Author Archives: Ranjan

About Ranjan

Writer, scientist, traveler and speaker.

My Cheese Board

My Simple Holiday Cheese Platter with accompanying Wine and Beer.

Wine and cheeseā€”a marriage made in heaven. I can vouchsafe for it. Over the Holidays I made a simple cheese platter that my guests loved. It made for a great center piece at the bar and elicited much lively discussion. Here is how I made it and selected the accompanying wine and beer. Try it yourself. Enjoy.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art.

An often overlooked Gem: The Art Museum, Philadelphia.

The Pergamon, Smithsonian, Louvre and British Museum, I have seen them all. But, nearer to home, in Philadelphia, there is a museum I have often heard about, but never visited. What a shame! So, on an unusually mild day in September, I decided to correct this inadvertent oversight.

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Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, Utah

My Canyon Country Escapade (Part IV): Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Las Vegas

 

Contd. from My Canyon Country Escapade (Part III): Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

After breakfast in the Rainbow Room of Lake Powell Resort we boarded our bus for the drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The weather had turned chilly with a light drizzle. Our tour guide had advised us the night before to have our sweaters and rain jackets handy. We were prepared and looking forward to seeing the spectacular vistas of Bryce Canyon.

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona. Note the low water level with ridges in the middle of the river.

My Canyon Country Escapade (Part III): Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend

Continued from : My Canyon Country Escapade Part II: Monument Valley and Lake Powell

We woke up to the twittering of birds in a tree just outside our room in Lake Powell Resort. I made a cup of coffee and stepped outside onto the balcony. The sun was lighting up the hills and the air had a warm dryness to it. Today we would be visiting Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. The weather was perfect for the visit.

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Monument Valley. Background of a scene from the movie Stagecoach starring John Wayne.

My Canyon Country Escapade (Part II): Monument Valley, Movie Backdrops and Lake Powell

 

Continued from: My Canyon Country Adventure (Part I): Grand Canyon and Sedona.

We left Grand Canyon early the next day en route to Monument Valley. This was the main attraction for me. I grew up watching Hollywood movies. I still remember dialogs and scenes from these epics; John Wayne galloping across the three iconic buttes in Stagecoach, Clint Eastwood climbing the Totem Pole in Eiger Sanction and the title song “Old Turkey Buzzard” in MacKenna’s Gold, as the buzzard effortlessly zooms over the valley floor “waiting for something down below to die”. These scenes and many more were filmed in Monument Valley. And I could not wait to see the place where these still vividly remembered movies were shot.

In Monument Valley.

In Monument Valley.

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