What to do? – One day in Kathmandu

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First of all, let me set the context on how important & busy as a person I’ve become in the recent past. So much so that I have to go on ‘short international business trips’ Ohh Emm Gee! #EpicLoserLevelUnlocked 😛

Yeahh so my brand got launched in Nepal market and I was asked to plan a 2 day trip to Kathmandu (khi khi khi dil mein laddoo phoota) And to plan it on a Thursday/ Friday (ek aur laddoo phoota!) Ofcourse I stayed over on Saturday and then booked myself back on Sunday so that my old person’s body/ mind / soul can get enough sleep and then can be dragged to office on Monday morning.

So that left me just a day to ‘kar le Kathmandu mutthhi mein’. Luckily enough one of my pragmatic yet well travelled friend had visited Kathmandu earlier and knew the exact 4-5 locations to see and Google baba came to the rescue for my last minute planning.

Here starts my one day guide to Kathmandu!

  1. Thamel – First and last stop

Thamel is the place with night life in terms of pubs, restaurants, shops, tourists etc. in Kathmandu. That one particular area found in every city where travellers reside and make the hub. Unlike rest of Kathmandu which shuts down at 8pm, Thamel stays up and awake till wee hours for a lot of things which should be left unsaid.

Checked into a beautiful, awe-inspiring tiny little place in Thamel – Ambassador Garden Home ❤ Their rooms are small bt still don’t feel claustrophobic because of the warmth of the place emerging from all the wood work or even the amiable staff 🙂

Must try out their Nepali Masala Tea. Had atleast 5 cups in a day whenever and for whatever time I was there!

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Ambassador Garden Home is THE cozy and cute lil place to stay at if you choose Thamel area. Just look at this garden restaurant.

 

2. Pahupatinath Temple

After keeping luggage in the room I took a local taxi and went straight to Pashupatinath Temple for the World Heritage Site claim.

It is one of the few structures which didn’t get affected much by the last earthquake in Nepal but hordes of people (or as they call themselves pilgrims) have ruined the place enough. It would have been a beautiful structure to admire if there weren’t 1000s of people trying to push their way through cutting queues or being impatient to get a one look at the ‘God’. In fact there was a price list board put up by the temple administration for various rites & rituals you would want to perform. 0_o

The same temple premise has rituals being carried for newly weds or new borns and the back side of the temple as lifeless bodies being cremated which in itself is thought provoking.

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Felt like a black sheep at Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. People ruin places.

Gladly, didn’t spend more than 35-40 mins here that too because of the queues but go to this place when there is no festival around (which will be hard to plan of course) to admire the place

3.  Bhaktapur!

This was my favourite place in Kathmandu! So much so that next time I will even stay here 😀 This one of the oldest districts and rightly so you can see that in it’s brick-lanes and old temple & Durbar Square structure or architecture =D

Durbar Square are areas found all over Nepal which were meeting or shopping or key areas for the Royal Family of Nepal. Lucky to have chosen Durbar Sqaure, Bhaktapur (credit to our Nepal team for suggestion 🙂 ) as against other Durbar Squares in Nepal.

This area being 100s of years old got affected the most by the earthquakes but the spirit & beauty is still alive. Food is still kickass! People are still friendly story-telling enthusiasts & ohh new age rock bands playing in the hidden pubs inside these old brick architectural amazement!

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Would have loved to see it before the earthquake, loved visiting it now, will visit it after the restoration 🙂 Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal

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5 stone temple at Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal – One wise owl told me that this was the biggest temple created to cut down on the powers of a super powerful God with an existing temple right across this one, who got out of control. Pehelwan at the bottom of the side statues is powerful but elephants on top of them are 10 times more powerful and then comes the tiger with 10 times more strength than the elephants but then the Garuda and the Goddess herself – most powerful evvvaaahhh!

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This was taken from the top of the 5 stone temple 😀 Now that’s the place for a cup of coffee or Nepali masala chai – Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nepal with the sleeping Buddha hills in the background.

 

And then my love affair with food started ❤ sparks flew and their was this unapologetic incessant touch downs at nooks & corners of Bhaktapur for Nepali food! (May Freud help me)

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Newari cuisine at Bhaktapur – A small nook and aunty cooking Bara-Wo fresh , vegetable & egg savoury pancake with buff + kala chana curry on top along with some mustard aloo bhaja o_O bacha lo!

