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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.

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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!

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Happy Happy Happy!!!

HALLO!!!

My very beautiful vacation has ended and I am back. But I surely am happy to be home. There’s no place like home. I am also happy that I will be reliving my vacation with all of you, through my pictures of course. So get ready to see Belgium, Netherlands and Germany through my eyes. Yey!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Wander Away!

 

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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

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Grand Entry

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Wall Wonderful

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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.

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The first Glimpse

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Enveloped

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A Pretty Window

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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.

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Very Welcoming!

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So red!

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View from across the road

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Details

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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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VIVID indeed {WCP}

Ola,

I spent a lot of my time travelling with my family last month, mostly road trips in Madhya Pradesh, India. One of these trips was to my maternal uncle’s place & that’s when I discovered these treasures. While on our way to Chinddwara from Bhopal, we were crossing the village Semri when I noticed a few very colourful houses on both sides of the road. At that moment all I wanted to do was to stop the car, grab my camera & start clicking. But with the sleeping beauty in my lap, of course my sunny boy, I just couldn’t. So I decided that their charm wouldn’t go waste, & I would satiate my photographic senses on my way back home.

The very rustic & brightly coloured houses, although a bit worn down by the weather, captivated my attention a bit too much. I just couldn’t get them off my head till I captured them through my view finder. And my contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Vivid is me paying homage to those wonders of this world.

Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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Adding Colour …

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Lucky owners

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Grand remains

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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!

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Busy Grand Canal

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Gondola’s Galore

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Rialto!!

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Dusk!!!

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Living -Boating

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Night time wonder

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Footwear Footwear Everywhere!!!

Hello…

Coming back to my vacation blog series again, here’s something a bit different. Seriously!

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So during our Mexican holiday enroute Lazaro Cardinaz we got stuck at the Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport for almost 3-4 hrs. I got clicking some random but very interesting subjects just to kill time. That is when it occurred to me to capture the footfall of those hundreds & thousands, who step in and out of the airports during the course of a day.  And there began a clicking spree focussed on different footwear that people wear during travel. I know it sounds weird but trust me it is really interesting. So much so, that I spent the entire time clicking shoes of passengers who crossed my camera’s path. Comfortable, Sexy, Pretty, Sporty, Colourful, I found one to match all these adjectives & much more. Some even had matching bags to go with…Wow!

Here are some of my favourites from that endeavour. Enjoy!

Cheers & Joy, Always!

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