"one can never have enough Taj snow keyrings!" Agra by smirnofforiginal
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Famous for it's gleaming mausoleum, Agra sits on a bend on the Yamuna River.
There is much to be said about Agra - it's history, the incredible things the Moghul empire left behind but I shall write what I found, as a traveller...
The first sight I saw in Agra was a dead camel on the steps to the compound in which the Taj sits. Doubtlessly, ten minutes earlier this camel would have pulled a tourist down the park's pathway to the ticket office for what is probably inarguably the most beautiful and most famous tributes to the dead - the Taj Mahal - a mausoleum derived from love but built because of death. I wonder how much love the camel knew in it's life role as beast of burden....
The streets were lined with hawkers and touts. People agressive for my rupees. I could not move without yet another person trying to coax me into parting with my paper funds. Because of this walking the streets was not pleasurable - it was a chore.... and surely, surely the good people of Agra can come up with something better than a plastic snow globe keyring of the Taj!!!??? I actually purchased two of the things (neither of which actually did the whole snowing effect bit of what a snow globe is meant to do) and I hung them onto my childrens rucksacks to show the world and his wife that we had them .... but we still apparently needed more. Apparently one can never have enough Taj Mahal snow globe keyrings!
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