Azulejos / Blue-and-white murals

Azulejos are beautiful blue-and-white tiles adorning many a mural in Portugal. While traveling around Lisbon, Porto and Faro, we’ve come across several churches, restaurants, train stations and such, covered with gorgeous scenes in blue and white tones, each telling a different story, each unique in its details. You know how I love collecting pictures of street art over my travels. These murals were in a category of their own. I immediately fell in love with these works of art.

Have you been to Portugal? What did you think?

 

Instagram #2017bestnine

As we round up the year in so many ways, Instagrammers are gathering up their best with #2017bestnine. Similar hashtags seems to have been doing the rounds for a couple of years, let’s call it a trend. Did we tell you Sunny District is slowly getting up to speed with Instagram, too. You can find us on Instagram via this link or simply search for sunnydistrict.blog or look up our most used hashtag #sunnydistrict. I hope you find my posts as fun as you do on the blog 😘 You can also click through from the gallery on the right (desktop) 👉👉👉 or at the bottom (mobile/ tablet) 👇👇👇

But back to #2017bestnine, here’s how you can get yours -> Visit 2017bestnine.com, type in your username and click the ‘get’ button. Wait a few minutes for it to generate your exclusive bestnine collage, it even gives you a unique url. Nice touch, eh. Here’s mine. How’s it looking for you? Now go show me some love on Insta, I’m waiting so eagerly 😀

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Some of my most popular Instagram entries were complemented by stories on the blog. Read them here!

Soon Friday, yay! Happy weekend!

Photo Challenge : Window

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Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It looms over the city of Jodhpur, in the state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a beautiful city with royal forts, beautiful lakes and gardens, bustling bazaars and a hearty appetite for delicious food. This city is also famously called the Blue City on account of a majority of houses in the older part of town being whitewashed in a blueish hue. The best ways to see proof of this are to either amble along the streets at ground level or hike up to the Mehrangarh Fort and enjoy a bird’s eye view from the ramparts. By the way, Jodhpur is Mr.A’s birthplace & childhood home, enough reason to be all the more special for me 🙂

This post, however, zooms in on a distinct attribute of many forts and palaces in India , a special kind of window that you see in the pictures, called the jharokha. It is a typical feature of Indo-Islamic architecture which is at once an enclosed balcony as well as a window. It served various purposes – beautifying the building facade with its intricate designs, pillars, and mini-roofs; providing a screen against the outer world through covered lattices; providing ventilation as well as shade against sun and rain.

P.S. I posted another picture clicked at the Fort in a previous entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge, when we talked about an ephemeral moment caught on camera.

Check out more from the Weekly Photo Challenge at Sunny District!

 

 

Street art from Melbourne

One cannot talk enough about Melbourne’s street art culture. It is vibrant, it is energetic and it is everywhere! Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a gorgeous geisha staring you down, find a wall of multicolored squiggles when you turn the corner, walk alongside fantastical six-legged beasts or meet a monochrome gang of six-year-olds practicing graceful ballet moves. Although I’ve lost many photographs from my year-long stay in Melbourne, thanks to a broken hard drive 😥 I remember those long walks around town discovering a new scene almost every day and clicking away photos to my heart’s content. My favorite spots were Degraves Street & Hosier Lane in Melbourne, as well as the funky Fitzroy & Brunswick neighborhoods on the edge of town. I could spend hours looking at these beautiful expressions of art.

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