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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Marble

The tour that I took in India not only stopped at famous site seeing destinations, but it also stopped at little shops where we learned about different hand crafts in India and how they are made. After visiting the Taj Mahal (which is made of Marble) we stopped at a shop that made things out of Marble and they showed us how they make the complex designs in the marble.



I obviously had never seen the Taj Mahal up close until now. It always just looked white to me and that is all I knew, but it has the most beautiful color designs on it like these marble pieces you see here. It is seriously beautiful and so complex to make. 



I think almost everyone in our group bought something at this place. It was a little expensive, but where else are you going to get hand crafted marble works of art? Plus... if you got this same thing in the US, the price would be tripled. I bought this beautiful box. I also decided I wanted an elephant, since we were going to be riding one on our trip, they also told me that the elephant means good luck.



When the tour guide (VK) saw that I bought an elephant, he said its good luck, BUT what was even better luck is the Ganesh, which is part elephant part man. This is the God of good luck. He said he has 6 of them and ever since he bought them he has had lots of good luck. He told me I should get one (not necessarily in marble... anything will do. So I bought a small wood one, cause lets be honest, I could use all the good luck I can get. :o) I loved this one in the marble shop though. It was just way too expensive for me. And I have no idea where I would put that thing anyway. 



Anyway... it was beautiful to see, I'm happy now that I have some of my own and knowing how it is done made me appreciate the Taj Mahal and its magnificent beauty that much more. No wonder it is one of the Wonders of the World. 

6 comments:

Lynette Mills said...

way cool Tracy...

Lauren Graff said...

Tracy!!! You little traveler you! I am super jealous! That is so awesome! haha I loved on my blog when you said "That looks fun, but whatever I was in India" haha so funny. I miss Novell! Seriouly I do. It was such a good place to work. Even when I did go stir crazy in my office every few hours...you know what I mean! :)

Nicole said...

Hello dear globe trotter. I can't wait to see more India pictures. I'm glad you made it back in one piece. Also, Seattle looks awesome. I love the market! Glad you're having fun.

jamie hixon said...

Wow, that is awesome. I would love stopping in little shops like that. I would have definitely bought an elephant. I'm not so sure about the elephant idol man though.

s a r a s o d a 1 said...

Happy India Trip!!! I've heard that they were originally going to build a black Taj directly across from the one standing now - sharing the same reflecting pool...is that true? Maybe they addressed this on your tour? ANYWAY, I'm excited to see more of your trip pictures soon!

T-Ray said...

Um... I didn't hear anything about that? There is another building sharing the same reflecting pond on the other side... but its the entrance which also looks awesome. There are other buildings by it, but they are not black. They are brown. I will have to look into that one.