Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jaipur to Agra

Well we have finally been able to find some time for adding to the blog. This is Carol in front of the "Palace of the Winds" in Jaipur. It was designed so the ladies could watch the street life without being seen. Very pretty building in very average street. From here we explored the surrounding palaces and streets with an interesting beer stop in the most run down restaurant in Jaipur. "Recommended by the lonely planet guide". The owner went to a shop to get the beers for us after telling us he sold beer. Anything is possible in India as long as you are willing to wait for it.

We then went to the palace in the lake and red fort. Very impressive buildings and a great history with legends of buried treasures. The architecture is amazing in all of the palaces with a mix of Hindu, Iranian and Arabic. There were Elephants carrying people to the palace and too many amazing sites for photos to include here. We will be sure to bore you all with the albums when you visit.

This photo was an opportunity not to be missed. Carol made a friend and got his name which will have to appear in the albums as we don't have it with us now. He was very funny and also very friendly. Check out those shoes!!

The Taj Mahal! What an impressive building. The architecture is again amazing and has been fantastically preserved. Shoes must be removed to enter the site and everyone was suitably impressed with the place. The gardens are in pretty good condition and the locals took as much interest in us westerners as we did in the Taj. We were asked to pose for photo's all the way through the grounds which was very amusing to all. Once again we have more photos than we know what to do with.

Well we have once again run out of time for more info but will attempt to add more at the next opportunity. We are currently in Nepal and heading to Kathmandu tomorrow. We hope you are all well. We have not had any health issues yet "Touch wood" and are managing to survive on Veggie diet.

Love to all.

Simon & Carol