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That’s what the final served Bara-Wo dish looks like. Frankly, I had my reservations before tasting this savoury atta pancake but glad that I did & then overate a bit 😛 Ek baar jo humne commitment kar di toh hum khud ki bhi ni sunnte.

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Another tinnnyy outlet at Bhaktapur, Nepal with just two tables to accommodate not more than 10 people sitting cramped up. All this that uncle makes is used as chakhna/ starters with beer or the local wine Chhang (which is yummy ki mummy!) Chakhna knows no boundaries for me now! Uncooked flattened rice, sauteed soya beans, uncooked meat (stop judging me for a second, it is chopped finely and then minced with hand so much so that the heat from all this friction makes it slightly warm & soft), buffalo fry and what not! Newari cuisine rocks!

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I shappath didn’t have more than one small teenie little piece of this dish 😛 Again a Newari dish at Bhaktapur- bone marrow fat filled in goat intestines tied with a thread and then fried a little *my heart* but that intestine was crispy crunchy yummy! Fat was a tad too much for sure

 

4. Swayambhu Stupa 

I did go there but wasn’t too kicked about it since I’ve had the pleasure of the view from the top of the stupa just outside Leh city in Ladakh. So go there for the Kathmandu city view in the evening and loads of harmless monkeys/ ancestors roaming around you peacefully and then let’s come back to Thamel for a night stroll in the quaint lanes 🙂

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Have you dinner at Khatali restaurant on Durbar Marg, Kathamandu which is centrally located (not far off from Thamel) and fall in love with the ‘Mustang’ kaali daal or the mutton curry or even the simple yet powerful saag 🙂 psstt, get 1 kg of this kaali daal back as souvenir 😀

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Check out time has never been a happy time for me but morning at this place sighhh….Y’allah har roz aisi jagah pe breakfast kara de! Thodi si toh lift kara de! – Ambassador Garden Home, Thamel, Kathmandu

 

One more sign-off pic to lure you to Kathmandu, Nepal….

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First meal of momos at Kathmandu with this view from the office terrace overlooking the king’s palace 😳 mekko rakh lo yahan!

 

A few helpful points to search and a keep note of before travelling alone to a new place:

  • Download offline maps in case you are not planning to buy a local SIM (I support you on this one since wi-fi can be found at almost all hotels & why else would you need a phone while travelling?! You! Yes you constantly on your phone) – Try maps.me app, has been helpful across various countries

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  • Google the local taxi rates for places like Nepal where there is no other prevalent mode of transport. And then negotiate like an Asian! Be a man, DO THE RIGHT THING!
  • Always look at visitor images on tripadvisor or any other travel booking site for hotels and don’t just rely on the 4 star ratings/ reviews. Your gut feel about the homeliness of the place will always be stronger than well crafted review words.
  • Don’t be afraid of taking a stroll on your own. If you show confidence, you get confidence and then it just happens.
  • Lastly, It’s never too bad or boring to spend some time on your own at your own pace 🙂

Mazze hain toh loot lo!

-Huggable

The Giggler !

 

A long walk to remember – Amboise, France

“Some Walks You Have To Take Alone”

Read this somewhere and I believe my more than 10 kms walk in the small french town of Amboise was meant to be such.

After spending 4 priceless days of solo-travel in the city of Paris (Read here : Paris – My first solo trip and how I fell in love with walking, alone in the city of love), I took the morning train from Gare de l’Est to Austerlitz, Paris and started on my 2 hours train journey to a small town by the banks of river Loire which was once home of the Royal French Court.

You will realise soon why I treaasure this walk so much, I still believe in fairytales…

It was drizzling slightly or was just the early morning dew that I remember. Reaching the almost deserted station at 9am didn’t seem to be a good idea that time but I took out my pre-downloaded offline map and started walking towards the 2kms away Tourist centre for tickets to the Palace & some much needed directions. That is when the sun came out 🙂

 

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Walk on the almost empty roads of Amboise, France on a lucky sunny day.

Bought my ticket to  Château d’Amboise , a royal residence of France and walked along the unopened doors of beautiful little houses and the vacant space of the tiny town market place. One of things which works best if you are going to such places alone is your audio tour-guide cum companion who knows so much! Doesn’t mind getting interrupted and shut off from time to time as per your mood. Doesn’t even get irritated while you put him to task by repeating the same information over and over again. 😉  If only you were real… sigh…

So yeah, I took my audio guide and entered the dream come true palace/ Chateau of Amboise where the Prince had invited Leonardo Da Vinci and from then on Leonardo started staying just 500ms away from the palace at Clos Lucé, manor house.

