Archives for February 2009

Parasol Play

One never can guess which toys or objects of desire will capture a child’s fancy. Little did Kevin and I  know what mileage these parasols would get.  We bought them with the intention of maybe using as a light shade for Gigi’s room next year.  We picked out two–just in case one worked better than the other.  Before we knew it, these two sunshade umbrellas were a lasting toy for Vincent and Gigi.  

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Jaipur’s Beauty

Jaipur–and all of Rajasthan–have a magical way of taking one back in time.  It wasn’t difficult for me to imagine being a princess amongst all the grandeur.  I chose some of the best pictures from our trip to highlight Jaipur’s beauty.

 (Please excuse the poor quality of pictures.  It’s time to get a new camera–and some lessons from Julie!)

This was taken in the arch way entering into the Samode Havelli.  The flowers all around were gorgeous!

This was taken in the arch way entering into the Samode Havelli. The flowers all around were gorgeous!

We managed to see a puppet show, and Vincent picked up a Sunday/Monday.  That's a puppet for Sunday (raj) and another for Monday (rani).

We managed to see a puppet show, and Vincent picked up a Sunday/Monday. That's a puppet for Sunday (raj) and another for Monday (rani).

This hall was amazing.  I would recommend to anyone going to Jaipur to head to this palace rather than bother with the fort.  It was breathtaking, and we were in it!

This hall was amazing. I would recommend to anyone going to Jaipur to head to this palace rather than bother with the fort. It was breathtaking, and we were in it!

We snuck around this palace hotel, and stumbled upon this intricate sitting hall.  Amazing!

We snuck around this palace hotel, and stumbled upon this intricate sitting hall. Amazing!

Here we're just sitting on the steps to enter the palace.  (There's also a ramp entry for elephants!)

Here we're just sitting on the steps to enter the palace. (There's also a ramp entry for elephants!)

Animal Count

Whenever we go to Rajasthan, we play a little game: we count the animals we’ll see.  We can always count on camels and hopefully elephants, monkeys too, maybe a peacock, some pigs, of course we don’t count cows.  

Here’s the tally: 

  • Camels–62
  • Elephants–20
  • Peacock–1
  • Donkeys–8
  • Monkeys–we stopped counting when we saw over 17 in one setting
  • Horses–11
  • Cobra–1
  • Antelope–6
  • Pigs–11
On our 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport on Monday, we saw 23 camels alone.

On our 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport on Monday, we saw 23 camels alone.

As we were leaving Amber Fort in Jaipur, we got to see this snake charmer charm his cobra!

As we were leaving Amber Fort in Jaipur, we got to see this snake charmer charm his cobra!

This isn't the live peacock we saw--this is on an Amber Fort wall.  We did see a peacock silhouette on the hillside off in the distance at sunset hour.

This isn't the live peacock we saw--this is on an Amber Fort wall. We did see a peacock silhouette on the hillside off in the distance at sunset hour.

It's considered lucky to see an elephant in India.  We saw 20!

It's considered lucky to see an elephant in India. We saw 20!

MaharAnnie’s B-day Gifts

So, we were packing up to go to Jaipur tomorrow morning–early, like 4:30 am. Our flight leaves at 5:50.  As we were packing, Gigi, came up to me first: Here, Mommy, you’ll need this.  Then Vincent followed, And you’ll need this one too.  And then Kevin, Here have this one also.  They each had picked out beautiful rings for me–each one special and unique in its own way.  I’ll have ring  options for the 3-day weekend.

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(The one on my pointer is from Kevin, next Gigi, and the ring finger Vincent;)

After I received the rings, they told me to sit down to receive more: two absolutely beautiful books that actually brought me to tears!

 The palace and havelli we’re going to stay at in Jaipur are  actually  featured in this book!

 Kevin also gave me this fabulous picture book  called, Mumbai Footpaths.  It’s a wonderful little page  turner  filled with daily life shots of Mumbai.

 The last present was from Vincent.  It’s like a geneology  story for outcasts.  I hadn’t heard about them until Marc Levitt recently visited.  I think it’s called a khawad (with a v).  The one Vincent chose for me is quite elaborate.  He took a picture of it all unfolded.  Now we have to find someone to tell us the story!

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The Raj Travel Bag is Going to Jaipur

I’ve had my eye on this bag–like forever!  I finally bought if for myself this month–it’s February, and I felt spending a bit of frivolous money on myself would be ok.  Plus, with four months–wait less than four months (that makes me frown–I love this place!) left in India, I thought this would be the perfect bag for me to carry around as I finish my days in wonderful India.  Whadya think?  You like it?

The Raj Travel Bag

The Raj Travel Bag

I’ll use this bag as my carry all for my birthday weekend in Jaipur.  I will be the MaharAnnie all weekend long!  😀

Witness the duo of Gigi and Vincent!  Here’s there very first music video—I have a feeling it’s not the last!

https://www.krembdelakremb.com/witness-the-duo-of-gigi-and-vincent-heres-there/

Here’s an explanation from Gigi herself as to what she’s wearing on February 13, 2009.

https://www.krembdelakremb.com/heres-an-explanation-from-gigi-herself-as-to-what/

Buenas Dias MK!

Hi Mary Kelly!  Does this work in China?  I hope so.  Hope you had a great weekend!