Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Monday, 27 February 2012

King Mohammed V Mausoleum

Rabat, Marocco
The broken columns are the remnants of a mosque

These are some of my oldest travel photos, taken in the late 70's
This is my contribution to Taphophile Tragics

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Roman Temple

... and the Lóios Convent, which is a hotel now.
Évora (108 kms SE of Lisbon), Portugal

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

A Monument To Romantic Love

Taj Mahal, Agra (Uttar Pradesh), India

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj to enshrine the body of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died shortly after giving birth to her fourteenth child in 1631. He was devastated by her death and set out to create an unsurpassed, eternal monument to her memory.
The story is given an exquisite poignancy by the fate of Shah Jahan himself, who became a tragic and inconsolable figure.

Soon after the Taj Mahal's completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort, where I took the photo above from with the help of a little zoom. Upon Shah Jahan's death, Aurangzeb buried him in the mausoleum next to his wife.
My contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tragics

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

When The River Is The Grave

Cremation at Pashupatinath, the holiest place for the Hindu people in Nepal

A father says goodbye to his sixteen years old son, whose body lies on the ground (top photo), before taking him to the pyre and set it on fire.
The ceremony is not completed until what's left of the body is thrown into the water, but I left before it happened, the smell was too intense.
My contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tragics

Friday, 10 February 2012

The Fishermen's Wives

Matosinhos, Porto (272 kms north of Lisbon), Portugal

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

Khufu's Tomb

Oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis (around 2560 BC)
Giza (Cairo), Egypt
My contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tragics

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Beach Bungallow

Posada Ecologica Dos Ceibas, Tulum (Quintana Roo), Mexico

Thursday, 2 February 2012