The Cross

When I saw the video in Travel Between The Page’s blog post, I was spellbound. Why? Because this was a place I had been to and this video is so Amazing. The place is Montserrat in Spain. My 13th day trip to Spain was to this place. I absolutely loved the place. They have a famous Boy Choir which truly rendered me speechless and with tears.

What also struck me was the picture of the Cross that was there in the video. My friends and I had this discussion about it. It was quite far from the Cathedral and I did have proof of seeing that in my photographs, but when these guys (i.e. my friends) went further ahead of the trek (I stopped after a steep point, after which they had to literally crawl and climb the rocks and I had just gotten better after my ankle fracture) they said they couldn’t really find it. They were trying to fool me by saying that it might be a mirage or something that might vanish when we get closer. So after seeing this video, went to my hard disk, found out the photographs and verified.

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Definitely,  the cross is there. No mirage, no vanishing act. But, now there seem to be two types of crosses in this place. The one I saw was a plain one (the one in the photograph above). I wonder where the cross that is featured in this video is. I had to edit the above photograph a bit to enhance the presence of the cross on the top of the mountain. But now, I am intrigued about the second one. Maybe, I will get to see both of them next time I visit this place.

It will be happier…

WordPress review was a good measurement, but I couldn’t add much to it. So here is my personal review.

Baralikadu still reigns. After all these years (That post was posted on Feb 2013…) it is still the first in the search terms and always get the max views on my blog. Never would I have thought of that when I posted those photographs of a very small and quaint place near my hometown (Coimbatore). I guess I should start charging the folks at Baralikadu some commission if my post is earning them visits 🙂

This year I crossed 1500 followers…Yay!!! Thank you all!!! And hearty welcome to all the new people who have joined this journey! Hope you find my blog(s) interesting and entertaining 🙂

I finally made my blog an ‘awards free blog’ ( more out of laziness than anything else) but then as I say on my picture (down below the page if you scroll down)

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Thanks for being part of my blogging journey.

and the best award for me is your time!

Took part in a couple of new prompts, apart from the ones I was already participating.

Finally got around to complete my Cambodia and Bali tour report a couple of days before on my travel blog. Failed to do one for my US trip I did this year (i.e. 2015) , but will finish it in a week.

On a personal level, I had to send off three of my friends to different places (and countries) for better opportunities (and I hate send offs even though I am very happy for them), was a witness to two of my gay friends marriage (can’t say how happy I was for them and I was their official photographer too , yay!!!), did two international trips this year (as opposed to one every year), ticked Sky Diving from my imaginary to-do list, got my tattoo done, tried my hands at dating and found someone too, spent more than I earned ;), worked out harder and got around to fix some of my long term health issues (will write about one particular issue in detail later) and on my way to fix a few more things for a healthier life style, took it easy at work (had to balance it somewhere), made some new friends, got a little bit more confident of self…well, that is all I think 🙂

With that, good bye 2015 and Hi there 2016! , Welcome!

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Wishing you all a Very Happy and Joyful New Year. May your dreams come true and you stay happy, content, and hopeful. 

Take care and see you all next year! Happy Blogging! 🙂

Headless Beauty

I just completed writing the second day of our Cambodia tour. While writing it, I noticed a photograph which I took in Preah Khan, which I particularly like a lot. It was raining and we were inside the temple. There was this idol with the head missing and for some reason seeing that in the rain wanted me to take this photograph and I felt that it had a beauty of its own even with the missing head. Sinister in a way but beautiful nonetheless.IMG_9948.JPG

“Some ruins of ancient times are much more beautiful than the best buildings of modern eras!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Posted for Julie’s this week’s travel photo event.

WPC: Grid

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I am not sure if this qualifies for Grid for this week’s photography prompt, but posting it none the less 🙂
This was taken in Cambodia during my recent visit.

Hola!

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After a fun filled vacation and lots and lots of tanning (can’t really make it out what with my skin already very wheatish in color) I am not really very happy to be back 😦 because who would want to be back from a fun vacation and get back to the normal grind of life right ? But then as Rumi said ‘Travel brings power and love back to your life’ and it did. I have to be back to work on my next vacation and to prepare for my next adventure 🙂 So here I am!
Will catch up with the posts sooner, once I get over my travel lag. See you all soon with lots of photographs and stories.