Split, Croatia in Black & White

One of our first nights in Split, an older gentleman dressed in a trench-coat approached us on the cobbled streets of the city’s old town.

“May I help you with something?” he asked in polished English that was subtly embellished with a Croatian accent.

We explained that we were not lost, and that we were simply taking in the details around us – the marvelous hodgepodge of 1,700 years of architecture that makes Split so special.

The gentleman, who introduced himself as Ante, continued.

“May I show you a few things here,” he asked. “I have been writing a book on Diocletian’s Palace. Sadly, too many of the people who live here fly by all this history. They aren’t interested in it. They take it for granted”

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Photo du Jour: An Elephant & His Mahout – Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

Elephant in Jaipur Amer Fort

Responding to a command from his mahout while ascending the walkway leading to Fort Amer, an elephant poses for the camera. The practice of offering commercial elephant rides to tourists visiting the Amber Fort is controversial, as discussed here. When I visited the formidable fortress, which was built in the 1590s, I opted to make my approach on foot. Nevertheless, I found the sight of a string of caravanned elephants to be magical.

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Vivacious Venice: The Third Time’s a Charm

It is often said that the third time’s a charm… Though I don’t believe that even the most hapless travel endeavor could ever be classified as a failure – because the opportunity to learn about oneself or the wonderful world is so great – my third visit to Venice was still certainly the most enchanting.  My first forays past Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs were too hurried and the second jaunt was too claustrophobic given Carnevale celebrations. However, my most recent visit was just right: riding in a gondola with sensational spring skies overhead, racing against the blazing sun to devour glorious gelato before it melted into a colorful canal of its own, and pondering all the vignettes that for centuries have unfolded on Venice’s waterways.

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Strolling New Delhi’s Lodi Gardens: Sun Salutations, Water Lilies, & Tombs

Man doing sun salutation in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

I hopped out of the chattering auto rickshaw and stepped onto the quiet New Delhi street. Much of the city was still in a deep slumber in the leafy district, not far from the Lodi Gardens. It was my first full morning in India. I felt a strange blend of timidness and Indiana Jones-like curiosity brewing as I entered the park so full of handsome and old stone architecture.

Man sitting in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

The Lodi Gardens spread out on more than 90 acres. Populated with tombs, a mosque, and lush flora, the park created an ideal haven in which to escape the honking horn symphony – something that I couldn’t help but instantly noticing upon arriving in India’s capital city.

Lily Pad and Flower in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

I had come to the Lodi Gardens to participate in a Heritage Walk. The tour, which was led by The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), taught me about the architecture of the imposing buildings scattered throughout the park. I also learned about Mohammed Shah and Sikander Lodi, two former Pashtun rulers who are interred there. As the morning acquiesced to the afternoon, the expansive park grew less hazy and mysterious.

woman doing sun salutation in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

Once the tour ended, and many of the visitors dispersed, I embarked on a solo promenade, passing ponds studded with pink water lilies, and domes offering special resting spots for flocks of birds. As a yoga enthusiast, I was thrilled to see Delhi residents meditating and doing sun salutations under a canopy of trees, amid the largely 15th century architecture. It was a beautiful introduction to New Delhi.

yoga in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

reading in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi, India

Architecture details in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi India

Lodi Gardens, New Delhi India

Man reading in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi India

Stream in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi India

Yoga in the Lodi Gardens, New Delhi India

Yoga in the Lodi Gardens, New Delhi India

Sun saluting in the Lodi Gardens - New Delhi India

Lodi Gardens, New Delhi India

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Photo du Jour: A Balinese Balancing Act in Ubud

With baskets of rich soil balanced on their heads, three Balinese women ascend the stairs of a performance theater in Ubud, Bali. The graceful stance of the laborers is reminiscent of the dancers who perform there regularly in the evenings.

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Photo du Jour: Nap Time in Saigon

Despite the noise of thousands of whizzing motorbikes, a man in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam managed to catch some zzzzs in an ergonomically challenging position.

When I snapped this shot, a man looking out the neighboring restaurant window flashed me a wide grin. He signaled his approval of the captured Kodak moment with a hearty thumbs-up.

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Photo du Jour: East Meets West – Mekong Delta, Vietnam

On a Mekong Delta boat, a woman sporting a traditional Asian nón lá hat, converses with her cowboy hat-clad colleague.

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The Taj Mahal in Black & White & Corn?

Taj Mahal Sunrise

You’ve undoubtedly seen the image of the Taj Mahal numerous times, but still, nothing can compare you for your first real-life glimpse.

With pure excitement that morning in Agra, I woke up with the roosters, determined to arrive before thousands of additional visitors joined me. It was my first time in India.

After I passed through the turnstile, I sat on a bench in front of the reflecting pool, watching how the light changed the marble’s color. From a shrimp-colored morning glow, to a bathed-in-sunlight look, it was magnificent!

I didn’t always have such a romantic or authentic perception of this great monument to love. In fact, I once confused it with a monument to maize. When I was eight years old, my parents and I, accompanied by our German friends, embarked on a trip to the American west. We stopped at Yellowstone Park, Mt. Rushmore and the Corn Palace, which is in Mitchell, South Dakota. (The Corn Palace was originally built in the 1890s to showcase the fertile South Dakotan soil and the tradition of creating corn-adorned murals has continued today.) After touring the palace of a corn sort, I later saw a picture of India’s gem after which the Corn Palace was modeled. I excitedly remarked to my mother, “Ah, it’s the Corn Palace!”

Elements of that childhood blunder were with me that day in India, particularly as the sun turned the white marble into a golden hue reminiscent of the organic palace devoted to corn in South Dakota. :)

Taj Mahal photography by Tricia Mitchell

Taj Mahal photography by Tricia Mitchell

Taj Mahal photography by Tricia Mitchell

Taj Mahal photography by Tricia Mitchell

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