Dubrovnik, Croatia

The city of Dubrovnik, with its ancient town housed inside the walls of the fort and its bloody and tragic history and wars seemed to be the best place to pick up some souvenirs.

And we found the best souvenir of all, a painting of the harbor with the red roofed tiled houses and fort walls visible from a distance.

 We had just finished walking what seemed to be a ten-kilometre walk along the fort walls in a thirty-five-degree summer heat, when we saw this artist, perched in the shade of one of the walls doing what he knew best – painting!

Bruges, Belgium

Walking the quaint stone paved streets of ancient Bruges, across delightful bridges set over meandering rivers, we came to an open-air market that was just about closing down for the day. Apparently, the people really know how to live life, starting the market at six in the morning and closing at noon!

There was only one artist still selling, although she too just seemed to be there, to chill with her friends. She spoke funny, looked just out of a bad production of Cats, but she tried to sell bigger paintings with passion, even opening up the ones already packed for the day.

Such was her charm, that we decided to get this really odd shaped, vertical painting that showed the steeped roofs of the charming belfry that dominates the old town skyline of Bruges.

Split, Croatia

Up until now, it’s the only black and white portrait we have from our travels. We were on a whirlwind trip of Split, having reached the city, late morning from Zagreb and knowing that the next day we had a five-hour early morning bus ride to reach our next destination.

In the midst of this chaos, we came across this tiny shop with hand drawn pictures hanging on the door. The one we selected, as told by the owner, who also was the artist, was that it was one of the most famous alleys of the old town of Split.

Unfortunately, we never did find the time to locate this alley, but hopefully that day will come soon.

Neuschwanstein, Germany

The picturesque fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein took our breath away. So did the crowds that were piled up to see this Gothic monument. We had reached the castle with enough time to spare, for our inside walking tour, that we decided to get out of the heat and head towards Marienbrucke or Marien Bridge, to take the ‘classic’ shot of the building from afar.

Standing in line for the viewing on the hilly slopes that led to the bridge that is suspended over a ravine, we spied the artist at work, creating this masterpiece that you see below.

We weren’t even looking for someone painting in the middle of what could probably be described as a non-touristy place in the middle of the jungle!

Brussels, Belgium

If there is one thing, we collect on our trips it is hand painted pictures depicting the city square or a monument from that city and fridge magnets. While on our trip to Belgium, magnets were not an issue, but since the trip happen in late summer, when the days tended to get cooler and rain heavier, getting a hand painted picture was proving to be a task.

We scoured the city center and its myriad of alleys, keeping on eye out for the elusive street artists that we had glimpsed while on our walking tour on the first day. We had almost lost hope, when on our last day in Brussels, we finally managed to find not one but three street artists clustered close together.

The one we picked from one of them, captured the city center or Grote Markt, as it is called in the local language.

The Picture Story

They say that a picture speaks a thousand words. Well, we like hand drawn / painted ones better, especially if they tell a story of the place that you are visiting.

The pictures, when viewed years later have the ability to transport us back leading us on a memory trail of how we came across them in the first place.

In the coming weeks, we hope to put up just such short picture stories – hope you enjoy them!

Paraphernalia
A collection of paraphernalia from our trips that we have made a picture collage of.

Rainy Sunday Mornings — Chronicles of an overthinker

An urban, monsoon running blog that captures not only the flavor of the season but the love of running, also. A must read for adventure junkies and rain lovers!!

Nature and running are two of the best mood boosters for me. More often than not with my brain being muddled with ruminating clouds of thoughts, I turn to one or the other. Feeling mentally knackered after a particularly trying week, despite the pitter patter and the skies looking ready to burst, we decided to […]

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Viennese Tales — Chronicles of an overthinker

After reading Christina’s descriptive blog, you will surely plan a trip to this wonderful city (and country). Worth spending ten minutes reading…

July 3, 2017 (Day 1) – Vienna, Austria Despite our late arrival the previous night, we wake up at 7.00 in the morning, and are enthused to explore Vienna, Austria. The streets are completely empty (unlike Mumbai, which at this hour would be thronging with honking cars, and bustling people). The windows of our Airbnb […]

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The Endgame is near

This weekend I caught the latest Marvel adventure – Captain Marvel. A legend among superheroes and a formidable force, Captain Marvel achieved what it set out to attain – a place for the new super woman hero in our hearts. But I won’t get into how the story line has tried to incorporate and tie up all the loose ends of the Marvel Universe and let out any spoilers for those of you who haven’t watched the film yet. I would however, want to sit back and applaud the brains behind this massive franchise – the writers. And while, we might acknowledge a few of the known names that we have been exposed to, I am sure that the team behind these names have played a significant part in bringing these graphic characters to life and infusing them with their own brand of humour, fear, shortfalls and achievements.

The journey began in 2008 with Iron man and Hulk (the only standalone Hulk movie till date) where there were references to the Infinity stones and the Tesseract. What followed was Thor and Captain America two years later. Obviously, this was all a build up to 2012’s The Avengers which if you think about it was a build up to Thanos wiping out half of the planet’s population. This is where I applaud the writers for their 10 year forward thinking plan and build up of characters across movies. Every movie was written with this end in mind – the coming together of the Infinity stones and the story line post Thanos becoming the most powerful man in the Universe.

Each of the Avengers has had at least two of their own outings – except Bruce Banner aka the Hulk (while he has played side kick to Thor) and Black Widow (who has played a sidekick to Captain America). These solo movies have set out to establish the superheroes as being part humane in their approach to life and the wars that they have fought. Even Dr. Strange who is normally associated with amongst mind bending powers, the ability to keep a straight face in the print version, was injected with his own sarcastic brand of humour, making the movie much lighter for audiences.

It’s a mind-boggling task to create an avatar just right enough to be adapted and portrayed flawlessly on screen. That too for not just one or two, but at least ten major characters till date. And while they might have had the graphic novels to assist them, what works on screen is completely different from what is portrayed in print, that too you need to remember that the novels were written in the 1960’s!

Now that the writers of the Marvel Universe have made these superheroes into household names, Marvel fans are now waiting for two revelations – will Thanos be defeated and killed and if killed then how will that happen? And the second bigger question – What is the future of our much-loved superheroes beyond Endgame?

While we know that Spiderman, Captain Marvel and a host of the newly introduced superheroes, will have solo adventures of their own, what will the original Avengers – Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye (who has not had his own solo adventure till date) and Black Widow do?

Retirement? Don’t think the Marvel writers are out of ideas to force these crowd favourites off the big screen.

Only time will tell.

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And until then we wait with bated breath for the newest superhero to join the fun!

Watch Captain Marvel, while she still rules the big screen.

The Hygge Life

In our fast paced life we tend to forget the things that make us truly happy. Once in while we need to stop, take a deep breath, smell and absorb nature for a total refresh of the senses.

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March 1, 2019 – Mumbai, India

A while ago, I stumbled across the concept of “hygge” (pronounced “huggah”) on social media, and decided to do a thorough analysis of the concept, and chanced upon Meik Weiking’s book “the little book of hygge”.

What is “hygge”? To quote, Meik Weiking, from his book, The little book of Hygge: The Danish way to live well, ““Hygge” has been called everything from “the art of creating intimacy,” “coziness of the soul,” and “the absence of annoyance,” to “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things,” “cozy togetherness,” and my personal favorite, “cocoa by candlelight”.

For me, “hygge” is taking it easy, being in the presence of loved ones, enjoying the moment with laughter, friends, and simple living. It is being comfortable with who I am, in my small cozy flat, surrounded by my plants reading on my bean bag, staying at…

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