Hamburg – The Hanseatic harbor city!

Hamburg – The Hanseatic harbor city!

My wintry wandering this year took me to a city, not primarily of painters, poets or prophets but of businesses, industries, and traders. I tried to feel the pulse of…

A fairytale ride from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex in Switzerland!

A fairytale ride from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex in Switzerland!

I tried to organize all the higgledy-piggledy thoughts in my mind and found out most of the thoughts took a retreat from the mundane daily life and escaped to a…

The Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany!

The Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany!

Around 11 am, my jet-lagged eyes saw the October morning brimming with autumnal lights for the first time in Berlin. Summer had trickled into autumn, unlike California, from where I…

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

While living in Switzerland, I used to go for long walks. The paths are well marked and as varied as the scenery – in fact, they quickly become an end…

Silent Vistas in Norway!

Silent Vistas in Norway!

I strive for an hour of silence every day. It has become an essential need like air and water for me for a mindful and conscious existence amidst a world…

The story of Diamond in Amsterdam Diamond Museum – A photo essay!

The story of Diamond in Amsterdam Diamond Museum – A photo essay!

The Amsterdam Diamond Museum has a travel story to tell. About a journey which began three billion years ago, 200 km under the surface of the earth, and which ends…

Old People’s Home – Art that touches your soul!

Old People’s Home – Art that touches your soul!

Any art form, irrespective of the medium used, if it moves you, shakes you at your core then undoubtedly that piece of art is a winner. Art is something that knocks…

Defending human dignity – An exhibition at the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Switzerland

Defending human dignity – An exhibition at the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Switzerland

The purpose of a museum or an exhibition is not about conveying information (which is a commodity in this information age) but invoking emotion from within, make a basis for reflection…

Beautiful paintings in the Louvre, Paris –  world’s largest museum!

Beautiful paintings in the Louvre, Paris – world’s largest museum!

The Louvre is the world’s largest museum. It is located in the city of love, Paris, which is of course the capital of France! It has 35,000 objects on display…

Keukenhof – World’s largest flower garden in Lisse, Netherlands – A photo essay!

Keukenhof – World’s largest flower garden in Lisse, Netherlands – A photo essay!

Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden. Located in Lisse, Netherlands, it means “kitchen garden” in Dutch and is also known as the garden of Europe. This 32 hectare garden…

Stuttgart TV Tower – The world’s first TV tower built in concrete in Germany!

Stuttgart TV Tower – The world’s first TV tower built in concrete in Germany!

The Stuttgart TV tower (Fernsehturm Stuttgart) is the world’s first telecommunication tower built from reinforced concrete. The Berlin TV tower, the space needle in Seattle, USA and hundreds of other towers are…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

A Coffee cup and a story in Gletsch, Switzerland!

A Coffee cup and a story in Gletsch, Switzerland!

On an afternoon in midsummer;                                                    …

A Rendezvous with Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, Switzerland

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…

Cannes – A city in the French Riviera that rolls out the red carpet to glitz and glamour every year

Cannes – A city in the French Riviera that rolls out the red carpet to glitz and glamour every year

Moments were floating like a cloud in the mind, and when they bumped into the right cord, drizzling started, followed by a heavy shower. Slowly, silently and undeviatingly, I got…

Heroes Square in Budapest, Hungary – A world heritage site!

Heroes Square in Budapest, Hungary – A world heritage site!

I simply love walking through the squares of European cities. Architectures, sculptures, fountain, cafes, people, discussions, demonstrations, open shows, street performances, etc., are often part of such squares. A vibrant…

A mountain Christmas Village in Caux, Switzerland!

A mountain Christmas Village in Caux, Switzerland!

Festivals are interesting! We all celebrate our respective festivals every year. Perhaps most of us enjoy festivals with some set conventions and rules. I had seen in our culture, any…

Conquering the darkness –  Geneva Festival Fireworks in Switzerland!

Conquering the darkness – Geneva Festival Fireworks in Switzerland!

Imagine a still dark night, you, a candle and solitude! Did you realize the solitude too was melting along with the candle? Did you notice that when you were focussing…

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” – The BMW Museum in Munich, Germany!

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” – The BMW Museum in Munich, Germany!

The experience of visiting the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany was the first of its kind. Though later in my life, I got opportunities to experience the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Geneva Motor show…

The tragic road of death in Auschwitz, Poland !

The tragic road of death in Auschwitz, Poland !

As promised in my previous post, today I will try to gather some courage to write about the inexplicable journey of thousands of prisoners through the tragic road of death in…

The concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland – A vast factory of murder!

The concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland – A vast factory of murder!

8th May, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of world war II. 70 years have passed, but the word “war” is omnipresent. Now, we have more technically advanced…

The tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte – A winner of many battles in Paris, France!

The tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte – A winner of many battles in Paris, France!

Business magnets, actors, artists, doctors, engineers, scientists, common men, poor men, etc all receive a  gift of peace and silence from death! No partiality at all though our society has…

The Library of Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic – One of the world’s most beautiful libraries!

