Boy and pigeons against the backdrop of Sebilj, Baščaršija, Sarajevo

Sarajevo Rose

It was 1993. Our dorm in India had just installed a 10 foot satellite dish to catch the US cable channels and it was welcome change from the 1.5 channels of State run Doordarshan and it’s melancholia. CNN had just become the most popular channel to turn on 24×7 because of it’s coverage of the Persian […]

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Sunset across the old town and city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

An Austro-Hungarian State of Mind

Our experience with Ottoman (Turkish) flags in Bosnia left us a little curious about the leanings of the people of Croatia and other Yugoslav states. Were people happier in modern day states? Did they prefer the erstwhile state of Yugoslavia? Or, like their Bosnian counterparts, did they prefer an entirely different era? We had a […]

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Sign of "Don't Forget", a carpet and souvenir vendor in Mostar

An Ottoman State of Mind

The tourist season had not begun yet in Mostar, and there were a sprinkling of mostly eastern European tourists getting a head start on their vacation. As we were wandering around the Kriva Cuprija, or the crooked bridge – that looks like a replica of Stari Most but did survive the bombings of the Yugoslav […]

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A triple arch in the medieval city of Trogir, Croatia

A Day in Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, about an hour north of Split in Croatia, is a quintessential medieval town sitting on a small island in the Adriatic Sea. Connected by short bridges from the mainland, it almost feels as if Trogir sits on the banks of a large river, and not as an island. Trogir can be visited leisurely in […]

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Diamond ring just when Totality ended. Time to put glasses pack on.

A diamond is for a Moment

A few years ago, we drove 4 hours to Chico, California, to witness our first (technically, second, but I was too young to remember the first one) solar eclipse. That was an annular – where the Moon does align completely with the Sun, but it is a little closer to the Earth, resulting in a […]

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Town of Perast along the Bay of Kotor, at dusk

Marketing in Paradise

What do you sell when you are already in Paradise? As we crossed over the dry high plateau that covered most of the Republic of Srpska into Montenegro, all we encountered was an hour long wait, with none of the smart talk that we had experienced while entering Bosnia, even though our own President had […]

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The Ottoman Old Bridge (or Star Most) across the Neretva River in Mostar

Welcome to Bosnia, Mr. Trump

We left the hip town of Split quite early in the morning, and hurriedly drove to the Croatia-Bosnia border. I wanted to cross the border, drive through the town of Pocitelj and reach Mostar well before sundown. It was as if I was planning to enter the battle-ridden town of Mosul instead of the gem […]

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Blue hour and sunset around the town of Rovinj in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia

Rovinj to Goa

Our last evening in Istria was spent wandering around the artistic and beautiful streets of Rovinj, slowly making our way up the narrow alleys to the top where the Church of St. Euphemia stood with its imposing bell tower modeled after St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. It was early July but even at 6.30 pm, […]

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Car against the massive red rock formations approaching Monument Valley

When should you upgrade your camera?

What we have heard time and again – camera doesn’t matter, the photographer does. duChemin does this with stunning proof. But like all claims, there are constraints, assumptions, and boundary conditions. Yes, one can make stunning photographs even with a pinhole camera if one desires, but boy, will it make your life difficult. The state of the art […]

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An itinerary for traveling to Greece

A sample family travel itinerary for Greece for about 15 days. We took this journey with kids through mainland Greece and 2 islands out of the 3000+ that Greece has. The primary purpose was to delve systematically through Greece’s 4000+ year old history and see the significant sights in that timeline. Over 15 days in […]

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The Crow and the Egret

There are 3 premier castles in Japan – all UNESCO World Heritage sites – Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto. From what we had seen in Google Maps, Google Images and 500px, the two castles definitely worth visiting were the Crow and the Egret – that is, the Matsumoto and Himeji Castles, respectively. And in our opinion, the […]

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