Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN INDIA ADVENTURE
North India: Gallery 20
Road to Agra's Royal Residency
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We left Tordi village via the amazing Abhaneri
Step Well on a 10-hour drive to Agra. The road was good and the roadside
scenery was entertaining. We stopped at a tourist place for toilet and
a light lunch. Checked out the souvenirs, but they were all way over-priced.
Our CEO Parakrum did a good job of explaining many of the landforms and
farming activities along the way.
We finally arrived in Agra about 2 pm. The rooms are
very nice but we soon noticed a sewer smell in one corner where Bill had
set up his laptop. Then the phone squealed, the fridge didn't work, the
AC was intermittent and there was trouble with the WiFi. We kept asking
for a working fridge and a phone. He came in with a new phone and it was
not working either. The fridge still didn't work after the "electrician"
looked at it ... that's about all he did... looked at it... LOL! He was
wheeling in a different fridge, when he asked if we'd like to change rooms.
So we packed all our stuff and off we went across the hall. It was much
better and had a view - out to the marriage garden which was coming alive!
A bit of a sewer smell was still there but a good A/C and fan helped somewhat.
We came to believe the old adage absolutely after today, however. "Be
careful what you wish for. You might get more than you expected."
We were to find this out later in the evening.
We rested a bit, then met up with our travel group
to discuss the next day's activities followed by supper at the hotel restaurant,
Salt and Pepper. Bill wasn't feeling too well in the stomach and had no
appetite so Sue-On prescribed soda water, ginger tea, naan bread and portions
of cumin rice.
We were not able to go to the Taj Mahal this evening
because it was Friday and the grounds are only opened to Muslims who go
to pray at he mosque built on the grounds.We planned no othere evening
activities since we had to be up before 5 am to get to the Taj Mahal before
sunrise and before it got too hot and crowded. Parry was also worried that
they might close the grounds early because of Prince William and Kate's
visit to the monument. There were also a massive religious festivals and
carnivals around the city. We were soon to discover that a much more enthusiastic
celebration was about to take place around our room.
Sandstone Industries and Stone
Carving Yards Near Temple
On the divided highway into
An amazing variety of traffic
and roadside activity
Small Farms ~ Cow Dung Piles
~ Firewood and Fodder
The half-way rest stop
Dining Room ~ Souvenir Shop
~ Selfie with the washroom attendant
Bus loads gather for a celebration
on roadside festival grounds
The ever-present DJs and Statues
Welcome to Agra
Arrival at Hotel Royale Residency
CEO Parry collects our passports
in the lobby
Sue-On guards our backpacks
while waiting for check in.
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Design: Bill Hillman: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Sue-On Hillman Eclectic Studio