Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
60Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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First off, some wonderful news. My brother and sister-in-law just found out that they're having a boy in March. So the Eggener name will live on!! They've decided to name him Jared Drew. I've already expressed to them that when I hear that name I immediately think of Subway Jared. Please feel free to send any suggestions of names my way and I'll pass on the ones I like to them :) Congrats David and Wendi!!!
Kolkata is India's second largest city with almost 15 million people. It seems a lot more educated than Delhi, and cleaner! I started at the Victoria Memorial,
The Indian Museum is one of Asia's earliest museums. Set around an open courtyard it reminds me of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.
There are exhibits with the skeletons of dinosaurs and other mammals,
I also visited the Marble Palace, no pics allowed. It's an 1853 mansion made of, you guessed it, marble. It's completely overdone with marble statues everywhere (of Napoleon, George Washington, Queen Victoria to name a few), large Chinese vases, enormous mirrors from Belgium, original paintings on the walls, way too many glass chandeliers, inlay marble floors, and quite a bit of dust.
Rabindranath Tagore is/was India's greatest modern poet. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. His house is now a museum and other than seeing the various rooms there is a gallery of photograghs from his world travels. There's a photo of him and Helen Keller and another of him and Einstein. I'm not quite sure which one wins the funkiest hair prize.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) spent most of her life in Calcutta and began her humanitarian work by starting the Missionaries of Charity's Motherhouse.
I spent one afternoon walking around a part of the city with many colonial buildings and noticed on my Lonely Planet map that there were two synagogues in the area. Since it was the Sabbath I was hoping to catch a service. ha! Actually they were both closed for renovation so I only saw the outside. You can see that the one is much more beautiful than the other.
Tonight I'm taking the train to Puri, a chill-out beachtown on the Bay of Bengal. I hope you are all well.
Where I stayed