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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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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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Indian Tricolour projected on New York’s iconic Empire State Building

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The Empire State Building …. The most Iconic of the Skyscrapers of the New York Skyline has a long history and tradition of its Tower Lights changing colors to recognize various occasions and events around the year.  On the 15th of August each year  the legendary Empire State Building projects the Indian Tricolor in honor of India’s Independence Day Celebration.

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