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Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin, one of the most powerful protagonists in world cinema spent the last 25 years of his life in Vevey Switzerland, one of the pearls of the beautiful Swiss Riviera. While living in Lausanne, I got the opportunity to visit Chaplin’s World, the Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland. It was wonderful to know about the bright mind and creative man behind the baggy pants, tight coat, small hat, oversized shoes, and a cane in the hand through his everyday life, portrayed thoughtfully inside his house. I gained insight not only about his personal life inside the mansion but also his artistic creations in the newly built studio film museum, in the same premise. The visitors here get to see the recreated scenes and characters built with wax from the famous movies of our beloved tramp. If you are like me whose childhood Sundays in India mostly began with a Chaplin show or are interested in Chaplin, the passionate artist, the comic genius, and the cinematic innovator who worked on both sides of the camera, come along with me and explore Chaplin’s world.

Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland, Chaplin's world, Travel Realizations
After disembarking from the bus, Chaplin welcomed me with his wondrous and impish eyes at the bus stop named Chaplin.

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Christmas in Magdeburg – One of the oldest cities in Germany

On one fine chilly December morning, we boarded a train from Berlin to Magdeburg, to see and feel the Christmas spirit in one of the oldest cities in Germany on the river Elbe. Christmas celebrations in old European cities with thousand year long histories have an unparalleled charm. After boarding the train, the fresh sunlight slanted across the train window and I saw the slow unfurling of the winter morning from the train window. I reached my destination after a little more than an hour, the journey being perfect for my brain to prepare for new scenes and scents.

Magdeburg -one of the oldest German cities, Travel Realizations
Whenever a chance comes knocking on my door to broaden the horizon of my experiences, I choose to take that opportunity. I converge choice and chance to experience something new. Always!
Christmas celebrations in old European cities with thousand year long histories have an unparalleled charm. #Christmas #Germany #Magdeburg Click To Tweet

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Fall colors in Napa Valley – A Photo Essay

Fall colors in Napa Valley are spectacular especially in the first two weeks of November, after the harvest season. Autumn paints the vineyards in gold and fills the eyes of spectators with delight. This time of the year, when nature undergoes a metamorphosis, I have always loved witnessing the process. The brevity of the fall season adds momentum and I choose to chase the colors of nature. In this pandemic stricken year when I can’t go far, I drove to Napa Valley and witnessed the sun-dappled gold vineyards and beautiful wineries along the Silverado Trail. I walked through the vineyards surrounded by fall colors and loved the wonderful experience. I felt restored and rejuvenated. I captured the resplendent vineyards, both small and big with my camera and couldn’t be happier. So, come along with me to Napa Valley through this photo essay. Sip a glass of wine, snuggle inside a blanket, or curl up in a deep armchair and explore.

Fall colors in Napa Valley is spectacular. Autumn paints the vineyards in gold and fills the eyes of spectators with delight, Travel Realizations
There’s nothing like a vineyard in autumn.

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Easy Day Trips from San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area is an incredible place to explore. Here is a list of easy day trips from San Francisco which you can do solo or with family and friends. A change of scene, smell, and sound along with unhurried conversations will be your reward if you embark on any of these journeys. Let your everyday anxiety and stress ebb away. Replace your Twitter and Instagram feed with refreshing lush greenery, blue-robbed ocean, postcard-perfect small towns, the old charm of historic places, or gardens with hundreds of blooming flowers. Which one would you choose? The list is mine and the choice is yours. Embark. Explore. Enjoy. Experience.

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Derma E Vitamin C Collection Review

The entire Derma E Vitamin C Collection has worked wonders for me. I have been using Derma-E Vitamin C products for almost a month now and my face is glowing like the crisp autumn sun. They have added an extra sparkle to my face. My skin has become smoother, softer and supple. In short, my skin is breathing and it feels wonderful. I being a travel blogger, outdoors are omnipresent in my daily routine. I get very less time to opt for an elaborate daily skin care routine. So I was in search for products which use natural ingredients and are cruelty free. When I heard about Derma E, which follows the principle of eco-ethical skin care, I started trying their products. From a young age, I have always included vitamin C not only in my diet but also in my skin care. The Derma-E Vitamin C collection is like a dream come true; a modern twist to age old products that have suited my skin well. Their products are like poetry in bottle; soothing, relaxing and add a glow from within. I have decided to share my skin care routine and the products that I use with you all and I hope my reviews will help you all to decide the best for you.

Be good to your skin. You will wear it every day for the rest of your life.

Renee

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Exploratorium in San Francisco – When the Destination is Science!

The Exploratorium in San Francisco provides a fertile platform for curious minds. It opens the door to varied frontiers of knowledge for both children and adults. It encourages everyone to wonder – What? How? Why? Abstract concepts of science are displayed in an easy to understand format and are highly interactive. No wonder, the Exploratorium is one of the top attractions in San Francisco. The strict barriers between art and science blur in the different exhibits and present a creative space to think further, increase our ability to understand the world around us, and inspire us to strive for the unknown. Here, the journey to every exhibit starts with wonder and ends with wonder. While exploring the Exploratorium in San Francisco, I felt that despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness because we seek. If you are in San Francisco then keep aside a day to explore Exploratorium – a destination that reveals our world to us through science, art, and human perception.

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Movies Set in Europe to Spark your Wanderlust

Movies have always been my passport when I can’t travel. The best part is, through movies set in different countries, we can all travel without visas, tickets and travel passes from the comfort of our homes. It can probably never match the real experiences, but can spark a feeling of wanderlust in us. I often feel that the past, culture, aesthetics and uniqueness of a place survive in its art and movies, which are otherwise dwindling in a globalized and digitized world today. In this article, let me suggest some incredible movies set in Europe to spark your wanderlust, as they do to me. Having watched all of them, I can surely say that these movies are adept at immersing us fully within their time and space – hallmarks of any great cinema. Find out about all the movies and savor them at your own pace.

Cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.

 Jean Luc Godard

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The Zeitgeist of a Lost Summer!

The zeitgeist of pandemic stricken, lost summer has proven to be a fertile ground for me. I am processing and internalizing all the things I have seen so far in my life while traveling across many countries for more than a decade. I am connecting the dots of influence made on me by the confluence of culture, science, history, politics, and technology of the countries I witnessed during my travels. Hence, I am charting the path of my becoming – a traveler, a blogger, a storyteller, and a photographer. All four personas influence my work from four different perspectives, tied together by a string of thoughts and narratives. This summer, although I am not traveling physically, I have not stopped observing and all the four personas are very much active in me. The traveler in me is listening to the voices from past summers and remembering their glimpses – crowded European streets, squares, and cafes, hiking on a wild trail in America with fellow hikers and listening to a fascinating old saga in an old city in India with fellow curious travelers, historians, monks, and archeologists. The blogger in me is diligently noting down the whispers of the present – the lost summer. The photographer in me is visualizing and imagining scenes of future summers. I took the pen on behalf of the storyteller to narrate the interplay of emotions, apprehensions, and anticipations created by the confluence of summers in my mind; the juxtaposition of experiences and imaginations.

As we learn to bear the intimacy of scrutiny and to flourish within it, as we learn to use the
products of that scrutiny for power within our living, those fears which rule our lives and form
our silences begin to lose their control over us.

Audre Lorde
The traveler in me is listening to the voices from past summers and remembering their glimpses. #Summer #Travel Click To Tweet

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