Believe it or not, I was too busy to get back in here with my wide-angle lens to get a full shot, so I had to settle for this one, which isn't so bad. Maybe next time when I go back we can make that happen! It's such a cool place inside, and the only way to get its true glory is with a wide-angle lens.
The day started with us getting off the train at 10 AM to begin our adventure in Channai, which used to be called Madras. I know Madras well from all my days playing Civilization! Anyway, we began at the Cathedral of St. Thomas were we saw his remains then drove on to a place called Mahabalipuram. Who has ever heard of Mahabalipuram? Who can even say it? Well apparently everyone here can and they had great trouble whenever I tried to say this out loud. I’d just get a lot of confused looks.
Tomorrow, we head on to Puducherry to visit more sights…
Making a pilgrimage to Shore Shiva Temple in Mahabalipuram.
Indian ladies love taking photos with Isabella and Scarlett because they look so different.
We started out our “Train Boarding Day” with an insane breakfast where we all made some “bad” food decisions and ate too much! Then we were off to the local markets to get our girls some traditional Indian dresses which they absolutely loved. They were quite inexpensive too, under $15! Then we saw a rather unusual set of cultural dances that freaked out Ethan and me. Finally, we made it to the train station in Bangalore for a rather dramatic train boarding! Now we’re off for 8 days across the southern part of India… we’re all really excited and having a great time. Hope you enjoy the video!
Isabella and Scarlett bought some new Indian dresses and love them!
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect pair of photography gloves! My favorite so far are the fingerless ones with the mitten-covering that you can flap over the front. I have a few pairs of those, but none of them are quite perfect yet!
Daily Photo – The Smoothness of Antarctica
I realize now that most of the photos I've shared from Antarctica have been a bit severe in terms of the rockiness or ice-sharpness and things like this. Really, a lot of it is smooth… a lot of smooth, snowy, rolling hills of ice and things like this. It's a little scary because it feels like you can walk anywhere, but then you never know when you might slip through the ice or fall into a crevasse!
Bangalore has been a real treat! We’re only here for one day before getting on the train, and we’re mostly resting and recharging. We did get a chance to go visit the palace and then Ethan got into a piano duel with a guy from Congo! I did a little bit of rooftop photography as well… The people here in Bangalore have been very warm and inviting. And the weather has been perfect! It’s been about 72 degrees all day long!
A Family in the park.
Heading to dinner at Lantern in the Ritz-Carlton in Bangalore — an amazing 3-story restaurant!
I was thinking maybe Europe or Asia for the next set of photo walks… I’m not sure because we still missed a lot of cities in the USA I wanted to visit, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Decisions, decisions… Well, in the meantime, check out our USA Tour Highlights Page!
Daily Photo – A hot night in Dallas!
It was another crazy photo walk where unexpected things happened. At the end of the photo walk, we all gathered here when suddenly all these fire dancers appeared by surprise… with hundreds of photographers, we decided to have a huge field day with it!
It was another incredible day in Thailand. There is so much to see an do here. I got started with a meditation before going into a Thai Boxing class with the family. It got a bit violent sometimes ha! Then we had some good pool time and other relaxing things happening before being treated to an amazing sunset and a fun quad flight!
Daily Photo – The last sunset of 2015 from Thailand…
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Daily Photo – Hiking in Queenstown
Every day at Aro-Ha we went on a different hike. This photo is a pretty big pano taken about halfway through our trek. Who's that guy? That's Mostafa! He came all the way to New Zealand to participate in our workshop from Saudi Arabia. I really enjoyed hanging out with him and talking… some of these hikes went on for hours, so it gave us plenty of time to get to know one another!
I don’t do yoga and meditation every single day, but I did make sure to have time for it here in Bali. I was on holiday, after all… the least I could do, while doing nothing, was squeeze in a bit of time for that! But I find it’s actually hard to do NOTHING all day long. I am a bit of a busy-body, I guess… yeah but my day would just get filled up with all kinds of nothing-business for some reason, so I found I needed to pre-schedule time for yoga & meditation… otherwise it would never get done!
Daily Photo – Walking into another paradise
This is the view I saw as I walked into the Mandapa Reserve Bali (a Ritz-Carlton property) at night. There was about a 1-hour car ride here through a magical sunset… and it was all dusky and moody when I arrived. I was totally gobsmacked when I walked in here… So many textures and lights and things to look at, all while being completely calming and relaxing. You can imagine how many hundreds of photos I got of this place, just roaming around and listening to music. Amazing!
I hope everyone has a GREAT 2016… I think it’s gonna be an amazing one! I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, although I know it’s kind of a popular thing. I’m usually pretty good about making Completely Arbitrary Resolutions, and I do them randomly and just put them into motion immediately. This method has varied success.
Traveling Ratcliff Photo Circus Around The World!
I know I’ve done 3 days in a row here… I can’t commit to it because all this takes a lot of time and work, actually! But we did do some amazing things today that were worth capturing. It started out with all of us in a party van with a mirrored ceiling for a short ride to get on a boat. We took the boat for about an hour to visit four small islands around Phi Phi. They were amazing and we had a great time snorkeling and swimming. Where are they exactly? See This Google Map. We ended with a lunch on Bamboo Island before coming back… and pretty much after we got back, it was time to visit CoCo the baby elephant on the beach! CoCo is 3 years old and it was on the way to being a circus elephant, but the group here rescued him and now he does nothing but rest and relax and eat! Sounds nice… they say that chain is on him when in public because sometimes boats scare him and he runs wild!
Right before Coco walked home for the evening, the owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.
Daily Photo – Right before Coco walked home for the evening
The owner stopped for a moment for Scarlett to give a final snack for the night as the sun was setting.