Thursday, July 16, 2015

Travel: Love Locks, Cologne (Germany)

Love locks is a very romantic tradition/costom, believed to be originated from Italy some 100 years ago, during the World War I. A 'Love Lock' basically is a padlock fixed to a bridge or fence by sweethearts to show their loyalty to each other. It is there in many cities all over the world with different beliefs and traditions.

In the city of Cologne, couples put padlocks as a proof of their love on the 'Hohenzollern Bridge' over river Rhein and then throw the keys into the river to ensure everlasting love.

While having a closer look to these symbols of love, you will find many colorful customized padlocks with engraves of name, date etc. Also with decorations and personal stuff like rings etc. These locks are present in thousands of numbers and weighs tonnes.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Architecture: Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart

Designed by Berlin based architects 'Hascher and Jehle', Kunstmuseum is like a building inside building. With a beautiful glass cubical wrapping around the main lime stone structure, this art gallery comes to life as it gets dark. During the day it seems like a glass cube carefully installed at the Stuttgart city center with all historical elements around. With such a strong design principle, this building defines its presence by speaking its own language.

This beautifully crafted building has about 50000 Square Feet of exhibition space. With an approximate investment of 67 million Euros, this building was inaugurated in 2005.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Khari Baoli Spice Market, Old Delhi

'Khari Baoli' is a very known name for the chefs around Delhi for it's spice market, and it also believed as Asia's largest spice market. Located in old Delhi and being spread around Fatehpur Masjid, 'Khari Baoli' has its existence since last 4 decades. 'Baoli' means stepped well and 'Khari Baoli' means stepped well with hard water, the area got its name back in 16th century, though none of the baoli exist today.

'Khari Baoli' market started in 17th century and this 300+ year old market is Asia's largest wholesale spice market.