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Posted: October 30, 2008 in Travel

A beautiful sunny mediterranean city that can get very hot (for the whities) in summer; a unique blend of Roman, Arabic, Christian influences and values reflected throughout the city’s museums and architecture; a city that produced the greatest explorers of the century, given hostile lands on one side and the sea to turn to, on the other – the two days were well spent exploring this amazing place.

The best was the Monument to the Discoveries – note the symbolism (at least that was how I saw it) – the explorer at the forefront, and the Church and the King supporting his quest. The same feeling came over looking at Vasco Da Gama’s tomb. Nothing has changed much. The thirsty innovator always on the look-out for something new continues to shape the world.

Oh yes, making friends with the the aquatic forms from all over the world’s oceans was not a bad deal either :))

These are from a museum exhibition I bumped into, when I went hunting for Gulbenkian (arguably one of the richest art collections by a single individual).

Can you beleive this huge fellow was staring and posing for the cameras? The small kids went absolutely wild.

The Praca De Commercios (around where I stayed..hehhe!).On the whole, my first lone journey was thoroughly a thrill.


I came, I saw, I wandered….

Posted: April 12, 2008 in Travel

London has all the beauty of Europe and the rush of the US – only its cleaner. Looking at the Indian population (read Gujjus) and hearing “Kemcho Hansa Ben” on every street corner, one wonders if Mumbai has transformed itself to this beautiful place.

My only grouse was the weather that dampened plans of seeing many more places than I could have. But I will happy to be happy with what I got, I guess.

The quintessential London Bus…bought a tie with the bus’s design for my brother.

My hero and his street…Holmes and Baker Street station (shame that there was no time for Sherlock Holmes Museum)

London Eye and view from atop it..

This phalllus-shaped building puzzles me the most. I saw its look-alike in Barcelona. I dont know who can give me more information on the similarity in architecture and whether there are more out there..

War memorial (not Churchill War Memorial…could not find the time…what a waste)

The London Bridge over the Thames was surely not falling down..

It was not all just buildings and concrete..

Comic climax at Madame Tussauds’s..methinks a vada-pav stall just outside the place will do tremendous business…especially the cold in which we were freezing to get in…there was an attrocious queue for 4 hours!

I went to all the celebrated places that I have only heard or read about..Trafagar Square, Picadilly Lines, Charing Cross, Thames, Oxford was all there.It was like I was one of those Dickens, Wodehouse, Mary Shelley novels. Kinda made-up for all that I missed seeing.

Would love to go back there..even if it were only for a stroll around Thames.

Memories in pictures..

Posted: February 3, 2008 in Travel

Swam with the whales in Tenerife….

….jogged around Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium….

….held conference in Brussels…

….climbed the Swiss Alps…

…..aching to be and see more….