Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Taj Mahal!

The Taj is on the list of New 7 Wonders of the World.  It certainly is a wonder to the naked eye and looks like a backdrop in a photography studio.  It's majestic and grand.
A guest house lies to the east and a Mosque to the west.  The mausoleum was built for the Emperor, Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth of their 14th child.  There's a second grave where the Emperor himself, Shah Jahan lies next to his beloved. The tombs we saw are the false sarcophagi of Mumtaz Mahal and the Emperor.  The real graves are on a lower level which we were not allowed to view.  The security there is strict.  Absolutely NO photos to be taken of the sarcophagi.  I saw one man take a photo with his phone and the security tried to punch him, but he got away.  Wow.  Not sure why photos are not allowed, but that's just how it is.

Scaffolding on the entrance to the Taj.....drum roll please!

And here it is!!!  THE TAJ MAHAL!!!  I can't believe it! 
What a glorious sight.  I can now check it off my bucket list.

The Taj Mahal's Mosque at sunset.

As we were leaving, we heard the call to prayer.  

Jumping for joy because we are actually at the Taj Mahal.

We had so much fun!

What a joyous and expressive woman. 

What a wonderful expression of love.  A ridiculously expensive mausoleum built by a man for his favourite wife.  Made of marble with inlays of semi-precious stones like carnelian, black onyx, mother of pearl, turquoise etc.  It's all still perfectly there.


We had the time of our lives.  Can't wait to tour south India.

Monday, October 2, 2017


My journey though Rajasthan was amazing.  A very long trip with many hours on a bus through small villages and big cities like Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra to name a few.  So many interesting sights along the way.  I posted quite a few on Facebook but here are some I saved for my blog.
There was a shrine on the side of the road and when offerings of food are left, the monkeys help themselves.  We stopped to get a closer look at this tribe of troublemakers.  They were perfectly happy to be a safe distance from us till our bus driver got out and opened a packet of cookies.  Their eagle eyes caught sight immediately and they rushed to see who could get the packet first.  They don't seem to like to share.
I was quite happy to use my zoom to capture these critters, but then they started to rush toward me.  Holy shit!!  I didn't know that our bus driver got out and was offering a packet of cookies.  

My Nat Geo moment....capturing a blissful mother nursing her baby.

Waiting for something to another packet of cookies.  

Best hotel view ever.  We were at The Lalit Laxmi Villas Palace in Udaiper and this is their view.  So beautiful.

My beautiful mother making the sunset more beautiful.  I was so lucky to share this tour with her.  She's a real trooper!

I could have done a lot more damage in this store than I did.  I bought a vintage Kanta blanket. Not sure which side to use!  

Oh, this woman made me laugh.  The gorgeous Jennifer Robinson.

Not sure where this was taken.  It was hot and it was in Jaipur.

Next 2 photos and this one are scenes from our bus.

I don't know, boxes of shoes?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Grenadines

This is definitely a trip that one can never get tired of.  Last year we went on a catamaran down to the Grenadines.  Four boats with friends.
This year came with a few hurdles, but we still went and enjoyed ourselves.  Dereck wasn't sure he could get the time off, but it all worked out.

Tyler and I went to St. Lucia for a week before our trip and the first 3 photos were taken in St. Lucia when Tyler and I went on a kayak to the next bay south of TiKaye.

As usual, the waters were crystal clear and refreshing.  We didn't do much snorkeling this year and we could only stay a week, but that was plenty.
Check out the photos of our fun trip.
Prior to sailing, Tyler and I spent time at TiKaye and kayaked around the bay.

Simply beautiful 
Waterfall in the next bay south of TiKaye

Andre climbed up the tree for some coconuts.

Petit Rameau in the Tobago Cays.  Jake getting ready to foil.


Myself and Jess looking at turtles.  Photo credit:  Kane Camacho

Tyler looking like 007 on a mission.

A shallow sandbank in the Cays.  Jess and Dereck. Our chartered boat in the background.

Andre and the duck 
Pulling into Frigate Bay.  Emma and Tyler.

The boys with Jess.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I haven't visited Antigua in 10 years, so I was truly excited to be there.  Shannon and Andre were getting married and we had to be there.  A very different wedding.  Boats, sun, sea, swimsuits, love.  Doesn't get much better than that.

Four days before the wedding, the ladies hosted a shower for Shannon at this glorious house on the water.  The theme was Hawaiian/Polynesian and we were asked to rock our floral tops, shorts, dresses, skirts....whatever.
After Shannon opened her gifts which were all wonderful items to fill her kitchen, her sister and friends performed a hula dance for her.  We ended up doing a congo line around the pool and naturally some of us ended up in the pool.

I also met up with some friends that I have not seen in a very long time, I'll start with them.
This is Lindsey.  We have not seen each other in about 20 years. 

This is Gregory, I see him every so often.....not often enough.  The smut talk and laughs we have are always memorable!

This is so random, but how wonderful!

Giselle looking out onto a sea of gold. 

At the bridal shower with Jess and a bunch of other wonderful women.

Shannon surprised about something.  Actually I think it was the remark from India who didn't want Heather throwing out the gift bag she had her gift to Shannon in.  So Heather is rummaging though the garbage bag for it.  LOL

Shannon in the middle of the hula dancers after their performance.  Brilliant performance, ladies!

and....they're in!!
My dear friend, Martha whom I have not seen in close to 10 years!  She shows up to pick me up wearing a white wig.  Nutter!  So we stopped for a mini photo shoot wearing the bag of wigs in her van.  Sweet!

Not even together for 10 minutes and we are up to silliness.  Everything is so easy and fun with Martha.

I DO's in paradise

Live music as the bride and groom walk down the sandy aisle.


It's official now!

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Andre Philip

The reception aboard Wadadli Cats. 

Bridal shoot like no other.

Reception on the beach.

Emma, Jess and I.  Cheers!

Who's this awesome dude rocking the unicorn?

hmmm....looks like someone got hold of my camera.  

Muh new friend, Heather!  She wotless!!

See what rum does!

Mmmmm the cakes.

Stevie, Dre and Dereck #tonalife

Emma tending the bar.
One of the best weddings ever!  So casual, but meaningful.  Fun and serious at the same time.  No ties, jackets, high heels.....none of that.  Just love.  Exactly how it's meant to be.
Click on the link below to see a short video that summed up the wedding and the day after.