One of the best things about having an Indian spouse is trips to India! I went to India for the fourth time this past November, and we took a mini vacation to Kerala. I have to say, it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. We flew into Kochi, then drove four or so hours into the mountains to Munnar, a hill station. We spent one day exploring a tea plantation, which is where the majority of these photos were taken. We would have happily hiked for an entire day, if it weren’t for the discovery of the leaches. Oh, the leaches. They were on our shoes, in our shoes, on our legs, everywhere. Eventually we all admitted that we were pretty grossed out, and headed back to the hotel to chill.
Our next stop was Alleppey, known for its backwaters and canals. We spent a night on a houseboat. I don’t really feel entitled to offer much travel advice, but as far as houseboats go, please consider springing for as upscale a houseboat as you can afford. Ours, while decent, came with some unpleasant critters. It was a good experience nonetheless!
Now, on to the pictures!
Finally, after only seven weeks, I’m done going through all our pictures from Rome. In my defense, we took over 500 photos in Rome alone, and about 1200 in total. Also in my defense, what I thought was dust on our lens turned out to be dust on our camera’s sensor, so no matter how much we cleaned the lens, every single picture had about 30 dust specks scattered throughout, and painstakingly ‘shopping them out was, well, awful and very time consuming.
Enough about that, though. I definitely recommend visiting Rome if you get the chance. If we had stayed for a month, I’m sure we still wouldn’t have seen half of all there is to see in the city. Highlights for me were climbing to the very tip top of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Musei Capitolini, and the Colosseum (we actually stayed four blocks from the Colosseum, it was amazing!) I hope you enjoy these photos!
Venice was by far my favorite stop on our honeymoon. I would go back tomorrow if I could. It’s like being in a big, beautiful, mysterious, romantic maze with hundreds and hundreds of quaint little bridges everywhere you look. My husband and I spent our three days there wandering around aimlessly, stumbling upon bizarrely beautiful little scenes you could only see in Venice (a gondola traffic jam, for one), and eating an endless supply of gelato. Everything is stunning-the canals, the bridges, the basilicas. I haven’t really traveled extensively (yet), but I know it’s going to be a long time before a new city lives up to Venice for me.
Enough of my gushing descriptions. I’ll let these pictures speak for themselves.
This past weekend, my husband and I stayed at a friend’s cabin upstate in the Catskills. We spent the whole time unwinding, going for walks, and sitting in front of the fire. Here are a few pictures I managed to snap!