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India 2016 – Delhi

Well it’s only been nine months since my last post, that’s not so long is it?  I did more travelling since you’ve heard from me last.  The big trip this time was India.  I was going to write one blog post for the whole thing but I realized there is just too much to cram in.  So I’m doing a post on every city/area I visited.  We’ll see if I make it through all of them…

It’s quite a country of contrasts.  From huge, elaborate palaces to very poor conditions.  But it’s certainly fascinating and memorable.

The first city I visited was Delhi.  I went to  Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation.  I also saw the stunning Humayan’s Tomb, which the Taj Mahal was modelled after.  It’s not white though, it’s made of red sandstone.  Sandstone is commonly used in conjunction with marble and quartz in Indian buildings.  Another beautiful example is the Jama Mosque, built in 1656.  I had to wear a sheet-like outfit when I was there for religious reasons, very fashion forward, lol.

Another sandstone building is Qutab Minar, a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.  I didn’t try it, but who knows?

The Sikh temple, Gurduwara Bangla Sahib is not made of sandstone.  It’s made of white marble with stunning gilded domes.  The Sikhs believe in the tradition of serving others and this temple feeds hundreds (if not thousands) of people every day for no charge.  It was amazing to walk through and see the giant cooking pots and all the people eating their meals.

I must admit though, for all the beauty of the temples and mosques what I loved the most about Delhi was Old Delhi.  All of India is chaotic but I think Old Delhi wins the prize, this is one crazy place!  They are very ingenious when it comes to wiring and electrical wires run everywhere in the narrow streets.  It looks a bit like a wild, steel spider’s web.  The markets there are wonderful, I only had time to visit the spice market, but oh, the colours, the smells, the people, fantastic!  I also went on a super fun but slightly terrifying rickshaw ride.  There don’t seem to be any traffic rules in India, lol.  On the first day there the taxi driver said “In some countries people drive on the left, in some countries people drive on the right, in India people drive anywhere they can”.  And he was right, lol.

So that’s just one city!  Stay tuned for the next!

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Raj Ghat

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Raj Ghat

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Humayan’s Tomb

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Jama Mosque

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Qutab Minar

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Sikh temple, Gurduwara Bangla Sahib

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Sikh temple

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Sikh temple

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Sikh temple

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Old Delhi, those wires!

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The rickshaw driver!

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A bit of traffic…

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spice market, Old Delhi

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New year, new blog post!

I am not cut out to be a blogger.  I am so bad at putting up new posts.  I did a lot of travelling in 2015, most notably a two month trip through France, Spain, Morocco and Portugal.  I promise to (someday) do a proper post but for now here’s some photos from my recent trip.  This is Essaouira, which is on the coast of Morocco.  It was one of my favourite places, I stayed in a hotel right on the beach but only a 3 minute walk from the Medina.  It had a working port with lots of fishing boats (and fish!), a fortress, an amazing Medina with so many shops, a great town square and of course that beach!  Oh, and apparently it is also one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.

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A very talented Swedish artist.

The internet can be amazing.  I recently started using Instagram, which I love  because photos are definitely my thing.  I love seeing what people make all over the world.  Shortly after starting to use Instagram one particular poster caught my eye, both because they had the same name as me – Yvonne – and because their work was photos using rich, beautiful colours.  One day their post was particularly striking, a gorgeous bright blue contrasting with an equally gorgeous bright orange.  Although I love both of those colours I rarely use them together.  However the photo appealed to me so much I decided to use those colours in a pendant.

I mentioned to Yvonne on Instagram that her photo inspired my pendant and she was so pleased she wrote about it.  Then, when she found out that she was having an exhibition she decided that she would like to have the pendant to hang beside the photo.  So now my pendant is in Sweden and will be displayed next to Yvonne Kundig’s gorgeous work.  As well as photos she does beautiful paintings of flowers.  If you’re in Sweden stop by 😉

Here is her Instagram:
https://instagram.com/yvonnesgalleri_art/

And her Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yvonnes-galleri/1581226268801209?fref=ts

And the location of the exhibition (which starts on August 22nd):
http://www.lisa.se/

And my Instagram:
https://instagram.com/torched.studio/

Her photo:
Yvonne Kundig

 

My pendant:Orange and Blue