Sweet home Alabama

Photography, Travel

Here are the photographs from our trip to Point Clear, Alabama. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa which was recently added to the Autograph collection.

“Autograph Collection Hotels brings the art of storytelling to life by hand selecting hotels that are rich in craft and character, design, architecture and unexpected back-stories. Created for travelers who approach life like a master class and seek memorable and immersive travel experiences, no two hotels or resorts are the same. Each offers unique perspectives on hospitality, design, and service that leaves an imprint with each stay. Every Autograph Collection hotel celebrates artistry that surprises, inspires and delights and experiences that are exactly like nothing else.” Mariott

It was an absolute delight staying at the resort and we spent most of our time lounging and exploring the various things the place had to offer.

We spent the first day exploring the vast resort grounds and strolling on the lagoon walkways and cycling. This resort is home for a vast variety of flora and fauna and these photographs are proof of that.

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We spent the next day by the beach drinking, reading chilling.

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On the last day,(a Sunday) we decided to go out and explore Fairhope, Alabama. Though we treated our tummies to some yummy food, Sunday is a bad day to explore the small town. Most of the shops are closed on church day. In the evening, we treated ourselves to dolphin spotting and beautiful sunset hues at the resort. This is my idea of a perfect weekend getaway.

 

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Write to me about your experiences staying in stunning resorts. I would love to add a few to my to go list.

 

 

 

Seattle from the Water

Photography, Travel

If you are looking to be touristy at Seattle, then being on a cruise tour is a must. Whenever V and I travel to a new place in the United States, we get hold of the City Pass and check-off all the touristy things to do in the city. This is an easy and pocket-friendly way to get around popular spots in the city.

When we went to Seattle for the first (and the last time yet) time in September 2017, we went to the Space NeedleSeattle AquariumArgosy Cruises Harbor TourWoodland Park ZooChihuly Garden and Glass, all in just $89.

Below are the pictures from Argosy Cruises Harbor tour. It is a narrated sightseeing cruise tour that gives you a good look at Seattle from the water.  Here are the most cherished pictures from the tour.

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Would you be up to doing touristy things in a city? or do you always look around for unique experiences? I would love to know more about this.

 

 

Chichen Itza – The Mayan voyage part II

Photography, Travel

These are the pictures from our trip to Yucatan in Feb’17. Surprisingly, I still have lots of pictures to edit and share from our trip last year. Thanks to my husband and his meticulous planning, Our honeymoon was a 21-day trip and we visited two countries and multiple locations in each of these countries. Mexico – Mexico city, Tulum, Chichen, Cancun, Costa Rica – Corcovado, San Jose, Arenal…  phew!

Chichen Itza was on our itinerary from the beginning. I love going to places with historic significance; their beauty and intrigue are unmatched and Chichen Itza is a gold mine (figuratively).

Here are a few pictures from our pixel diary.

Edited on Lightroom CC

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For those of you who don’t know, death rituals were an integral part of the Mayan civilization. They respected death, they also feared it and grieved it. Human sacrifices were also an integral part of the Mayan culture, human blood was presented as offerings to the Mayan deities and from what we heard from our guide, Chichen Itza has witnessed many such human sacrifices. Spooky isn’t it?

How many of you have visited the New Wonders of the world? I would love to hear more about your experience.

Let me know if you want to know more about the history of Chichen as told by the locals.

 

 

Key West

Art, Before-After, Photography, Travel

Did you know that Key West is only 4 miles long and 1 mile wide? This small island is home for 26,000 people and some astounding houses including one of Harry S Truman.

One of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States also has many other pursuits to offer like scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring coral reefs, paragliding, sailing and other water sports.

If you are a culinary enthusiast like me, then don’t miss the cuban food, Cuban coffee, and key lime pies!

Presenting below, Key West through my lens. Shot on iPhone and edited on Lightroom CC.

 

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Here are the pre and post edit shots. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Photography, Travel

“The forest is nice, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost

Hello fellow readers,

We made a short trip to the Smoky mountains national park during the Memorial day long weekend and happened to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the forest. Here are a few photographs I want to share with you all.

 

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These photographs have been edited to create a moody forest vibe. But I do have miles to go before I perfect that. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

 

Project 1 – Chakhle Dilli

Art

I am currently volunteering with United nations online and I am involved in helping NGOs from around the world develop collaterals for marketing, developing content and graphics for their websites etc. Sharing here is the first project that came to me.

Chakhle Dilli is an initiative by Butterflies a non – profit organization based out of Delhi. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to children who are in need of it.  The organization is also involved in training children from poorer sections of the society in catering and cooking services at the Butterflies school of cooking and culinary arts.

My project with the organization was to develop a three-fold brochure with some basic details about the organization and a detailed look at their catering services.

Here’s my work. Let me know what you’ll think about this.

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Culinary experiments on artboard

Art

Hi friends,

I am back after a short break. Nah, I have been slacking at bit but I am going to jump right back into this habit.

The following are the illustrations I worked on for my art-school application. I am applying for the Master of fine arts program in Advertising.

About the illustrations, They are inspired by and idea my husband and I had while planning our next vacation. Staying in another country makes you more sensitive towards cultural nuances of that place. Food, being a major part of culture, is probably the first thing that hits you. But with commercialization of the industry it is difficult for a tourist/outsider to find a place that serves authentic cuisine. This is an attempt at finding a solution for this scenario.

 

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