Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A walk around Hampstead Heath #LondonDiaries

Overlooking the Hampstead Heath              

Curled up in the freshly trimmed greens 

My hand scribbles in rhythm to the wind 

Captures the nature naked.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cheese Fondue, Zurich at night and Rhine Falls #SwitzerlandTravels Part 5

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As we boarded the train from Zermatt to Zurich, I couldn't help but feel a little heartache. Our serenade with the beautiful Swiss landscapes was about to end. This was no doubt one of the best travel experiences we had had, and we still had one more day to live it out.

We reached Zurich just in time to rush to restaurant Le Dezaley which is famous for its cheese fondue. It was just minutes before the closing time but the staff politely ushered us in and we quickly got to ordering. The cheese fondue was truly worth the hype and we also helped ourselves to one more dish and a glass of wine recommended by the staff.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Glacier Express and views of the Matterhorn #SwitzerlandTravels Part 4

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I have in my previous posts spoken of the efficiency and beauty of the Swiss scenic trains. The decision to thus spend a day on the classic Glacier Express, famous for being “the slowest express train in the world” (the 275 km journey takes about 8 hours) was an easy one. That unhurried summer morning we bid goodbye to the beautiful town of Lucerne, and headed to Chur to catch the Glacier Express.

The Glacier Express connects the two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt, passing through three high-mountain passes, 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges. As we boarded the bright red carriages, I felt like I am in the middle of a movie shoot. The huge panoramic windows instantly call out to you and tell you to sit back, relax and enjoy the views of green valleys, gorges, pristine blue river and snow peaked mountains, all from the comfort of the train.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Traveling Without a Plan and other Comedy of Errors

I am not a plotter, not in my writing and not in life. I take each day as it comes, at the most making a to do list when the list of tasks become too lengthy to compartmentalize in my head. My travel plans too, are as detailed as booking a flight and a place to stay. 

In all our travels, we do get around to seeing the major attractions and walking the tourist route. But we often sidetrack and loiter around discovering, uncovering a new city in our own time. 

Of course, not planning has its pitfalls but they come with learning, with a knowing smile directed towards the husband telling him we better not repeat this mistake the next time, and it makes for a great story! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Enamoured with Mt. Titlis & the views of Lake Trubsee #SwitzerlandTravels Part 3

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We were ecstatic to wake up to a sunny day in Lucerne and a quick breakfast later headed to Engelberg, home to the famous Mt. Titlis.

On top of snow covered mountains, everything makes sense. 

As we oohed and aahed our way up to the peaks in Rotair 360 - the world's first revolving gondola, we were upbeat and ready to jump into all the snow-clad craziness Titlis had to offer. We walked on the suspension bridge past the howling winds, sledded down the slopes in animated squeals and giggles, rode the ice flyer looking down at the nature's magnanimous splendour and almost froze inside the blue lit glacier cave.