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.

By Anne Leader

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

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.

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