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The Bridge On The River Kwai

The bridge isn’t on the Kwai at all! The upper stretch of the Mae Klong river in the Kanchanaburi district of Thailand that the bridge straddles, was renamed Khwae Yai in 1960. Three years after the release of the epic multi Oscar winning, David Lean movie!  I was aware that the movie had been shot…

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Phra Buddhasaiyas In Perspective!

The highlight of the 17th century Wat Pho, the temple adjacent to the royal palace, that is also a school of traditional Thai massage, is the golden reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas. This 46 meter long gilded statue is also the most visited tourist attraction in Bangkok, so braving throngs is de rigueur. We passed by…

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The Wooden Balconies of Lima

Glimpses of the Moorish imprint on Spanish colonial architecture can be witnessed on a walk through the UNESCO site of Central Lima. Most glaringly in the stylised Mudejar influenced covered balconies incorporated into the facades of colourful 17th & 18th century mansions.   Originally built as much for the same purpose as their Iberian counterparts…

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Tattered Treasures!

When I got married, my culinary skills were limited to brewing tea and coffee – and not very well at that. It helped that I went into a plantation house with an army of household help or R and I would have starved for sure 🙂 My mother worried endlessly, not so much for R’s…

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A Blooming Statue!

This giant flower sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy is part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Designed in 1992 by Jeff Koons – an American artist renowned for his “Neo-Pop art –  for an art exhibition in Arolsen Castle, Germany, it was purchased by the Bilbao museum in 1997 (after a short stint in…

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The Captivating Children Of Cambodia

We found the children of Cambodia even more enchanting than the temples of their ancestors that we had come to see. They are pesky, persistent and beautiful. And most, exceptionally bright! Like the little girl in the purple blouse, who rattled off numbers from 1 – 10 in Hindi, before I had time to react to her question about…

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One Of Many Unforgettable Travel Moments

My Angkor posts are long overdue. While I struggle to finish my draft between house guests and trips to Bangalore, here is a scene that was the realisation of a longstanding dream. As breathtaking and unforgettable as we had imagined, despite the partly cloudy sky and the scaffolding in the center. Until next time…..happy travels, no matter…

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What A Wonderful World!

Yes I think to myself………what a wonderful world! And if you still aren’t convinced, I think you should go check out my archives 🙂 Related articles: Jake’s Sunday Post – Wonderful

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Sunday Post – People

For Jakes Sunday Post I chose images of people – lots of people – leading upto two famous facades. The Ruínas de São Paulo in Macau….. and the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. The facades are all that remain of these two stunning structures. The former dating back to 1637 and the latter built nearly…

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