|Big Banyan Tree|
Thursday morning we packed up our car and headed to Mysore which is the royal city of Karnataka. The Maharajah still lives there and it's only a 2.5 hour ride. Our driver accompanied us for the trip and he had his own agenda in mind. Javeed is very proud of India and especially the history of the local area. He initially wanted to leave at 6 am, we pushed that back to 9 am. It was of course a day off for all of us, so we enjoyed a normal wake up time. Most of Thursday was spent hopping in and out of our car at various spots along the way to Mysore. Javeed ensured we saw the highlights of the area - both historical and from local films. The Big Banyan, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, the Cauvery River, a very old Hindu temple and other architectural remains. Doug and I enjoyed seeing the history and learned something new about the Hindu, Muslim, British and then back to Hindu ruling groups. The kids were hot and yearned to get to the hotel pool and room service. We arrived at 430 pm, quickly checked in and then headed out to Brindavan gardens to see the light show and the damn. Our night ended with dinner at the Tiger Trail, complete with Kingfisher beer, french fries, naan and dahl. The perfect mix of American and Indian foods. Our hotel was complete with the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. It's been a while since the kids watched their favs while I drifted away.
|Emma - International Ambassador|
|Family Shot @ the Zoo- see the Giraffe!|
Emma achieved Britney status on this trip, every place we went people asked to take their picture with her. She is growing in India, because these requests did not disturb her as much as the first time. It was interesting to see the rest of us get passed over for requests but once Emma agreed to a photo opp, others stepped out of the crowd to get their turn.
On a shoe note, our white sneakers are now clay red after traipsing through the dirt paths ...