Monthly Archives: January 2013

Varanasi

Varanasi is the world’s oldest inhabited city. It’s India’s spiritual heart and a magical, surreal, fascinating experience. Hindu pilgrims come here at least once in their lifetime to bathe in the River Ganges to wash away their sins. Older people … Continue reading

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Kolkata

Kolkata is India’s second-largest city with 15 million people. It is the former capital of British India and retains much of the colonial architecture–mostly in decay today. The center includes the BBD Bagh area, named for Binoy, Badal, and Dinesh, … Continue reading

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Rangamati

Rangamati is the capital, main city, and gateway to the Hill Tracts area of the local tribes. Most of the ethnic tribes in Bangladesh are located in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region. The most populous ones (in order of largest … Continue reading

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Chittagong

Bangladesh’s second largest city is also densely populated with much traffic congestion. While there, I visited several workplaces to see the daily work life of people in the city (rickshaw panel makers, sculpture factories, and gold/jewelry artists). Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i7avmd44tgqo88q/oukdaUlEJX

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Dhaka

Dhaka is Bangladesh’s capital and largest city. It became the capital when Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) gained independence from (West) Pakistan in 1971. Here, you’ll find more rickshaws than tuk-tuks and a very congested city where going 5 miles could … Continue reading

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Vilnius

This southern-most Baltic capital of Lithuania with charming cobblestone streets, numerous churches and cathedrals, and impressive Baroque architecture is also a city with some unique elements. First, there’s the Frank Zappa Memorial (although there’s no connection between him and the … Continue reading

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Kaunas

Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city located in the south central part of the country. It has the typical Old Town, churches, museums, and art galleries of other Baltic cities, and some additional unique museums–the Medicine and Pharmaceutical History Museum, … Continue reading

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Riga

Known as the “Paris of the North”, Latvia’s capital is perhaps best known for its Art Nouveau architecture, but it also has a large, charming Old Town area with cobblestone streets and squares hosting merchant shops and restaurants/beer gardens; several … Continue reading

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Tartu

Tartu, in the south of the country, is a Estonia’s second-largest city. Twenty percent of the residents are students, and consequently the city is filled with eclectic museums, restaurants, and statues of social significance. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jard7jgit18vyte/mv6kejBKvs

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Tallinn

Tallinn is the capital of Estonia situated in the north of the country on the Baltic Sea. Its charming, medieval Old Town has a magical feel–especially at Christmastime, when merchants have set up stalls selling mulled wine, traditional food, and … Continue reading

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