The Library of Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic – One of the world’s most beautiful libraries!

It is time to say “Bye 2018” and embrace 2019 with new challenges, resolutions and dreams. I hope that we will reflect on the modern values of society- Liberty, Fraternity…

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy!

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy!

In the early morning of 25th December, we caught a train from Florence towards Pisa – a city famous for its leaning tower. Read More

Spirit Museum in Stockholm, Sweden! Cheers!

Spirit Museum in Stockholm, Sweden! Cheers!

Let me take you to a unique destination called Spirit Museum, in Stockholm. Cheers to everybody!!Read More

The Berlin Wall!

The Berlin Wall!

Today 9th November, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – which endured as the symbol of conflict between the Communist and non-Communist worlds for…

Villars-sur-Ollon – A beautiful Swiss village!

Villars-sur-Ollon – A beautiful Swiss village!

hushhhhhhhh!! Don’t speak, forget all uncertainties, keep aside all your problems for the moment. Come, I will take you to a place where peace is the only comfort amidst the…

The Broken Chair – A symbol of peace in Geneva, Switzerland!

The Broken Chair – A symbol of peace in Geneva, Switzerland!

When by chance our fingers come across fire, our reflex comes into play. We take off our fingers. I often wonder, why there is no such reflex for our conscience!!…

Einstein House in Bern, Switzerland!

Einstein House in Bern, Switzerland!

Be it the internet, our cell phones, TV, digital cameras or MRI body scanners and many such revolutionary things, we all owe it to Albert Einstein – the most influential scientist…

Camp Nou Stadium – The home of Football Club Barcelona!

Camp Nou Stadium – The home of Football Club Barcelona!

Welcome to a virtual tour of Camp Nou in Barcelona, the largest stadium in Europe with 96,336 seats, which belongs to FCB through my eyes. The fascinating stadium has it all…

Football Club Barcelona – More than a club!

Football Club Barcelona – More than a club!

I fondly remember my visit to the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. It is not only the largest stadium in Europe but also belongs to Football Club Barcelona or in…

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – The home of Real Madrid!

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – The home of Real Madrid!

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious football venues, owned by the Real Madrid Club. Read More

The Real Madrid Club in Madrid, Spain!

The Real Madrid Club in Madrid, Spain!

Almost the whole world is enjoying a football bash now with the beginning of the 20th FIFA (The Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup! I am not a very big fan…

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Louvre, Paris – The portrait with an enigmatic smile!

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Louvre, Paris – The portrait with an enigmatic smile!

She has that kind of beauty which may give peace to our eyes, but not to our mind, I thought, while seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in…

Black Diamond in Copenhagen, Denmark!

Black Diamond in Copenhagen, Denmark!

One of the unique things of memory is, it comes back often. Sometimes it makes us happy, sometimes we become melancholic and often it inspires. My string of memories binds…

London Eye through my eyes!

London Eye through my eyes!

I love writing about the less known places that I had the opportunity to visit and often hesitate writing about well-known places since so much has been said and written…

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – a shopping arcade in Milan, Italy!

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – a shopping arcade in Milan, Italy!

I visited Milan – the city of fashion in Italy twice. Once during Christmas as a part of our Italy tour and once for a couple of hours (Milan was…

A journey with Jane Austen along the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland!

A journey with Jane Austen along the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland!

A solitary evening walk along the shores of Lake Geneva has become my favorite pastime with the advent of spring.Read More

Poble Espanyol – An architectural  museum in Barcelona

Poble Espanyol – An architectural museum in Barcelona

Visiting a new city is always thrilling since we know we will find out busy roads, lots of traffic, people and big buildings, yet we always end up finding something…

Metros and Trains of Various cities in the World!

Metros and Trains of Various cities in the World!

Today I would like to start my blog post with an incident. It was the first day in my University (few years back). All the masters student were attending a…

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (Germany)

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (Germany)

One of my biggest weaknesses is travelling. It enriches me. On one hand, the wonderful nature in Norway,  Switzerland , France and Denmark etc instills me with peace, inspiring places like Nobel Museum in Stockholm , CERN Switzerland , The Neils Bohr…

Discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN, Switzerland

Discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN, Switzerland

From the moment I heard that the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013 has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the theoretical discovery of a  mechanism that contributes…

The Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Neils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark

We all remember Bohr’s atomic model, that we studied in Chemistry during our school days. Professor Neils Bohr, who won the Nobel prize in 1922 for discovering the fundamental structure…

Mysterious World of Dreams – The Freud Museum in Vienna

Mysterious World of Dreams – The Freud Museum in Vienna

The idiosyncrasy of dreams is mysterious yet fascinating. The rules of reality do not apply to the world of dreams. It is known yet unknown, it reflects our conscious mind…

Exuberance of Nature in Voss, Norway!

Exuberance of Nature in Voss, Norway!

Sometimes the concatenation of time, place, the surroundings, the people around and experiences results in unsolved contradictions when compared with our expectations. Our minds start to delve in a veritable…