That girl who chose to travel

She has the inner desire to explore and see the world.

She embraces her life today but still plans for the future.

She is sophisticated but still edgy. She is open-minded. She sometimes doesn’t make sense.

She saves up for another adventure.

She is often times dreamy because she is plotting her next destination.

She wants to break-free but knows where she’s going.

She refuses to party but wants to go out. She is up for something new.  She feels the need of that thrill of experience.

She gets involved with different activities. She gets sunburn but doesn’t seem to mind.

She knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

She is unpredictable. She is random. She is spontaneous.

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Why I love travelling and you should too

I knew that the first time I took that international flight to Dubai, I will be travelling a lot more than I wish for. Being in the Middle East has opened doors of opportunities in exploring its nearby countries as it serves as a hub to travel to Europe and Asia.

Travelling gives me the excitement of change – change of environment, the climate, the people I talk to, the food I eat, and so on.. That feeling of discovering a city makes it so much fun. The world gets smaller and smaller.

While taking trips can be loads of fun, it can also take its toll. Aside from being costly, the chore of packing and unpacking is a nightmare. It can also be dangerous too – walking on unfamiliar streets and allies.

But overall, it is the great adventure that you experience firsthand as you see life unfolds before your very eyes. And I do not want to miss that. For travel is a degree which one can do in comfort and style outside the four-cornered walls.

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.  – G.K. Chesterton

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Opportunities to travel don’t often come along… so when you get the chance, go grab it like there is no tomorrow!

 

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My life is like a book filled with many chapters. I travel not to escape life but for life not to escape me. I travel for travel’s sake.

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Taken in the alleys of Montmarte where everyone has freedom to express art.

My Paris Diaries: Corpses and crows

Walking around the graveyard may be a strange thing to do when visiting Paris for the first time. However, it was fun to leave the touristy area and head down to explore Paris’ largest cemetery – Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise (Pere-Lachaise Cemetery).

An odd experience for a morning walk on the cobbled pathway, but also a place of interest where you stumble across few famous graves. Those of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edit Piaf, Frederic Chopin and many more were buried in this graveyard. Even regular people have fascinating epitaphs and monuments.

The place is huge and not well marked therefore finding a specific grave was a challenge – map always helps. Jim Morrison’s grave was difficult to find.

Background:

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery – Established by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the world’s most visited cemetery. The name has its origin from Louis XIV’s confessor, Pere Francois de la Chaise.

Entrance: Free

Hours :

6 Nov to 15 March Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h30 Sat. : 08h30-17h30 Sun. Holidays: 09h00-17h30

16 March to 5 Nov Mon-Fri : 08h00-18h00 Sat. : 08h30-18h00 Sun. Holidays : 09h00-18h00

There are many famous people buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery. Some of them are:

  • Antonio de La Gandara, painter
  • Guillaume Apollinaire , Poet
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont, actor
  • Honoré de Balzac , writer
  • Henri Barbusse , writer
  • Paul Barras, statesman during the French Revolution
  • Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, musician & more
  • Gilbert Bécaud, singer
  • Vincenzo Bellini, composer of operas
  • Sarah Bernhardt, actress
  • Georges Bizet, composer
  • Alexander Brogniart, architect
  • Ettore Bugatti automobile manufacturer
  • Gustave Caillebotte, painter
  • Maria Callas, Opera singer
  • Jean-Joseph Carriès, sculptor
  • Pierre Cartellier, sculptor
  • Jean-François Champollion, Egyptologist, decipherer of hieroglyphic text
  • Frédéric Chopin , composer (although his heart is entombed in a pillar in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw, Poland)
  • Colette, Writer
  • Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, painter
  • Thomas Couture, painter, teacher
  • Edouard Daladier, statesman
  • Jacques Louis David, painter
  • Eugene Delacroix, painter
  • Gustave Doré, graphic artist, lithographer
  • Michel Drach, film director, producer, screenwriter
  • Paul Dukas, composer
  • Isadora Duncan, American-born dancer
  • Paul Eluard, poet
  • Max Ernst, Surrealist and Expressionist artist
  • Jean de la Fontaine, poet and writer of fables
  • Théodore Géricault, painter
  • Stephane Grappelli, Jazz violinist
  • Samuel Hahnemann, creator of homeopathy
  • Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, painter
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey, painter
  • Allan Kardec
  • Rene Lalique, artist in glass
  • Nestor Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist, revolutionary
  • Constance Mayer-Lamartinière, painter
  • Amedeo Modigliani, painter and sculptor
  • Molière, Dramatist
  • Yves Montand, actor
  • Jim Morrison, American singer, songwriter, and poet. Morrison moved to Paris in March 1971 with the intention of concentrating on his writing and to quit drinking. He died in Paris on July 3, 1971, in his bathtub at the age of 27; many fans and biographers have speculated that the cause of death was a drug overdose, but the official report listed “heart attack” as the cause of death.
  • Anne de Noailles, writer
  • Charles Nodier, writer
  • Victor Noir, journalist
  • Édith Piaf, France’s most famous singer
  • Christian Pineau, Resistance worker, statesman
  • Camille Pissarro, “Father of Impressionism”
  • Francis Poulenc, composer, member of “Les Six”
  • Marcel Proust , writer
  • Mlle Rachel, (Élisabeth Rachel Félix) Swiss actress at Comédie-Française
  • Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, painter
  • Norbert Rillieux, inventor
  • Georges Rodenbach, Symbolist poet and novelist
  • Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer
  • Georges Seurat, artist, founder:pointillist style of post-impressionist
  • Simone Signoret, actress
  • Alexandre Stavinsky, notorious embezzler
  • Gertrude Stein, American writer
  • Alice B. Toklas, American writer
  • Marie Trintignant, actress
  • Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, Dominican dictator
  • Charles Henry VerHuell, Dutch Admiral
  • Oscar Wilde, Irish writer
  • Richard Wright, American writer
  • Achille Zavatta, circus operator and famous clown

