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Roman Forum, Rome.

Rome, The Eternal City

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Blessings.

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A-HA – Cosy Prisons.

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Beehive Houses In Anatolia, Turkey.

Beehive Houses In Anatolia, Turkey

Elephants at Jagmandir Island, Udaipur, India.

19Elephants at Jagmandir Island, Udaipur, IndiaJag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the “Lake Garden Palace“. The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh (1620–1628) and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (1628–1652). It is named as “Jagat Mandir” in honour of the last named Maharana Jagat Singh. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.In Jag Mandir Palace, Gul Mahal catches the major attention as this is the place where Prince Khurram lived with his family. Gul Mahal is made in the Islamic style of architecture, which states that Karan Singh kept in mind the taste of Khurram. The hall has amazing interiors and is decorated with the Muslim crescent. To serve the religious purpose of Khurram, a mosque was also constructed in the complex of the Palace. Another attraction of this Palace is the courtyard, which is festooned with black and white tiles. Above all, the life-sized Elephants carved out of white marble, giving the impression of guarding this beautiful island Palace.

A-HA – Don’t Do Me Any Favours.

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Walk me down the Aisle Daddy…

1For many women, the wedding is one of the most significant days of her life, with the traditional walk down the aisle with her father holding a special place in her heart as a reminder of the love and care that her parents have given her. 11-year-old Josie Zetz was given the surprise of a lifetime when California-based photographer Lindsey Villatoro (of Lovesong Photography) arranged a ceremony that gave Josie’s terminally ill father the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle in a staged wedding, an event that he likely will not be present for when the real time comes.
2Villatoro, who spends her free time giving the gift of photography to terminally ill patients and their families, met the Zetz family when they scheduled a photo shoot with her. Jim Zetz, 62, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year, a discovery that has been extremely hard on himself, his wife Grace, and their young daughter Josie. When Villatoro found out that Josie would turn 11 years old on March 14, she offered to arrange a surprise celebration. Instead of a birthday party, however, the photographer pulled out all the stops and put together the event of a lifetime, acquiring a cake, presents, flowers, catering, and even an L.A. Fashion Week wedding dress all through the donations of local vendors.
3For Josie, the ceremony was a complete surprise, but she later confided in her mom that it was “the best day of my life.” It was an incredibly emotional time for the Zetz family, as both father and daughter shed tears and hugged each other tightly. Looking at the touching photos, it’s clear that the ceremony was a poignant commemoration of the close father-daughter bond, as well as a beautiful way to reconcile joy and grief. Most importantly, Villatoro was able to give Josie the lasting memory of this special moment between herself and her dad, a reminder that he will always be by her side even when after he has passed on.
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Source : Lindsey Villatoro,My Modern Metropolis.

Canterbury, England.

18Canterbury  EnglandCanterbury is an historic English cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, which lies at the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent in South East England. It lies on the River Stour.Originally a Brythonic settlement called Durou̯ernon, it was renamed Durovernum Cantiacorum by the Roman conquerors in the 1st century AD. After it became the chief Jutish settlement, it gained its English name Canterbury, itself derived from the Old English Cantwareburh (“Kent people’s stronghold”). After the Kingdom of Kent’s conversion to Christianity in 597, St Augustine founded an episcopal see in the city and became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, a position that now heads the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion (though the modern-day Province of Canterbury covers the entire south of England). Thomas Becket’s murder at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 led to the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide. This pilgrimage provided the theme for Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century literary classic The Canterbury Tales. The literary heritage continued with the birth of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in the city in the 16th century.

A-HA – Celice.

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Rua Augusta, Lisbon, Portugal.

Rua Augusta, Lisbon, PortugalThe Rua Augusta Arch is a stone, triumphal arch-like, historical building and visitor attraction in Lisbon, Portugal, on Commerce Square, built to commemorate the city’s reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake. It has six columns (some 11 m high) and is adorned with statues of various historical figures. Significant height from the arch crown to the cornice imparts an appearance of heaviness to the structure. The associated space is filled with the coat of arms of Portugal. The allegorical group at the top, made by French sculptor Célestin Anatole Calmels, represents Glory rewarding Valor and Genius.Originally designed as a bell tower, the building ultimately transformed into elaborate arch within more than century-long delays.


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