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Château d’Amboise – In search of my prince 😛

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When the knight in shining armour comes at your doorsteps (P.S. – I am not as delusional as I might sound)

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Resting quietly away from the world, he gave so much to – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Tomb at Chateau d’ Amboise

(Read about my shared obsession with France here : Is France Obsessed With Graves?)

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Time when it was almost too much for me to take in so much of tranquility and beauty at once.. this is when I realised that I was missing out on something valuable. Traveling solo.

After building way too many dreams in my head I walked down the road which led me to Leonardo Da Vinci’s manor – Clos Lucé, which is apparently connected to the Chateau by an underground passage.

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This genius had invented the first auto-rotable tank, automatic multi-fire guns, motorbike, helicopter and what not and had a kick-ass kitchen to top it all 😀

 

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Studying about anatomy of a horse was never so hauntingly intriguing – Da Vinci’a garden

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Somewhere in Da Vinci’s garden, exists that small bridge that you always wanted to see 🙂 Can so imagine myself dressed in a flowy dress with white tiny flowers in soft wavy hair and running across the bridge… thank goodness you don’t know my address to send hate mails or a sniper 😛

All this and a bunch of kids enjoying their mid-picnic meal made me extremely hungry so on my way back to the station I stopped at a lovely little cafe which had bacon omelette on their menu 😀 And that my friends made the day trip come to a PERFECT end.

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Oui! Meal for one please 🙂 Garnie – Omelette with tomatoes, diced bacon, mushrooms and onions with hot chocolate at Anne de Bretagne restaurant at Amboise, a small village where Da Vinci lived …

My suggestion to you, travel to places which the locals suggest, travel to places which are not known just for one of the Wonders of the World.

Find your own wonderful world…

 

Cheers!

The Giggler

Thanks once again Emilien, Bhooshan & Niyanta 🙂

All the pictures were taken by me so don’t use them without giving credit. Pliss 😛

 

Paris – My first solo trip and how I fell in love with walking, alone in the city of love.

“If you think adventure is dangerous,

try routine, it is lethal” – Paulo Coelho

This is a short story of a simple personal adventure…

Every year atleast twice I get this itch to go on a vacation and I start prodding my friend to help me plot our next expedition. And Jan’15 was no different. I kept harassing her to close down on one place and plan everything, yes I am that lazy and yet proudly pestering.

Then one fine day she called and said she has a conference coming up in Reims, France and I can come along too but it will be just for 3 days. Hmmm… France + trip + just 3 days didn’t seem to add up well, so next came the suggestion “Why don’t you travel alone and go see Paris and nearby villages/ towns on your own for 6 days before reaching Reims?” My reply – “aaaa whaaa?!” ” OF COURSE I won’t travel alone! What if I got bored with myself?”

Yes, Yes even though I know that I am pretty awesome but still that came out of my mouth, may be I was afraid of going to Paris alone because you’ve heard all these mugging stories or because this was something I had never done before, out of my comfort zone like WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE o_O. A lot of people said that it will be foolish to go all the way to France and visit just a few small towns here and there. But if my life had background tracks, then this would have been playing then ” hai apna dil to aware, na jane kis pe aayega” and so it began – 10 days 1 big city & 3 small towns/ villages in France 🙂

Whatever thought went behind my decision but yes I borrowed a Lonely Planet, downloaded offline maps for Paris, Reims, Amboise & Strabourg , Paris subway app with routes/ train durations/ schedule, found a friend’s friend  staying at Paris, booked my first hostel experience, got all my required belongings under 12kgs packed in a backpack, put on my first pair of colourful gum boots and off i went  Woot Woot!

So here is your small little pictorial tour to a small part of France – Paris, the city of love 🙂 On the way you might also realise the level of happiness you can get while traveling solo :

DAY 1 of figuring out life in Paris

When you are way too excited and don't know who or how to show it to? Let me take a selfie!

Landed. Checked in at my hostel – St. Christopher’s Inn, Gare Du Nord. Bang on the subway/ train station of Gare Du Nord. Dumped my luggage under my bunk bed and started walking with Emilien, the friend recently introduced by my other friend.

The first morning walk and sunshine :)

The first morning walk and sunshine 🙂 which took a lot of internal cajoling …

A freak road cabaret/ play right opposite that beautiful bridge. All I needed to feel comfortable in a new place freezing at 6 degrees with a cup of coffee in my hands , which I had stopped feeling by now !

