Sunday, May 20, 2012

Skagit Valley - Tulips


We all have seen the mind-blowing, colourful enchanting Tulips in many of our Indian movies. As the actors sway and sing along these beautiful bloom, you must have awed at this beauty ignoring the actors ;-)



This flower comes in so many wide range of vibrant colours, it is known as third popular flower after rose and chrysanthamum.


Tulips are not native to Holland !
I also had this notion until I started with this post :)



To have tulips in one’s home, was as impressive as having a Ferrari in your garage today. This was in 1600s and the time was referred as 'Tulip Mania' !!


Today tulips are synonymous with Holland. It has become its symbol alongside with windmills and wooden shoes !



The Skagit Valley in Washington state cannot be compared to vast fields of Holland, but its surely worth a visit, specially if you haven't seen these beauties before.
Skagit Valley hosts a festival for this flower during the month of April.

** All pictures above were shot in Skagit Valley.

Few Tips:
- Check the Bloom map at this link, for updated info on the Tulip bloom prior to planning your trip.
- Expect heavy traffic and crowd during the bloom weekends.
- Biking, Kite-flying are other things you could also plan during this trip :)

Information Courtesy -
http://www.tulipfestival.org/
http://birdsandbloomsblog.com/2012/03/28/five-fascinating-facts-tulips/
http://mizdemeanor.net/2010/05/05/tulips-facts-and-trivia/

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Seattle - New Home

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” ~ Pat Conroy 

Kick starting my new blog - "Village Traveller"....a new space to share some of my tarvel experiences through my photographs.
This blog is not intended to be a travel guide, but where possible I would share useful informartion for the benefit of readers.

This first post is on Seattle ... which has now been my home for over a year and thinking about it....I quite like it here !


The Iconic space needle...




legendary pike market...



home of the famous global companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco....are few known facts about this city.


Seattleites buy more sunglasses than any other city in this nation :) So much for the myths of rain and clouds here !



Seattle has the highest percentage of people riding bikes to work compared to other US cities its size.
I could be counted 0.5 to this percentage ... on sunny days I bike home from work :)

I am sure theres much more to this for Seattle and hoping to explore more in days to come.