Our visit to India and the Taj Mahal started and ended with travel issues. It was bound to happen, right? Upon arrival, Steve's luggage didn't make it and on the way out the airlines claimed we didn't have tickets, but that's a whole other story. No matter, on we went to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The Taj was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600's as a tomb for his third wife. Don't know about you, but I wondered what the first and second wives thought about that! I knew we'd be impressed with the Taj Mahal, but we were blown away. It's presence is powerful, emanating elegance and calm, perfect in detail and proportion. It's almost as if it's alive, a queen sitting in her garden.