A freak road cabaret/ play right opposite that beautiful bridge. All I needed to get comfortable in a new place freezing at 6 degrees with a cup of coffee in my hands , which I had stopped feeling by now !

The first bite of salted caramel crepes at Arc de Triomphe Paris and I have not been able to recover from that mind blowing taste till now!

The first bite of salted caramel crepes at Arc de Triomphe Paris and I have not been able to recover from that mind blowing taste till now!

You might not enjoy the touristy vibe around the place but the sheer liveliness of these sculptures draw you in - at Arc De Triomphe

You might not enjoy the touristy vibe around the place but the sheer liveliness of these sculptures draw you in – at Arc De Triomphe

While I was trying to fit that pillar and me in a selfie, Emilien who was helping me get acquainted with the streets and subways, was trying to tell me quaint little stories about these places.

Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide street full of tempting cafes and sinful luxury brands. So even I went on a budget shopping and dragged poor Emilien along for buying warm leggings :P By god it is difficult to survive in Paris in the month of Feb without one of these!

Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide street full of tempting sinful luxury brands. So even I went on a budget shopping and dragged poor Emilien along for buying warm leggings 😛 By god it is difficult to survive in Paris in the month of Feb without one of these! Yeah yeah, I am that Indian who went to one of the most expensive shopping streets of the fashion capital of the world and bought stuff on sale! Took a pic too, SUE ME!

Mosquée De Paris - The cafe inside the mosque is filled with humdrum of the flowing crowd, people chit-chatting, uncountable rounds of mint tea, sweet pastries in blue tiled rooms and big golden tray tables

Next stop – Mosquée De Paris – The tea room inside the mosque is filled with humdrum of the flowing crowd, people chit-chatting, uncountable rounds of mint tea, sweet pastries in blue tiled rooms and big golden tray tables

Till now, I had gotten acquainted with the dos & don'ts of subway, buses & street walking in Paris. And so my tired half-dead body was dragged to the place of Resurrection - La Rhumerie. aka The Rum House

Till now, I had gotten acquainted with the dos & don’ts of subway, buses & street walking in Paris. And so my tired half-dead body was dragged to the place of Resurrection – La Rhumerie. aka The Rum House

Yes! I like Paris at night way more than in the daylight 😀 specially when I am at a place called the ‘Rum House’.

And that is how Day 1 ended for me 🙂

Day 2 of everything colourful & vibrant on streets

This was by far the best day of my trip – Flea Market, street art, Salvador Dali and Jim Morrison – all in one! 

By now I had realised that subway will become a part of my life in Paris, so every morning started with plotting stations nearest to my planned spots of the day but if the places are close to 3-5 kms apart then of course WALK, because there is no other way to know a place better than talking with people while walking on the streets and eating the local food 🙂

You turn my world (Duniya) upside down ! o_O a small light projection of 'DUNIYA' written in Hindi on the ceiling of some random subway station in Paris. I was falling in love already :)

You turn my world (Duniya) upside down ! o_O a small light projection of ‘DUNIYA’ written in Hindi on the ceiling of some random subway station in Paris. I was falling in love already 🙂

Get down at Porte de Clignancourt and start walking towards the Paris Flea Market – Marché aux Puces St.-Ouen de Clignancourt.

From antique furniture to Cartier watches to old comic books to dresses from the bygone era on quite an expressive bunch of mannequins to beautiful brooches and a spaceship bang in the middle of this world of flea market.

From antique furniture to Cartier watches to beautiful paintings to old comic books to dresses from the bygone era on quite an expressive bunch of mannequins to beautiful brooches and an alien spaceship bang in the middle of this world of flea market.

All the time I was at Marché aux Puces and when I was walking towards my next stop – Montmartre, the artists’ village , this big grin won’t leave my face 😀 Guess others noticed it, may be that’s why I received friendly hellos & smiles on the way 🙂 I was getting comfortable…

Somewhere on the way, naak mein dum!

Somewhere on the way, naak mein dum! Told ya – Walking is fun!

3 kms from the Paris Flea Market is Montmartre, a village on the hill where Salvador Dali and many other artists used to stay and it still has that corner with street artists painting live portraits and showcasing their splendid work.

3 kms from the Paris Flea Market is Montmartre, a village on the hill where Salvador Dali and many other artists used to stay and it still has that corner with street artists painting live portraits and showcasing their splendid work.

