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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.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//ThPride//The Talk

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!!!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//ThPride//Somuchfun

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.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Bruuge I fell For//Market Square

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

Cooes n Cuddles Photography//The Brugge I fell for//lanes Lanes Lanes

Lanes Bylanes and more

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//The Bruuge I fell For//Architectural wonder

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!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Happy Women's day

Happy Women’s Day!

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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

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Blackforest//Sneak Peak into Paradise

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

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Their Craft

Their Craft

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Cuckoooooooo

Cuckooooooooo!!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Dazzling

Dazzling

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Intoxicating Black Forest Cup

Intoxicating Black Forest Cup

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//So Green

So Green

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

Trout Trout everywhere

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Bridges of Black forest county

Bridges of Black forest county

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Pretty n perfect...huh!

Pretty & Perfect …huh!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Purpleeee

Purpleeee

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Street art

Street art

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//German Beer

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

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Magic of Black forest//Perfect Sunset

Perfect Sunset

 

 

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MOSQUE MAGNIFICENCE

Hello everyone!

Lately I’ve been inclined towards writing a lot about my hometown, Bhopal. Why wouldn’t I be? There’s so much to offer and only as much I can write in one post. So here I go again.

There can’t be a better time than Ramzan(Ramadan) for me to share this very special post about the magnificent Mosques that adorn Bhopal, Taj-ul-masjid, Jama Masjid & the Moti Masjid. Although I only saw and clicked from outside,   I was still so much in awe of them. I’ve lived around them for more than a decade, but never have I experienced so much pride in the beauty that I see now as a photographer. They are the perfect subjects to capture when in Bhopal. Here’s presenting to you the 3 beauties.

1. TAJ-UL-MASJID:

As the name Taj-ul-masjid goes, this Crown of Mosques with its majestic architecture is a spectacle on its own. This mosque features a pink facade and has three onion-shaped white domes and two 18-storeyed octagonal minarets, each with huge bulbous domes. It was built by Bhopal’s third female ruler, Shah Jahan Begum, who wanted to make it the world’s largest mosque. However, her demise was the end of that dream. It was finally completed in 1971 by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. The mosque is also used as a Madrasah.

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Magnificent!

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Way to heaven

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Grand Entry

Grand Entry

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Wall Wonderful

Wall Wonderful

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Taj-ul-masjid//Up Close

Up Close

2. MOTI MASJID:Moti Masjid, also known as the Pearl Mosque, was constructed in 1860 by Sikander Jehan Begum of Bhopal, the daughter of Qudisiya Begum. Its architecture is similar to the Jama Masjid in Delhi. Situated in the heart of the city, this mosque, much smaller than the Taj-ul-masjid, is simple yet elegant. It is surrounded by small little shops of the very famous Chowk Bazaar of Bhopal.

The mosque stands majestically as a symbol of Bhopal’s history and features a white marble facade with two small cupolas on the top. There are two dark red towers on either sides of the main building, adorned with bright golden spikes.

As I visited on a peak summer morning, the shops all around had put up sun shades in all sizes and colours. They hid a lot of the mosque for me to click, but I still tried.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//First Glimpse

The first Glimpse

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//Enveloped

Enveloped

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//A pretty window

A Pretty Window

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Moti Masjid//Decorated with gold

Decorated with gold!

3. JAMA MASJID:

The Jama Masjid is the contribution of Qudsia Begum (1837). This imposing mosque, is a beautiful work of art and is crowned by gold spikes atop minarets. The mosque is very well preserved and can boast of maintaining the original red of the stone on its structure. Its two very tall minarets are easily seen from a great distance.

The mosque is located opposite the Shaukat Mahal & Sadar Manzil featured here. They all together make this crossroad an architectural wonder.

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//Very Welcoming

Very Welcoming!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//So Red

So red!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//View from across the road

View from across the road

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//Details

Details

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//Mosque Magnificence//Jama Masjid//pretty minaret

pretty minaret

That’s all about Mosques, Domes & Minarets. I’ve brought to you almost all that Bhopal had to offer on this front. Hope you had fun.
RAMADAN KAREEM & EID MUBARAK!!
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Afloat- Weekly Photo Challenge

Hello! When I think Afloat, I think Venice, the city that floats . 117 islands separated by canals and linked by bridges on the Venetian Lagoon… Wow… Ain’t that just awesome! I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in this ever floating wonderland a few years back and I am using this Weekly Photo Challenge – Afloat, to share my clicks of Venice with you. No picture can ever do justice to it, but I am still going to try. Enjoy! Cheers & joy, Always!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Busy Grand Canal

Busy Grand Canal

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Gondola's Galore

Gondola’s Galore

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Rialto

Rialto!!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Dusk!!!

Dusk!!!

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Living -Boating

Living -Boating

Cooes N Cuddles Photography//WCP-AFLOAT- Venice//Nigh time wonder

Night time wonder