Mumbai, India Part I

Apr 12, 2013

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Welcome to the exotic city of Mumbai! Once a small group of seven fishermen islands called Bombaya,  they've been connected by concrete roads and turned into the culture capitol of India. It's an oxymoron of a city- both very beautiful and very ugly at the same time- and walking through its winding streets you get a sense of what it was like a century passed. When both British tailcoats and Indian saris mingled the streets; when afternoon tea and masala chai clashed worlds. You'll see what I mean as you scroll :)
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High Court House (I think it looks like Hogwarts haha)
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My name forever getting butchered. Sigh.
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The first time in three weeks we actually got to eat a breakfast with Nutella! I nearly wept.
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Trying to find our way with a hundred page map (!) and a sign showing us how to palm read
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The Gateway of India
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The Taj Mahal Hotel. The history behind it is that it was built by a wealthy Indian businessman out of spite when he was refused into a British Hotel because "no dogs or Indians allowed".  He built this beauty instead and refused the owner entry, too!
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The laundry ghats of Mumbai- where the whole city's laundry is cleaned.
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A washing machine!
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To read about my adventures there, check out my posts HERE, HERE, and HERE!

Also, I added a bunch of summer pieces to my vintage shop, Bear and Twine! Check them out HERE.

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  1. U are totaly right, this city is gorgeous, but at the same time it's really ugly and miserable. I'm really impressed. Amazing pictures.
    Have a great time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra

  2. That hotel is absolutely fascinating! The architecture of these buildings must have been so breathtaking in person! I knew things were different all around the world, but I can't believe that's a washing machine! Wow...what an experience this trip must have been!

  3. Hahahaha, Merlin!! That's hilarious! They totally mistook you for a wizard, and I would totally keep that cup if I were you, girl. That's kind of hilarious. The worst I've gotten is "Ellie," making me think I said my own name with a big of a southern twang.

    I love this batch of photos. India is one of the places I'd love to visit if I could. Some of that old architecture is just beautiful!

  4. Wow, I've never been to Mumbai but hope to on my next India visit! Can't believe you found Nutella, I had so many cravings for good chocolate while I was there, and never found anything quite as good as the stuff at home.
    Although I do remember that all of the other travellers that I met who had got awful food poisoning got it from "western" restaurants and food!

  5. Wow. Still loving your photos Marlen.

  6. I don't have sufficient words to describe how jealous I am of you right now. I have wanted to go to India for as long as I can remember. These pictures evoke so much emotion for me -- the unique sights and sounds, an array of different people. I have really wanted to visit, mostly for photography purposes. These pictures are sensational. Cannot wait to see more and read more of your adventures!


  7. It's so fun visiting places like this, I'd say the same about a few places I visited on my cruise. Both beautiful and ugly! Love all the pretty buildings, I always think of that when I think of India. And that one serioulsy does look like Hogwarts! It's crazy that the whole city does their laundry in one place!

  8. waou, I can't believe you're having a trip in India!
    You're so brave! And the place you're giong too are so beautiful!
    Hope you'll take the most of it!


    (ps: answered your lovely trooper message on my blog... in case you wanna see) see you soon Marlen!

  9. these pictures are absolutely lovely! xx

  10. amazing photos! I am so jealous right now :)

  11. These pictures are incredible! And I don't know how I'd survive a 100-page map - I'd get lost no matter what!
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  12. lovely pictures.
    I have a giveaway on my blog that i would love for you to enter :)
    Rachaels Blog

    Rachael xx

  13. These pictures are just so awesome! I love seeing glimpses of other cultures.

    I found the satchel in this thrift store called Neat Repeats. It's in Orland Park. They always have great specials going on like all women's clothes for 1/2 off. Here's the website for it so you can track the place down!

  14. wow. stunning photos. such a beautiful adventure.

  15. I really enjoyed these photos! I've never been to India so thank you for taking me on a photographic journey there :) Seems like a really neat place to visit.

  16. this is such an amazing post with so much inspiration!
    i really want to go to india, esp around the holi festival, i have heard its the most incredible experience :D
    Hope you're having a great weekend! thanks for sharing!

    I have been following you for a long while now on bloglovin and I adore your style! if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!

  17. Your pictures bring back so many memories of India. We lived there for 5 years, in New Delhi. I am a new follower from Sicily.

  18. Fantastic, fantastic pictures. As they often say, India is such a land of contrasts -- juxtapositions of poverty and wealth everywhere. Their historical buildings are breathtaking -- thank you for sharing!

  19. wow, india looks amazing. i've never been but your photos are stunning and make me want to go! i'm following you now via bloglovin, thanks for stopping by my blog!

  20. great photos and post, nice to meet your blog!


  21. What a beautiful photos! I would like to go there one day! :)


  22. I can't even imagine what it would be like walking the streets of Mumbai. You are so right, beautiful and almost sad at the same time. It must have been such an enlightening experience!



    Southern (California) Belle

  23. Wow, i get what you mean about this city. It looks quite surreal actually! The buildings are amazing.

  24. HA! HA! Merlin! I am laughing my butt off over here! THen again, you are kind of magical!! oh...and I thought my laundry was bad! so thankful for a drying machine right now!!

  25. omg omg india is the one place i want to visit soooooo freakin bad.

  26. Wow, these pictures are incredible.

  27. This looks like it was quite an adventure! I've always wanted to go to India. Thanks for sharing pics!

  28. Amazing photos! The architecture is stunning, and I agree... that does look like Hogwarts! Oh my about your name getting butchered. <:( Have a wonderful weekend!

  29. wow what a huge contrast indeed. that's cool the wealthy businessman made that hotel, and obv horrible he wasn't allowed inside the other. did you ever ask people for directions? sometimes that works on our travels and other times it ends in us standing around while a person makes a 15 minute phone call for their aunt... true story. oh & do u usually eat a breakfast w/ nutella? i just had some but a bit for dessert.

  30. India looks like such an exciting and interesting place to go!

    Have the best weekend ever,

  31. Really amazing pics darling!

  32. Interesting photos! It´s a mix of old grand buildings with everyday life activities. :)

  33. It looks like a totally different world there! I bet it's a huge experience to travel to India. Another awesome post!
    Have a great Saturday :)!


  34. Why hello wizard Merlin :P
    Don't worry my name is always
    written wrong at Starbucks.

    Mumbai looks an interesting
    place to explore! I'm reading
    the book 'Life of Pi' and
    these images gives me an idea
    of how the story goes!


  35. Amazing photos! Did you go to the astro-palmist advertised on the trees?

  36. wow,it must be awesome to visited India!Not so tidy country but they're unique on their own way!:)

  37. Lol I had to giggle at Merlin, so cute! These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Must have been a really enriching experience being there. <3 The Taj Mahal hotel is amazing and if that story is true, right on!

  38. amazing pictures, one day I will get to India!

  39. Wow, the architecture (both modest and opulent) is absolutely stunning! And I can't help but love that they called you Merlin at Starbucks :)


  40. WOW! All I can say is that you take such great photographs!!! Love this post, it really makes me feel like I just visited with you haha :)

    Hope you have a Splendid Sunday!

    My Blog, Crystal Chizoba

  41. These pictures are so pretty and interesting! Other cultures are always interesting to experience. It looks like you got to see a lot of awesome things!

  42. This pics are so beauty!
    Like it very much, thank you for the great post!

    Christina Klein

  43. The.washing.machine. I am speechless.


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