Ian williams

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Ian williams

Greetings!

It's time to set off on another big adventure.....ATWIII! Yes, my third trip Around The World! If you're going to go half way, why not just continue and go all the way I figured this time.

My first trip around the world was in 2001 with stops in England, South Africa and Hong Kong. My second trip was in 2007 with stops in Hong Kong, Australia, UAE, England, France and the USA. This time I am heading east once again and going to UAE, India and Hong Kong. This trip is mainly due to the fact that my cousin, Sarica, is getting married in India In January. Why not go to a family wedding and see somewhere I haven't been to. I'm not one to really pass up on an adventure!




Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra January 16th 2015

Today's the day! To start we ate at the hotel and I was feeling much better (thanks to a couple little pills to help stop things). The fog was really thick this morning so our guide decided that we would go to the Agra Fort first and then on the main attraction later. Good call!! The Agra Fort was spectacular. It was a very large red sandstone structure built back in the 1560s. There were many of the usual features similar to the forts built in Europe and North America. They had these holes in the tops of some of the walls that they used to pour hot tar or oil down onto the incoming ramps to help prevent invaders from making it too far into the complex. Then the main doors and many of the ... read more
The Agra Fort
Inside by the main gate to the Fort
The Mini Taj

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Orchha January 13th 2015

After a couple amazing days in Agra it was time to wind down a little and just absorb it all. It was such a great place to get to and see the Taj!!! Just the fact that we got to see it and get right up close to it after reading about it and seeing pictures of it in magazines, it was beyond anything I could possible try to write down in words. There are certain moments or certain things that you see if life that you just can't put into words. It's just one of those 'Ya had to be there' moments. The best part was we got free time to walk around and just soak it all in and sit and try to comprehend that you are in a place that is really old ... read more
Living history at the hotel entrance
Inside the temple complex
Amazing carvings

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra January 11th 2015

Today was a day of travelling through this vast and seemingly endless country. We left our hotel around 8:30 or so and began our 8 hour bus journey to Agra. Again, out onto the highway system that needs some serious repair work or the vehicles need better shocks! Lol but the view and the scenery along the way was spectacular. Memories of our family road trips to Alberta. The highway itself was full of ruts and bumps and no lines on the road. It really makes you wonder how they find their way around and get from one point to the next. They just seem to go wherever the wheels lead. People walking on the sides of the roads and highways and Ther are cars coming at you...yes going the wrong way on your side of ... read more
Hotel we had lunch at along the highway
Looking down into the well
1000 year old architecture at the well

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur January 9th 2015

Today was an early day up at our hotel. The hotels here have been great so far. (Though the last night was kind of rough with several trips to the bathroom.....Delhi Belly has set in). It was a good bus ride through the countryside to see things outside the cities but the highway system sure seems terrible. And I mean terrible!! The roads are really really bad shape. There are sooo many ruts and bumps in the roads that you often wonder how the cars and trucks survive a day's drive. But then you look at them and it all makes sense....they are also in really bad shape. We arrived at our heritage hotel around 4 or so and had a relaxing afternoon to walk around the town of 10000 or so. Who knew there were ... read more
Corridor at the hotel
Sunset
Kids throwing flower blossoms at me

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur January 9th 2015

So today we have a full day to explore around the city of Jaipur. It is billed as one of the best places in India to see and experience. Just from what I saw last night I am sure it is. We all met for breakfast around 8 and then had the bus ready for us at 9 to take us out and about town for some extraordinary site seeing. We started with a trip to see the Hawa Mahal. It is the second most photographed building in India (guess what the first is). It was built in 1799 to enable the women of the court to watch the processions. Very generous of the local rulers since women were usually not allowed near the celebrations at all. It has hundreds of windows where they used to ... read more
The Amber Fort
Elephants through the Amber Fort gate
The Water Palace

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur January 8th 2015

Well, we arose to a very foggy and cold (8C) Delhi in the morning. We had to be ready to go by 8 or so as we had a 7 hour bus ride to Jaipur. The highways here are insane. Definitely not like at home. There are bumps and cracks and pieces missing everywhere. It was like riding the wooden roller coaster at the PNE. All highways here seem like that.....more on that in later blogs. While in the city we thought it was strange that people just went here there and everywhere when they felt like it. They do the same thing on the highways. Leaving Delhi seemed to go on forever. Once out I tried to sleep some on the bus...but those bumped had other plans form me. We arrived in Jaipur around 6pm. ... read more
Another gate
The outside to the Raj Minder Theater
Inside the lobby

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi January 6th 2015

So I made it through the last day in Ahmedabad. It was great to relax for a day and just do not a lot....but I did do quite a bit looking back on it. After a morning of writing and organizing I decided I better see some of the city and area. I went down to the street and walked across the Nehru Bridge to get to one of the Auto stands. At one point a group of young guys in their teens came up to me and wanted each to have their picture taken with me. It seems that just being white here in parts of the city are like being a celebrity. They toom their pictures and then off to do whatever they were doing to start with. Then I was approached by a ... read more
Gandhi's home
Adalaj Vav
Stonework

Asia » India » Gujarat » Ahmedabad January 5th 2015

Wow...what a place this is. More on that later...back to the 1st and leaving Dubai. I got my first full on experience of getting bumped off flight as a nonrev flyer. Seventeen years in the industry and some major traveling done before and I never had anything like that. There were 5 flights between two airlines and two terminals in DXB that I didn't get on and then got the last seat -88b- on and A380 to BOM on Emirates. Yes, I got on the A380!!!! That was exciting on its own. It was only a 2.5 hour flight but we got dinner and i was able to get a movie in. EK is definitely the way to go...even in economy to India. We landed at 2:30am..yikes. Then the wait. With that many people on the ... read more
Pick a destination
At The Gateway to India
The Taj Hotel in Mumbai

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai January 1st 2015

Well, last night was quite an adventure. It sure was something to see once in your life but I would say that the after experience, it was worth it. It was a spectacular fireworks display and they sure do know how to impress!! December 31st started with a walk about the old part of town through the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk. I had been to them before but it's always a site to see and wander through. It's amazing how these areas of town still survive after what I saw later in the day. The Spice Souk has an amazing aray of spices from all over the world with a lot that you can't either get at home or they are waaaaaaay too expensive. One store had a very large fish bowl filled with ... read more
Walking through a souk
Lots of color
Class is boring

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai December 30th 2014

Well, today was the first full day in the Middle East for this trip. It was nice and warm here...25C. Was in shorts and a tshirt all day. Started the day with a stroll through the neighbourhood around the hotel and had a shawarma for breakfast. Much cheaper and waaaaay better here then at home. Then took an abra (for one Dinar...30 cents) across Dubai Creek and went to the old part of town called the Bastika. I got to the same restaurant I went to a few time seven years ago. A great little place to sit and write and have coffee. In the Bastika there is a coffee museum (among other museums) which was kinda cool to see. Then with lunch I had a Turkish Coffee....I know I like my coffee strong but that ... read more
Old Dubai
Doors




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