Why I love Airports?

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Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport

As a child (not many years ago), I used to be fascinated with the place called an “Airport”. I had no idea how an aeroplane flew from Dubai and landed us in Mumbai. It was a mystery for a very long time. But even when the mystery of Aviation was revealed to me, the wonder and fascination of the airport remained intact. Even when the frequency of travel changed from once in two years to at least three times a year.

The earlier flights to Kochi were through Mumbai. The direct flight to Thiruvanthapuram was generally avoided because of the tiring drive to Palakkad. My uncle used to come to pick us up in his mighty white Ambassdor car. His jokes were a class apart. I have never seen or been with either of my grandfathers. This particular uncle was old enough to be my grandfather. In many ways I always considered him that.

The trip in those days was to meet our relatives and friends back in Palakkad and spend the two summer months in the cool Kerala rains. These days trips are about exploring the world. I love to travel. My first venture out of India was at the age of 5. But that was homeshifting and not travelling. I guess I can say that my first actual HOLIDAY tour was to Singapore/Malaysia back in the year 2001. My kids were 4 and 2 years old back then. Since that trip, we took a long gap (till 2010) from such holidays and began exploring the various parts of India instead. The kids were too small to handle such long travels abroad. In fact my son, who generally had no problems like vomiting, had a tough time on board the Singapore Airlines flight that day.

The Dubai airport has a special place in my heart. I have been coming here every year of my life since the age of 5. I have seen it grow. Yet, the fascination of the airport, be it in any part of the world, makes me feel like a child again. Ready to explore and learn something new.

Today, I embark on one such long pending tour. We are at present at the Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, London , waiting to board our flight to Newark International Airport, New Jersey, USA. My first trip to the continent of North America.

Broken Chair

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Festival of Words

Festival of Words

BrokenChair

BrokenChair

I was always bad at history. I was bad at cramming stuff. I remember studying for the United Nations test every year for a few years in school. A small booklet was handed to us for us to study. In there the mention of Geneva, Switzerland as the head quarters made it an exotic place. It looked heavenly! I dreamt of working there.

Besides the Alps, chocolates and CERN , seeing this place where history was made was a must.This chair and its significance was a new discovery for me. This trip to Switzerland was indeed a dream come true.

Written for the Second Festival of Words at Write Tribe – Day 5 – Travel.

vecchio libro con stilografica

NaBloPoMo December 2013

Photo Courtesy : Wikipedia 

Alpine Chough

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The reason why I take pictures with my iPhone while on vacation , as mentioned in my earlier post,  is that, my son gets to use the DSLR.  I find it too heavy and cumbersome to carry my Canon 550D around.

The following pictures of the Alpine Chough were clicked by my son when we were on top of Mt. Pilatus in Switzerland. Not very far from Lucerne, this is a peaceful and beautiful place to spend the night. The morning was absolutely blissful. Waking up amongst clouds and snow caped mountains is an amazing feeling. While we were there, there was a wedding happening there too. What wonderful memories that would be for the married couple! Unforgettable indeed.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

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I haven’t posted any of my vacation pictures on this blog yet. As always the problem is that I have two sets of pictures. One set taken from my iPhone, which I have been uploading on FB as and when I clicked them. The other set has just been freshly downloaded into my laptop a few hours ago.

The 1000+ Switzerland pictures are still in the process of sorting. Then I came across this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. I went about looking for something that fits the prompt.

This is the Steepest Cogwheel Train in the world. It took us down from Mt. Pilatus to the Alpnachstad Station. We had reached Mt. Pilatus through the cable car the day before and spent a wonderful night on top of Mt. Pilatus. We missed taking the boat ride back to Lucerne from Aplnachstad. Else, we would have completed the Golden Round Trip.

So here’s my One Shot, Two Ways picture for this Weekly Photo Challenge.

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May Photo A Day 18

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May Photo A Day 18 is here and I am trying to post a photo everyday on this blog. Hope you like it . 🙂

The Eighteenth Prompt: Want

I don’t like lying. So if I say that my want at this moment and this phase of my life is anything other than this, I will be lying! I need cash. Everything costs money. I want to see the world. I want to travel all over and experience the thrill of just wandering about without a care(???) in the world. For that I need at least one million Dirhams. I want to win a lottery as soon as possible . Please do pray for me. 🙂

I want

I want

Clicked for May Photo A Day. You might want to like my Photography Page . 🙂

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Paris

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Paris needs no Introduction or even description. It is the most talked about destination of all times. Most people who have been bit by the travel bug, usually plan a trip to Paris as soon as they can manage to.

More than the monuments and the historical significance of the place, Paris offers another attractive offer of being the “Most Romantic City” in the world. I was taken in by the glamour and glitz of the place and although the need to go Paris has always been there, the opportunity came up only in March 2011.
The idea of having a romantic holiday for two will have to wait. We reached Paris on 25th March 2011 with two kids in tow. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. And an unforgettable one. We managed to land in the most romantic city on the day of our 15th Wedding Anniversary. My daughter refers to the trip as her most unforgettable moment. She even described her trip, along with a presentation , as part of her Trinity Speech Exams. Although, she is my daughter, she hasn’t given me the permission to publish the speech here. But I can tell you that she had noticed all the kissing and proposing on top of the Eiffel Tower!

Here are some of the pictures I took. At that point in time, I only had a point and shoot, almost toy like , waterproof canon camera. So the pictures were mostly of the personal kind. But I did click a few pictures to capture the essence of the place. In my point of view, Paris is a laid back place, where no one is any particular hurry. The serene, quiet and cool weather, made the visit a real break from the normal fast paced life we live.

Getting around Paris can be a little tricky on the first day. But with proper maps and determination, the place becomes travel friendly in no time at all. We had the Paris Pass, which converted the entrance into Louvre, into a miracle event. I almost fainted looking at the long serpentine queue! Paris Pass gets you into a whole lot of other attractions too. In two days , not much can be covered. Two days were kept aside for Disneyland.  There is no way, anyone goes to Paris just once! Just saying. 🙂
Peter Pan - Once upon a Dream Parade

Peter Pan – Once upon a Dream Parade

Winnie the Pooh and some honey

Winnie the Pooh and some honey

Woody -Toy Story - Once Upon A Dream Parade

Woody -Toy Story – Once Upon A Dream Parade

Toy Story - Once Upon A Dream Parade

Toy Story – Once Upon A Dream Parade

Mickey and Minnie - Once Upon a Dream Parade

Mickey and Minnie – Once Upon a Dream Parade

Disneyland Paris Castle

Disneyland Paris Castle

Haunted Manor Disneyland Paris

Haunted Manor Disneyland Paris

Tulips in Paris

Tulips in Paris

Eiffel Tour sunset

Eiffel Tour sunset

Glittering Eiffel Tower

Glittering Eiffel Tower

Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe

Sunset Eiffel Tour

Sunset Eiffel Tour

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