Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Lookin’ Through Windows

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An old cottage in Cornwall, the colours of the window got the attention, could not help but taking a picture.

In response to – http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-lookin-through-windows/

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In Bruges

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In Bruges, it is love at first Sight. Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant embankments  you cannot help falling in love with elegance and mysteriousness that prevails around.

Bruges to describe in few words- a fairy tale village, a romantic village, little Venice of north as some describes it.

Ask me I love Bruges, not only for its beautiful architecture but for many of the cobbled street that you are going to walk upon, those canals & bridges that automatically makes you fall for silence to listen to your heart beat, and that rustic feeling that stir all your senses.

Bruges’ beautiful and colorful buildings are incredibly well preserved due to Bruges falling into relative obscurity for quite a few centuries. It was also known as “the Dead City.” It came to life in the mid-1900s, though, when wealthy British and French tourists decided it would make a lovely holiday destination. Once the city decided to focus on tourism, restore and dapper up many of its historical buildings, Bruges came out as a romantic destination.

Bruges is a unique place that offers you artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to explore. It is undoubtedly a post card village.

Must Visit in Bruges 

  1. Canals of Bruges- You cannot complete your trip to Bruges without having a boat ride in the canals of Bruges. There are the arteries of the Bruges to discover beautiful gardens, picturesque bridges, and the beautiful postcard village. There is hop and hop off rides also available. This was one of my favourite.

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  1. Market Square – It is the heart of this beautiful town, beating up with the locals and tourists. The interesting houses, the clang of horses hooves, the fast-moving horse carriages and Belfry poses a setting of exquisiteness and charm, giving a medieval and modern feel to it.

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  1. Church of Our Lady, Belfry, Saint Saviour’s Cathedral

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  1. Walk near Beguinage- After strolling through streets, if you want to escape from the crowd for a quiet moment,take your time and walk along the romantic Minnewater for a mesmerizing view.

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As always please get in touch if you require further information on my trip to Bruges 🙂

 

 

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge Post

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Summer brings colors

Summer brings colours

Summers brings joy, a lot of colours and the air has some kind of freshness in it 🙂

This is one of my interpretation for this week Summer theme- A boy with a tiger face enjoying his ride on the swing. I am sure he is feeling like a tiger as he rose high with each stroke on to his swing. Summer brings a thrill and liveliness around.

In response to http://ceenphotography.com/2014/07/22/cees-fun-foto-challenge-fire-or-season-of-summer/

Trip to Brussels

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Very often I have seen people neglecting Belgium to be a part of their Europe tour. I have heard and read people mentioning that there is nothing much to see and do in Belgium or may be a day visit is enough to see that country.

On the contrary to all these comments, we have discovered Belgium as a great country that offers your richness of its history, culture, beautiful villages to its country side and modern cities. A perfect holiday destination, explore and admire what you see around. And definitely can not be done in a day trip.

We have been to Belgium over a bank holiday weekend and spent good 4 days over there.Another backpacking budget trip.

Day 1 & 2- Brussels.

Brussels capital of Belgium undoubtedly is the most visited places in Belgium, it is a heaven for people who love architecture, museums, pubs and yes I am coming on it- Waffles J Brussels also share its love for Artists – Art Nouveau facades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.

How to Get around I will say walking is probably the best bet to see each nook and corner of this town J You can also use trains to get to different corners of the town and out-of-town.

Must See in the Brussels.

  1.  The Grand Palace and the area around- UNESCO World heritage site.It was established in 15th century with few market halls, later on a town hall was established to do the trade. Bombarded by French Army in 1965, it was rebuilt and now a hotchpotch of Gothic, opulent Baroque, Neoclassical and Neogothic. Stroll around the area, some good pubs/restro and gift shops.

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  1. Mont Des Arts- King Leopold II wanted to surround his palace with beautiful things and a new square was built that is home to Royal Library of Belgium, Musée Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, the Coudenberg archaeological site, the Espace cultural,the BELvue Museum, CINEMATEK, Musical Instruments Museum. So much of richness in one square, definitely not to be missed.

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  1. Atomium – One more tourist favourite destination. It is a representation if Iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, visitors can walk through the tubes and spheres along the 12 edges of the cube. The top sphere gives a panoramic view of Brussels.

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  1. Manneken Pis -Little man Pee is a bronze sculpture in Brussles, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke God Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

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Night life in Brussels It is one of the happening European city when it comes to-night life. While In Brussels, do visit Delirium Café and Pub. It is a true heaven for beer lovers; they serve 2000 types of beers from all over the world and the most amazing music. You will get high on music and beer both. Just next to Delirium café, there is a Tequila pub where they server 500 types of different tequila drink.

Note: Beware of pick pockets, there are many. Ash wallet was stolen too; thankfully we had forgotten the cards at hostel and there was not much of cash left in the wallet after spending quite a lot of money on drinks 😉

Once again do let me know if you have any queries or require any information on Brussels. And enjoy Waffles when you are there 🙂

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Elgol Village

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Isle of Skye has no shortages of picturesque villages, get-away for a calm and quiet holiday, local food, lakes, mountains. Elgol is one such village lies on the shore of river Scavaig, with holiday cottages, wild camping sites, two restaurants and boat trip services to near by islands. You want to be away from city commotion, pack a bag pack and stay in Elgol for that peace, stroll around the shore. One of the many beautiful places in Isle.

