BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Kolkata

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple in Kolkata, India.

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BAPS (Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha) is religious organisation within the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhasa opened to the public in 2014.

There is a sacred footprint in the courtyard leading up to the temple. The white marble footprints are designed with the 16 spiritual signs of the Devine. The footprints recognise spiritual leader Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s presence on Earth (1781 – 1830)

Darshan is closed daily from 10.15 am to 11.15 am and 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm during the offering of Bhagwan’s daily Thal (Bhog).

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at Bhasa 14 No., Diamond Harbour Rd, Dist. 24 Parganas (South), Kolkata.

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Mother House Kolkata

Missionaries of Charity Mother House in Kolkata, India is home to the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. It is where Mother Teresa lived and worked, and is her final resting place.

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Mother Teresa was buried on the ground floor of the Mother House on 13th September, 1997.

Photography is only permitted at Mother Teresa’s Tomb and by her statue. There is a small museum with information about Mother Teresa’s life and work. Many of Mother Teresa’s possessions are on display, such as her crucifix, dinner bowl, rosary, sandals, and sari.

Upstairs you can see the simple room in which she slept and worked from 1953 until her passing in 1997.

Mother House is open every day except Thursdays from 8am to 12 noon and 3pm to 6pm. It is closed on 22 August, Easter Monday and 26 December.

The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity is located at 54A, A.J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta.

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Sculpture in the Gardens

Sculpture in the Gardens is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

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Bev Goodwin & Jeff Thomson | twist…bob…spin

There are 20 sculptures dotted along a 2km trial throughout the gardens. There are also 21 permanent sculptures located around the gardens.

The temporary artworks are for sale and pricing is listed on signage by the artwork.

Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre, which provides descriptions of the artworks, including the medium used.

Sculpture in the Gardens is on until 25 February 2018. Auckland Botanic Gardens are at 102 Hill Road, Manurewa.

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Jamie Pickernell | Gull Boy

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Sam Duckor-Jones | Full length mirror

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Bryn Jones | Survey

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David Carson | Faux Topiary

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Lang Ea | POP! BANG! BOOM!

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Louise Purvis | Gravid

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Lucy Bucknall | Howling Together

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Graham Bennett | On Becoming Misdirected

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Jim Wheeler | Golden Bough (Revisited)

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens is a 22 hectare (55 acre) private floral display garden in Brentwood Bay, near Victoria on Vancouver Island.

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In 1904 Robert Pim Butchart established a limestone quarry. After the quarry was exhausted his wife Jennie decided to turn the quarry into a sunken garden, which was completed in 1921.

The Butcharts gifted the gardens to their grandson Ian Ross on his 21st birthday. He was involved with the gardens until his death in 1997. The Butchart’s great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clark has been the managing director since 2001.

As well as the sunken garden, themed gardens include a concert lawn, rose garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, and Mediterranean garden.

There are also two restaurants, coffee shop and a seed and gift store.

During the summer months on Saturday nights there is a fireworks display choreographed to music.

The gardens are located at 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia.

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Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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The museum, which was founded in 1886, has three permanent galleries – natural history, modern history, and First Nations’ history.

There are over 7 million items in the museum’s collection.

The Royal BC Museum is located at 675 Belleville St, Victoria.

Below are some photos from the First Nations’ exhibit.

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Sidney-by-the-Sea

Sidney is a small seaside town on Vancouver Island, on the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula.

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Sidney, which is also known as Sidney-by-the-Sea, is an popular access point to the southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. There are many activities and tours based around the water, including fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, and whale watching.

It is also home to Sidney Booktown, Canada’s only booktown. All bookstores are within walking distance of each other.

On Thursday evenings during the summer (June to August) they close, Beacon Avenue, the town’s main street for the Sidney Street Market. There are over 150 stalls and live entertainment.

Sidney is approximately 20 minutes from Downtown Victoria.

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Renfrew Pub

The Renfrew Pub is a charming waterfront pub and restaurant in Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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The pub is part of Wild Renfrew a resort by the water that includes luxury waterfront cottages and a lodge.

The pub serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week and breakfast on Saturday and Sundays. I had lunch here back in July on the patio overlooking the wharf.

Renfrew Pub is located at 17310 Parkinson Road, Port Renfrew.

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