Love Story: The Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal was the first monument I ticked off my list from the new '7 wonders of the world' in early 2012.┬áIt was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their fourteenth child. All the stories I had read and heard, photographs in every travel agency, brochure and postcards of India, it's like I knew it already, like I had seen it already. While walking past the gardens I said to my partner, 'it's like I've been here before.'Up close and personal, once I stepped foot on those marble floors, it all became new to me. Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, described the Taj Mahal as 'a teardrop on the face of eternity' while Rudyard Kipling called it 'the embodiment of all things pure'. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. An architectural masterpiece. A lingering sadness... A beautiful love story.We spent a fair few hours here, letting everything sink in. I wore my Woodford & Co. dress specially for this day, bohemian and inspired by Indian design; block printed with a paisley pattern. My favourite details of this beautiful monument were the zig zag patterns and almost heart-shaped carvings. As we retraced our steps back to the entrance and out the front hall I turned around to get one more glimpse at the beautiful monument and snapped this: Read more: