STRASBOURG – my one day trip to a beautiful city in France!

“I dreamt of a fantasy land with colorful houses and flowery cakes.” – This is what I felt when I visited one of the most beautiful city in France. It was a Sunday, when the weather gods showered their love with a very warm weather. And then an impromptu plan was made to visit Strasbourg from Germany. I know there must be many people who wouldn’t have heard about the city(well I was one among them! ). But when I got an extra day added to my three-day vacation, all my research lead to this picturesque city. And I definitely do not regret it.

Gare de Strasbourg – city railway station

After a lot of to/fro and confusion between changing stations, we manage to reach Strasbourg’s main railway station around 12:30, so technically we had almost around 6 hours with us to explore the city. Obviously this isn’t enough to cover the entire city but fortunately the places which we wanted to visit was pretty close to each other, so we were able to get hold of most of the touristy places within few hours. But if you’re ever planning to visit Strasbourg, I would definitely recommend 2 complete days to stay in the city and experience it’s culture. One thing which is worth mentioning to me is that the moment I got out of the main railway station and rolled my eyes around, I could definitely feel I was in FRANCE(that was my yay moment :D)!

Why is Strasbourg famous ?

  1. First and foremost, man! it’s damn beautiful. If you’re a first time visitor then you’ll be carried away by the architectural heritage which is heavily romantic and influenced by Roman, Medieval eras. The city cuts through many waterways, beautiful flower bouquet like plants hanging in the balconies. At every step of the city, you would want to stop and capture the memory through a photograph.

2. For many who don’t know, Strasbourg is declared as a UNESCO’s world heritage site. In 1988, “Strasbourg – Grande-Ile” was inscribed a first time on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List. This list gathers cultural and natural sites for their outstanding value. 

3. Strasbourg plays a major role as a business, commercial, and cultural centre. Besides its traditional role as the chief city of Alsace, Strasbourg is also the seat of a number of European institutions and bodies including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights.

What to visit in Strasbourg in a day!

  1. The magnificient Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg should be in your list if you’re visiting for the first time.

2. La Petite France, Strasbourg

Petite France is the city’s lively tourist hub, known for cobblestone streets, canals, and well-preserved half-timbered homes like the Tanners’ House, built in 1572. A terrace atop the 17th-century Barrage Vauban, a covered bridge and dam, offers panoramic views. Alsatian eateries dot the area, while shops on and around Grand’Rue sell clothing and souvenirs such as crockery, wine, and specialty teas. It’s the most picturesque city in Old Strasbourg.

3. If you’re in France then how can you forget the bakeries, it’s tasty pastries, the mouth-watering cakes, on-point croissants and a lot more. I tried Amorino’s gelato ice-cream and a cheesecake from Maison Du Kougelhopf. I would highly recommend the cheesecake from Maison Du Kougelhopf. It was the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life! All those shiny little adjectives that you hear for a cake in Masterchef shows, like light as feather or melts like snow. Yes, that cheesecake was everything 😀

4. I witnessed the very sharp and most notable architecture in the Ponts Couverts. These are a set of three bridges and four towers that make up a defensive work erected in the 13th century on the River Ill in the city of Strasbourg in France. The three bridges cross the four river channels of the River Ill that flow through Strasbourg’s historic Petite France quarter. The Ponts Couverts have been classified as a Monument historique since 1928.(courtesy: wiki)

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The experience

Whether a visitor’s interests lean towards art, architecture or music, Strasbourg offers plenty of cultural opportunities. It’s filled with youth and vibrant ambience. It’s as picturesque as you see in a movie. If you have less time but you would like to experience a slice of France, then Strasbourg is for you!

Narrow streets, those timbered houses, a cheesecake on my side, in front of La Petite France, in an intimate romantic atmosphere – that’s my experience, please do share yours if you ever visit 🙂

Au Revoir!

Evolution of mind during a pandemic

We witnessed digitilization and how ? So closely that a view of human existence scares us. In the year 2020, there was a dawn of the most dangerous virus named COVID-19, which proved to be a disaster on the planet. Let’s skim over the pages in our lives where the timelines can be referred to as pre-covid and post-covid era. Some people found it as a challenging event but most of the people struggled a lot with their mental well being. And me being the one among them, can view this topic as an ever-growing discussion.

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Pandemic or a catalyst to our vices!

Our minds seem to be pretty convoluted when we have to act! There comes digitalisation factor because the way we consume information, has become competitive. Have you asked yourself with whom you’re competing with ? If you know then you’re already aware about the cause of your distressed mind. In a hindsight, we have gained an experience of recognising the fact that we are not competing with anyone else but ourselves. Consumption of information has become such a powerful behaviour that we forget in our everyday lives we are striving to know more and more. Waking up, holding that phone, scrolling/staring/reading/liking/following have become part of our daily ritual. And look what acts as an accelerator to this habit of ours, a very disastrous pandemic! You may ask now why a catalyst. Well, if you see the clock ticking then everything make sense to our brains. I fell into the lap of this pandemic prone zone where everything looked like a fail mission. Waking up was a task to me, focussing was a failure. People all over the world treated themselves as the victim of this virus even without being affected by one because they were failing to cope up with their mental health. And now, let’s narrow the gap between the digitalisation era and a pandemic. We know the information is at a hand’s distance from us. But have we ever wondered how our already present vices, strengthened more due to a lockdown. We all dealt with it, isn’t it? What we never realised is the rippling effect. Thoughts from a mind to the body and in such a negative power that the body couldn’t resist the intensity of that negative thought. I will never advice anyone with heavy statements here when none of those advices worked on me or I could follow. But the only thing I can ask everyone is to think and act! I assume the next generation will read the pros and cons of digitalisation through their textbooks, so this discussion is never going to stop. But what we can lend to the next couple of people, is the power to think. I have seen people being kind around me. It might look like a textbook phrase but this is how it is. A very small gesture of kindness can magnify the affect of positivity for many.

Calm within a storm

when the waves are strong
the tides swinging apart
my courage holds the strength
against all the odds

reflecting the light
the waves shine to take a flight
never letting the tangled mind
deter the courage’s sight

the injury, stripping skin
a sloshed mind
nothing can perish
a gentle firm mind.

[Movie-Series: Part-1] Top 5 must watch horror in 2019

Hello everyone,

If you have slightest inclination towards human creativity and art, then this article is a must read-through. Before moving on to the topic, I would like to share that movies have always played an important role in my development, be it in terms of communication or creating a vision for diversified culture. Now that I am writing about one of my most favourite genre, I am pretty nervous if I can put it out there well about my obsession and craze. Horror is one of a kind for me. It got me attracted when I used to watch those sloppy hindi horror movies, every thursday in a specific channel. I knew there was something in those movies. Be it the feeling of fear, suspense or something unnatural, I got glued to television whenever there was something from horror being displayed.

In my brain, I categorise HORROR into three different categories:
a. Supernatural – These movies display things which are not man-made, it’s unnatural as I mentioned. They don’t have human control and it all seems imagination. The classics such as Sixth Sense, The Conjuring or Rosemary’s baby describes this genre best, obviously there are many more attached.
b. Scientific – It showcases everything about man-made monsters. Aliens, 10th Cloverfield Lane or Hollow Man would definitely vouch for it. It creates a different feeling all-together. The feeling of ‘what’s happening’, ‘what’s next’ and ‘humans over-do’. To be honest, I do not really enjoy this side of horror but would definitely prefer this on a halloween mood.
c. Psychological – And this my friend, dominates the genre. Whichever genre you pick, a touch of it is sure to enhance the movie. Psycho, Taxi Driver, Creep, Creep 2 and many more. I cannot stop raving about it though. It’s a variety which acts like a spice on your favourite base. My personal favourite is the Supernatural ones, but it’s rare to see any such movie now a days without a psycho being involved, the popular one being The Shining.

Without making the blog too long, I would like to move on to the next set of categories which includes my list of 5 must watch horror this year.
PS: It is possible you might not have heard about it. But again that’s the point of creating this blog, spreading awareness about the unknown 😉 Also a tad bit of spoiler but nothing major exposed.

5. Hell Fest

Never, I mean it, never ever get into critics opinion when you’re planning to watch a slasher or a teen-scream movie, after all “Critics ain’t got no chill”. I consider these movies as no-brainer. I caught hold of Hell Fest when I logged in to my Netflix a day before yesterday. It is a perfect slasher movie where the guy follows a girl and in the mid-way all her friends get killed. This movie captures your attention from the very first minute, you know, the background story which every horror almost have. Also like most of the slashers, it doesn’t have that cheap soundtrack or bad acting. It makes a perfect kind of a movie to enjoy with your bunch of friends on a Friday night.

4. 13 Cameras

I watched this movie today itself and thought to include it. Well the other one lost it’s feature here 😛 but may be I can add it in another blog post. After watching this, I can make sure you would be more conscious about your landlords, neighbours or surroundings. The movie from the beginning itself gives a creepy vibe. I think it’s one of the creepiest movie I have seen, not better than Creep though. This movie would definitely be an odd choice, but it makes the watch worthwhile. I consider Neville Archambault who plays the creepy landlord as an emerging winner. He make the scenes scarier because of his presence. This low budget piece makes quite a piece for an eye by creating a debauchee figurine over a couple. It’s a must for beginners who would like to watch slow-burner .

