Sunday, September 21, 2014

A late night post....

This is a late night post…… I was reflecting on the weekend that just passed by…. It was my husband’s birthday and he wanted a quite one and I willingly decided to grant his wish. But our loved ones and friends wanted to share that quietness, surprisingly came home and injected a good dose of laughter, joy, conversations, some good music and delicious cakes to celebrate his birthday… and the highlight was our toddler’s decoration on her cake for her Papa!

Someone rightly said “ If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head, You are richer than you think!!”
 
our toddler's cake decorated with M&Ms!

a delicious caramel cake!


another delicious caramel chocolate cake!

I managed to whip up some last minute starters for our guests
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amsterdam: definitely a Happy Place

After a fantastic holiday in Paris, our trip to Amsterdam started on an adventurous note by taking the Thalys train ride, which we nearly missed had we not reached on time! Amsterdam is another beautiful walking city with art, architecture and a rich history, cycling culture, interesting choice of pubs, restaurants and shops and beautiful buildings and streets.  I experienced the nightlife, the canal cruise, red light district tour, countryside tour during our short stay there and saved the rest for our next trip in the near future….. And I completely fell in love with the Dutch! They are so inviting and warm to all the tourists and I call them “the happy people”.

Here are some pictures to browse through to feel this happy place.

Heart of Dam Square
 
 
 

the constant buzz at the square was fanastic

interesting t-shirt... had to capture this :)





Dutch delicacies... smoked eel, raw herring, waffles, poffertjes(mini pancakes), Dutch bitterballen (a popular dutch meat based snack..... loved everything

Countryside tour


 
Volendam Museum

 
one of the main attraction of Volendam Museum is the mosaic pictures made from 11 million cigar papers



a picturesque garden

Cheese factory

excellent variety of cheeses


Clog Factory

Beautiful wooden shoes

the canal cruise is supposed to be one of the best way to view Amsterdam but I prefer walking... the cruise was too slow for me




the hotel that I stayed in had a traditional interior especially the lobby area


Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, right at the heart of Dam Square


Loved this work on the staircase wooden rail in the lobby area



 
Images are clicked by me
 






 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Paris, Je t'aime

Paris…. a magical and mythical city…. a walking city…. a city with magnificent architecture, scenery, art, sculptures, museums and beautiful weather… I couldn’t ask for a better destination to spend my holiday. I felt so liberated to experience Paris by just walking around… feeling the vibe and embracing romance and beauty around.

I’d like to share Paris, through my eyes…. Through my lens…
 
The iconic Eiffel Tower during the day
 
the clouds were a perfect back drop @ Louvre


@ Louvre Museum
 
Outside Louvre Museum
 

Inside Louvre Museum
 
Opera house in Paris
 
Eiffel Tower lit up that made my River Seine cruise magical
 
this view left me speechless...
 
 
 
 
Parisians on the banks of Seine 
 
 
Notre-Dame Church @ night
 
The Arc de Triomphe, love the sculpture on the sides of the Arc
 
 
Sacré-Cœur Church
 
Sacré-Cœur Church
 
outside Sacré-Cœur Church
 
outside Sacré-Cœur Church
 
Notre-Dame Church, a beautiful Gothic Cathedral
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
Stunning stained glass work in Notre-Dame Church
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
Notre-Dame Church
 
 
 
an artificial beach for the Parisians
 
Lucky to witness the last day of Tour de France
 
Paris experience is never complete if you don't try their cuisine
 
 
I know there is so much more to see and experience in this great city and that gives me a reason to visit Paris again....
 
 

 
Images are clicked by me