Imerovigli

A jolt here and there, but nothing significant, as our flight from Thessaloniki glided to a smooth landing on the island of Santorini. Viraj (our 7 year old) was especially excited as the plane was landing on a volcano. We had decided to spend a night in Imerovigli, before shifting to 2 nights at Oia, […]

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The prettiest town in Greece

  Chania has been voted as one of the prettiest towns in Greece, and given our limited exploration of the country, we whole heartedly agree. It has also been one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Prehistoric settlement started almost 130,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. The Minoans arrived here around 4000 years […]

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Suspended in the Air (Meteora)

If there is a heaven on Earth, it is here. I could have easily penned those famous lines from Khusro while watching the sun go down behind the Pindos range across from Meteora. If I were stingy with my words in this age of callous uses of superlatives, I would still call this view Breathtaking. […]

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Slowing Down in Loire Valley

It has been 7 years since we drove through France’s Loire Valley in 2009, a fantasy land of fairy-tale chateaus big and small, ranging from the magnificent Chateau Chambord, the idyllic Azay le Rideau, the decorative Chenonceau, the magnificent gardens of Villandry, the evil queen inspired Sleeping-Beauty Usse, and the Haddock residence of Cheverny. Our younger one was […]

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Temple of Poseidon

If you had to build a Temple in honor of the God of Sea, Poseidon, there could be no better location than Cape Sounio, a rock face jutting out and plunging 300ft  into the Aegean Sea, with a view that which stretches all the way to the horizon interrupted by numerous Greek islands towards the east […]

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Know your backyard

A perfect frame of the Acropolis in Athens with a clear view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Odeum) during the coveted blue hour. While researching what to see, visit, do, eat; heck, searching for anything touristy in Athens on Google image search always brought up stunning images of this view. Needless to say, I had to get […]

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Quaking Trees

This is probably how these would have turned out if I had a 10 stop ND filter, was shooting at f/22 or higher, and a healthy 15-20 mph gusty wind was shaking the groves up. Or maybe not. But why go through the trouble when a few simple mouse clicks in Photoshop are at your disposal. Selective motion […]

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Beheading on the Bridge

Born in Damascus, near modern day Syria, a young prince of age 20, Abd al-Rahman and his family were overthrown as the ruling family in a revolt in 750 AD. The rebellion was led by the Abbasids who were ruthless and showed no mercy to anyone. Abd fled with his brother, Yahiya, as the Abbasids […]

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Paris, France

On our first trip to Paris we took the Metropolitain to Place de la Concorde, and as we stepped out of the station, we found pouring rain and an unsuccessful acrobatic attempt by our feeble umbrella to battle the gusty Parisian wind. This was the first week of October. In my last trip to Paris, as I […]

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Fire falls and Almond Blossoms

Except for the heat of the summer – from mid-June to end of September – a trip to Yosemite takes you through a variety of fascinating moods with an element of delight and awe that never fades. Two weeks ago, with the buzz around a potentially spectacular natural fire fall (the Horsetail falls at sunset), we headed […]

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Orange County, Spain

While walking around in Cordoba, Seville and other small towns and villages, if there was an abundance of one thing it was oranges. Every street, alley, pathway and every courtyard or square had orange trees – hundreds and thousands of them. It was as if no other tree existed in these towns, and there was […]

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Waiting for Customers

Over the past few years, as we have been visiting various towns and cities around the world, it has become a personal project for me to capture The Wait – the patience, frustration or joy with which various vendors wait for their customers. Unsurprisingly, it is difficult to capture such moments in Big-Mall America, but […]

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