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Dan, Mom and I in front f the main temple in Chennai

Dan, Mom and I in front f the main temple in Chennai

Hi!!  I was totally MIA for so long because I took an amazing two week trip to India!  India is a place I never thought I would have the opportunity to travel to and I feel so lucky to be able to share my experience with you!

What a different world than the one I live here in DC!  The colors, sounds, smells, everything was so brilliant.  I won’t sugarcoat the fact that poverty was very apparent, but the people were so friendly and happy, and willing to make our experience as rich as possible.

Some pretty flowers at the temple

Some pretty flowers at the temple

I travelled with my mom and one of my brothers, Dan.  We flew into Chennai after (a 17 hour flight!) which is a huge city on the Southeast coast.  We spent two nights there, then travelled down to Pondicherry (with a short 3 hour stop in Mahabalipuram on the way down to see the ruins) and spent a few days there.  “Pondy” is a much smaller coastal town about 3 hours south of Chennai that was once a French colony.  Not quite as chaotic as Chennai but still has a small city feel.  Next stop was Goa which was a 2 and a half hour flight out to the West coast!  Goa is such a beautiful and tropical place, and a complete contrast to the bustling dense city of Chennai.

Here are a few snapshots from my photo album, with some stories along the way.  Enjoy!

The paintings and details are stunning!

The paintings and details are stunning!

Some of my favorite places we visited were the temples in Chennai and in Pondicherry, as well as the ruins in Mahablipuram.  So much history and culture.  And the colors are unlike anything that can be found here in DC!

A peek inside the temple in Pondicherry.

A peek inside the temple in Pondicherry.

I loved the 10 heads!

I loved the 10 heads!

Color and pattern is everywhere!  Even on the ground.

Color and pattern is everywhere! Even on the ground.

Mandalas

Mandalas

color, color, color!

color, color, color!

I am obsessed with elephants, and love this one in Mahablipuram

I am obsessed with elephants, and love this one in Mahablipuram

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More ruins and more elephants!

More ruins and more elephants!

Dan and I inside

Dan and I inside

The carvings and details were amazing

The carvings and details were amazing

The beach-life in Chennai and “Pondy” is so different than the beach-life we know here in The States.  I think of Miami or SoCal and all the beautiful almost-naked bodies laying on beach towels soaking up the sun.  In India, all women (and men) play games in the water fully clothed in their brightly patterned Sarees.  Games of Cricket are always in play, and people having picnics and family gathers were everywhere.  The beach for Indians is completely a social meeting area and full of life!  So much fun!

Watching their game of Cricket!

Watching their game of Cricket!

So I mentioned Sarees; I am totally obsessed with these stunning textiles that the women wear!  They are some of the most beautiful colors, prints, and patterns I have seen!  And no two Sarees are the same! The photo below was taken at a temple in Pondicherry.

I am in love with the teal!  Along with all of the other vibrant colors!

I am in love with the teal! Along with all of the other vibrant colors!

One of my favorite things that we saw in each city we visited was the use of color on the buildings!  The bright neon and pastel painted buildings was so cheery and such an interesting contrast to the dull and dirty streets, just like the Sarees what women wear.

I tried to capture the city of Goa from the car, the bright flecks of color are eye catching!

I tried to capture the city of Goa from the car, the bright flecks of color are eye catching!

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Most of the buildings we saw were from the car so I attempted to take as many decent pictures as I could of some of my favorites.

Here are some more fun things!

The details of these massive doors in the ITC Grand Hotel are stunning.  I love the peacock pulls!

The details of these massive doors in the ITC Grand Hotel are stunning. I love the peacock pulls!

We made friends with the owner of a small gift shop in Chennai!

We made friends with the owner of a small gift shop in Chennai!

These are handmade paper mache painted ornaments, I wanted them all!

These are handmade paper mache painted ornaments, I wanted them all!

Large stained glass ceiling in Spencer Plaza

Large stained glass ceiling in Spencer Plaza

Burning candles at St. Thomas Church

Burning candles at St. Thomas Church

And of course I have to show you some of the delicious food we ate!  I love India food, but the Indian food I eat here in DC cannot be compared to the flavors of true Indian food made in India!  It was absolutely amazing!!  (Try not to be too jealous.)

Yum Somasas!

Yum Somasas!

One of my favorite meals at the ITC Grand Hotel in Chennai

One of my favorite meals at the ITC Grand Hotel in Chennai

Have you been to India? I would love to hear about your experience!  Or if not, where have you travelled to that has been inspiring?

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