DAILY PHOTO: Monochrome Chain Bridge [Széchenyi lánchíd]

Taken in December of 2014

Taken in December of 2014

From the Pest-side looking toward the Palace (Királyi Palota) on the Buda-side. The Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd) over the Danube is in the foreground.

DAILY PHOTO: Dariya Daulat Gate

Taken November 29, 2013 in Mysore

Taken November 29, 2013 in Mysore

[I missed my Daily Photo post yesterday due to being on the road to Mysore, so I’m doubling up today.]

Dariya Daulat is Tipu Sultan’s palace at Mysore. There’s a similar structure in Bangalore, where the Sultan conducted meetings while in town. The Mysore palace is much more impressive from the inside. The murals have been restored and there are exhibits of furniture, arms, and artworks from the era.

However, the outside the structure is much less impressive because of ugly green blinders that are used for the twin purposes of keeping the light and tourists photos out. (There is no photography allowed inside.)

This is the gate which stands inline but opposite Dariya Daulat.

DAILY PHOTO: Red Fort

Taken on October 16, 2013

Taken on October 16, 2013

This white marble palace constructed in the Indo-Islamic style is one of the more impressive structures in Old Delhi’s Red Fort.

The Red Fort should be visited before visiting Agra Fort, because it should be seen but it’s not as impressive as its Agra kin. I did it the other way around, and the Red Fort was a disappointment by comparison. The grounds aren’t kept up, most of the semi-precious gemstone inlays are missing from the ornately carved marble, and the fort houses an architectural hodgepodge. That being said, the red sandstone walls are imposing and magnificent and the few historic structures are quite impressive–if not as much so as in Agra.

Close up of the same structure.

Close up of the same structure.

DAILY PHOTO: Not a Good Look, Mr. Nimoy

Taken in summer of 2011 in Budapest

Taken in summer of 2011 in Budapest

This photo was taken on the Palace grounds in Budapest’s castle district. I’m pretty sure I took the photo because the little statuette looks a bit like Leonard Nimoy wearing jeans, a Catholic schoolgirl skirt, and a gaudy hipster medallion. I’m sure that it’s not meant to be Leonard Nimoy, but rather some prince in Hungary’s long history.