Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

23 Days & 22 Nights in Dubai

September 30, 2006

Here’s some snapshots from my recent trip to the outrageously outlandish cosmopolitan capital of the Middle East. Here the wine and women are aplenty and the buildings and upcoming construction projects even more outrageously whimsical than the one’s before. It’s one place where big and bold themes seem to rule.

Burj Icon  Burj Al Arab

The new cultural icon of modern Dubai, the Burj Al Arab, is an architectural marvel (inspired by the sails of a boat) and claims to be the world’s only seven-star luxury hotel.

Construction Jamboree  Construction Jamboree

The blazing heat of the sun or the sandstorms doesn’t seem like a hindrance to the frenetic construction projects going on all around the city. And each project is out to outdo the previous one in terms of size and sheer audacity. The one on the left is for the Burj Dubai which, upon completion, will have the title of the world’s tallest tower.

Neon Nights  Neon Nights

Neon is everywhere and seem to be the in-thing in Dubai and working (not in a Vegas kind of way though).

Souk Madinat  Souk Madinat

It is these eclectic collection of shops and bars and restaurants in a traditional Arabian souk-themed mall space that makes the Souk Madinat at the Madinat Jumeirah a unique and charming shopping space to walk around, unlike any of the bland and boring box-like malls of suburbia.

Modhesh  Silver Camel

The vibrant smile of Modhesh, the cute little charmer and icon of the Dubai Summer Festival is everywhere to welcome you and keep you company. Artifacts that signify the Persian culture and tradition, like this silver camel, is there to surprise you and refresh you of Arabia. It is these old and new world characters that add that much needed warmth to an otherwise frenetically paced, traffic clogged and burning hot Dubai.

Intercourse, PA

September 10, 2006

Was going through a folder of some pictures I took when I went to Amish territory in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania back in March this year. We stumbled into a small town called Intercourse in the Amish heartland. Intercourse is the classic American town named after a noun. Don’t know what’s the story behind the naming. But here’s a few snapshots from in and around Intercourse, PA.

Welcome Attitude

Best Western Caution

Old Woodshed Gas Station

Greetings from God’s Own Country

August 7, 2006

Storm Coming

A monsoon storm is brewing…

Calm

…and then a sudden calm settles in…

Storm Again

…only to unleash the inner fury with double the force…

Cliffs

…making the waves rumble against the cliffs…

Trees

…and the trees sway in the wind…

Water

…while the leaves are washed away in the water aftermath.

Only in ‘God’s Own Country’ can you see such sights of eternal bliss in the eye of a storm.

Triple Quote of the Day

July 7, 2006

Paul Theroux Travels

“The more you write, the more you are capable of writing. Only amateurs wait for inspiration, the rest of us go to work, writing is work.”

“Nothing is more truthful than the fiction of a place.”

“Photographs appear not to be revealing of the person taking it, but in reality, says everything about the photographer.”

Paul Theroux (Novel & Travel Writer)

[Source: The Hindu Literary Review, July 2, 2006]

Scenes from an Indian Highway

June 26, 2006

Only on Indian highways can things get this exciting. It's these and many more fellow travellers sharing the highway that made the trip from Chennai to Bangalore and vice versa, all the more enjoyable on a hot day on the highway. Missed the buffaloes and the cows on the road though!!

Scooter-Rider

Tractor-Trailer

Goat-Load Truck-Load

Graphic Book Travalogues

March 10, 2006

Was browsing through a National Geographic Traveller magazine issue and chanced upon a small writeup about couple of travalogues that has been publiched in a sort of graphic-novel/comic book/journal format. I think it’s a wonderful idea to capture interesting travel stories with pictures, cartoons and other interesting tit-bits like tickets, souveniers, postcards etc thrown in. Still have to get my hands on these recommended titles, but looking forward to pick one up for my upcoming Singapore trip.

perfect hours carnet voyage 3Knights

comics-trips  mandala-river