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TORII 

 The torii is a traditional Japanese gate usually found at the entrance of a Shinto shrine to mark the entrance to a sacred place. Contrary to tradition, this torii is found at the entrance to the Japanese Pavilion of EPCOT Center at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I took this photo using my iPhone 6, while in the middle of a thunderstorm, and the park was gray and misty with rain falling down like crazy.  Surprisingly, the dull and hazy background brought out the deep red paint of the torii creating a beautiful contrast in the photograph.

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TAJ 51

img_4847The Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites was my home away from home while I was in London on vacation for a week.  This was once the home of the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court and just a few minutes walk to the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye. This 5 star heritage hotel boasts of providing its guests with one of the most spacious and luxurious accomodations as well as the finest personal service in London.  The hotel also features a Michelin-star Indian restaurant named Quilon, which I thought the food was just okay although the service was quite impressive.  The photo above was taken in the central courtyard of the complex where one can sit and enjoy the Edwardian Victorian architecture of the hotel complex, which I think has the most colorful walls I have ever seen. I included below some photos of my residence suite taken using my iPhone. My one bedroom residence suite featured a living room, dining area, kitchen, washer and dryer and a colossal bedroom suite with a view of the 175-year-old Westminster Chapel. Overall, I would say this hotel was one of the best I have ever stayed at and the service was truly at its finest. The highlight of my stay was seeing the Dalai Lama, who was also staying at the hotel, at the hotel lobby.

HOME DEPOT BLOOMS

I was at Home Depot this afternoon to buy some gardening stuff and decided to stay a few extra minutes to explore their garden section. I found myself admiring the blooms and decided to whip out my iPhone and started taking these photos. It is very convenient that one can just buy a potted plant complete with flowers and all. Gone were the days when you have to start with a seed and pray it grows then pray harder that it survives  to bloom. The retail industry has indeed made life very convenient.

 

BETHESDA TERRACE AND FOUNTAIN

The Bethesda Fountain and Terrace is located at the heart of Central Park in New York City.  This section of the park has been featured in a number of movies and is probably one of the most easily recognizable features of the park. Luckily, they closed the terrace to the public the day I was there so I was able to photograph the whole section devoid of the throngs of tourists. By the way, I used my iphone to take this photo using the panoramic mode.

MONTMARTRE

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imageMontmartre is a hill in Paris with a spectacular panoramic view of the city. It is also known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur on its summit. At the beginning of the twentieth century, many artists like Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh had studios and worked around Montmartre. Behind the basilica are quaint cafes along cobblestone streets lined with aspiring artists. It may be a steep climb but what awaits at the summit is worth every step.

DALAI LAMA AT THE TAJ 51

I was talking to the hotel concierge to arrange for my check-out and transportation to Heathrow Airport tomorrow when suddenly a huge crowd started to gather at the hotel lobby. The concierge secretly told me somebody famous was staying in the hotel and stepping out soon. Imagine my surprise and amazement to see the Dalai Lama walk into the lobby. I pulled out my iphone and pushed myself to the front of the crowd. This is not my usual photo post but I thought it was cool to share my experience today at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites.

STONEHENGE

Stonehenge

The Stonehenge is an ancient temple aligned on the movements of the sun.  The stones were raised 4500 years ago by a group of sophisticated prehistoric people.

FLIGHT TO MARS

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Thankfully, airline companies now permit passengers to turn on their phones (airplane mode) the entire flight.  This allows you to go online through their wifi service and in my case, take photos from up in the air.  The photo above was taken around 7am just a few minutes after takeoff from the Las Vegas airport. The early morning sun was casting shadows on the rough terrain and enhanced the redness of the soil turning the entire landscape into something out of this world. I used my iPhone 6 to take this photograph.

DAVID BARES IN VEGAS

David in Vegas

A replica of Michelangelos “DAVID” at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Photo taken using my iPhone 6.

Fly Me To The Moon

These photos were taken using my iPhone6 during my flight to Las Vegas, NV earlier today.

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