Saturday, December 5, 2009

Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

During our holiday in London , we had spent an interesting afternnon at the Trafalgar Square . This is a popular place for tourists who seemed to be swarming all over the place.

Anita in front of the main fountain.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Another not be missed tourist spot is Trafalgar Square in central London. It is dominated by the Nelson's Column in the centre.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne


Chapel Bridge, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The Chapel Bridge is a landmark in Lucerne. This wooden bridge . is a 204 m (670 ft) long bridge crossing the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in Switzerland. It is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. This covered bridge was constructed in 1333.
This picture is a veiw of the bridge from the left bank of the river Reuss.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Church of St. Leodegar - Lucerne

One striking feature of the Lucerne Cathedral is it's impressive main door .The intricately carved main door of the Cathedral has the figures of the two patron saints of Luzern: on the left is St Leger, a French bishop who was blinded with a drill (which he is holding), and on the right is St Maurice, the martyred Roman soldier-saint.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Organ at the Church of St Leodegar (Lucerne Cathedral)


Lucerne Cathedral , originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

This impressive and massive organ in the Church has 6000 pipes with the bass pipe being over 33 ft tall. The organ is bedecked in ornaments and has a machine to mimic the sound of rain and a special register for thunder and rain.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Church of St. Leodegar (Lucerne Cathedral)


Lucerne Cathedral, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The Interiors of the cathedral are beautifully done up with intricate carvings. St. Leodegar's white stone interior is generously furnished with gilt statuary and altars.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lucerne Cathedral


Lucerne Cathedral, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The Main Pulpit is an impressive rich wooden structure that blends in beautifully with the interiors of the church.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lucerne Cathedral


Lucerne Cathedral , originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

View of the alter at the Lucerne Cathedral. Note the elaborate carving on the alter which dates back to the 1630's.
This is the most important renaissance church in Switzerland

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lucerne Cathedral


Lucerne Cathedral, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The Lucerne cathedral known as The Cathedral of St. Leodegar is recognised by its twin needle towers. The cathedral was originally built in 735, and modified in 1633 with a Renaissance style. The cathedral is known locally as Hofchile, or in German as Hofkirche.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lucerne Lake

Few destinations can match the appeal, charm and beauty of Lucerne and its famous lakes. The lake named Vierwaldst├Ąttersee, or the "Lake of the Four Forested Cantons is the fourth largest lake in the country. A trip on the lake on one of the various cruises that operate is an enjoyable and relaxing experience.The lake spreads from the city into the mountains and is about 114 sq kms in size.
The lake is bordered by numerous villages that date back a few centuries. The mountains and countryside that surround the lakes are fabulous walking destinations.
The lake abounds in nature and water birds. The white swans near the shore in Lucerne city add grace and are a pleasing sight for the eyes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lake Lucerne


Lake Lucerne, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Lucerne has a charm few cities of this world have and the Lucerne Lake is an integral part of the city. A trip on the lake gives one some of the most beautiful views

Saturday, September 19, 2009

FROM THE GLACIER EXPRESS

On our visit to Switzerland this summer, we took the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur. An important element of holidaying in Switzerland is a trip on the Glacier Express. This great sightseeing train takes you through the Alps in Switzerland on an 8 hour trip that passes through some of of the most breathtaking sights. The train has huge panoramic glass windows that give you a fantastic view of the surroundings. We did the run from Brig to Chur in 7 hours drinking beer and enjoying the sights.
The train passes some of the highest points of the mountains on its trip. As we were travelling in summer, there was no snow on the tops except the last bit that was drying up.
The Swiss countryside is beautiful and green with coniferous trees.
An interesting mountain side captured on my camera through the train window.
Another view of the mountain peaks visible from the train

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Holidaying in Brig

We were in Brig for our summer holiday some time back. Great place to just lounge around, take in the fresh air and simply relax. The cobble stone town square with eating places all around is a lively place in the evenings.
This restaurant served us some great Swiss cheese dishes with some excellent wine

