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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.

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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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Animal Lover!!!

Hellooz!

I am delighted to contribute to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Animals.

Delighted because I simply love animals. My mum still tells me stories of me making doggie friends very early on, bringing home kittens after rescuing them from a thorny bush, putting my hands inside a cage just to pet a wild cat and many many more. As I grew older, I never outgrew my love for all things alive.

So for me spotting an animal and clicking it is not just a chance event. Everytime I am out clicking, I keep my eyes and ears open for an opportunity to spot ’em. I like to capture those moments- some fun, some crazy, some cute, some different and mostly very ‘animal’y. I love the fact that they don’t care about me clicking them, they just remain as they are and let me be me. Of course I do ensure that I respect their space not only while clicking, as I would of any human.

I am sharing herewith a few jewels captured till date. I truly believe that all creatures alive are Special in their own way and we need to Love and respect them.

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Eyes of Gold

I’d never seen anything quiet like this one. A slate grey cat with a soft uniform fur and beautiful golden eyes. I think she belonged to the security guards of a housing complex in Kryvyi Rih -Ukraine.

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The Couple

On a photo walk in Mumbai I found this couple, who’d just had a big row and weren’t ready to make up. Grr… I am sure the male was at fault!!! ;o)
They did present a great photo opp to me.

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Furrr ball

While the tourists gallivanted the streets of Florence, this fur ball just went about his job of sleeping and ignoring admirers like me. I think he was pretty great at it.

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Live Life Cow Size

Who wouldn’t want a life so great, that you’d roam about the beautiful Swiss Alps in search for food, laze around in the plains, drink the pristine waters of the lakes and return to the barn at night to sleep. I want to Live Life Cow Size!!!

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The Mexican

“Ola Amigo” said this parakeet when I walked passed him in the narrow alleys of Ixtapa’s flea market. Oh so Mexican to make my head turn and demand a very well deserved attention. Sad he was also behind bars!!

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Chip or Dale???

Celebrity sighting was definitely on the cards on my evening stroll in Central Park, NY. Chip or Dale… its for you to guess!

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True Beauty

The only bear I saw on my trip to the Bear Mountains, USA was this huggy bear and it was Love at first sight. After numerous hugs and kisses and a few photographs to remember him, with a heavy heart (only at my end) I left for home. I have never seen a Dog so grand and commanding so much respect. Bow Wow Wow!

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Familia..

I know this family isn’t roaming about the jungles of Africa but the Cologne Zoo doesn’t seem like a bad option right now..huh! Enjoying the afternoon sun, this family of Giraffes does paint a very perfect “Happy Family Portrait” kind of picture. I know there aren’t Happy Happy in captivity, but at least they look well fed and safe from any other threats.

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Bird Watching!!!

Finally, one of my favourites. This seagull looked pretty darn satisfied just watching his fellow gulls fly past him over the canals in Amsterdam. I remember him being there for almost 12-15 mins just “Bird watching”.

Hope you enjoyed these clicks as much as I enjoy experiencing them. I wish to keep finding more of such beautiful moments, to see them in their own element, enjoying their natural habitats, wild and free.

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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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

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The dream machine- Auto world, Brussels

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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”.

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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.

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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!