Flashback to December 2016 Episode # 3.. and so the story goes

7th December 2016

Mount titles Switzerland

…and so finally I got drifted into the jungle of sights and aromas lost touch with the virtual me, what with all the excitement keeping me on tenterhooks.

But now that I am finally back home and life has usually begun, I am ready to come to terms with my inner gypsy gurl once again, so well… here I am  typing away into the unknown, gathering all my memories and weaving them into the little story called life.

So, without much ado I will dive straight into the blue or rather yellow of the bright sunshine of Switzerland, the day we arrived there.

..Armed with lots of excitement that the beautiful road journey through the French countryside had generated.

As the journey became longer our excitement turned to.. well, for the lack of a more suitable word, dread.. as we learned much to our horror that the time difference between our next transport aka.swiss rail and this one was probably not sufficient. Bing…..!

Just what in the lords name were we thinking, booking a one way non refundable ticket of swiss rail.

So tip number #1 when travelling through Europe steer clear of non refundable tickets … they are a lucrative trap, meant to swindle the unsuspecting, good looking (okay that’s a lie… mmmm … not really) innocent (that’s not) travellers, but when luck is on your side no swindler can swindle you.

Well who would have thought that, our knight in shining armour was sitting pretty close to us, and revealed himself through the mist of our misery by asking if we needed any help, in highly accented and broken English.

From there to the train station it was a cakewalk.

…well, not really ..it was a very fast walk with all the luggage and a feisty five year old through the secret shortcuts of the swiss passage ways that lead us straight to our platform in flat 2 minutes!!!

…with one whole minute till the arrival of our train from Zurich to Lucerne. The good Samaritan did not stop there he made sure we boarded the train and got settled and also told us the tricks of the trade like if you are travelling with young children look for the family coach on swiss trains as they are equipped with play areas and child friendly interiors.phew … beat that?

So tip number #2 … when travelling with little ones in Switzerland, look out for family coaches on swiss trains, believe me it’s totally worth it and oh Yes …while in Switzerland hold on to those window seats, believe me (for the lack of a better phrase ) its totally worth it.

So coming back to the story…we finally reached Lucerne, a little lost but mostly overwhelmed. My first thought was how are we going to find our host in this incredible city, little did I know that he, would find us.

And that too with an extra umbrella for light drizzle that was waiting for us. So tip number  #3 always carry an umbrella or raincape when travelling in Switzerland.

So well… from there, our really charming host took us to his beautiful apartment, which was to be our home for the next few days.

Our host in Switzerland he was like a magecian with maps

The chapel bridge Lucerne
The Water Tower

That was how we reached the beginning of our tryst with Switzerland.

And that is a whole new story.

Till later.

-The gypsy gurl


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Flashback to 2016- Episode 2 # Happy feet in London and sojourn de la Paris

30th June 2016

Its been almost ten days since I last sat down to write. Its not only my new experiences that have captured my attention but the sheer joy of being with loved ones. It feels almost wrong to let anything get in the way of that.

But then I do want to share my joy and all of the wonder that I am feeling. Its like being a wide eyed girl in a candy store, with such delicious sights, aromas, colours and taste. Before I begin, let me tell you where exactly I am right at this moment, well ..I am in the French countryside somewhere in the Alsace region, travelling through the most beautiful French chateaux, green fields and vineyards on the way to Zurich. By evening today I will be in Lucerne Switzerland where I start my swiss story but that’s for another time.

Let me start with where I left off last time. For the first few days I was in London just exploring the beautiful English city, here we went to the usual London city tour with madam tussads, the Windsor castle, Eton, oxford, datchet village and also … shopped vegetables and fruits from the royal farms.. yes !!

With all this action in the background we were soon packing again for the much awaited Europe trip which was to start in the fashion capital of the world …Paris. After a lot of jostling and an almost missed flight in London we landed in Paris. Well my first feeling the moment we stepped out of the airport was how very French Paris is … well that actually sounds funny but there is just no trace of English. I had always heard it, but the enormity of the language problem hits only when you are in France. That’s funny too but I guess you get my point. Anyway I managed splendidly as I can speak French ! Ha ha ..I always did think I had a working knowledge of French having studied it for two years and kind of kept in touch over the years but well while in France I realized how little I know the language, and now that’s another life goal … improving my French.

Back to the topic, the moment we hit Paris I realized why it is the mecca of tourists the world over, Paris is beautiful and that’s an understatement by any measure. It is captivating, heartstopping, breathtakingly gorgeous, the Eiffel tour is the crowning glory and muse la louvre is the soul especially for art and history buffs like me and not to miss out the Dan brown fans also like me. The chateaux de Versailles and jardin Versailles ( palace of Versailles and gardens of Versailles ) are even prettier than imagination. Disney land Paris is whole fantasy world in itself … full of drama, thrill and yes magic…

We ended the Paris sojourn with the night cruise of Paris on the river siene and I can say that it is really as good as it is said, especially if you are on the top deck under the open skies and a light drizzle. And then we got lost ..in Paris… at night… and it was wonderful. That was the end of our Paris holiday and I did everything from getting inspired, feeling stupid by talking in French with strangers and being totally misunderstood..getting lost and also getting awestruck. Then we hit the French countryside with quaint little villages, groves vineyards and occasional castles on either side of the road and then to the French alps, to the swiss alps through the Franco swiss border and then through the swiss towns to Zurich.