Coblestone town square

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chur, Switzerland


Chur, Switzerland, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The postal office in Chur stands prominently in the town. The building with sculptures on its facade.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chur, Switzerland


Chur, Switzerland, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The romantic and historical part of Chur is to the East. The Cathedral Church of St luzius is also located in this area. This was built in the 11th century
Picture above shows stairway leading to the cathedral

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chur, Switzerland


Chur, Switzerland, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Chur, the Alpine city is the starting point of mountain trips and train travel through the Alps. One of the oldest cities in Switzerland, it has a population of 35,000 inhabitants. Chur is almost completely surrounded by the Alps

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Brig


Brig, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Views of Brig, Switzerland

Brig


Brig1929s, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The front of the Stockalper has a large green lawn sloping downwards which has the palace on one side and more gardens and swiss homes on the other sides.
This pole with a face stands on one side overlooking the lawns and has the Swiss alps as a backdrop.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Brig at Night


Brig at Night, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

The cobbled square in Brig is equally lively at night with vacationers relaxing with a glass of wine at the various restaurants . The weather in July is perfect with a slight nip in the air.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Brig House


Swiss House, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

One of the beautiful buildings of Brig, Switzerland. Note the lovely flowers on each window sill

Friday, August 14, 2009

Stockalper Palace, Brig


Stockalper Palace, Brig, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Took a break this July and visited Brig. The Stockalper Palace in Brig is one of the most important baroque palaces in Switzerland . The palace was built in 1678 by Kaspar Stockalpar, a silk merchant of Brig.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Swiss Town Square


Swiss Town Square, originally uploaded by PRAVINECHESTER.

Brig , a graceful town is an ideal place to start your holiday in Switzerland. Just an hour from Zermatt, one can board the Glacier Express from here for an 8 hour journey through the beautiful Alps.
This shot is of the main town square where you can sit at any of numerous restaurants and enjoy your glass of wind and some great Swiss cheese.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lake Orta, Italy

West of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) in Northern Italy lies a beautiful lake named Lake Orta or Lago di Orta. This picturesque lake is a favourite holiday destination for Italians and is an inspiration for poets since ages. It is without doubt the most romantic lake in Italy.

Lake Orta, known by the Romans as Lake Cusius, lies to the west of Lake Maggiore enclosed in a circle of hills and mountains. It is the highest of the large pre-Alpine lakes


Within the lake is the San Giulio Island ( Isolo di San Giullio). The ancient basilica of San Giulio (4th Century) stands on the small island and is it's most prominent building. Legend has it that the island was the home of dragons and serpents . In 390, St Julius visited the island and defeated the serpents. The Basilica was built in his memory.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Italian Town of Borgomanero

40 Kms Northwest of Milan's Malpensa Airport is the Italian town of Borgomanero. The town is located amidst low hills and surrounded by lakes where Italians love to spend a lazy weekend.
View of the Town from the nearby hills
14th Century Building
15th Century Church
This picture of the chapel and village on a nearby hill was taken from my hotel window.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Western Ghats

The Western Ghats in Maharashtra
Some views of the foothills in areas surrounding Nashik in Maharashtra. The hot summer turns the hills an interesting brown.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Rural India

Haryana Countryside
I have spent the last 4 days driving through the countryside of Haryana. This is probably the hottest time of the year with temperatures easily reaching levels of 46 to 50 degrees. The earlier crop ( rabi season which is from October to February) has already been harvested and the soil is prepared for sowing of the Kharif Crop. Miles of brown ploughed fields are visible as far as the eye can see.
Farm ready for sowing
A very common sight in fields of Haryana is the Blue Bull or the Nilgai Antelope. These animals have a life span of 20 to 30 years and live around scrubby grass lands and open jungles. Many Hindus consider the Nilgai a sacred and holy animal which has made the government ban the hunting of these animals. This has resulted in a overpopulation of these animals which is a major cause of damage done to crops in this region. Controlled hunting of these animals could probably solve this problem of overpopulation.
Herd of Blue Bulls in the fields of Hissar District
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