REGINA PALACE HOTEL, STRESA, ITALY

 

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Regina Palace Hotel, Stresa, Italy

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THE REGINA PALACE HOTEL

The Regina Palace Hotel, in Stresa, Italy, on the lakeshore of Lago Maggiore, occupies a prestigious location. “It first opened in 1908, the hotel preserves its original fin de siècle charm in its façade and furnishings, while offering the best of today’s conveniences and technology following tasteful renovations.”

Parco Della VILLA PALLAVICINO, Stresa

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EVERYTHING HAS ITS BEAUTY BUT NOT EVERYONE SEES IT

EVERYTHING HAS ITS BEAUTY BUT NOT EVERYONE SEEESIT
MIAN DAM, SWAT, PAKISTAN

AREQUEPA LANDSCAPE

AREQUEPA, PERU LANDSCAPE

VALLEY OUTSIDE PRAGUE

HOLSTEIJN VALLEY PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

KARLOVY VARY IN SPRING

KARLOVY VARY IN SPRING, CZECH REPUBLIC

GARDEN IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

GARDEN IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

VIEW OF BAD HOFGASTEIN FROM THE PRIMBACHER CAFE

VIEW OF BAD HOFGASTEIN FROM THE PIRNBACHER CAFE, AUSTRIA

KING'S LAKE, BAVARIA

KING’S LAKE, BERCHTESGADEN, AUSTRIA

BAD GASTEIN WATERFALL

BAD GASTEIN WATERFALL, AUSTRIA

PRIVATE HOME BACKYARD WITH PIZZA OVEN

PRIVATE HOME BACKYARD WITH PIZZA OVEN, CANADA

BUDAPEST HUNGRY

HOTEL SITTING AREA BUDAPEST, HUNGRY

COTER RAIN FOREST

COTER RAIN FOREST, LIBERIA, COST RICA

PICTURE PERFECT BEACH AT THE GRAND SUNSET PRINCESS RESORT

PICTURE PERFECT BEACH
AT THE GRAND SUNSET PRINCESS RESORT, RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

WATERFALL IN THE TABACON RESORT

ARINAL VOLCANIC WATERFALL IN THE TABACON RESORT, COSTA RICA

MASAYA VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO WARNNG BOARD, NICARAGUA

MASAYA VOLCANO WARNNG BOARD, NICARAGUA

DAR MASMOUDI, FEZ

DAR MASMOUDI, FEZ, MOROOCO

RIU PALACE MEXICO, RIVIERA MAYA

RIU PALACE MEXICO, PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

VIEW OF GROSSKLOCKNER  FROM ZELL AM SEE

VIEW OF GROSSKLOCKNER FROM ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA

ATLANTIC PARKHOTEL IN BADEN BADEN

ATLANTIC PARKHOTEL IN BADEN BADEN, GERMANY

SHOPPING MALL IN MUNICH

SHOPPING MALL IN MUNICH, GERMANY

OLD MILL RESTAURANT

OLD MILL RESTAURANT, TORONTO, CANADA

LONELY PIGEON IN PARIS

LONELY PIGEON IN PARIS, FRANCE

HEAVENLY TEMPLE IN BEIJING

HEAVENLY TEMPLE IN BEIJING, CHINA

SUNSET IN LUXUR

SUNSET IN LUXUR, EGYPT

BRANDENBURGER, POTSDAM, BURLIN

BRANDENBURGER, POTSDAM, BURLIN, GERMANY

HELLO WORLD - THANKS FOR ENJOYING THESE PICTURES

HELLO WORLD – THANKS FOR ENJOYING THESE PICTURES

OLDER SECTION, PARIS

OLDER SECTION, PARIS

FEZ-MOROCCO MEDINA ALLYWAYS, ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME, HARDLY

FEZ-MOROCCO MEDINA ALLYWAYS, ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME, HARDLY

CURIOUS MONKEY WATCHING WE WERE READING UNDER THE TREE

CURIOUS MONKEY WATCHING WHAT WE WERE READING UNDER THE TREE, COSTA RICA

SOUR DOUGH BREAD OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SOUR DOUGH BREAD OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN – SWAT 1961 & 2001

SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN

SWAT – SWITZERLAND OF PAKISTAN

In spite of poverty of the people in Kalaam Valley, Ushu Valley, Neelam Valey and Hunza Valley, one is amazed to see the beauty of nature all around. The State of Swat has suffered in the recent past due to the conflicts resulting from Talibans’ take over of the area until the Provincial and Federal forces could push them out that left lots of destruction further making peoples’ life harder, especially for the people of Mingora, the main town in Swat State.

On our visit to Pakistan in February of 2001, we had the opportunity to cover a wide area beyond Kalaam Town that I had visited 40 years back with my students from the Sociology Department of the Karachi University,
(in 1960-61) where I was teaching as a Professor. We had arranged a pickup service from Islamabad, via PTDC service and a driver was waiting at the Mingora Airport, who remained with us for next 2-3 days. During our lunch break in Kalaam Town, our driver, Afzal, when chatting with the locals of Kalaam, mentioned that I was returning to Kalaam and Swat after 40 years, the local people were shocked, saying “what is there to come all the way from Canada”. I always believed that God has given so much abundant beauty of mountains and valleys to the poorest people of Pakistan, who can only survive on the visitors (country and abroad) and tourism, un-interrupted. In my first trip to Kalaam, with my students from the University was to study the lives of Kalaam inhabitants, only to find how hard was their life due to limited resources at their disposal in hard winter.

In our trip starting from Mingora all the way to Malam Jabba, at an altitude of 10,000 ft., via winding one way unpaved road, finally reaching at Skiing Station (built by the Swiss). It was so cold that we had to request for electric heaters to warm up our room. Not one or two, we were given three heaters that kept us warm enough to survive the night. We forgot everything when we saw breathtaking view of the snow covered peaks through our window, we still remember and cherish that view.

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

USHU VALLEY
USHU VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

KALAAM VALLEY
Our driver with locals of Kalaam Town, Swat (sabirshakeelphotography)

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Hunza Valley, Gilgit
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

NEELAM VALLEY
Ratti Galli, Neelam Valley (?)
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

NEELAM VALLEY
Photo Credit: AZK Tourism

MIANDAM VALLEY
MIANDAM VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

PTDC GUEST HOUSE
PTDC GUEST HOUSE (sabirshakeelphotography)

MIANDAM VALLEY VIEW
SWAT VALLEY (sabirshakeelphotography)

COLLAGE OF SWAT PICTURES
COLLAGE OF SWAT PICTURES (sabirshakeelphotography)

1961 TRIP TO SWAT WITH MY STUDENTS FROM THE SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT, KARACHI UNIVERSITY

SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP WITH LIGHT LUGGAGE


SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP READY TO DEPART FOR KALAAM


SWAT TRIP 1961

GROUP PHOTO IN MINGORA


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM REST HOUSE


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM AS IN 1961


SWAT TRIP 1961

SWINGING BRIDGE TO KALAAM


SWAT TRIP 1961

KALAAM FORTRESS