Improvements in roads and transport facilities have resulted in an increase in the overlap between the rural India and the city-dwelling-photographers. Which resulted in this photograph, from a hot day, spent on riding on a scooter exploring the countryside near Bangalore.
I have written about Gokarna and its beautiful sunsets before. But the place was so beautiful, that I have dozens of images of sunsets I saw in Gokarna, from the wide variety of beaches that this little twon on the west coast of India boasts of. So, here’s another one.. as seen from the ‘Full Moon beach’. Enjoy! :)
When I visited Kanyakumari 2 years back to visit the southernmost point of mainland India (more about it here), I stayed at the Vivekananda Kendra (website link here) - which is an Ashram (which is a hermitage/monastic retreat which offers simple and peaceful accommodation facilities for vistors). The stay was very pleasant and enriching- it felt like going back to the basics – I didn’t do anything particularly spiritual like meditation or fasting, but the simplicity of life was simply enchanting.
The ashram was also very clean, spacious and pretty – with words of wisdom literally spread around in form of notice boards with quotes like these..
Have you visited an Ashram or a monastery before? How was your experience?
I spotted this ‘Blue Tiger’ butterfly at the butterfly park in the Banerghatta National Park (close to Bangalore) about which I have written before.
Thankfully, the butterfly was still able to fly and I was lucky to get this shot before it fluttered away looking for other photographers trying to capture its beauty :)
Somewhere in East London..
Berlin’s East Side Gallery, the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, is adorned with some of the most famous pieces of graffiti and murals. Below are some of my favourites..
Tips for visiting/photographing the wall: It is a very popular tourist spot. So, to get images which don’t have people in it, try visiting early in the morning – I think I went around 8 am – and barely a single soul was in sight. Also, morning might be a better idea than evenings because of the direct sunlight that falls on the murals – it makes the colours look much more alive and vibrant.
p.s. Of course, if you visit it during a more popular time, you might get an interesting shot of a couple kissing right in front of the famous Brezhnev-Honecker kiss mural. Maybe that’s worth a try too. :)
Recently, I was explaining the new inspiration behind my blog – the travel recommendation from my experiences – to someone and the question I was asked in response was: What do you recommend for Venice?
Now, Venice is a tricky one. Because unlike most people, I did not enjoy Venice that much. When I visited (around late April), it was very crowded, very touristy. And very rushed. I had just a single day there, and therefore not a lot of chance to relax and take in the place. Of course, it is also known for its romantic appeal and I was on a group tour – so that didn’t help either.
So, my basic recommendation for Venice will be: get lost (in Venice). And it’s very very simple too. And in case you are finding it difficult to do so, start walking and at every intersection, take a random/intuition-based decision on which way you want to turn. You may find a hidden treasure, maybe a little charming shop selling antiques or maybe just a guy selling the tastiest pizzas in the world. You may also end up at a dead end, or worse, falling into a canal. So, just be careful :)
One of the hidden treasures I found was this beautiful spiral staircase, part of a palace called Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Apparently, the staircase leads to an ‘arcade which provides charming view over some of the roof-tops of the city’ (thank you, wiki) but the palace was under renovation when I visited – and therefore didn’t get to see the view. The place itself is very nice though, slightly away from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Disclaimer: I can’t claim to have visited ALL the staircases in Venice, and therefore the my claim for this staircase to be prettiest is, well, quite baseless. However, I did find it prettier than most staircases I have seen (in Venice, and in general) and therefore would recommend you visit it whenever you are in Venice. :)