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  • Old Style Home Old Style Home

    • From: amsher
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      In a country that seems so modern these days, it's hard to imagine that Icelandic people used to live in homes like this.

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  • Old Style Homes Old Style Homes

    • From: amsher
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      In a country that seems so modern these days, it's hard to imagine that Icelandic people used to live in homes like this.

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  • Looking out over Reykjavik Looking out over Reykjavik

    • From: hmgoldilocks
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      A view of the very colorful homes and buildings in Reykjavik from the lookout tower at top of the church.

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  • Valparaiso's colorful hillside Valparaiso's colorful hillsides

    • From: paulhurd
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      Colorful homes dot the hills of Valparaiso, Chile.

    • 5 months ago
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  • Colorful homes of Valparaiso, Colorful homes of Valparaiso, Chile

    • From: paulhurd
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      The hillsides of Chile's primary seaport, Valparaiso, are dotted with colorful homes.

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  • Celebrate Festival of Lights i Celebrate Festival of Lights in Rajasthani and Gujarati Style

    • From: travelindiatourspackages
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      India is a place where every religion, caste and race is treated equally. People have right to practice and propagate any religion of their choice. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christianity are major religions followed by native people. Various festivals are celebrated here by people during whole year such as Holi, Janamashtami, Teej, Id-Ul-Fitr, Christmas, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi, Lohri and Baisakhi. One of the most important festivities is Diwali.

       

      When is Mega Festival celebrated?

      Deepawali means rows of lamp which are lighted for celebrating victory of good over evil. Hindu community’s largest festival is celebrated on Kartik Mas Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) Amavasya (no moon) night.

      Stories Behind Celebration

      Several legends are related to merrymaking of auspicious festival. Some of them are mentioned below:

      Lord Ram came to Ayodhya after 14 years of vanvas after killing demon Ravan. Auspicious day occurs 20 days after celebration of Dussehra.

      Lord Krishna and his principle consort Satyabhama killed Narakasura who lived in Narak (nether world). Demon came on earth and started distressing people. They ultimately went to Lord Krishna and pleaded him to kill evil.

      Pandavas (heroes of epic Mahabharata) returned to their home after spending 12 year of vanvas which includes 1 year agyatvas (unrecognized exile).

      Celebration Days Starting

      First day is acclaimed as Govatsa Dwadashi or Vasu Baras in which ‘Go’ means cow, ‘Vatsa’ means calf and ‘Dwadashi’ means 12th day of month. Prithu son of tyrant Kind Vena worshipped cow on this day because in Hindu Puranas earth has been portrayed as cow. Earth was not fruitful because of King Vena so she was running here and there but Prithu milked her and brought prosperity in everyone’s life once again. Cow is worshipped by people on this day by people.

      Second day is celebrated as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhan Teras which is celebrated for immortal Lord Dhanvantari. During churning of Sheer Sagar (Milk Ocean) between gods and demons Lord Dhanvantri appeared in front of everyone with the knowledge of Ayurveda to cure many diseases and ability to make every living being on earth immortal. However, this terrified all gods so, they made him concealed in universe. People usually purchase gold and utensils on this day and worship god for prosperity in their life and home.

      Third day is celebrated as Choti Deepavali or Narak Chaturdasi declaring defeat of Narakasura form Lord Krishna and Satyabhama (Krishna’s wife).  Special puja is done for Lord Krishna and Vishnu on these days. In Rajasthan it is celebrated as ‘Roop Chaudas’ and in Gujarat it is commenced as ‘Kali Chaudas’.

      Fourth day is dedicated to Lakshmi Puja because on churning of ‘Ksheer Sagar’ Goddess appeared in front of everyone and ultimately was given to Lord Vishnu. Major celebration can be seen in ‘Baniya’ (merchant class) community as they start new accounts on this day. Devi Laksmi, God Kuber, Lord Ganpati and Lord Vishnu are worshipped. People decorated their homes with ‘kandils’, rangoli, flower garland, ‘bandanwaars’, electric lightning and floating candles. ‘Diyas’ made of clay are lighted with ghee in it.