My takeaway from Paris ..French food ..yes but French fruits, vine and cheese.. oh yes ! I just could not get enough of fruits and cheese from cherries, plums, peaches and all the different variety of cheese. Apart from food I takeaway a whole lot of beauty, experiences, memories and moments of wonder. The end of this journey starts another one.

Sharing with you some pictures of the true Parisian beauty. 

Le Louvre Paris 

The Iconic Eiffel Tower at night lit up with a thousand lights


Disney land paris

So like the pirates say Switzerland Ahoy !

Till later.

-The gypsy gurl.

What does Paris mean to you?  If you have an experience of France, do share in comments, I would love to hear all about it. 

Flashback to July 2016 – Episode # 1 Emirates Experience

20th June 2016

As cheesy as it may sound but it does deserve a mention here, simply because out of the last 24 hrs we spent close to 14 hrs with Emirates airlines, on and off the flight. So emirates was definitely the theme if not the highlight of our Delhi – London journey.

We started at the crack of Delhi dawn with oversized and overstuffed baggage, full of as much a slice of india as the baggage limit would permit and as much as we could carry. Early morning at 6 we were in our cab for the T3 Indra Gandhi International Airport. We boarded our flight to Dubai after a very amazing breakfast at the GMR lounge in T3, a must try for anyone who dares to be called a foodie.

Going back to the point of our journey, the first leg of Delhi to Dubai was over in a blink and soon we were on the legendary Arabian soil. But wait ! Rewind a bit …there is something I missed, Β the aerial view of Dubai. It’s definitely not to be missed. Dubai skyline is a treat to watch. The view from up above is simply splendid… chunks of barren desert with the most wonderful network of roads crisscrossing the entire panorama.

Now coming the airport, it is really a super airport in terms of … well everything. The Dubai Duty free is Β heaven for shopoholics and non shoppers alike. We were super charged to see all that it had to offer and with that done soon we were on the second leg of our journey from Dubai to London.

The 7 hour flight was a jumble of movies for me… well lets see Β ‘The Dressmaker’ and ‘Alex and Eve’ …and by end of the second movie we were already landing in London.

London, 8:30 pm local time, it was a bright day outside and 18 degrees as per the flight announcement. The first thing that struck me as we got out was the clear blue skies and the brush stroke clouds. Well ..now I know what inspired the Victorian landscapes.

The second thing that struck me was the sheer number of people coming into England and the diversity of so many different nationalities was striking at best. Then, there in the midst of all this was family waving and rushing to us with big smiles and outstretched arms. The warmth was both inviting and uplifting.

Day one of our journey is over and I am getting ready for the onslaught of sights and experiences to sharpen my bohemian aura.

So that’s all for now, because London.. is waiting….

– The gypsy gurlimageproxy (1)

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It’s time for Africa!

I do believe, very sincerely, that people don’t take trips, Β trips take people. Once again I have been chosen by one such trip, this time to the wildest continent in the world..Africa.

So like shakira says.. It’s time for Africa, well, South Africa to be precise.

As I am typing away from the sanctuary of my cocoon right now, Β I can’t help but wonder at the time left at hand.. 5 measly days. Stuff is being stuffed in travel bags, things are being bought with much gusto, work is being completed or procastinated till after I come back (..meh).

Well, I guess you get the picture, preparations are in full swing. A few days from now I will be basking in the South African winter chilling away the accumulated heat of a solid Indian summer. One month of idling and exploring the African life, from lively Capetown, exciting stellenbauch, scenic garden route, southern city of Durban and finally to the African Bush.. The iconic Kruger national park for a true blue African Safari.

The wait.. is on.

– The Gypsy girl.

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Happiness is a journey

Europe Calling..

Someone I don’t know who, very rightly said that people don’t take trips, trips take people. Well, in that sense my maiden Europe trip is taking me ..on a fantasy spree, and very soon.

The unsavory part of passports and visas and the usual red tape is actually over, and the good part starts now. So here I am, doing what I love doing the most, travelling to my heart’s content and of course writing about it each day as it unfolds.

My journey starts on monday 20th June 2016. My own magic number.

From the hustle and bustle of Dubai airport to the english city of London, up on the scottish highlands and lowlands to the touristy dream of Paris and French Riviera. From the picturesque swiss towns to the wonderful Italian streets, I am going to chronicle it all. 40 days and 40 stories .. it’s a challenge and I am up for it.

So let the fun begin.

– The gypsy gurl