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Our photo review of Bhanwar Niwas, a great haveli in Bikaner, India

Posted on April 17th 2006 by Arthur in Travel

Last month, on our trip around Rajasthan, India, we stayed at many different hotels, but Bhanwar Niwas was certainly our favorite. The room was lavish, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding. More »

Our visit to Keoladeo National Park

Posted on April 15th 2006 by Amy in Nature, Travel

Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. We visited the park on 7 and 8 March, 2006. We saw a lot of wildlife, including many different species of birds, plus wild dogs, deer, snakes, and more. More »

Museumweekend in Amsterdam

Posted on April 9th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Museums, Travel

This weekend was Museumweekend in the Netherlands, when many museums offer free or reduced-price entry. Yesterday we were in Amsterdam, and visited the Tropenmuseum, Verzetsmuseum and Allard Pierson Museum. More »

Belgium to charge toll on their highways by 2008?!

Posted on April 7th 2006 by Arthur in Travel

I don’t believe this; the Belgian government plans to start charging toll on all their highways from 1 January 2008. This would not be such a bad idea, if their highway system didn’t totally suck the way it does! I really think it’s one of the worst in Europe! More »

Making Dutch museums free

Posted on April 6th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Museums, Travel

Today the Dutch parliament debated making entrance to some national museums free, as in the United Kingdom. Dutch Culture and Science Secretary Medy van der Laan said that attendance of British museums may have increased, but those are simply the same people visiting more often. He also argued that if the number of visitors of free museums goes up, then those at museums that are not free will go down. More »

Our visit to Agra, India

Posted on April 5th 2006 by Amy in Travel

We arrived at Agra Cantonment train station at about 8am on Sunday, 05 March 2006. We stayed in Agra for two nights, at Hotel Kamal in Taj Ganj. Here are some of the places we visited. More »

Holi 2006 in Jaipur, India

Posted on March 31st 2006 by Arthur in Personal, Travel

Two weeks ago we were in Jaipur, India, during Holi, India’s festival of color that marks the beginning of spring. The day before we had attended the wonderful Elephant Festival and we had already bought a few bags of color from a street vendor, so on the morning of 14 March we headed into the city, each armed with bags of colored powder in our pockets. Ready for our first Holi.

Holi colors

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Elephant Festival 2006 in Jaipur, India

Posted on March 28th 2006 by Arthur in Travel

In the month of Phalgun, a day before the festival of Holi, India’s festival of colors, the elephants of Jaipur gather in a show of pomp and pageantry recreating the royal splendour of a bygone area. There is a parade, polo match and tug of war. Here is our report of the Elephant Festival on 13 March. More »

Travel photos of Rajasthan, India

Posted on March 26th 2006 by Arthur in Personal, Travel

We have just published a new page in our travel photo album of our trip around Rajasthan, India, from 3 to 22 March 2006. We saw the Taj Mahal in Agra, bicycled around Keoladeo NP at Bharapthur, saw tigers at Ranthambore NP, played Holi in Jaipur and saw many forts and palaces. More »

Visiting Mont Saint Michel in Normandy

Posted on March 20th 2006 by Arthur in Travel

A few years ago on a road trip of Normandy we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel. More »