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Happy Women’s Day!

Here’s wishing all the beautiful Women out there a very Pink Women’s Day !

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Live Life Queen Size!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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The Amsterdam Pride!

Hello,

The National Coming Out Day (NCOD),an annual LGBT awareness day, was celebrated on 11 Oct in USA. It actually reminded me of a very colourful and unique event witnessed in Amsterdam in 2015, the Canal Parade – Amsterdam Gay Pride.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//ThPride//Celebrating Love

Celebrating love!

Amsterdam Pride or Amsterdam Gay Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually during August, meant to celebrate equality, freedom and diversity. The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and is one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands.The Canal Parade is the highlight of Amsterdam Pride and is a very happy and joyous event.

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The Talk

The Canal Parade is exciting to the core. People dressed in colourful & fun attires, some dressed to impress, some definitely dressed to kill! Boats with the craziest music and the most outrageous tricks. The spectators cheering the participants and enjoying everything to bits! Whoa… What an event!!! A most memorable one.

I grabbed this opportunity to click some beautiful portraits and street shots and I was glad to be there.

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Kitty Catz

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Transportation!!!

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So Much Fun!

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The BRUGGE I fell for…

Hello!!!

Every few weeks I bring to you stories from my European Swirl. Today it’s all about my Love Affair with Brugge. It’s about what I saw and what I felt, making me fall totally and completely in love with it.

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The Market Square

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Colour Coordinated

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Sun Bathing

Brugge at first is a treat for your eyes. A trip here is like a walk through Medieval Europe. The Gothic structures all around in brick as well as multiple colours speak volumes of the architectural influences of Northern Europe & the Baltic here. The Cathedral, Belfry, Churches & Historical monuments are all worth seeing. Constructed as per the medieval street pattern where all lanes/streets lead you to the public squares, Brugge has a number of  crisscrossing lanes, confusing tourists as hell. The canals all around don’t make it easier either, but definitely beautify the town more.

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Beauty Every where

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Brugge I fell for//Canals galore

Canals galore

As you meander the streets, you witness the culture, the local way of life and appreciate the simple living. I can easily proclaim that Waffles & Frittes define a wholesome Belgium meal, paired with some fine local beers and of course exotic Belgian Chocolates. You have plenty of options throughout Brugge to try all of the above. If this doesn’t fill you enough, a mug full of Belgian Hot Chocolate will surely do.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Bruuge I fell For//Begijnhof

Begijnhof

Cooes N Cuddles photography//The Brugge that I fell for//All roads lead to BEER

All roads lead to BEERS

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Lanes Bylanes and more

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Architechtural wonder

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Souvenirs

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The Whole world on a Teapot

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Bruuge I fell For//Chocolate Chocolate everywhere

Chocolate Chocolate everywhere

Even though I’ve said enough, my enough ain’t even close to enough. So to conclude, I feel the local handicrafts(Ceramics & Embroidered goods) need at least an honourable mention here. I spent only close to 10 hrs exploring Brugge and it still managed to make a mark on me and now occupies a special place in my heart.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//the Brugge I fell for// Ready to go

Ready to go

Till we meet again Brugge!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

 

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Happy Women’s Day!

Here’s to all the Special & truly Wonderful Women everywhere. Always be Awesome, just the way you are.

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Happy Women’s Day!

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ALPHABET PLAY – WPC

Hello everyone,

I am back with another Weekly Photo Challenge-Alphabet. I was anyways about to share these images of my son playing with the huge “be.WELCOME” placed at the Atomium in Brussels. He wasn’t the only kid around having a ball on those alphabets.

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Magic of Black Forest

Hello,

HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends!

I have decided to begin the new year with my European Swirl stories. I am super excited about it. I could have done this series in chronological order of places we visited, but thought against it. I wanted to share what I loved most and then take it through the rest. But don’t worry there won’t be nothing that I didn’t like… Overall I loved it all, but this undoubtedly was the best of the lot.

So my favourite part were the 2 days spent in the Black Forest region of Germany. They were dreamy, exciting, beautiful and a list of all good things a place can be. My pictures are no justice to the breathtaking views we encountered on every twist n turn. You need to be there to actually feel it.

