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... I chose a horse as I like horses and kirsty chose a cow as it is very Indian. First we had to draw a square on our silk and add a border. Then we had to do the background colour. Next we had to practise our pieces on paper. Mine went fine but kirsty got very frustrated with hers as she is not the best drawer and her cow looked like a dinosaur so the teacher helped her, to be fair it did look like a dinosaur. Then we had to draw it on our silk in pencil. Then the ...
... art often seemed a bit stilted in depictions. My favourite room was Manek Mahal [ruby palace]. The 19th c glass work was dazzling.
Some restoration pictures showed work continued at the palace. There were refurbished ivory doors, paintings and architectural clean up. Wish many locals might refurbish their manners re the concept of the queue.
Didn't try too hard to find the Gateway restaurant pointed out by Anuj on the morning ...
... driver so we just left the porters to sort the luggage. These hotels now have X-ray machines for luggage so whilst that was being done I headed for check in. "I have a reservation in the name of" and before I could finish the clerk said "Mr Malcolm," being used now to the Indians calling me Mr Malcolm I didn't think much about it but was surprised that he knew who I was. With that he shot from behind the desk and said he would take us straight to our room. "What about ...
... feeling that he had no idea what it actually was. So I whipped out my phone, put it on and let him play the actual game. My initial thought was a) don't drop it, then b) don't run away with it. But I think I made his day, heck, I probably made his year. But that's just me really, I'm just an all round ******* nice guy. After taking about a trillion photos of these bloody kids we swiftly moved on to a man made lake to watch the sun set. Apart from when I look at myself in the mirror, ...
... Both were very interesting, showing tools, weapons and personal effects of the Raj in the museum and the ornately decorated rooms of the palace. Some of the rooms were decorated with silver and glass peacocks, the favourite bird of Rajasthan. This area was used as the setting for a James Bond movie called Octopussy, and a lot of the hotels have this movie showing every night!
Okay, moving right along!