Nov 28, 2010

Street Scenes: Erawan Shrine Bangkok

There is something appealing about viewing the large cities of the world from above. In certain parts of Bangkok elevated walkways allow for a semi bird’s eye view and an easier way to navigate a city infamous for its traffic.

Pictured here nestled beside a hotel on a busy corner is the Erawan Shrine featuring the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma. I walked by it many times during my stay in Bangkok and stopped every time to take a look.

Nov 15, 2010

Passports With Purpose-Building a Village in India

The travel blogging community is once again uniting for Passports with Purpose. In 2009, 90 bloggers participated and raised almost $30,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia. In 2010 the goal is to raise $50,000 to build a village in rural India through a partnership with Friends of Lafti.

This is how it works: Each blogger has secured a prize for a raffle. I’m donating a $100 gift certificate to B&H Photo, which I will send anywhere in the U.S. Check out the Passports with Purpose home page to participate, for more details and a full list of prizes. Donors make a tax deductible donation directly to LAFTI International. For each $10 donated, you can be entered to win a prize of your choice. Winners will be announced December 17th.

LAFTI helps India’s untouchables, especially women, with projects that include land distribution, cultivation, adult training, youth housing and housing construction. For about $2,000, LAFTI can build a home. Passports with Purpose aims to raise enough money to build approximately 25 homes to create the Passports Village in Karunganni, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Travel bloggers Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy founded Passports With Purpose in 2008 as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places we, as travelers, visit.

Nov 7, 2010

Doors From Around The World

How many times have you wondered what is behind some of the more intriguing doors you come across when traveling?

This large wooden door of the Capilla de la Expiacion in the Plaza de Santo Domingo in Mexico City dwarfs the woman walking by.

This door with the American flag and handprints can be found in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.

Certain countries consistently have the most beautiful doors. Morocco is one. The one pictured here is in the medina of Essaouira and features the perfect Moroccan blue.

India is another country that does not disappoint in the door department. Fit for royalty it resides in the City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Which of the above doors would you like to open?

Nov 2, 2010

Street Scenes: Morning Commute Jaipur

This group of elephants was spotted on their way to work early one morning on the two lane highway leading to Amber Fort Palace in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, India.

Their job is not an easy one. They carry groups of tourists up the steep paved mountain road that leads to the entrance of the fort. The elephants are limited to four trips to the top daily.

What is your morning commute like and what do you typically see on the way?