An artist and his self portraits on the streets of Montmatre. Or is it a painting in itself?! So many colors , so much of life , so much to do , so little time ...

An artist and his self portraits on the streets of Montmatre. Or is it a painting in itself?! So many colors , so much of life , so much to do , so little time …

Don't forget to grab your lunch on the way and drift towards museum of Dali's subliminal work ...

Don’t forget to grab your lunch on the way and drift towards museum of Dali’s subliminal work …

The thing I loved about museums in France is that every piece has a story and they won’t shy away from telling you that story with the same passion over and over again through texts, through voice, through sound or just visually.

Galipette - a work of light cinematography in an unending mirror inspired by the turbulent relationship between Dali and Gala. It represents the positive energy and strength created by the loving bond. The lovers reflect one another to infinity. (Part of the Description as mentioned at the gallery)

At the Espace Dali museum – Galipette – a work of light cinematography in an unending mirror inspired by the turbulent relationship between Dali and Gala. It represents the positive energy and strength created by the loving bond. The lovers reflect one another to infinity. (Part of the Description as mentioned at the gallery)

And after dreaming about owning a beautiful tiny house with a balcony covered by viny creeper plants and a small little red coloured cafe down the street stairs (sigh...) I walked back towards the subway station to get to my next stop - Père Lachaise Cemetery and meet my beloved James Douglas Morrison aka Jim Morrison.

And after dreaming about owning a beautiful tiny house with a balcony covered by viny creeper plants and a small little red coloured cafe down the street stairs (sigh…) I walked back towards the subway station to get to my next stop – Père Lachaise Cemetery and meet my beloved James Douglas Morrison aka Jim Morrison.

Like a blue eyed man standing at the Center of the city, looking over everything and nothing ... Even this grey winter afternoon made me happy :) - while walking from Montmartre

Like a blue eyed man standing at the Center of the city, looking over everything and nothing … Even this grey winter afternoon made me happy 🙂 – while walking from Montmartre

From Clignancourt take the subway to Pigalle station and you arrive at the largest Paris cemetery – Père Lachaise Cemetery

And I met him...

And I met him…

The best way to explore this place is by knowing which all out of the hundreds of tombstones/ graves would you want to visit and start putting them on the pre-downloaded offline city map.

The best way to explore this place is by knowing which all out of the hundreds of tombstones/ graves would you want to visit and start putting them on the pre-downloaded offline city map.

You can read more about the story behind each of these larger than life tombstones, here – Is France obsessed with graves?

Ofcourse it got late and of course I was escorted out by the cemetery guards as I kept asking them to let me see just one more grave (psst…freak alert)

And if you are wondering how my hostel St. Christopher’s Inn was 😉

My hostel's common bar area at night, with live band and the solo travellers' table where I got invited ;)

My hostel’s common bar area at night, with live band and the solo travellers’ table where I got invited to sit, chat and drink 😉

Day 3 of Shakespeare & Love Cruise

Started off on the day’s first subway journey to St. Michel station to visit Notre Dame but after disembarking from the train so quick was my decision to go towards Shakespeare & Company bookstore that I felt dizzy with joy (floating in the clouds, visualising ‘Before Sunset‘ ♥♥)

That warm overwhelming feeling you get while visiting a place you have been wishing to ... for long ... Stuff that dreams, stories, fairy tales are made of ... Shakespeare and company bookstore. Past meets present to make future...

That warm overwhelming feeling you get while visiting a place you have been wishing to … for long … Stuff that dreams, stories, fairy tales are made of … Shakespeare and company bookstore. Past meets present to make future…

With my content filled heart I did visit Notre Dame but it didn’t give me the same exhilarating feeling as did this bookstore 🙂

So I walked a few kms in search of the next best thing to books – FOOD! Suggested by a friend of mine who spent quite a few years in Paris, I headed towards Berthillon, supposedly the best ice cream/ sorbet in the world at Ile Saint-Louis island.

If it deserves to be eaten then I shall eat it! Even if it means having an ice cream on a day recording 3degrees temperature. Berthillon at St. Louis island . My bad luck, the original shop was closed but this one said they 'sell the Berthillon produce' . Ohh yea and salted caramel is officially my favourite flavour :D

If it deserves to be eaten then I shall eat it! Even if it means having an ice cream on a day recording 3degrees temperature. Berthillon at St. Louis island . My bad luck, the original shop was closed but this one said they ‘sell the Berthillon produce’ . Ohh yea and salted caramel is officially my favourite flavour 😀 It was quite a treat to just take a stroll around the island itself…

Love lock bridges made me feel love lost... These symbolic bridges are being treated as vandalism by the Paris municipal authorities and this ritual might come to an end very soon.

