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   While in Miami, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Paula, a Hana friend who grew up in Miami and happened to be visiting while I was there. We ventured to the Coconut grove neighborhood where she took me to the hidden treasure, Vizcaya. Vizcaya was the estate of the wealthy executive James Deering in the mid 1900’s. After his death it became a museum plush with lavish Italian gardens and perfectly preserved rooms that reflect the opulent lives once lived within it’s walls. We found canivalesque painted poles disintegrating in the mangroves, quinceañera princesses having their picture taken on the lawn, and hidden doors in the rock walls. It was the kind of place that inspires stories in the mind of the things that transpired there a century ago.Viscaya02 Viscaya03 Viscaya04 Viscaya05 Viscaya06 Viscaya07 Viscaya08 Viscaya09 Viscaya10 Viscaya11 Viscaya12 Viscaya13 Viscaya14 Viscaya15 Viscaya16 Viscaya17 Viscaya18 Viscaya19 Viscaya20

Agra Fort

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   Agra Fort was the first time in my travels that I have solicited the service of a guide. Our guide was technically retired, he said he still gives tours just to stay sharp. His hair was dyed with henna, and his glasses magnified his kind eyes by twice their size. My friends and I were grateful for him because there were countless details about the place that we would have been oblivious of, such as which room the Shah was imprisoned in by his own son when he was placed under house arrest. He told us of the King’s 260 concubines and I saw traces of them as we walked in the gardens below their quarters. In the marble bathing pool, I imagined the king surrounded by his ladies, one in each of the 36 curvy carved seats lining the ivory pool. The Fort was an impressive representation of the lavish life a king lived in early 17th century India. It took my mind back in it’s jeweled arches and time stained walls.

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