“There's a race of men that don't fit in, A race that can't sit still; So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will. They range the field and rove the flood, And they climb the mountain's crest; Their's is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don't know how to rest.”
- Robert Service

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Jodhpur (by Michael)

From January 19th

So we've been doing a bit of McBurnie family research lately. By doing research I mean we stumbled upon some sword that look a lot like the McBurnie sword, or I should say talwar. These two photos are from a display in the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. We've seen similar swords all over Rajasthan though, including the one that Sarah is holding on the photo with Mr Bikaner (on our Google+ album).

We've visited two forts so far, in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Both are massive hilltop complexes with beautiful intricately carved buildings inside. Pretty amazing the amount of work that went into them. It's nothing at all like the wooden structures at Louisbourg. One neat thing is all the gates are located immediately after a 90 degree corner, to prevent elephants from building up speed to ram them. They also have spikes starting at 10 feet of the ground - elephant head height. Things you have to take into consideration when building a fort in India.

More photos are up on our Google+ album.

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