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Eliza Myers

A teardrop for all time

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 14, 2011


Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore once called the Taj Mahal a teardrop that glistened “spotlessly bright on the cheek of time.” I felt these romantic sentiments accurately captured the delicate beauty of the great Taj Mahal. It all began with a love story, which I listened to in front of the Taj Mahal at daybreak. As…

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A day of Mughals and monkeys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 09, 2011


How can a building stay snow white for centuries? By using some of India’s stain-free white marble. This is how the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah in Agra still looks new after almost 400 years. The use of white marble, carved stone screens and colorful wall designs illustrate how this Mughal mausoleum was the precursor to the…

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Rickshaw mayhem

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 07, 2011


“If you want to experience the sights, the sounds and the smells of “real” India all at once, the best way is a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi,” said Anil Bahal, my India tour director. So on my first day of touring India with Globus Tours, I climbed into a tiny rickshaw to let all…

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Canadian cowboys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 20, 2011


After saying goodbye to the mountains this morning, I experienced a totally new side of Canada at Calgary. The growing city is in the midst of prairie country, so the region has long depended on ranching as one of its main economic staples.   To celebrate this, the city holds an annual Calgary Stampede rodeo…

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Ascending to the Heavens

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011


On my fifth day of touring with Collette Vacations, I feel as though I saw the entire Canadian Rocky Mountain range from above. The vistas from the top of the Sulfur Mountain didn’t just make me feel as though heaven was close, but that I was in heaven itself.   The Sulfur Mountain Gondola is…

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From Switzerland to Scotland

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011


This morning I awoke inside a 1920s hotel designed after a Swiss chalet and tonight I am about to go to sleep in a 1911 hotel built like a Scottish castle. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Swiss design originated from the influence of Swiss mountaineers the hotel hired to ensure their mountain climbing guests would…

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Remnants of the Ice Age

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 18, 2011


Today, I stood on an icefield composed of snow and layers of ice that have been in the Canadian Rockies since the last Ice Age. Weird, unearthly blue glaciers seemed to be slowly pushing their way through the enormous, sheer mountains all around me on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper.   The color white was…

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Winter Wonderland by Train

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 17, 2011


When I heard I was riding an overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper on my tour of the Canadian Rockies, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had ridden an overnight in economy class before when I was in college where you sleep on one of six tiny pull out beds with random other travelers…

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Behind the antebellum glamour

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on August 04, 2010


When I started my day touring the Nottoway Plantation, I thought that this was the life. The 1859 white plantation is the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the South. I felt blown away by the size of it all with 14-foot-high ceilings that seemed to indicate the house was built for giants. An elaborate bell…

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Eccentric buildings and characters

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on August 03, 2010


Immediately upon driving into Baton Rouge, the tall tower created by former governor Huey Long rose above the surrounding buildings. The 1932 art deco state capitol building certainly stands out in the city’s skyline as the infamous Long intended. After I toured the Old State Capitol built in 1847, I found it hard to image…