Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Trip to Dashavatara Temple on a Royal Enfield by Sabya Sachi Ghosh

All Photos & Words © Sabya Sachi Ghosh
Shekhoo Raja and I rode out to Deogarh to see the 1500 year old ruins of Dashavatar Temple (surviving Gupta age structure). We were also told that atop a fort adjoining the temple (fort originally built by Kanishka and later on added upon by others) were a group of Jain Temples.... what we hadn't expected was the vast amount of 1000 years old sculptures some 3000 in numbers standing solitary, silently welcoming us to mingle amongst them...and mingle we did. we cancelled our return to Oorcha and decided to spend the night there. More surprises lay in store for us..... the fort on one side had a 300 feet high cliff that overhang the majestic betwa and on its surface were sculptures and rock cut caves. The view from a four story watch tower was unimaginably marvelous. the jungle below us and the meandering betwa vanishing into the horizon was a sight perhaps ones sees when one looks down from heaven.... a recently discovered group of rock cut Buddha Images were hidden somewhere on the cliff face.... we couldn't go there because the ASI had not yet cleared a pathway through the jungle.... we'll let these pictures describe it all for you....

Monday, July 21, 2014

DesTination: Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond

Fill 'Er Up
Richmond is a sleepy little town in the heart of the Eastern Townships here in Quebec, Canada. It wasn't the first time I had been there and truthfully, if not for la Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond I most likely wouldn't have returned. However, as fate would have it, with my father-in-law visiting from the Republic of Ireland, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to visit the museum. The museum turned out to be quite nice, so much so that I do plan on returning again one day with my children. Although I managed to get a few pictures, truthfully, I didn't get a chance to take a picture of every single vehicle there. There is still so much to see and given that the owners change their cars regularly, it promises to be interesting for future repeat customers. Though not as rustic as Mr. P's Emporium, the museum still managed to evoke thoughts of yesterday's forgotten treasures as they have gone through great trouble to add period correct details including mannequins (themselves nearly as old as the cars) dressed in vintage clothing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mr. P's Emporium

Rusty Gold
Worthy of American Pickers and something Canadian Pickers should aspire too my father-in-law and I were off into the Eastern Townships today to visit an elusive scrap yard that I had happened upon only once before whilst taking a "Sunday Drive" with my wife and kids a few weeks back. My father-in-law, who is in fact visiting from the Republic of Ireland, wanted to go exploring for parts for his Toyato FJ-40 Land Cruiser. One thing led to another and we happened upon an old farmstead with not one but several vintage vehicles parked under an old barn. We turned the car around and soon found ourselves knocking at the back door (the front door was sealed off naturally) of a stranger's house a la Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. That stranger turned out to be Mr. P. An elderly gentleman who is in fact the fourth generation son to be living on the premises. Many of the items your about to see has been a part of the family his entire life. Though he does not officially advertise or even sell most of what he has he was kind and welcoming enough to allow us both to potter around his property and take pictures of his RUSTY GOLD!