Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
सध्या काही ख़ास होत नसल्या मुले बोरे जालो आहे जरा। रेमिन्ड्स में ऑफ़ थिस फोटो फ्रॉम केरला ट्रिप. I am thinking of what to do next. Big time cross roads. पोट सुत्तला आहे आणि आयुष्य स्लो जाला आहे जरा। विचार करून करून पण दमलो आहे अता। वेटिंग फॉर व्हाट विल हप्पें नेक्स्ट।
Monday, July 14, 2008
Anders and his wife, Camilla have 2 children Ellen and Jonathan, 2 cuties who were a lot of fun & quintessentially Swedish- blonde, blue eyed. Jonathan took a fancy to Ashwin and stuck to him all through the stay. I don't think its ever happened before :-). The family really went out of the way to entertain us, taking us out around the area, then to their summer house. Especially the ever enthusiastic Anders, a coffee lover. He even owns his own coffee machine and was churning out great cups of cappuchinos for us.
We, first visited Gränna, a town with traditional old houses and numerous candy factories which attracts a lot of tourists. Saturday is "candy day"for the children in Sweden, so the town was full of tourists, the old and the young variety alike!!
The summer house was very very charming, in a very picturesque setting - by a peaceful lake and in a thick forest of pine trees and nearly no one around. We both wished we had one. The Swedes really know how to live!
A traditional Swedish house or a summer house for that matter is always a red-painted cottage with white borders. Anders' was really well built, it had everything.
He also had a raft ! We sailed on the tranquil lake just before it started pouring. That ride with thick connifers lining the banks was so so peaceful.. and so still.. as if nothing was moving around us. It felt like some remote island when it was actually just 15 mins from the town.
Had a barbecue for dinner in all that rain- grilled salmon ! Went down well and fast with Ashwin, for sure !!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
We started out with a plan to visit Goteborg in the southwest, 2nd largest city in Sweden. And as they say the journey matters more than the destination, it held true for us. We loved the drive and everything in betweens starting from the cute cafe we had breakfast at, the landscape, the sights- everything! We left the mostly flat with huge lush fields region of Skane and entered the sometimes hilly with tall trees and sometimes rocky terrains of Halland county of Goteland region.
Near Varberg, we visited World War I radio station
at Grimeton. Its the only such long wave radio station left in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sadly, it was closed.
Then a last minute decision landed us ;unknowingly; in the midst of a big mid-summers celebration. We got off the highway to visit Tjoloholms castle and had no idea that there was a big party on on the grounds there and we even unsuspectingly paid the entry fee thinking it was for the castle.
But it was fun. Amongst a sea of Swedish white country folks with families, here were two strangers roaming around not knowing where they were!! The castle was beautiful and the view of the sea behind it was breath-taking.
We landed in Goteborg at 3 p.m.it was raining,we were famished and in a not so very good mood . So there was nothing going for the town. Its supposedly beautiful, but us being in no mood to explore, we started back, which is a pity really.
The area of Osterlen, particularly Simrisham was something straight out of a book. It was picture-perfect. Cobbled-stoned streets, pretty harbour and quaint pastel coloured houses that I have so come to love! In fact, I can't get enough of them and keep clicking almost every house much to the irritation of Ashwin
Quite near to Simrishamn is Stenshuvud National Park with stunning views, splendid trails and surreal beach. Well, the beach, don't even know where to start. Surreal, that is the only word coming to my mind. Maybe because I haven't seen a sight like this in India - deep blue sea, golden sand and hardly anyone around.
On Sunday, we started out for Kulla peninsula on top of Helsinborg even though it was dull day with a grey cast ominous sky. Yet we were lucky. It rained only whenever we were in the car. First stop, Kullaberg Nature reserve. There are some 11 caves here and great opportunity to go diving, caving, fishing, rock climbing, fishing, golfing and hiking. We took the last option- hiking. Kullen lighthouse, is considered the brightest in Sweden.
The entrance to the reserve is through the tiny fishing village of Molle which has houses perched on its steephill and a small harbour. The weather was kind to us and we could enjoy lunch there.
Ystad with its pretty houses, cobbled streets and half-timbered houses had us mesmerized. I thought it to be straight out of a picture post-card. What could be more beautiful? Or so I thought before I saw more of Sweden later. For some reason, it was completely deserted. There were just us and some senior citizen tourists roaming the pedestrian streets. Guess it being the national day holiday and bright and sunny to top it, the Swedes were out on some beach. Well, we liked it all the more.
We visited Ales Stenar, Swedish stone henge in Kaseberga which is a short distance from Ystad. Its on a cliff and the view of the sea next to it is stunning.
I think we were not quite expecting what we experienced at Soderasen National Park. Which is why it had us completely bowled over. Firstly, its really big and really green! Then it had hiking trails all over it. Since, we'd had a good lunch and lots of energy, what just started as a stroll in the park ended up in a solid 8 kms hike. And I have never enjoyed a trek as much ever in my life. I think thats because everything was just perfect and in place- beautiful weather, lots of green around, full stomach and a great trail.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
When travelling we always use Baba's car. the honda city auto... its the best easy to drive and easy on the petrol.
This picture shows a small laid back road near Amboli near Kolhapur. We walked a lot in these forests.
There was just me and Trupti as usual on this trip also. Most of our friends have little or no time for such idle passtimes; only me and T seem to have plenty of time for all such trips.
We have travelled on such trips at least 4 to five times a year since our marriage.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
After a week of non-stop runny nose cos of pollen allergy, Ashwin decided to take it head on and visit the beech forest Torups, 15 kms from Malmo on Sun 18th. We expected the worst and what do you know !! nothing happened to him there !!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
हा व्यू आमचा होटेल्चा मागचा बालकनी मधला आहे।
पेरियार ला आम्ही २ दिवस होतो। तेव्हा पर्यन्त खुप हिंडून जाला होता केरला मधे। घराची ओढ़ लागली होती जरा.
I found Trupti in a good mood inspite of a warm night with some mosquitoes bothering us in Hotel Belo Horizonte in Miramar beach, Panji.
The simple arched architecture of the building impressed me to quite and extent. The out paint was a simple white and borders of green. The street beyond was kind of quiet inspite of being just 5 minutes from the Panji city center.
We were on a longer trip down south to Kerala and Goa was just a stop over that time.
This picture was taken in November of 05'
Monday, April 28, 2008
We were in a ferry inside the lake in Periyar wildlife sanctuary. we saw some very nice views of the jungle but no animals.
Plus one of the tourists threw a plastic bag in the water and Trupti got the blame for it. This picture was taken in Nov 2006
A few months back, I happened to play sqaush and this was the outcome one evening. I also am thankful that our eyes are located inside sockets and so most of the impact was taken by the nose bone and cheek bones on either side.
Luckily I was back at work in a couple of days although I was seeing everything in cinemascope.