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Halloween in the Nation’s Oldest City

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The city of St Augustine has its fair share of interests and celebrations in the paranormal and Ghost folklore. Be it the late night ghost tours or paranormal tour of the famous lighthouse, if you love the spookiness around, you will not be disheartened.

So when Halloween descends upon the lanes and by-lanes of the nation’s Oldest city (Yes you read that right), it is thronged by hundreds of ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’, the weird and the crazy.

As per history and the internet – “Founded in 1565 by the Spanish conquistador (adventurer) Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the contiguous United States.”

The history and architecture of the city is as interesting and beautiful as the city itself, but I will keep that for another post.  This one is for Halloween!

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Kumartuli to Jacksonville

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Ma Durga crosses the Atlantic to shower her blessings on the residents of Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville was my first place of stay in the US and I can easily call it my second home. So while all of my friends and family were enjoying the arrival of the ‘Mother and her Family’ in the City of Joy, I did not miss much of the fun, thanks to the efforts of so many people who made the Jax (as we lovingly call the city of Jacksonville) Durga Pujo possible.

This post is dedicated to their hard work and enthusiasm.

Thanks to Mayukh Da, for the write up.

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Few minutes with Canon’s First Full Frame Mirror-less

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A brief hands on with Canon’s first Full Frame Mirror-less, the EOS-R before it hits the shelves on October 9th.

Cameras have been getting smaller and more versatile than ever. While DSLRs still dominate the market, mirror-less are catching up fast.

So after Sony (being the market leader in full frame mirror-less cameras) it was Nikon and finally Canon caught up to the mirror-less game.

At times Canon can be really reserved and sluggish at delivering certain features for some of it’s most premium cameras, but generally when it does it is one of the best out there.

Being a Canon user myself I was pretty excited at the launch and when finally got a chance to get my hands on one before it actually hits the shelves, I could not be more excited.  Top of that, this was an actually working model and not a pre-production one.

A special thanks to team #pixelconnection  and #CanonUSA for bringing this together.

This is not a review or comparison post, rather a look at some of the features I really loved about the camera and some not that good (when compared its mirrored brother – the Canon EOS 5Dmk IV)

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Steam in the Valley | Ohio

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Every year, during the end of September to start of October, weeks before it is covered in beautiful, colourful foliages of all hues, a 400 ton ‘beast’ chugs through the scenic valley of Cuyahoga National Park and provides visitors with an unique experience to cherish a lifetime.

Riding on this 400 ton of historic wonder I was left awestruck on my first ride of the Nickel Plate Road no. 765 last year and could not wait to share my experience of the same with everyone.

Ironically, with a major overhaul on way for my photo blog, things had to wait.

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Tour de Cure 2016 | Biking for a cause

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Unlike it’s close namesake Tour de France, Tour de Cure is a not a gruesome bicycle race , rather a ride to raise money for diabetes research.  In recent years it has gone from just a bicycling event to options like walking and running as well to include a wider participation.

In this post I share my experiences including mistakes and lessons learnt from the 2016 Tour de Cure held at St Augustine, Florida, where I participated as a rider for the 41 mile circuit and yes… I managed to complete it.

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Devil’s Den | Snorkeling at Florida’s Pre-Historic Underground spring

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Right in the heart of North Florida lies an underground spring that contains ancient human and animal artifacts, rock formations with stalactites, fossil beds dating back 33 million years and maintains a water temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) round the year. The best thing about this place – You can take a swim in the pristine blue waters of this unique spring. But before you make your plan, few things you should know …

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