Here are a few my pictures from Karachi. I had such a lovely time there! Miss everyone, of course. The good thing, one of many actually, that came out of this trip is the reconnection with all my cousins and our resolution to stay much more closely in touch.
The caption for each picture is below it.
My cousin’s daughter’s kitten, so adorable, he played all day long. Didn’t quite know what this strange, slow moving thing was :-)
Frangipani, growing in my cousin’s back garden.
Guavas, yummm, one of my favorite fruits.
So cute, they wanted me to take their picture, then were very happy when I showed them the pic on my camera. I gave each of them some gum and blew them a kiss as I was leaving and they were all shy and happy, I guess women don’t blow even little boys kisses in Pakistan… Love the decorated buses!
The bus in itself is a work of art.
Muhatta Palace, built in the 1800’s by a Hindu Raja, it is now an Art museum. Gorgeous exhibitions, one of clothing and textiles, but they don’t let you take any pictures inside.
Outside Muhatta Palace, an obelisk with life imitating art!
A restaurant where we had one of the most delicious meals this trip!
Frere Hall, an art gallery.
Frere Hall, the masterpiece is the ceiling painted by Sadequain, Pakistan’s greatest surreal, modern, and calligraphic artist (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadequain)
Dolemen Mall, loved it there!
A very artistic vegetable vendor!
Zainab Market (above and 7 below) A riot of color, beautifully hand crafted items. As soon as the salesman tells you the price of an item, you immediately, without skipping a beat and with a lot of indignation, say “Oh no, no, no, that is much too much!” and counter with an offer of half his price. This goes on for a bit, until you settle on somewhere near 60 -70 % of his first price. Really funny, I’m not too good at bargaining, but my cousin and her oldest daughter were masters! They got us some amazing deals!
Dolmen Mall, oh the gorgeousness of their clothes!
Our New Year’s Eve celebration
At my cousin Lubna Apa’s. The best rice pudding ever!
New Year’s Eve in Karachi
At the beach, snake charmers, kept asking to take out the Cobra, I actually paid them not to take it out and go away!
Camels and horse back rides
My sweetheart, Fatto Khala.