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The chicken who stole Paris

Autumn in Paris is at once enchanting, lovely, poetic and melancholic at the same time.

Watching the Eiffel Tower for the first time as it glitters in front of my eyes on the eve of my Birthday was more beautiful than a dream!

It is a city easily to fall in love with. A city of inspiration. A city of friendship and lovers. A city filled with magic. I fell in love with Paris!

Paris is a great place for walking. The scenery alone is breathtaking. It is a place where art inspires beauty. A great weather plus a companion makes it worth your sore feet. I’ll never get tired walking around.

Perhaps the most appealing neighborhood I went was Montmartre – a place where great artists come together. It is a Paris of artists.

I couldn’t be happier with everything I’ve experienced in Paris.

Jetaime Paris!

Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn

Yes, I’ve stolen Paris and it’s magic with my photos.

You simple took my breath away.. and think of you often so dearly.

You simply took my breath away.. and I think of you often so dearly.

You many not be somebody's favorite color, but you can be someone's favorite portrait.

You many not be somebody’s favorite color, but you can be someone’s favorite portrait.

Do more of what makes you happy.  Even when it takes to just glide by the pond.

Do more of what makes you happy. Even when it takes to just glide across the pond.

Round and round we go.  This vintage carousel stands witness to the Parisian magic happening everyday and every night.

Round and round we go. This vintage carousel stands witness to the Parisian magic happening everyday and every night.

It is not easy to forget a person you love and let them leave your heart.  Even when this person stops loving you, you can't forget him as your love is real and you start loving him even more.

There is no age limit on dating or falling in love. For it knows no boundaries. Love is perpetual.

It is not easy to forget a person you love and let them leave your heart. Even when this person stops loving you, you can't forget him as your love is real and you start loving him even more.

It is not easy to forget a person you love and let them leave your heart. Even when this person stops loving you, you can’t forget him as your love is real and you start loving him even more.

It has been an amazing journey.

It has been an amazing journey.

Say HELLO in 10 different Languages

When travelling, greeting is by far the most important thing to do in creating a good impression.  A simple HELLO could brighten someone up. Who would forget the epic “You had me at hello.” from the movie Jerry Maguire.

Which is why, I have outlined 10 ways to say HELLO or Good Morning in 10 different languages.

Enjoy!

  1. Dutch – hoi (very informal), hallo (informal), goedendag (formal)
  2. French – salut (informal; silent ‘t’), bonjour (formal, for daytime use; ‘n’ as a nasal vowel)
  3. German – hallo (informal), Guten Tag (formal; pronounced gootan taag), Tag (very informal; pronounced taack)
  4. Irish – “Dia duit” (pronounced “Deah Duit”; also means “God Be With You”)
  5. Islamic Greeting  – Assalamou Alykoum means peace be upon you.
  6. Japanese – ohayoou gozaimasu (pronounced o-ha-yo (go-zai-mass) means Good Morning
  7. Korean – ahn nyeong ha se yo (formal; pronouned on-nyoung-ha-say-yo)
  8. Russian – Privet! pronounced as pree-vyet (informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh)
  9. Scottish – howzitgaun (informal, means “Hello, how are you?”)
  10. Spanish – hola (pronounced with a silent ‘h’: o-la)

New York – Exploits in the concrete jungle

Travelling in the US for the first time can be daunting – specially when you visit cities like NEW YORK.  After reviewing blogs and articles about New York, finally I get to visit NYC.

Bracing the streets of New York was memorable.  It was indeed a concrete jungle with all those towering buildings.

These are photos of my NYC exploits.

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