Thursday, September 23, 2010

India - part 2

Taj Mahal
Well, it is totally worth all of the hype. What a beautiful and impressive building. Pictures really don't do it justice at all. It is bigger than I thought it would be and has so much detail. The stone sparkles in the sun. We spent most of the day there just taking it all in.

Believe it or not, this is our first family picture since Conley was born. It took us four months to get one of all of us.

Conley loving the Taj Mahal.

She learned how to say Taj Mahal, but added a syallable "Taja Mahal". It was so cute to hear her say it.

Hill family special

It is a good thing that my daughter loves rice. She really lived off of it the time that we were there. The food was really, really spicy.

Everyone loved our double stroller. This is the Red Fort in Agra.
What you don't see is is a bunch of other people taking our picture behind Simon.

So a typical traffic jam in India consists of cars, tuk-tuks(what we are in), bikes, motorcycles and cows. This picture didn't have a cow in it, but they always in the middle of the street.

Baby Taj
This is in the same city as the Taj Mahal, and has been nicknamed the Baby Taj. Not as big, but still some impressive stone work.
He is just really too cute!

Auburn sporting her new India shirt.

Delhi - the largest mosque in India
I had to wear this lovely robe because I was wearing shorts.

We feel really blessed to have all of these adventures and that our children travel so well.
Who knows where we will end up next....

Friday, September 17, 2010


Our life is always full of some adventure, somewhere. Our lastest adventure was India. Simon and I had been talking about India for sometime and finally were able to male it happen. It was hot and humid, a big difference from our cold summer here in Germany. This was the first trip that Auburn was really aware that we were leaving our home and travelling. She had a bit of a culture shock when we arrived. The heat, bugs, dirt and all of the people trying to take pictures of her. She adjusted quickly, and had a great time. Conley was as happy as ever, as long as he has his family and milk, he is good to go. The kids were amazing on the flights. Conley had a bassinet and the crew managed to get us a seat for Auburn which made a huge difference. I think airlines know that if the family with children are happy, then everyone is happy.

The kids were superstars in India. Everyone thought that they were twins. We also had crowds of people around our children taking pictures. I didn't mind the pictures, it was the constant need that many people felt to pinch our kids cheeks. We were constantly saying "don't touch". I wasn't expecting the kids to draw that much attention.

We spent our time in New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. We traveled by trains, tuk-tuks, rickshaws and taxis. It was really an adventure and we had a great time! Here are the first set of pictures. I'll add more later, especially the ones of Taj Mahal.

Laxminarayan Temple - Delhi

Lotus Temple - New Delhi
The temple is even more impressive in real life. You are not allowed to speak or make any noise inside. Luckily our kids were both really good. Don't mind Auburn's grumpy face in the picture. She wanted a cracker and we told her after the picture she could have one

India vs. Thailand
probably one of the smallest stadiums we have ever been to, especially for a national game. It just happened to be going on while we were there, so we stopped by to check it out. Auburn is really starting to like soccer games.

Humayun's tomb - Delhi

Monkey Temple
This is in Jaipur and looks like it came right out of Indiana Jones. Monkeys have taken over this temple and are everywhere. Auburn loved it.

If you look really closely you can see to monkeys in the top right corner. They would climb to the top of the wall and jump in to the water. It was hilarious. You never knew who was going next or from where. Probably one of the most random afternoons I have ever had.

Palace inside of the Amber Fort

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Yes, those are real cobras. I didn't let my children anywhere near them.

Akshardam temple, New Delhi
This structure is really quite amazing. You aren't allowed to have cameras on the grounds so this is the best we could do. There was so much detail inside and out of the temple, it is a beautiful building.
more pictures to come...