.All Trips / Asia / India

Experiencing Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Delhi

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A visit to Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib was my first to a Sikh temple.  I was very impressed by what I saw — especially by the kind hearts of the people who spend substantial time and money serving others. 

Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one of the nine historical Gurdwaras (places of Sikh worship) in Delhi.  It was originally constructed in 1783 by Baghel Singh to commemorate the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru, Tegh Bahadur, who was beheaded here by the Mughal emperor in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam.  After some back and forth about whether the site was Muslim or Sikh, the British colonial government ruled in favor of the Sikhs, and the current facilities were …

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.All Trips / Asia / Sri Lanka

Rambling through Colombo’s Fort Neighborhood

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Columbo’s Fort District is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.  Developed extensively during the British Colonial era, a visit to many areas in the Fort seems like stepping back a century or more.  Many of its hotels, shops and offices date to this period.  To this day it remains the city’s center of business and is home to the Bank of Ceylon headquarters and Ceylon Stock Exchange.

The Fort District was built around Colombo’s fine harbor and it is here you will find the Maritime Museum, lighthouse, and Naval barracks.  The area is also site of the country’s Presidential residency and some branches of the country’s government offices.  The area is not exclusively a slice of old England.  For example, the Old Dutch …

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.All Trips / Food / North America / Pacific Northwest / Washington

Spokane’s Pig Out In the Park

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For six days every year, ending on Labor Day, Spokane’s Riverfront Park fills with food vendors, music stands and people.  This annual event is known as “Pig Out in the Park”.  It marks the end of summer, the beginning of the school season and fall.  It’s a popular event that’s been around for almost 40 years.

Admission is free for those who just want to listen to one of the dozens of musical acts performing on the concert stage.  But the reason most people come is to enjoy great food.  This year there were 47 food vendors selling everything from lemonade to teriyaki to sausage dogs.  Seems everyone was carrying around several food items as they looked for a cool shady …

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

Doors of Milan’s Duomo

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Construction of Milan’s great Cathedral (Duomo) began in the late 14th century and continued for half a millennium.  One of the last details to be completed were the main central entry doors, which date to the late 1800s. 

The church is lovely and its grand entry doors fit well with the overall opulence of the structure.  They are often admired, but only rarely opened.  These doors were crafted between 1894-1908 by Italian sculptor Ludovico Pogliaghi, themed on “stories from the life of Mary”.  Here are some of the features and panels which caught my eye.

The doors are busy and it’s easy to overlook the many exquisitely detailed panels in it. including scenes of Jesus’ life and death, as well as those …

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.All Trips / North America / Western Canada / Yukon

Historic Miles Canyon, Whitehorse

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Miles Canyon is well known to students of the Klondike Goldrush.  It was here that the Yukon River began a stretch of rough and dangerous water, the Miles Canyon Rapids and shortly thereafter the Whitehorse Rapids.  Many of the home made boats and rafts constructed by the would-be gold prospectors were destroyed or over-turned in these rapids, and many people lost their lives here.  The presence of these rapids catalyzed the formation of the city of Whitehorse as a access point to the Yukon River (down-river from these rapids) and Dawson City.

A hydroelectric plant and dam have since been built near the site of the Whitehorse Rapids, which resulted in flooding and effacement of the Whitehorse Rapids and to a …

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.All Trips / Europe / Malta

The Palace State Rooms and Armoury, Valletta

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One of  Malta’s most popular tourist attractions is a combination ticket to the Presidential Palace’s State Rooms and its Armoury.

You enter the attraction through the palace’s courtyard, a lovely spot with typical Valletta balcony and lovely clock tower.  After your stroll through the courtyard, you gain entry to the palace complex. Your initial stop is the:
State Rooms
The Presidential Palace in Valletta dates to 1566 and was built following the Great Siege of Malta.  It has undergone subsequent remodeling and enlargement, but core elements of the original construction remain.  During the country’s British period it served as the Governor’s Palace and was the seat of Malta’s first constitutional parliament in 1921.  The Palace was significantly damaged during World War …

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.All Trips / Europe / Sl;ovenia / Slovenia

Signs of Slovenia

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I like to share some of the signs I encounter during my travels.  They are often entertaining, many being quite clever, and frequently reflect the local culture and customs in some way.

Here are some of the signs I saw in Slovenia.  Many of the signs we encountered during our travels were in Slovenian and make little sense to me, so these aren’t included.  But these photos are representative of what we saw, most originating in the capital of Ljubljana.

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.All Trips / Eastern Canada / North America / Ontario

Rambling around Ottawa

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Canada’s capital city of Ottawa is one I’d highly recommend for a visit.  It’s small (even if including its twin city of Gatineau across the Ottawa River), has many interesting museums and sites for tourists to visit, is home to some fine restaurants and a great market, and is very easy to explore on foot.  It makes an excellent long weekend get-away destination.

My most recent visit to Ottawa was my third so I had a pretty good sense of the city and where I was going.  I was traveling with my brother and cousin, both less familiar with Ottawa than I was, but we all had a great time wandering and exploring and catching up with what’s happening in each …

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