Travel

Southern India… a photo journey

Plane, train, taxi, rickshaw… it literally takes 4 modes of transportation to reach some of the towns and villages I travel to. This time I delved deeper into South India… greener, cleaner and undoubtedly gleaming with southern hospitality.

Sleepy villages from the train…

 

Coconut plantations

 

Delicious dosa and colorful biscuits to eat with tea…

 

The patina of India (and that pink one just can’t deny)

 

Temple reliefs and taking a moment

 

Looking out…

 

The Futuristic International City that’s Dubai

I can’t believe I’m just getting around to uploading some of my Dubai trip photos. I took my hubby to Oman and Dubai for the first time this past December. The best way to experience Dubai is staying with a local (preferably in one of those futuristic tall buildings!). My brother happens to be that local and we were fortunate enough to crash Dubai style! My brother actually drove us from Oman to Dubai (a 3 hour drive) and besides some hilarious sign boards, this was my favorite sight!

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And my hubby and giant brother they both get along famously (thank God for that! lol)…

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If you’ve never been to Dubai you have to go!! Try to go during the Shopping Festival. I do feel like the quality of the shopping has gone down over the years, but they still have some amazing brands and Penhaligons and Harvey Nichols are my favs!

shopping dubai

And now for the architecture, food etc. etc… I’m too much of a generalist so I tend to take pictures of everything that catches my eye, but I really ought to be more organized in my shooting. Oh well, enjoy! 🙂

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A Grand Mosque with World Influence

While the Grand Mosque in Oman looks a lot like any large mosque in the Middle East on the outside, it’s quite a different story once you step inside the gates. The Grand Mosque is one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture with a global influence, serving as an exemplary model for truly global architecture. How is it global? Let me show you… let’s start by looking at the the exterior. The commission for this opulent gem was won by a British architecture firm. The marble is all imported from Italy. The sandstone is carved and brought in from India.

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islamic architecture

grand mosque

Let’s start heading inside… the tiles are absolutely beautiful all made in Iran, with design influences from Turkey, India, Persia and such. The main prayer hall has the world’s largest chandelier with 1022 bulbs. How do they change a bulb? There is a built-in stairwell that comes down and goes back up (housed inside the chandelier)!! The carpet is the world’s largest, also handmade in Iran taking 600 women workers to make, and was brought in pieces and stitched to completion on-site. The wood work is all teak from India.

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world largest chandelier

And more stunning details…

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islamic turkish window design

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