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Chittorgarh – immolation central

March 18, 2012 4 comments

The fort of Chittorgarh is of gargantuan proportions, matched only by the scale of the misery that it has been witness to. In the 13th and 16th centuries, tens of thousands of women and children threw themselves onto burning pyres to avoid being taken hostage by invading forces, whilst the men rode out to be slaughtered in battle.

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Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh City

January 27, 2012 4 comments

Fiesta fiesta fiesta – I think we have landed in the party season. It is the fourth day of Tet, the New Year, and this year is the particularly special year of the Dragon. Everyone is out on the street and in top spirits.

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Hunting for Gems

July 2, 2011 Leave a comment


This weekend they are celebrating the local expertise of gem stone cutting and polishing, something that has made the area famous since semi precious stones were found here in abundance in the 15th Century. The Venetians were invited to train the locals, and it became the main industry for many years. Until only 7 years ago they taught gem polishing at the local college.

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Cesky Krumlov – the Five Petal Rose Festival

June 20, 2011 15 comments

With the opportunity to spend a few days in the beautiful UNESCO town to Cesky Krumlov, we all head across the Czech Republic, from blazing sunshine into pouring rain. We have come for the famous Five-petalled rose festival, a 3 day extravaganza of Renaissance costumes, historic music, knights jousting and lots of pig knuckles cooked on fires downed with flagons of local beer. The festival name comes from the Rožmberk crest of a 5 petal red rose, which is celebrated on the weekend of summer solstice.

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