I didn’t actually plan to visit the Taj Mahal. I didn’t have the time.. but since I had lost my gopro on the way to Dehli, I all of a sudden had time, because I was not shooting much footage without that camera..

So I went to the Taj Mahal in Agra the next day. Knowing that I won’t take many photos of the building itself. I preferred to let it just amaze me in real - no need or chance to try to capture this feeling.

Because I had to leave my bag with the driver, I only brought two rolls. One colour, one black and white. So I had sixteen photos in total to shoot. 8 chances for a good colour frame and 8 for a black and white one.

I walked through the south gate and all of a sudden these two women showed up. They were walking slowly downstairs, right ti the Taj Mahal.

Having black and white loaded, I decided to go for it and follow the two women. By feeling I took one first frame, when the Building appeared nicely above them. I took another and though that was it and then a couple of men in white appeared… So I even took a third one, knowing it was worth it to shoot 3 of 8 frames for just “one” shot.

Well - that’s the story.

Fuji GSW690II, Fuji Acros.

As of 6 June 2014, a partial ban on photographing works of art in Italian state museums has been lifted, as long as the photos are used for non-profit purposes, for study or research, or to promote Italy’s heritage. The lifting of the ban, which still prohibits flash or tripod use, was part of a broader law aimed at protecting cultural heritage and increasing and improving tourism.

Tourists with cameras. Rob Griffith/Associated Press


Day 12 St. Henri - Little Burgundy: If you adore architecture, then these 2 neighbourhoods are for you. Some of the best scenes located along the Lachine Canal, these old warehouses are converted to condos and housing by keeping its original building front. Metro St. Henri, Lionel Groux & George Vanier.

Sheridan, WY – (ReleaseWire) – 02/23/2015 – Destination West Tours announced today that it has started offering unique luxury tours of the Western United States for Chinese-Speaking travelers.  Destination West provides an all-inclusive tour package for small, private or semi-private tours to such locations as Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Mount Rushmore. The upscale experience includes travel in a Hummer H2 limousine, complete with alcohol, snacks, and beverages.  Guests stay at 4 and 5 star hotels and private luxury lodges.  The entire trip is conducted by a local Mandarin-speaking tour guide.

“Before we started our luxury tours, visitors from China really only had one option for touring the West, which was riding on a large tour bus with a big group of people while staying at low end hotels and eating cheap food,” said Darren Small , Founder and CEO of Destination West.  "Our guests want something more – a special, truly memorable experience visiting some of the most remarkable places in the world.“

Serving the comfort-conscious Chinese traveler takes a driver who acts as a dedicated translator and chauffeur. Destination West guests dine at the most upscale and high-quality restaurants, which have been selected to provide their guests with authentic Western cuisine.  Tours are limited to 10 guests at a time, though Destination West also arranges completely private tours. Tours last 10 days, 9 nights, with the option of adding a 2-day high-end shopping extension in Denver, Colorado. Private security escorts are also available.

In addition to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, tour destinations include Grand Teton National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial.   Tours feature such adventures and activities as hot air ballooning, river rafting, star-gazing, live rodeos, live music entertainment, museums, firearms training and shooting, wildlife viewing, shopping, wine tours, distillery tours, helicopter tours of Mount Rushmore, and more.

For more information, please visit

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Durbar Square on Flickr.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal Durbar Square is the generic name used to describe plazas opposite old royal palaces in Nepal. Before the Unification of Nepal, Nepal consisted of small kingdoms, and Durbar Squares are most prominent remnants of those old kingdoms in Nepal. In particular, three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, belonging to the three kingdoms situated there before unification, are most famous: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. All three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. The royal palace was originally situated at Dattaraya square and was only later moved to the Durbar square location.
The Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square also surrounds quadrangles revealing courtyards and temples. The square is presently known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, near the entrance of the palace.

anonymous asked:

I really want to have a job involving travel.. (Stewardess, tour guide, etc.) What college do you think is good? And is there a course where you can also study restaurant management?

This a pretty good list of colleges: The 20 Best Tourism Degree Programs

You’re probably going to major in Tourism and Travel Management or Hospitality Administration and Management.

Typical Courses for Travel/Hospitality Majors:

  • Business presentations
  • Cars, rails, and rooms
  • Computer-based information systems
  • Cruise marketing and sales
  • Destinations and cultures
  • Hospitality law
  • Leadership management in service cultures
  • Marketing management
  • Reservations and ticketing
  • Travel agency management
  • Employee labor relations
  • Geography of tourism
  • Facilities design
  • Festival and event management
  • Food service operations
  • Hospitality finance
  • Hospitality law
  • Lodging administration
  • Marketing
  • Resort operations

As you can see, most of those don’t involve food/restaurant management. Whether or not restaurant management is a part of your degree plan depends on the college you attend and what concentration, if any, you choose.

You should, however, be able to take at least one restaurant management class as an elective if it’s not already built into the curriculum. You might even be able to minor in restaurant management. Ask an advisor at your prospective schools.

Restaurant management related courses you should consider taking:

  • Catering and banquet management
  • Culinary arts (basic through advanced)
  • Dining room operations
  • Food and beverage cost control
  • Food preparation and production
  • Food purchasing
  • Human resources management
  • Menu development
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Science
  • Nutrition Sciences