Within the chaotic narrow streets of Old Delhi lies the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, whose enormous courtyard has the capacity to hold 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, this sensational mosque was the last extravagnance commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, whose love for his wife resulted in the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra and zest for beauty and power built the Red Fort of New Delhi. The Jama Masjid’s spectacular beauty resides in her masterful […]
No trip to Paris would ever be complete without a visit to the beloved Cathédrale de Notre-Dame. Built between 1163 and 1345 the Notre Dame has withstood centuries of history and is one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world. Not only is the Notre Dame a pure masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, it has also remained the city’s heart and soul for centuries of dynamic struggle and change.
One cannot go to Paris without taking a stroll by all her beloved monuments. There are so many spectacular things to see ranging from the metallic Eiffel Tower, to the numerous classic sculptures and fountains which line the parks, the gorgeously ornate churches and buildings, and of course the pièce de résistance, the Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 as a symbol of triumph and victory of his army, the Arc de Triomphe is perhaps one of Paris’ most […]
Our first full day in Paris was spent walking. I find walking to be the best way of exploring a city old or new. I had spent six months living in Paris over twenty years ago and have been fortunate to have been back several times since then. It is a city I know and love yet there is always something new to discover and surprise. Perhaps that is why I find Paris to be one of the most magnificent, […]
The Marais district stretching through the 3rd and 4th arrondissements has many amazing sites to see. As mentioned in my earlier post on Le Marais, this gorgeous popular district in Paris was once home to many of the aristocracy who built their famous maisons in spectacular architecture and opulence of the times. A few sites in the Marais are definitely worth your time. The Hôtel de Sully is a hôtel particulier, or private mansion, which was built between 1625 and 1630 for the Duke […]
“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life”. – Eleanor Roosevelt In Paris, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I found myself always craning my neck and looking up. Up at the gorgeous architecture and the overly ornate doors that withhold centuries of history. Perhaps my borderline obsession with doors is the mystery of what lurks behind. Or else it […]
Author’s note: This is my last piece on my recent trip to Honduras. To read more posts in this series click here. The post below is a continuation of my day tour of the Garifuna villages on the island of Roatan). After our visit to Punta Gorda, we drove to the other side of narrow Roatan to visit another beautiful traditional Garifuna Village, the community of Oak Ridge. Oak Ridge is quite unique as the entire village is built around a […]
One of my all time favorite cities in the world is Antigua, Guatemala. I could spend days walking its picturesque cobblestone streets colored in rainbow hues and loaded with history. Every building has a story to tell which can be found by looking into the details of the layers of paint and crumbled buildings sprouting with plants. Follow me along and look carefully at the details of a street in lovely Antigua….
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Traveling often delights the eyes in some of the most fascinating architecture in the world. From the mesmerizing masterpieces of Machu Picchu to modern day skyscrapers of Pudong, there is always something to capture the eye. Here are some of my favorites from my travels… This post was written in response to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post: Architecture. To view more entries, click here.
When I saw this week’s photo challenge “Geometry”, my mind instantly went to one place: Guatemala. The reoccurring earthquakes that destroyed Antigua over and over again left this lovely city with some of the most fascinating mixture of geometrical shapes on earth. I could have spent hours just exploring the ancient ruins and snapping away at the perfectly formed yet mishappened lines of the old cathedrals. There are four of my favorite photos a little reworked for this week’s challenge. […]
Categories: Antigua, BLOGGING, Guatemala, TRAVEL BY COUNTRY, Weekly Photo Challenge • Tags: Antigua, Architecture, CULTURE, geometry, Guatemala, Photography, postaday, thirdeyemom, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge