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April 2011

Pokhara Hotels: The Green Tara and beyond.

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This photo was taken from my bed!   The untimate 'bed view'!  I opened my screen this morning and stuck my camera on the windowsill to steady it and this was the result.   Nice, huh?

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While walking the back streets of Pokhara, it is not hard to find many places anyone would want to stay.   At about $10 US per night, these gems with pink marble staircases and terrazzo hallways are lovely.  

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The Green Tara is spotlessly clean and well run by the Giri family.   Detailed moldings line the ceiling, plants dot the hallways, floors and bannisters shine.

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That's the door to my room on the far left.   There are more solar panels on the roof of my room as well.  The rooftop views of a Pokhara hotel are hard to beat.

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The United Hotel (right next door to Green Tara) was our home in Pokhara for many years until Mr. Giri moved to the Green Tara.   The United is also a very nice, quiet, clean hotel.

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Who wouldn't want to be greeted by Hanuman as you return to your hotel each night?

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Open during construction!

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This is the forecourt of the Hotel Moonland.   Who could ask for more? 

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Hotels offer everything from yoga on the rooftop to room service.   You cannot beat the price.   The Green Tara is considered 'mid-range' in the Lonely Planet.   I give it the highest marks for service, cleanliness and price.   And remember that first photo in the post.   Taken from my bed!

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Yuki the Shiba Ino by Shree Lamachhaine.  Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists.   Find out how below.

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

 

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 

 


Live from Nepal: Delicious Food!

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Though not technically Nepali food, this tasty wood-fired pizza is from Cafe Concerto, our favorite restaurant in all of Nepal.   A Nepali man married an Italian woman who taught him to cook absolutely great food.  It is near the Royal Palace in Lakeside, Pokhara.

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Pardon me, but I can never remember to take a photo of my food until I have already started it!   It is wonderful to dig into a nice hot Paneer Tika:  marinated cheese skewered with tomatoes, red onions and green peppers cooked in a Tandoori oven and served with freshly made cilantro sauce.   The Tridevi Fast Food restaurant is a treat.

The side dishes of Channa Masala (chickpeas with a masala sauce) and the fresh Aloo Ghobi (a dry potato and cauliflower curry) and some freshly cooked tandoori rotis (bread) complete the meal.

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Also at the Tridevi, another shot of another whole meal:  Paneer Butter Masala, Palak Paneer and the above-mentioned Paneer Tika.   Paneer times three!

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The Royal Tandoor is located just across the street from the Boudha Gate, down a little alleyway.   This is a lively joint, filled with young Nepali couples on a date, family dinners, and friends  night out.

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Again, a Danger Dog signboard that is on its last legs.   I'm glad that I insist my artists do a good prep and use good metal!  

Now is the time to order your very own custom Nepal Art Dog sign.  

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

for more cool examples of the Danger Dog Art Project.

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

 

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!


Nepali signboards!

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A cat passes beneath the mural of a squirrel with his backback of acorns and colorful Tibetan prayer flags that pass in front of Fishtail Mountain (Machhupuchre) and paragliders.   The restaurant advert at top is made of the new-fangled vinyl flex.

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Many, many people in Nepal are still illiterate, and then again, many foreigners don't read Nepali either!

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This ladies room icon deserves more respect than this!

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Her partner across the hall got a bit of a haircut himself.   He is wearing a traditional topi, still a common sight on the men of Nepal.

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This is from Kathmandu, but it illustrates what I will miss when these new flex signboards take over.   The big hand-painted signboard in the background perfectly captures the traditional themes:  Mountains, motorcycles, and tourists spending money.

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Get your school uniform and muumuus here!   Taken near Chabahil Chowk.

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There are a couple versions of this signboard in the Ranipawa area of Pokhara, all done by the same artist and in varying state of decay.   And they all say "Be Aware of Dog".

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

 

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!


Live from Nepal: Nepali dogs!

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This young charmer is going to have a good life. 

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This boy is middle class Nepali, and his dog also has a little girl to play with.  

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These three pups were playing in a field, Dan called them over, they walked through a couple of puddles to jump on me.   Thanks, Dan.   These 3 dogs have so much fun playing together, I didn't really mind.

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Mr. Muddy Paws quietly and intently begs at Mike's Breakfast.   With his lopped ear and total focus, Muddy Paws cleans up!  Mike's Breakfast has a wonderful lakeside table, great service and unlimited filtered coffee.

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This must be puppy season in Nepal!

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This was a quiet and beautiful dog.

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Maaday with his new puppy, Tommy.  

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This Beware of Dog sign may be on its last legs, but the dog still has something to say!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!


Live from Nepal: Dramatic weather in Pokhara

As everywhere, the climate is unusual here in Nepal.   In Pokhara, they are getting rain most afternoons, not normal for this time of year.   It is welcome, however.   Nepal needs the water!

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Brooding clouds hover over the whitecapped Annapurna Mountain range.

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Clouds, wind, thunder and lightning.   All from just outside our room.

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Birds fly, bananas and corn grow, and those spectacular mountains are a dramatic backdrop to the calm backstreets of Pokhara.

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Lake Fewa at sunset.

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Again, a photo taken from the roof of the Green Tara Hotel in Pokhara.   I did not even notice the rainbow when I took the shot.   I was focused on the great beauty all around.

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Sunset at Lakeside in Pokhara.

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The full text of this signboard translates as "Dog here be aware.   No entry without permission."

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

 

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!