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Stately Golden Tower Seville or Torre del Oro Sevilla

Before it finally says bye for the day, the setting Sun makes sure that the river water turns golden. Its reflecting golden rays are doing magic to it. Looks like thousands of gold fishes make a bed just beneath the water surface. The river water is calm and I see a few racing boats paddling rigorously and a cruising ship. Not very far from the tower, San Telmo Palace is glowing to its glory. I am enjoying an evening at Golden Tower, Seville.

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Indeed a Golden Tower !

 

 

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Article updated on 24th July, 2019

I am at a riverside

Kraków Chairs Memorial

Kraków chairs square or Kraków Ghetto

We had just reached our hotel in Krakow, the second largest city of Poland. Sun had just set and it was cold. I was shivering and it was not just because of the sub-zero temperature. On way to our hotel our bus passed through an area called village Kazimierz. From the distance I could see several chairs, and I was reminded of the broken chair memorial in Geneva, outside the main gate of UNO. I made a mental note that this may be to depict something similar.

When the story unfolded, it was absolutely terrifying and I had goose pimples right till next morning.
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Gloomy scene of a sad story

Nobody

Aapravasi Ghat in Mauritius

Aapravasi Ghat in Mauritius

or Immigration Square
They came through sea to work, mostly as plantation workers in sugarcane fields and set their first step on Mauritian soil at this historic place in Port Louis harbor, in the capital of Mauritius. It was on this particular site that, they also spent their first two days in Mauritius before being registered and sent to work.

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The Memorial.

Literally translated in Hindi, Aapravasi Ghat (अप्रवासी घाट) means

Soul de Ebro

Soul de Ebro (The Soul of the Ebro)

They wanted an icon for the town. A symbol, to be called the soul of the famous river by which the town was situated. The river was the longest in the country and its importance was well known to all.

The world famous sculptor from the same country was invited to make an extraordinary icon. When the final work came out at the cost of half a million Euros; disappointed, they felt, it was difficult to identify it as an allegory of the river.

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So the sculpture was not

Adalaj ni Vav in Ahmedabad

Adalaj ni Vav Ahmedabad or Adalaj stepwell was the first place we visited after landing in Ahmedabad the previous evening. We were staying in a Heritage house in old town and were advised to hire an auto to take us places to see in Ahmedabad.

I had heard about its magnificent carving but did not know it has a very interesting story behind it as well!

My instant reaction on seeing it was a “Wow” instead of Vav. 🙂

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Adalaj stepwell or ‘Vav‘ or or ‘Vaav’ as it is locally called, is

The Official Symbol of Madrid

The symbol of Madrid

When I saw this statue in Plaza de Sol, Madrid, I was told that this statue is The Symbol of Madrid. A tree and a bear? I was intrigued enough to find out the story behind it.

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Bear and the Madroño tree.

The official symbol of Madrid is a bear rearing up on its hind legs and feasting on berries of a tree. Sometimes it is

Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

An architectural treat that is Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad.

I could see an architecturally pleasing heritage building right across the Jalan Raja when I visited the independence square, a.k.a. Merdeka Square. That day I didn’t have much time to explore it, so I had promised myself another day to go there again. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building or as it is called in Malay Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is on one side of the Merdeka Square. Obviously you cannot miss it at all. 😀

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The shining copper dome of the building.

The architecture