.All Trips / Asia / India

Some Doors of India

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India is a fascinating destination with an amazing assortment of places and experiences in which you can indulge yourself during your visit.   The country is large, but it’s often the attention to smaller details that interests me most.  As many of you know, I like to keep an eye on signs and doors when I travel.

I’ve never been to a place that had a greater diversity of doors than India — ranging from monstrous elaborate affairs protecting the entry to a castle, to simple doors in small homes.  I believe the largest doors I’ve ever seen in my life were on some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India.

Here then are a look at some of the doors of …

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Great Cars along the Highway….Torres del Paine, Chile

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Came across this rather unusual van parked in the shadows of the granite spires of Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile.   The park is an amazingly beautiful place and the van definitely seemed a little out of place.

Wicked is a company that rents uniquely decorated minivans to function as transportation and sleeping accommodations for tourists.  A little cramped for me but I can see it being popular with a lot of travelers.  Certainly it was memorable and therein lays an important lesson in advertising.

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff

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The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a small site just outside the town of Banff, but is important to Canadians because it was a catalyst to the formation of Canada’s first national park, Banff National Park.

Historic aspects

The Cave and Basin is the lowest of nine sulphurous hot springs, arranged in three groups, on Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.  The water is heated geothermally at a depth of about 3 km (2 mi) and escapes to the surface at these sites.  The Cave and Basin is the only natural cavern in the area big enough to comfortably accommodate groups of people.

Humans have inhabited this region for at least 10,000 years, back to the retreat of the massive ice flows …

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.All Trips / Europe / Ireland

Trim Castle, Boyne Valley, Ireland

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The pretty town of Trim, a heritage town in County Meath, is home to Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle; the castle and its grounds dominate the town.  The castle rests on the south bank of the River Boyne.  It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter; they were granted this right by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to stop the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare (Strongbow).

Construction of the impressive three storied keep at the center of the castle was begun about 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress.   The keep is unique in that it has 20 sides and is cruciform in shape; its walls are 3m …

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Eastern Canada / North America / Ontario

“Pic of the Week”, April 7, 2017: Lake of the Woods Discovery Center, Kenora

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Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake of the Woods is a fairly new “Discovery Center”, which my father and I stopped at during our road trip to Thunder Bay last summer.  A tourist information stop, with a boat dock, picnic areas and places to walk your dogs and for kids to run and play, it also has some interesting exhibits.  In the summer, the famous “Ye Olde Chip Truck” — a Kenora icon — is open for business in its parking lot

I found the display of vintage outdoor boat motors fascinating, the oldest dating back more than 100 years (1914 Evinrude).  It was interesting to see how the design of outboard motors has changed over the decades.  There is also a display of …

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Signs of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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I’d never visited Halifax before this past summer and was not quite sure what I’d find when I visited.  As it is a provincial capital, I expected a lot of government and corporate offices and was not to be disappointed in that regard.  I didn’t expect the city’s natural harbor to be as lovely as it was, nor did I expect the downtown construction boom we encountered as the area is one of the poorest in Canada.  It is also one of the dirtiest cities I’ve seen in a country known for its cleanliness, so this revitalization offers promises of a better tomorrow.

Halifax has a number of interesting attractions, none overwhelming, but with an engaging Maritime Museum and a unique …

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The Roman Bridge, Córdoba, Spain

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The Roman bridge is in the historic center of this Andalusian city in southern Spain, very close to the fascinating Mezquita (mosque that has been converted to a cathedral).  The Romans built a bridge across the Guadalquivir river in the 1st century BC, possibly replacing a wooden structure that previously spanned the river.  The Via Augusta, a road which connected Rome to Cádiz, likely passed through here.   The bridge was long admired for its beauty and solid construction.

The bridge has undergone a number of reconstructions and today likely bears only minimal resemblance to the one the Romans built.  After Moorish reconstruction, the bridge we visit today has 16 arcades, one less than original bridge, with a total length of 247 …

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Alberta / Car Culture / Central Canada / North America

“Pic of the Week”, March 24, 2017: Cars and Gals

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A scene that seems like it might have been snapped a half century ago — two pretty girls sitting on the hood of a classic car.  Of course, it’s not.  I think the give-away are the tattoos; I see at least three of them (plus there’s a cell phone on the ground, too).  Back in the 1950s “nice” girls just didn’t get tattooed.  That was something “trashy” people did.  My, how we’ve changed…..

Photo taken last summer in Calgary.

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