Timeless Hydra Island
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by maverickbird
1w ago
Hydra or Ýdhra as it is also known as took my breath away at first sight. I remember the tour guide introducing this timeless Greek island as the home of the rich and the famous. I also recall sighing at this introduction and thinking that the prettiest places were always the homes of the rich and the famous. It just seemed unfair because Hydra is indeed one of the most photogenic and atmospheric destinations in Greece. A part of the quintessential Saronic Gulf day trip itinerary, the island shot to fame after a couple of Hollywood movies got filmed there. Later, it became even more popular wh ..read more
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Things to know about northern Cyprus before visiting
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by maverickbird
2w ago
The birthplace of Aphrodite and the crossroads between three continents, Cyprus has a mystic charm. Even its name hints at the sun, whiff of salty sea air, and leafy trees. Famous for its dazzling beaches, the shimmering Mediterranean, and excellent cuisine redolent of platters of mezé and bottles of sweet chilled wine, Cyprus is simply seductive. Its controversial political situation only adds to its enigma and it is one Mediterranean island to add to your travel wishlist. However, owing to its political situation, it is a slightly confusing place to visit, and here are some facts to know ab ..read more
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Things to know about the Acropolis before visiting
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by maverickbird
2w ago
Athens is a city of magnificent views and none surpasses that of the Acropolis with the Parthenon at its crown. Considered one of the most important sites in the Western world, this epic monument soars above Athens and is visible from almost everywhere within the city. Listed as a World Heritage-listed site in 1987, the Acropolis is also breathtakingly lovely. Since most of its monuments are constructed in white Pentelic marble, they sort of reflect the colour of the day. Gleaming beige in the afternoons, they take on a golden hue at sunsets, and at night, when lit up with floodlights, Acropol ..read more
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Athens, equal parts of grace and grunge
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by maverickbird
2w ago
I visited Athens when I was 5 months pregnant. My condition gave me swollen feet and an enormous appetite. So, I did what every pregnant woman does: walk – rather dawdle around at a leisurely pace; indulge in whatever food I craved; use restaurant toilets and outdoor seating areas shamelessly; and lapped up the attention showered upon an expectant mother by kind strangers. The Greeks are extremely friendly, warm, and welcoming and they share the regional Mediterranean trait of being indulgent to pregnant women. So, people offered me seats in crowded buses, helped carry my luggage, and street f ..read more
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Workers of Kolkata and their jobs
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by maverickbird
1M ago
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” ― Saint Francis of Assisi The knife-sharpening man. I love his hair Do you have workers in your city? This post is dedicated to the working people of Kolkata. When I say working people, I am biased because this term encompasses many other professions like accountants, businesspeople, doctors, architects, etc. What I mean are the toilers of Kolkata – people who spend their entire adult years doing something that many from Wes ..read more
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Calcutta loves to read: a photo essay
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by maverickbird
1M ago
Calcutta or Kolkata as it is known now is perhaps India’s most literary city. Calcutta loves to read and every year, the city hosts the wonderful Book Fair. It is a much-anticipated event and I remember as a child, waiting for the fair to start. In those days, the 80s-90s, it was held at the huge central open ground called Maidan. For months, Calcuttans used to see the bamboo scaffolding of the shops go up, corrugated metal sheets hoisted as roofs, and finally, the banners of different publishing houses placed. Nearly all major publishing houses had booths and some used to have long queues wai ..read more
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Kolkata photo essay
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by maverickbird
1M ago
I don’t know what made me think of sharing a Kolkata photo essay at the fag end of this year. Perhaps, it is because 2022 was very tough and boring, or maybe because I am fed up with living in a dull, bureaucratic Germany and long to return home. I am not sure what triggered it but every time the day is gloomy (which is nearly every day), I long for the blue skies of Kolkata. At this time of the year, the colour of Kolkata skies is soft blue, and little white puffball clouds race across it. The sunshine is warm and without the acidic, damp heat of summer and people seem more relaxed. The city ..read more
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Why visit Trier, Germany’s oldest city
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by maverickbird
1M ago
Located in the region of the Mosel river in the Rhineland Palatinate, Trier is considered Germany’s oldest city. It was founded by the Celts in the late 4th century BC and was called Treuorum. 300 years later the Romans conquered it and renamed it Augusta Treverorum (“The City of Augustus among the Treveri”). One of the four capitals of the Roman Empire during the Tetrarchy period in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, Trier is the oldest seat of a bishop north of the Alps. In fact, politically this old city had a lot going for it, especially since in the Middle Ages, the archbishop-ele ..read more
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The beautiful rococo Augustusburg palace in Brühl
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by maverickbird
1M ago
We live in Köln in Germany. It lies in western Germany, in a region that is particularly famous for beautiful castles and palaces. Although Köln itself does not have a Schloss (a palace in German), it is surrounded by towns full of gorgeous castles. One of the most famous ones is the small town of Brühl. It is a charming little place with two of the most beautiful palaces in North Rhine-Westphalia. Collectively known as the Brühl palaces, these include the magnificent rococo Augustusburg and the smaller, yet equally beautiful Falkenlust palaces. The Augustusburg palace is about 45 minute walk ..read more
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How Do I Choose the Best Photographer in My Local Area?
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by maverickbird
1M ago
Now more than ever, people are paying attention to what they post. They pay attention to the makeup, lighting, and image they portray. And this is tied directly to photography as well. People have an image of what they want their photos to be like, and more and more are opting to hire a professional photographer to fulfill that dream. But how do you choose the best photographer in your area? Below, we’ll outline key factors to consider when finding the perfect photographer for your next shoot. Keep reading to learn more! How to Find the Best Photographer in Your Local Area There are sever ..read more
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