Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scenes from Zagreb

St. Mark's Church

A view of the Zagreb cathedral

A chapel at Medvedevgrad

Medvedevgrad Fortress Ruins, overlooking Zagreb

Scenes from Budapest

Ferris wheel in Elizabeth square outsite my hotel

The site of the congress dinner (a former concert hall)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Shopping in Kolkata

Typical street crowd
Outside the old market
Inside the market

Buying saris
Fresh mutton, anyone?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A few More Kolkata Photos

It's been a very busy couple of days in Kolkata, but everything has gone well.  Unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to do anything other than meeting-related everything is done, so hopefully I'll have more time to get out and see some things today.  Still, I have a few photos worth sharing:

My booth...lots of time spent here!

The lovely pool veranda at the hotel

Our fancy gala dinner at the PC Chandra Gardens

With Drs. Jain, Patel and Doshi

This photo requires some explanation...when I visited the Kalighat Kalika temple, I bought a small statue of Kali as a souvenir, which I then left on the desk in my hotel room.  I came in one night to find that the housekeeping staff had converted it into a small shrine as they turned my bed down:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Images of Kolkata

First, some typical Kolkata street scenes:

This is the Kalighat Kalika, a major temple to Kali, the Indian goddess of chaos and destruction
This is Victoria Memorial Hall, a memorial to Queen Victoria from when Kolkata was the capital of British India

Some photos from the Mother House, the headquarters of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity:

Mother Teresa's tomb, being shown to us by Sister Prema, the current Superior of the Missionaries of Charity

Finally, some videos of the cultural program we had at dinner last night:

Monday, October 14, 2013

An Unexpected Side Trip

There was (allegedly) too much fog in Florence, so the plane that I should have gotten on was diverted to Pisa.  That meant a 1-hour bus ride westward to the Pisa airport:

Of course, by the time this happened and the flight to Paris finally took off, I had missed my connection back to the states.  Thus, I got to spend the night at a totally forgettable airport hotel.  Fortunately, the hotel was located in the quaint little village of Roissy-en-France:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Last Day in Florence

"Going native" with a nice scarf (for what it's worth, this did stop the sidewalk trinket salespeople from pestering me).

Trying a trigeminal nerve stimulating device (intended to help treat migraines...very soothing!)

Site of a delicious lunch of tagliatelle con rag├╣ di carne, fagioli e salsiccia di vitello, e vino rosso (pasta with meat sauce, beans and veal sausage & good red wine)

A stall at the central market

A relaxing afternoon after a busy week

Sunset on the Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

Friday, October 11, 2013