harshat Mata. I was completely enthralled by Chand Baori, one of India's deepest and largest stepwells. More than just a means to conserve water in this arid region, it seems a work of art for its amazing symmetry and marvel of architecture. Built between AD800-900, it consists of 3,600 steps (13 storeys deep) built on square patterns on three sides that go down to the well at the bottom, with an elaborate subterranean palace on the fourth side as a cool place of retreat for the royal family and for gathering during extreme heat. Upon its completion this ... read more
Chand Baori Step Well
Chand Baori Step Well
Chand Baori Step Well

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur September 21st 2017

Our second full day in India we traveled to Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan. The drive was entertaining as the road passed through inhabited villages and interesting landscapes. Although I had experienced the bewildering sight of cows laying down anywhere and everywhere on the roads, this time we also saw camels, and even monkeys on the way. Again, I kept cringing watching those motorcycles carrying whole families, and none even wearing a helmet. I must say, though, that I failed to see any accidents on the road, in spite of the suicidal cows creating obstacle courses, or daredevil motorcyclists avoiding them. As we approached Jaipur, we passed a couple of hill forts that I would have loved to have been able to visit, as they looked amazing. We also passed the dazzling white sights of ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi September 20th 2017

My trip to India started in Delhi, and went on to Jaipur and Agra, or as it is otherwise known "The Golden Triangle." As I realized at the end of my trip, I had grossly underestimated the fascination of the country, and I regret not having extended my trip to cover more areas. For one thing, this territory was totally overwhelmed by the Mughal invasion, and ancient Hindu sites were mostly destroyed by the Muslin religious zeal. Nevertheless, the architectural sites I did visit were unforgettable in scale and beauty, as some of my photos will show. I only spent a full day in Delhi, which again was too short, but it set the tone for the remainder of the trip. I arrived in the latter part of the evening after a 14 hour direct flight ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Aconcagua December 1st 2015

On Monday, we met for breakfast at 7 AM, to be ready for our pick up at 8 AM by Kahuak Tours and our high mountain guide for the day. This guide turned out to be Martin, who had a constant smile on his face, laughed easily, and was joyful of an opportunity to go into his beloved mountains. Unlike the wine tours, the Aconcagua Experience was not a private tour, but we were lucky that there were only two other people joining us that day, a young Brazilian couple from Sao Paolo. Small world, we all soon found out that we all, us, Martin, and the young couple, had been at Andeluna the day before. During our drive, Martin spent the time giving us a detailed background of this area of the Cordillera, their formation, ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza November 30th 2015

After another enormous breakfast, seriously, we were picked up at the hotel by our Ampora escort for the day, Sabrina. Sabrina is a literature teacher, although she is currently working full time as a tour guide for Ampora. She's also a licensed Sommelier, and very passionate about wine. I do believe that we have to credit her company for how extra special our tour was. Once more, she spoke perfect English and had lived in the United States. I liked her immensely. Uco Valley is a more recent addition to the wine production areas in Mendoza. From the story we were given, Mendoza was an area of high wine production for a very long time, but mostly table wines that were consumed in large quantities locally. It wasn't until some of the wineries decided to enter ... read more
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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza November 29th 2015

On our second day in Mendoza, Saturday, we started early with a heavy breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Much to my delight, their buffet had what I call Happy Hour food. That is, delicious bread, cold cuts, and cheeses. I always end up eating more than I should at these type breakfast bars. Our wine tour guide from Ampora Wine Tours was picking us up at 10 minutes to 9, to take us to our first winery in Lujan de Cuyo Valley. This valley has some of the oldest, most established and classic wineries. In this instance our Ampora Tour guide Floreana (Flor) showed up punctually to pick us up in a very comfortable van. Flor was a pretty young English teacher, who enjoys wine and working for Ampora on the weekends. She appeared to be ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Bigfork September 7th 2015

Before we departed Montana to head back home, we had time for one last morning hike. Again, we headed right, further up the mountain, joining an access road and passing the trail to Patterson Creek, going further up the mountain to head to our destination, Wolf Creek. Probably the wildest location of all our hikes, it was the deepest into the forest, and it was also the one with the most outstanding views of the surrounding area. These morning's hike will remain a very special experience of my visit to Montana, since not many visitors are likely to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience these hidden Montana mountain treasures.... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Bigfork September 6th 2015

On our last full day in Montana, we chose as our morning hike Patterson Creek. We headed higher into the mountain for this hike and, this time, encountered a vehicle when we interceded into a side road before accessing the Patterson Creek trail. It was a ranger patrolling the area, with a highly energetic dog that gave us a momentary anxiety, but was obedient to his handler, thank goodness. Afterwards, we chose Bigfork as our daily excursion, with a very fun stop at the Flathead Lake Brewery overlooking the lake, where I happily sampled several of the local beers, one of my favorite pastimes, specially when the beers are excellent like the ones I had. Then we meandered through the lovely little town's shops and streets, and also enjoyed looking at some of the cars at ... read more
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