Munnar has been on my destination wishlist for a very long time. After much planning, we set out on a weekend hoping that the monsoons don’t ruin our much anticipated trip.The light rains had washed away the dust and fresh green sprouts had turned the hills a lush emerald green. I have never before seen a brighter deeper greener ‘green’. It was nature at its best.
We stayed in a beautiful room at the Club Mahindra Resort, with a big picture window overlooking the never ending hills and the winding roads through them. An elephant ride for the kids, a drive up the hills to a reservoir lake, a trip to the local market for tea leaves and fresh local vegetables – there was much to be done before we got back to the grind and grime of the city.
Hope you enjoy these photographs, a beautiful reminder of a beautiful place…
A few weeks ago, we found time for a weekend getaway to visit the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located just a few hours away from Kochi, it was a quick and refreshing weekend spent in a beautiful hotel surrounded by the unspoiled green forest and the thundering waterfall .
We stayed at the Rainforest Resort – a boutique hotel set on a hilltop with 180 degree views of the powerful Athirapally Falls. I was skeptical about the ‘eco’ tag they proclaimed. But it didn’t take me long to realize that everything was very thoughtfully designed, and lets nature be as it is, as much as possible.
Every morning we woke up to the beautiful sight of the misty spray from the falls set against the verdant green forest; the silence of the early morning broken only by the roar of the water. It is the perfect place to just be and do nothing.
All pictures taken on the Canon 5D MK ii and iPhone 4S. Processed on Aperture and VSCO app.
We were in Dallas two weeks back visiting friends. I didn’t take the Canon on this trip. All photographs were taken on the iPhone and processed on the Billion $ App – Instagram. Its going to look like Instagram porn :D.
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San Francisco is one of my all time favourite places. This was our third trip to this beautiful city. This time we decided to stay away from the regular tourist circuit. This meant no Fisherman’s wharf, no Pier 39 (this is the biggest tourist trap), no Golden Gate bridge, no Mystery Spot etc… This time we wanted to try the San Francisco food scene and neighbourhoods we hadn’t been to yet.
We started early on Saturday, with a visit to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. First we hit the food stalls like Roli Roti and 4505 Meats, before the lines got too long and they ran out of food. We had a porchetta sandwich and roasted potatoes from Roli Roti and, an amazing burger and lamb and fried egg sandwich from 4505 Meats. Then we got adventurous, and tried fresh oysters from Hog Island Oysters – first time ever! We finished up with gelato from Ciao Bella and a single origin espresso from Blue Bottle Coffee Co.
If I lived in San Francisco, I’d be here every Saturday. Such amazing food and stunning location!
Later in the day we went to Twin Peaks. This was my first time here and I have seen some amazing pictures of San Francisco taken from here. Towards the blue hour, all of a sudden this place was swamped with photogs and I had no clue as to why. Right from iphones to Leicas, they were all there. As the moon rose over the horizon, it became clear – it was the super moon! I was just lucky to have planned to be there at that time.
This post features the ‘Streets & Faces’ of Istanbul. No real theme or story in this post, just my capture of everyday life in Istanbul. This place is a heaven for photogs. Most people are ok with having cameras pointed at them. Some even insist that you take a picture. I got yelled at just once; that photo is here in this post – wanna take a guess? :)
Most of the photographs were taken using the Carl Zeiss 35mm 1.4. After a lot of thinking, I decided to haul this heavy, ‘manual focus only’ lens all the way to Istanbul. It was a risk – I knew that if a shot got messed up, I didn’t have the luxury to go back and re-shoot it. All said and done, I am glad I used this lens. I got used to the manual focusing quite fast. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I love the sharpness and the richness of the photos. I rented it from Borrowlenses.com.
Featured in today’s post are two of Istanbul bazaars – The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market.
With almost 4000 shops operating in it, the Grand Bazaar is truly grand. Right from 5th generation carpet sellers to shops selling ‘Nike’ and ‘Adidas’ for $10, leather goods, ceramics, jewellery – you get everything. One interesting thing I saw was shopkeepers placing coffee and tea orders over wireless handsets. And it is not just shops, there are mosques, restaurants and cafes too
The Egyptian spice market is a smaller bazaar, with mostly spice shops. The by lanes surrounding this bazaar is where the real action is. This is where we found the locals shopping for furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, cheese, olives, pickles, cured meats and so on. We also visited the Rustem Pasha mosque along the way. It is not very big or grand like the Blue mosque, but the Iznik tiles in here are beautiful and exquisite.