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Travel Realizations, EPFL library, Lausanne

The EPFL library in Lausanne, Switzerland – A revolutionary architecture!

Whenever mundane reality clogs my thoughts, invades the realm of the senses, shrinks me and shakes the tranquility of my mind, I gear up to travel to new places if time and situation permit or else I just open an unread book. Both of them comfortably take me afar from the present. And then, I find myself all charged up again like a phoenix. Books and travel, two of my favorite companions in life merge into one whenever I visit a library – the storehouse of thousands of years of knowledge.

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Travel Realizations, Christmas market, Strasbourg, France, march de Noel

Christmas market in Strasbourg, France – the oldest and biggest in Europe!

Whenever the calendar marks the start of December in a year, my mind and heart automatically switch to a festive mood. Twinkling lights all around, big Christmas trees and discounts in shopping malls signals that Christmas is on its way. It is not only on 25th, but every day in the month of December becomes a celebration in small and varied ways. I celebrate in December mostly by seeing a new place every year. Once I went to Goa in India, once to the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, once to a Christmas village in Switzerland and another year I explored the Christmas market in Strasbourg in France, which is one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in Europe. Today I will share with you all my experience of visiting the Christmas market (or as the French say “Marche de Noel”) in Strasbourg.

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A coffee cup and a story in Thonon – A small French town!

I often have a feeling that afternoon are meant to be lazy, and if it is late summer and it happens to be a Sunday and you are taking a stroll by the lakeside in a small French town, a cup of coffee in one of those romantic small cafes is just too perfect.

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Death and Life

Death and Life – The famous painting by Gustav Klimt in Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria

The epitome of truth is death. Our all anxieties, insecurities in life, desires, failures all come to a halt with death. We may philosophize or fantasize death, but there is no denying that no one can ever escape the cold hands of the grim reaper. Poets, painters, musicians or scientists, all express death in many unique ways. One such representation is Gustav Klimt’s Death and Life – a painting which was honored with a first prize at the 1911 International Art Exhibition in Rome. Klimt believed that this was his most important figurative work.

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A coffee cup and a story in Château-d’Oex, Switzerland

When the Sun shines after a heavy snowfall, even an ordinary roof top or a barren piece of land  appears extraordinary. And when it happens in Switzerland, an extraordinary landscape becomes sheer poetry; a magic.

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In front of Olympic Museum

The Olympic flame in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

206 nations; 306 events in 28 sports; 11000 participants and one unique flame representing the spirit of all. You got it right. I am talking about the Olympics. Now, when the game is on, some of you might be coming back home to watch your favorite games or athletes in the Olympics, while some of you are tracking the counts for medals for your country and some like me, is loving the whole atmosphere that it creates. The very spirit of togetherness and friendship among nations and fellow athletes even on the stage of the competition is a precious gift of the Olympics, I believe. Beyond winning and losing, it ignites a flame in all to remain fit, healthy and inspires to thrive for one’s best. Today, I would like to tell you my experience of visiting the Olympic Museum (the museum is the largest archive of the Olympic Games in the world) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Beautiful Lausanne is also the headquarter of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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A Coffee cup and a story in Gletsch, Switzerland!

On an afternoon in midsummer;                                                                                                                    two souls, in love, reached a crossroad.

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A Rendezvous with Charlie Chaplin in Vevey

A Rendezvous with Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, Switzerland

Over the horizon the floating white clouds were meeting yet shying away without touching. A relentless march of colors everywhere. Sweet fragrance filling the air. Sun shining warm and wind blowing cold. Yes, spring has sprung, I murmured that day. Indeed, spring is a carnival of nature, I felt. I wanted to make that day special, so fixed up a rendezvous with our beloved little tramp, Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, Switzerland.

Sweet fragrance filling the air. Sun shining warm and wind blowing cold. Yes, spring has sprung, I murmured that day. Click To Tweet

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