Love lock bridges made me feel love lost… These symbolic bridges are being treated as vandalism by the Paris municipal authorities and the ritual might come to an end very soon.

During the river cruise in Siene, the guide said “we will be passing under the bridge of love now. Make a wish and kiss… And blah…” They have a bridge of love too?!! o_O how much love is there in this city?

And so this day came to an end too.

Happier me at @belushis ! With my huge plate of FOOD called the ressurection :D fried eggs on top of roasted roll with bacon (bliss), sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and hash potatoes ... Of course some rum and coke to end the long day ... Somehow my appetite has improved a lot on this trip

This day I gave more time to chit-chatting with other solo travellers back at the hostel while gorging on to a huge plate of FOOD called the ressurection 😀 fried eggs on top of roasted roll with bacon (bliss), sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and hash potatoes … Of course some rum and coke to end the long day … Somehow my appetite improved a lot on this trip

Last day in Paris : Day 4 of Louvre stories

Subway to Palais Royal – Musée du Louvrea pre-bought pass and a sneak away non-crowded entry to Louvre B-) Thanks to Emilien again for showing me the cheat path to avoid standing in line for 2 hrs atleast!

It is said that you need around 3 days to walk through and see Louvre Museum, so don’t forget to again mark what all you want to see there and listen to each and every story behind that piece of art. Get involved, get to know it, live those moments.

Greek goddess ,Nike (winged Victory) - This sculpture took my breath away for it's sheer grandeur and was a bit intimidating at the same time...

Greek goddess ,Nike (winged Victory) – This sculpture took my breath away for it’s sheer grandeur and was a bit intimidating at the same time…

Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss - Venus, the goddess of beauty was jealous of Psyche and asked her son Cupid to enamour Psyche and then leave her. Later Psyche was made to go through a lot of ordeals to be reunited with Cupid and during one such, she was asked by Venus to get a jar from the underworld but not to open it. But Psyche, out of curiosity, opened the jar and fell into a deathly sleep. To be woken up by Cupid by the touch of his arrow and a kiss.

Psyche revived by Cupid’s kiss – Venus, the goddess of beauty was jealous of Psyche and asked her son Cupid to enamour Psyche and then leave her. Later Psyche was made to go through a lot of ordeals to be reunited with Cupid and during one such, she was asked by Venus to get a jar from the underworld but not to open it. But Psyche, out of curiosity, opened the jar and fell into a deathly sleep. To be woken up by Cupid by the touch of his arrow and a kiss.

A beautiful nymph in pain who was stung by a scorpion and knew that her end was near.

A beautiful nymph in pain who was stung by a scorpion and knew that her end was near.

The Death of Sardanapalus - Murder of concubines ordered by the king when he got to know of his military defeat, while he lies in the midst of death.

The Death of Sardanapalus – Murder of concubines ordered by the king when he got to know of his military defeat, while he lies in the midst of death.

The Raft of Medusa - Hope & fraught panic of shipwrecked sailors who can see a rescue boat in the distance but can't catch it.

The Raft of Medusa – Hope & fraught panic of shipwrecked sailors who can see a rescue boat in the distance but can’t catch it.

So ended my trip to Paris, and I took the train to Amboise then Reims and last but the most beautiful little town of more than 5 Michelin Starred Restaurants, Strasbourg.

Hope to give you that nudge to just pack your bags and walk 🙂

What you should know?

  • Not everyone gets mugged in Paris

  • People are friendlier than expected here 🙂

  • Always have a hearty breakfast before starting your day

  • Keep an offline map of all the planned cities pre-downloaded with you

  • Stay at some place near a subway station

  • Always carry enough change for subway tickets

  • Stand on the right if you are not planning to walk on the escalators

  • Buy comfortable, light and warm gum boots for all those long walks

  • Get to know the stories behind everything you see to live the moment

  • Don’t waste your time visiting the touristy places only, get to know the city even if takes a day or two more

  • WALK & WALK & WALK & EAT!

P.S. Thanks a tonn Bhooshan, Niyanta & Emilien for everything 🙂

All the pictures were taken by me so don’t use them without giving credit. Pliss 😛

Cheers

The Giggler