Sailing Away On the Oasis of the Seas (Photo Essay)
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Sailing Away On the Oasis of the Seas (Photo Essay)

Growing up in the Virgin Islands, I’ve seen many cruise ships come and go. In the heyday of Caribbean tourism, it wasn’t unusual for St. Thomas to host up to fourteen cruise ships and I could see them all from my perch atop Crown Mountain. I saw some of the world’s most magnificent cruise ships, and even…

Beware the Monkey Temple
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Beware the Monkey Temple

Hanuman, the popular monkey deity in Hindu religion, can be found in statues and carvings at temples and shrines throughout India. But that’s not where Galwar Bagh, the Hindu pilgrimage site near Jaipur, India got its name. No, the origins of the site’s nickname comes from a less spiritual source. Real monkeys – both Rhesus…

The Art of Henna
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The Art of Henna

Mehndi, the ancient henna art of intricate yet temporary tattoos, is popular with girls in America. Found at theme parks such as Disney’s Epcot, girls choose stencil designs that are drawn freehand with a dark brown paste that later washes off, leaving an orange tattoo. The process is simple, but the results vary by artist….

Train to Jaipur
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Train to Jaipur

When researching family travel in India, I perused brochures about luxury trains. Works of art in themselves – envelopes within envelopes, ribbons, seals, and gold, lots of gold – the brochures featured trains with exotic names like the “Golden Chariot” or “Palace on Wheels” promising a bounty of earthly delights. Our own train to Jaipur…

The Taj Mahal
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The Taj Mahal

A lot has changed since last I visited the Taj Mahal in 1990. Air pollution has decreased significantly since factories were relocated out of Agra, India. There’s also a new ticket building – with bathrooms – and a shuttle system.  What has not changed is the age-old human story and the timeless architectural beauty of…

The Road to Agra
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The Road to Agra

On the day before India was to debut a new 6-lane expressway that halves the travel time between New Delhi and Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, I made the trip on a road that was decidedly NOT an expressway. Road to Agra The last time that I visited the Taj Mahal, it was in…

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Baby animals, cider donuts and trail mix

We’ve been going out to Indian Ladder Farm’s Baby Animal Days since we had a baby to bring. Our photos albums are filled with pictures of kids and little farm animals. In one, a small Lucy gingerly holds out one finger, petting a baby chick. Years later, she is holding Elliot as he does the…