3. In Fear

The only reason I wanted to watch this was because of the Ireland woods. Since I would be moving to Ireland next year, I just got more intrigued to know the locations, the characters showcased and the kind of psychotic people the country can have[not funny but the fact] . When you start this, you would be more anxious about the fact of what is going to happen with the couple travelling to a music festival in Ireland. The way the screenplay is done gives you chill in few of the moments. The feeling I had when the movie started was not same towards the climax. Anyways, this mysterious journey of the couple’s road trip and their encounter with a psycho would definitely give you an intense experience. As the name suggests, it will keep you in fear with it’s narrowed plot.

2. Hereditary

Literally, freaking one of a kind movie. Somewhere I read, it’s Exorcist of the new generation, but I wouldn’t think so. This movie is hell of a big deal. It breaks all the boundaries of horror. Whenever you speak about artistic fear, Hereditary has to hit your brain. Toni Collette steals the show here. The expressions on her face is itself a movie. What will get you hooked to the screen is how the plot unfolds. From a family driven storyline to control freak horror. I loved it to bits and pieces. Nothing to say here, just watch!

1. Backcountry

If you want to feel the fear, be anxious, feel threatened and experience the atmosphere, then this is the perfect movie to hold on to. We have heard bear stories in our school days but making something out of it is truly amazing! I bet you to have a single moment when you would like to leave the screen and go. It showcases how a deadly situation morphs into survival instinct. A subtle art with palpable atmospheric scenes. It made me feel satisfyingly intense watch and literally gripping performances. This is one of a movie which can make you feel the nature in a good way and also how it turns out to be painful. I have to mark it as my best Netflix horror watch!

That’s it for the blog. I would love to do more on movies but definitely when there’s something great to add 🙂

The comment section is always free for suggestions, please feel free and friendly to drop some 🙂

Let’s talk food [Part-1]: Top 5 restaurants to visit in Mumbai

I am starting my ‘Let’s talk food’ series with my short two days trip to Mumbai. It was successful only because of the great variety and quality of food I had there. Cutting it short, Bombay offers a lot in food not only in terms of it’s origin but also in terms of diverse culture. I will shortlist all of the places with good-to-mouth food, where you should must visit if you’re planning for a short trip to Mumbai.

1. On my first day I had a visit to the most suggested and the famous Bademiya which is located in Colaba and never will I ever regret this. For my starters I had chicken kebab and fish tikka, then mutton biriyani for my main course and ended the full course with some delicious caramel pudding and shahi tukda.

2. Number 2 on my list would be Trishna. This place is situated at the heart of the city and also you can find beautiful architectural buildings around the place for your insta worthy pics 😉 . This restaurant is famous for it’s sea food, so what I would suggest is to have it’s crab dish, you will not regret.

Crab unshelled
Rice with Coorgi Prawns
Chicken Tangdi Kebabs

3. For an evening hangout, I had a visit to CAFE MONDEGAR which is again at the same place, Colaba. What I enjoyed the most in this cafe was the ambience. You’ll find amazing caricatures and some western music. Food is not so different, as they serve American and North Indian dishes which most of the cafe does, but this place is a must visit if you’re planning to drop by during your shopping spree in Colaba.

4. For an amazing breakfast experience I would suggest to try out any of the irani cafes in Mumbai. I had planned to visit Britannia Co. and Leopold cafe but due to time crunch and the distance from my hotel, I gave a shot to Kayani Bakery and Co. It’s one of the oldest cafe in the city representing and showcasing the charm of the old bombay. For anyone visiting the cafe for the very first time, chai and bun is a must go-to-breakfast. Also this place will be memorable to me since I met one of the Bollywood star 😛 .

Cheese omelette with Irani chai, bun and some eggs

5. Lastly, this is the place which will attract most of the crowd with it’s star studded looks and some great low-priced food. Prithvi cafe is an outdoor cafe situated at the heart of Juhu. This cafe is attached to Prithvi theatre which is one of the oldest theatre owned by the Kapoor family of Bollywood, therefore do not be surprised if you see a bollywood star having meetings here :D. But this is a must go-to cafe if you are artistic and love Bollywood.

I had a great experience of food tasting in Mumbai. If you do visit the city, please do not forget to try out these places if it’s nearby and keep following my blog for more of this 🙂