Friday photo: Kathmandu

After the terrible devastation caused by the series of earthquakes in Nepal this April, newspaper reports say that life is slowly limping back to normal. The Durbar Squares are still in a shambles but are now open to tourists.

This Friday, an image from the vibrant Durbar Square of Kathmandu…

Kathmandu

I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the Kathmandu valley late last year and was awed by the beauty and splendour of the temples and palaces of Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktpur. It was all the more special because it was so unexpected. I had written about it for Destinasian magazine and it got published, ironically, just a few weeks before the earthquakes. I now think of it as my tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.

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Friday photo: Dive

It’s wonderfully cool in Bangalore right now, what with a steady breeze and intermittent rains. But much of the country still has an extended summer going on – I know, because this time last year, I was living in Gurgaon and wilting under the harsh sun.

If we in India have a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with the sun, Europe longs for it and welcomes it with open arms. When I was in Copenhagen early this month, it was their first day of summer, and everybody, just everybody, was out on the roads soaking in the sunshine. I even met a couple of colleagues of my contact from the tourism board who had decided to have a meeting walking on the cobblestone roads, because “with weather like this, who wants to sit inside?”

And pretty much all of Copenhagen turns into a swimming pool – this scene, then, from a quiet corner on the canal, kids cooling off, with the mother watching, probably about to dive in herself.

summer
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Friday photo: Bordeaux

In my recent ten days in France, Bordeaux was a revelation. The world’s largest urban UNESCO heritage site, it blends the old and the new beautifully. Who knew there was anything more to it than wine?

This Friday – after a long time – an image of the “water mirror” reflecting the stately neoclassical buildings at the heart of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux

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Friday photo: Reflections

It is almost impossible to choose one favourite among the dozens of stunning landscape images I have from New Zealand. But for now, a pic of an unexpectedly beautiful spot we came across near the Franz Josef glacier. There were several hikes near the glacier, of varying lengths and difficulty levels – and of course, we chose one of the easiest initially. This route led us to Peter’s Pool…

Peters Pool

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