Here’s one of the highlight videos from Bangalore during our family trip there!
Daily Photo – Riding on a bus in India
I took thousands and thousands of photos on our recent family trip to India. I don't know if you've been there or not, but if you're spending any time in cities, you'll know how crazy the traffic can be. You can literally spend hours and hours per day in traffic. So I took to taking a lot of photos out the window. I'm obsessed with photography if you can't tell! It was a fun exercise for my mind to see how many “scenes” I could capture as the world went by.
I’m looking at doing another train trip across India. The last train I took across Southern India (The Southern Splendor) was pretty fun. The train itself was a bit long-in-the-tooth, but still had a certain charm. It wasn’t an inexpensive trip, and I would have expected a higher quality train, but it wasn’t the end of the world… I’m happy anywhere, really. But I’m looking into another train line that looks incredible. No tickets have been booked or anything, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot!
Daily Photo – Scarlett in India
It's great to take the kids with me on these trips because I always have at least one willing photo-subject in Scarlett. The funniest thing is after I take the photos, she's VERY demanding and wanting to look at them all in the back of the camera. If she's not satisfied, she just won't stand for it and makes further demands that I take more photos.
Here’s the highlights from that beautiful morning. I almost flew the quadcopter too, but it was just too windy… I may have never seen it again. Then again, I did crash it a few days later when a propeller fell off and the whole thing went down dramatically in a river in Kerala.
Daily Photo – A beautiful sunrise on the southern tip of India
I look like I may be alone here, but I assure you I was not. There were literally thousands of Indians that were there with me watching the sunrise. It was crazy! This is a famous pilgrimage location for all Indians, to come here and watch the sunrise. I was amazed how many people there were when the sun finally came up. We had all gotten there in the dark of night so it was hard to tell how many people were around us.
There was one scary point when we lost Scarlett in a crowd of Indians… then her little white body magically appeared about a minute later! I was not worried… Tina was MORE than a bit worried! 🙂
And here’s our video from when we visited Thanjavur. I got in trouble for flying a drone here, but you didn’t hear that from me.
Daily Photo – Resting under a tree in India
Thanjavur, India, is another new place I had never been before. We went there via train, and I think it's probably one of the best ways to get around the country if you want to see a lot of things. Dealing with airports is a huge pain, always, but especially so in India. Just getting to the airport, security, travel, waiting, more car transport, checking in, unpacking… that's a whole day right there! If you stay on a train, you can leave all your stuff there and just take quick car rides around to see locations.
If you’re into astronomy, this is pretty basic stuff, but it’s a fun thing to share with your kids. I don’t think a lot of schools show this aspect of our solar system.
Daily Photo – Bottles in India
While I was in Bangalore, I began a little personal challenge to take 500 photos a day, little “studies” of objects in their space. I didn't plan on publishing any, and I won't publish most, but here is one of those little studies. I have so many photos that I still don't know what to do with… I was thinking about starting another blog called “Trey's Rejected Photos.” Maybe it would be interesting? I don't know…
Here’s one of the recap videos from our recent family trip to India! 🙂
Daily Photo – Magical India
Wow, what a place! I've forgotten the exact name (will look it up), but this place is very close to Thiruvananthapuram. It was amazing during the day, and even more amazing at night! I was not here long enough, but I vow to go back one day and spend more time! 🙂 Now, if I can just remember the name…
Now this isn’t something anyone really NEEDS, but they are pretty cool! Here’s a link!
Daily Photo – A pretty sunset on the edge of India
I was really happy to explore many remote coastlines along southern India. I suppose I intuitively knew that there were beaches galore, but you never really think of India as a beach destination… but one of our train stops included a sunset visit to this beautiful resort by the sea.
This was true paralysis by analysis. We were going to buy some of these garments and fabrics, but we just couldn’t choose which one… there were so many. And right next door there were even more. And next door to that, even more! So you always think you’re gonna see something better, and then at some point, you forget you’re even shopping and you just kinda glaze over!
Daily Photo – Deep in the Garment Market of Pondicherry
It was nice to get way off the tourist track in India from time to time. This city, Pondicherry, actually has had a name-change like so many cities in India. Now it's called Puducherry, although I find that most Indians I talked to still call in Pondicherry, so I'm calling it that too. Other names seem to stick better. Like, for example, Bombay is now called Mumbai, and most Indians call it Mumbai. It all comes from those tricky Englishmen who came in, could not say the regular name, and the Englishified it!
This was my second time to India but my first time to come with my family. We chose Bangalore as our home-base for a few reasons. First, there was yet another amazing Ritz-Carlton there which was great and relaxing for the whole family. This is where my son learned to fall in love with Indian food! This is saying a lot because hitherto we had only seen him eat hamburgers and pizza! We even got an extended cooking class at Riwaz that the kids loved. And to my surprise, after the cooking class, we got to eat everything and more. I ate SO MUCH FOOD in India it was absolutely ridiculous. And they kept bringing more and more. I’ve heard you’re not supposed to eat to make yourself happy, but I don’t believe that at all!
The second reason was this is where our train trip on the Southern Splendor started and ended! It was my first long train ride like this where you live on a train for a whole week. It was an incredible way to see the country and the whole family had fun. So Much Indian Food and I think we all learned to love it even more as the week went on! You can see a lot more in the videos below 🙂
India Videos Recap
And here’s all the videos from India!
India Photos Recap
Here is a view of Bangalore at sunset. I took this from the rooftop bar on top of the Ritz-Carlton. I have another photo of this funky bar down below!
Here are my two beautiful daughters. We went out almost immediately in Bangalore to get them a few traditional Indian dresses.
Not far from the hotel was this amazing old fortress-palace that we spent a bit of time inside.
Well this is obviously not Bangalore, but I wanted to throw it in as one of my favorite photos I took while in India. This is on the very southern tip, where three seas smash together in a Game-of-Thrones scene!
And here is the amazing rooftop bar I mentioned earlier. I had a major geek-out moment here when I was all alone editing photos and there was a huge bridal party blowing up all around me.
Here’s the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton… we had so many long and adventurous days, and this was always a welcome site to see at the end of the day!
Daily Photo – The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India
Here is the entrance to one of my favorite restaurants in Bangalore. This is Lantern, and it's one of the many great places to eat inside the Ritz-Carlton. Look, it's lined with wine on the way in! So much wine, so little time! 🙂