      Fifth day is celebrated as ‘Goverdhjan’ ‘Puja’, ‘Vishwakarama’ day or ‘Bali Pratipada’. On this day Raja Bali was sent to nether world when Lord Vishnu’s incarnation set foot on his head. Lord Krishna lifted ‘Goverdhan Parvat’ to break ego of Dev ‘Indira’ and save ‘Brajwasis’ (people of Vrindavan) as ‘Goverdhan’ ‘Puja’. People go to temple where lord ‘Goverdhan’ is made of cow dung and 56 types of food is prepared for them. This day is also dedicated to the god Vishwakarm, the divine architect of gods who constructed magnificent Dwarka city for Lord Krishna and Indraprastha for Pandavas.

      Sixth day is celebrated as ‘Yama Dwitya’ or ‘Bhai Dooj’ when Goddess Yamuna invited her brother lord Yamraj (god of death) to his home for feat. On this day sisters invite their brother for fest at their home. After doing ‘tilak’ on forehead brother touches feet of sister and give them a gift. When Yamraj went to Yamuna home he gave her a promise that who so ever will celebrate this day he will not take him to his world rather they will be sent to ‘Baikunth Lok’ (abode of Vishnu).

      Book West India Travel Tours and see glorious festival celebrated with great joy in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The original kitchen dating to the 1700's is still intact as seen here.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      Again not original furniture but this is the bed Bette Davis slept in while she filmed "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" at Houmas House.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      One of the original garconnieres on the property. Most if not all plantation homes had these buildings which were separate from the main house and housed male family members who had reached puberty. Many garconnieres have been destroyed at other plantation homes.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The entry hall ceiling is believed to be representative of what was originally in the home.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

      The entry hall painted wall is also believed to be representative of the original decor.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

       This is the view of the house from River Rd.

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  • Houmas House Houmas House

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The Houmas House is a beautiful plantation house which has been restored and obviously not only open for tours but photography is encouraged. The grounds are beautifully manintained but with many modern sculptures and decor. Much of the furnishings are period but not original. One criticism of the house which I have seen is that it is a wealthy individual's collection. True but the house has been saved and restored.

      The property also serves as a B&B and there are a number of modern buildings behind the mansion itself. It also houses what is apparently a well thought of restaurant although we didn't eat there.

       The walkway from the gift shop to the beginning of the tour takes you through some very nice garden areas with some very old oaks.

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  • St. Joseph Plantation St. Joseph Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not. 

      St. Joseph is directly next to the more famous Oak Alley Plantation and not as fancy from the standpoint of furnishings but contains a number of original family pieces.

      This, the rear entrance was actually the favored entry by the original owners and unlike a number of other plantation homes never had an "oak alley" leading to the front.

       

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  • San Francisco Plantation San Francisco Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not.

      The San Francisco Plantation is one of the closest to New Orleans and the tour usually very interesting; the guides vary. Most original furnishings are gone but the home has a number of documents provided by family members, especially from Germany. The house is obviously one of the prettier having been painted something other than just white and the interior woodwork and ceilings have been restored.

      The hand carved column capitals are as can seen extremely ornate.

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  • Nottoway Plantation Nottoway Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not. Nottoway is the largest antebellum mansion in the South with some 60,000 square feet of living space. Not only is it available for tours but it also operates as a resort with a restaurant, spa, and several out buildings.

      This is the Entry Hall with one of the period attired guides. The mansion is open for guests at night and you can wander through the building at will (other than occupied rooms obviously.)

      It has an interesting history and has been used in many movies over the years.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Nottoway Plantation Nottoway Plantation

    • From: gmaso
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      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not. Nottoway is the largest antebellum mansion in the South with some 60,000 square feet of living space. Not only is it available for tours but it also operates as a resort with a restaurant, spa, and several out buildings.

      This is the White Room in which my wife made me dance with her when we stayed there several years ago. The mansion is open for guests at night and you can wander through the building at will (other than occupied rooms obviously.)

      It has an interestiing history and has been used in many movies over the years.

    • 6 months ago
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  • Nottoway Plantation Nottoway Plantation

    • From: gmaso
    • Description:

      River Road outside New Orleans is filled with plantation homes on both sides of the Mississippi; some available for tours and some not. Nottoway is the largest antebellum mansion in the South with some 60,000 square feet of living space. Not only is it available for tours but it also operates as a resort with a restaurant, spa, and several out buildings.

      This is side view as you approach it through the gardens leaving the gift shop. The mansion is open for guests at night and you can wander through the building at will (other than occupied rooms obviously.)

      It has an interestiing history and has been used in many movies over the years.

    • 6 months ago
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