Elgol Lake Shore

Elgol Lake Shore

 

Object Lesson: Smile with crooked Teeth

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Daily Prompt from the Word Press- If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

Well I thought and thought over & over again, browsed through my pictures is there something that is always associated with me, is there an object that sticks around me ever and forever. And then it struck to me what it is and without a doubt I can Say-

Its my Smile with crooked teeth 🙂

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Posted In Response to – http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/object-lesson/

Whimsical Loch Coruisk

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Loch Coruisk

 A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau

The lines above holds true meaning for the Loch Coruisk. It is one of the most beautiful fresh water lake lying at the foot of Black Cuillins and surrounded by other small islands makes it even more enchanting.

There are a couple of ways to get to this lock either by trekking from Sligachan or from Elgol (but you will have to cross the very famous Bad Step to get to the loch) or via boat trip from Elgol Village. Easiest way is a boat trip, and there is Bella Jane Boat Trips and Misty Isle Boat Trips that offers various packages for boat trips around various islands.

Pack some lunch, carry Midges repellent and get on to the boat for a mystical ride around the loch. The boat trip organizers will give you good information around the islands around, will take you through seal colony and then drop you at lock to explore it on foot.

We spent a good two hours on the loch and loved it. As per our boat man, Scavaig river flows through here and it is the smallest river of Europe.

Sharing some pictures instead of words to describe the beauty of this place.

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Kalatop Forest

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Kalatop Forest

Kalatop Forest

If you are in Dalhousie, another must visit place will be a walk in the Kalatop Forest.

Kalatop is a dense forest filled with Deodar and Pine trees. Mysterious as its name, from far off it seems united, it can be followed, described, but closer it begins to separate, to break into light and shadow, can blind you with its beauty and pulls you deep into it. Within there is no form, only prodigious detail that reaches everywhere: exotic sounds, spills of sunlight, foliage, fallen trees, small beasts that flee at the sound of a twig-snap, insects, silence, flowers.

How to get to Kalatop- Take a local bus from Dalhousie and get down at Lakkar Mandi. You will see a board that will direct you to Kalatop Forest. It is 6kms walk in the beautiful forest, and every sec you walk it will be worth it. There is a paved path that will take you right upto the Kalatop Guest house. Alternate option is to enter the forest via car, you can take car upto rest house. Without a doubt, I will always say Walk Walk Walk (if you are reasonably fit).

Best Season– June- September. This is the touristy season too. Nov- Dec is quiet and not so cold. Once snowfall starts, it will be closed to tourists.

This walk is fairly simple and you can hire a guide to learn more about this Forest. We did hire a guide for our walk, he took us through some of the interiors of the forest and it was totally worth it. It is a good idea to spend a night in the cottages at to,p to get the experience of night in a forest.

Once you reach at the top there is a small café serving noodles, tea, eggs, cold drinks.

Cruise through the forest, relax and breathe in some fresh air.

Kalatop Guest House- Made by British

Kalatop Guest House- British Summer Home

The whole Gang :)

The whole Gang 🙂

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Once Again- Happy Me

Once Again- Happy Me

Hike To DianKund(Witches Pond)

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Pir Panjal Range

Pir Panjal Range

Many a times you get attracted to a place because of the name or a story behind it’s existence. Diankund or Witches Pond was one of those places.

Diankund is one of the fascinating peaks of Dalhousie perched at an altitude of 2755 meters above the sea level and is one of the highest peak in this valley. From the top it provides you with some breathtaking views of the whole valley. Trekking up this peak is the only way to get to the top.

Story behind it’s name – It is believed that in old days there were witches living in this place who used to trouble the villagers to no end. It is when Goddess Kali arrived on this hill to help villagers and bring an end to their grief because of the daemons around. From my childhood stories I remember there is no escape from Goddess Kali anger. It is believed that he same thing happened there, the Goddess got furious and she killed all the daemons turning the ground to blood-red. A temple was then built by villagers at the same spot to receive blessings from the Goddess. People from the village come up here to get blessings when they get married, or have a baby or anything auspicious. Such is the strong belief of people, and I respect that.

Best Season – June – Sept is the main tourist time. We went in December it was quiet, no hustle bustle and it was like whole Dalhousie was for us .

To start your hike –  You can take a bus from Dalhousie Bus Stand and get down at Lakkar Mandi. This junction leads to three different routes,you should take road going uphill to start your trek to Dian Kund. It is 6kms hike in total with some majestic views on the way. It is a doable hike for anyone with fine level of fitness.

This hike was gorgeous in the month of December as the peaks were still in covered in snow and there was a calmness around. We sang songs while trekking, we danced (yes we DID 🙂 ) and the whole 3-4 hours of walking was rewarded by breath-taking views around.

Note- Some parts of the peak are restricted for civilians as there is an Indian Army Base at the top.

Once you reach the other side of the DianKund Peak, there is a temple of Goddess Kali. We worshipped too, sat there for a while to soak ourselves into the nature and the peaks around.

Some pictures from our trek.

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