They had a lot to smile about. Their pizza and apple pie were first rate, top notch and just like Mama used to bake. Crunchy thin crusts, fresh toppings, olive oil, caramely honey sweet chunky apple pie in flaky pastry, all within a hundred yards of a burning ghat. After meeting these magnificent pie-men I […]Read More The Smiling Pie-Men of Benares meet the simple Sigh-Man of Sydney.
We have revisited Varanasi and come to the beginning of the end for this trip. For our retirement it’s just the end of the beginning and there could be no more magical place to contemplate these conundrums of time and space than Varanasi. This Holy City is the Hindu’s Jerusalem, Rome or Mecca. To a […]Read More Varanasi Alleys & Ghats
Varanasi – a splendid, crumbling step-back-in-time. Your feet come out from under you and you tumble into an ancient landscape. You stumble and mumble a mantra and swerve and sway to keep out of the way of the cows, the shopkeepers and the saddhus. Round each corner the narrow lane opens onto a new delight.Read More Délices d’Architecture – Varanasi
Benares is an ancient and aesthetically beautiful place. One of the many layers of its beauty are the astonishingly beautiful decorative motifs that pose and prance, and glide and preen and stomp and wiggle across their doorways and walls. Gorgeously caparisoned Elephants, striking military men, brilliant parrots,elegant fish snaffling herons, puzzling gurus, fishes, flowers, plants […]Read More The Mysterious Pumpkin Bunnies of Benares
We cannot imagine another city to compare with Varanasi. A riot of colour, an olfactory overload, an all-senses blow-out. Slightly jaded after our illness in Bodhgaya we arrived just as the sun had set and we were disappointed not to see magical fairy lights twinkling in the ghats. All was in relative darkness along the […]Read More Varanasi – a Dante-esque riot to blow your mind