I ll let my pictures do the rest of the talking now. Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

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Sneak Peak into Paradise

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Prettiest window ever

Prettiest window ever

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//We inspired the legendary cake

We inspired the legendary cake

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Beauty in the smallest things

Beauty in the smallest things

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Yellow Yellow pretty fellow

Yellow Yellow Pretty Fellow

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Their Craft

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Cuckooooooooo!!

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Dazzling

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Intoxicating Black Forest Cup

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So Green

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Trout Trout Everywhere

Trout Trout everywhere

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Bridges of Black forest county

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Pretty & Perfect …huh!

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Purpleeee

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Street art

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German Beer

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//My world

My world

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//The bell tower and Cathedral

The bell tower n cathedral

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Perfect Sunset

 

 

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The Toddler Travel Diary!

Hello all!

They say traveling broadens your horizon. But what does traveling with a toddler do?

I know, I know!! It doesn’t look good huh!

Before this vacation, I had my doubts about it too, and I read my share of “How to”, “To Do” and of course “Dos & Don’ts” on vacationing with a toddler. My 2.5 yr old boy ain’t a fussy traveller, but he still is a toddler with his share of tantrums, mood swings, emotional outbursts etc. I got a lot of articles on how traveling / vacationing with a toddler is no vacation at all. Or on how to make it easy and all that jazz. I also found some great content on being prepared for everyday and for a rainy day. There was a lot more but I had run out of patience & time too.

Anyhow, we are back now & when I sit back and reminisce about our travels, I can only smile and say, “It ain’t that bad people!”. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. He/she can be the perfect travel-minder, making our vacation amazingly enjoyable. All we need to do is, shuffle between our needs to Travel & Explore and our child’s need to Explore & Play.

So, other than all we had read & absorbed and of course experienced from earlier trips, we also did all this to make it special for our sonny bunny.

To start with, whenever possible, we would indulge our little one with a trip to a nearby park/play area. He loves his swings/slides & looking at him play just made us happy. The Brussels Park, Amsterdam Vondel park, Cologne Zoo, Munich English Gardens all worked perfectly for us.

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Sand Play @ Brussels park

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Happiness in a Swing – Vondel park, Amsterdam

Well, both hubby & me do enjoy our bit of sightseeing and we did all we could to make it enjoyable for him too. Each day our itinerary would have one or more kid friendly attractions. Informing him about the places he would see, and what they were about, a day in advance kept him excited all along. The Atomium, Mini Europe & of course Auto World worked perfectly for all 3 of us in Brussels, & the BMW museum took the cake in Munich.

At times we selected sites preferable to each of us and visit those on our own.

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Learning his Alphabets -Atomium, Brussels

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Toddler Travel Diary//The dream machine- Auto world, Brussels

The dream machine- Auto world, Brussels

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Toddler Travel Diary//Yey I can Drive- Olympic Stadium, Munich

Yey- I can Drive- Olympic Stadium, Munich

We let him binge on ICE-CREAMs & WAFFLEs & CHIPs & CHOCOLATES whatever kind of food, whenever he wanted! Slurp!!!  It kept him happy & satisfied on the food front. No fuss about how many fruits or veggies or nutrients or blah blah blah. Just Eat what you like kinda thing.

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Ice-cream Love!

We went along and did his thing, like he did ours. Swinging in the park in Amsterdam, cooking Pizza in a playhouse in Munich, riding a toy train in Cologne & Climbing the staircase of the church a million times, we’ve done it all.  We went wild and crazy with him and I wouldn’t be lying if I say, ” WE LOVED EVERY BIT OF IT”.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Toddler Travel Diary//Father & Son- Joy in Brussels

Father & Son- Joy in Brussels!

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Crazy Mama & Sonny- Amsterdam

We helped him make a lot of new friends. He had a ton of fun interacting with them and learning from them.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Toddler Travel Diary//New Girl Friend & Miffy- Amsterdam

New Girlfriend & Miffy – Amsterdam

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Hello Mr Goat- Zanse Schans

And most important of all, we just let him be. He was happy, just playing with his car or running about the streets.

Driving a matador on the streets of Brugges

Driving a matador on the streets of Brugges

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Standing Tall

20 days travelling with him was a breeze. There were momentary ups & downs, but I wouldn’t count them against the billion smiles we shared. All in all, it was about striking a balance between all our needs and demands on a day to day basis. Our plans changed everyday, but we kept going on and on.

Here’s all I have to say on this topic. Hope this will in someway be useful to you. Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!