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!

 

Wanderlust

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.

The ballad of a wolf

Dance me through the rain
As this heart longs for you
This statue laments
Singing the hymns of hope

Kissing you softly
Hugging you gently
This heart sings for you only

Embraced in your arms
Lost in your misty eyes
That loving touch
That mystical grin

Fun, fearless, fatal
Body of a tiger
Heart of a sheep
Let the notes fall so deep

I miss you, alright
Like the sun misses the morning at night
Clean the sorrow
Bring back sunshine tomorrow

Do I love you?
You know how I feel
Praying for that endless love
As this heart aches to heal.

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My Paris Diaries: A walk through Montmartre

Claimed to be an artist’s haven in Paris, Montmartre is the atelier of many artists including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh to name a few.

It is an incredibly unique and interesting village popularly known as the bohemian hub of Paris with its quirky bars and cafes, splattering vintage shops and independent galleries.

The steps towards the Sacre Coeur Basilica (the white dome church) were narrow and steep but when you reach to the top, the magnificent view of Paris and its surroundings were worth the pain.

You can find mills in corners, its narrow streets, art galleries, striking graffiti and countless cafés and restaurants serving good qualify food.

It is a place hard to miss on a first visit – especially for an artist.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica

the famous Pink café

the famous Pink café

houses in Montmartre are lovely to look at

houses in Montmartre are lovely to look at

artist at work

artist at work

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Montmartre neighborhood

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windmills in Montmartre

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the famous cabaret in the district – Moulin Rouge

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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jim morrison

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oscar wilde

a french artist

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The trip down to Phillip Island

The epic road trip to Phillip Island rounded up my Australia escapade.  A 2-hour ride away from Melbourne, the unrivaled beauty of Phillip Island never cease to disappoint a nature lover.  No wonder it is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia and probably the world.  Even though I missed the Great Ocean Road, that is often reviewed as one of the world’s great scenic drives, the view from the other side of the island was equally picturesque.

I was so amazed with the scenic view that my eyes could not believe that such place exist.

The trip was a unique wildlife experience for me too.  The visit to see koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes, Tasmanian devils (not as looney as Bugs Bunny’s friend), and many other animals were particularly exciting – specially for a first timer like me.

The Nobbies Center is at the end of Phillip Island. It takes about 15 minutes to walk around the board walk but might take a little longer if you want to enjoy the scenery.  It was simply breath taking.  The birds were flying very low hovering just a few feet over my head that I can almost grasp them.

Before night fall, we had to leave the island and head to Melbourne for me to take a flight back to Dubai.  It was unfortunate that I had to skip the famous Little Penguin Parade.  It was however a good excuse for me to come back.

swamped with kangaroos

Surrounded with kangaroos

feeding the wallabie

Feeding a wallabie

dingoes

I am a dog lover, but dingoes are an exception. The dingo is legendary wild dog generally considered in Australia as pests.  They scavenge rabbits, rodents, birds and lizards.  They also eat fruits and plants and even humans.

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This mommy kangaroo wanted to say hi.  A kangaroo is an iconic animal of Australia next to the koala.  A baby kangaroo is called joey.

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A scenic view of the ocean and the horizon.

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Rainbow spotted at Noobies Center

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Birds fly low

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Another scenic view from Noobies Center