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Washington Wrap Up

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Chris

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The photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building perfectly illustrates my assertion that Washington is as tourist friendly as it's possible for a city to be; the Court is undergoing renovation and is covered with scaffolding but a scrim bearing the image of the building has been installed to keep up appearances and give visitors a taste of what they're missing. Talk about going the extra mile! The Washington Monument is similarly scaffolded at the moment but the apparatus has been perfectly fitted so as not to unduly mar this national and civic landmark.

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What’s Up Washington?

Monday, August 19, 2013 by Chris

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Washington wasn’t even on my bucket list but when the Home Exchange offer came in to trade my cozy flat for a posh condo overlooking Kennedy Centre and the Potomac River, I agreed without hesitation. And after a week in the U.S. capital I’m glad I said yes -- Washington is beautiful, as tourist friendly as it’s possible for a city to be and the condo was superbly located in easy walking distance to the National Mall monuments, museums and galleries (all free!) and just as close to glamorous Georgetown with its excellent shopping, restaurants and dignified, historic homes.

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India: Postcard Moments

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Chris

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I arrived in Delhi on Christmas day with very few expectations as far as sightseeing was concerned. I knew the Taj Mahal would be a highlight but I had done no additional research because it was all taken care of by our tour operator, Namaste Tours. Consequently, Delhi proved to be one of the biggest surprises of the trip; I thought it was just our jumping off point, I didn't know it would feature so many highlights, including three of India's 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When I saw the pics of Jama mosque, above, in the viewfinder of my new FujiFilm XF1 camera even I was taken aback. Delhi was foggy on our first morning and the mist lent the photos a strange, otherworldly quality.

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Temple Time

Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Chris

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The 1,000-year old Sas Bahu shrines outside Udaipur weren't even on our official intinerary, our driver simply made a little detour to an impossibly peaceful valley surrounded by mountains and dressed up with lush palm trees. There was just a handful of other people exploring the site, which added to the feeling of tranquility.

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I Resolve to Relax More

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 by Chris

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After eight days on the road in India I finally hit a wall today and put the brakes on site seeing. Enough already! Our hotel, the Udai Kothi, boasts a breathtaking rooftop pool deck with a gorgeous view over Lake Pichola and that's where I spent my afternoon. The sky was unblemished by clouds and the poolside temperature hovered around 26 degrees celcius. Can you blame me?

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