Postcard: A Man’s Best Friend

Zurich, Switzerland 31st October 2008 They say a dog is a man’s best friend. While I can’t comment on the verity of that quote (not being a big fan of pets myself), I found that Europeans in general definitely believe in it strongly. What else would explain the high population of pet dogs across Europe?…

Postcard: Norwegian Wood

Bergen, Norway 2nd September 2015 John Lennon might not have referenced ‘Norwegian Wood’ in a flattering way in the famous Beatles song, but you cannot help but admire the pretty little wooden houses that are seen in the Norwegian towns and countryside. In Bergen, there are many neighborhoods with traditional wooden houses and I actually got…

Postcard: Trolling Away

3rd September 2015 Gundvangen, Norway Much before the advent of the modern trolls that we know of on the internet, there were supernatural beings called ‘trolls’ in Scandinavian mythology. Usually depicted as ugly, scary, human-like beings, these original trolls are a big part of Norse folklore. No wonder that it’s kind of hard to miss…

Postcard: Outdoor Chess

23rd August 2015 Bern, Switzerland While roaming around Bern’s historic center, I stumbled upon a giant outdoor chess set. A riveting game was on between two evenly matched players who had contrasting styles – one man who was always in a hurry and the other who was calm and took his time to make a…

Postcard: Been There, Seine That

Paris, France (21st September 2008) No river captures the essence of a city like the river Seine does. The river is the lifeline of Paris, and also it’s most beautiful attraction. It is no wonder that the city developed around this huge water body and most of the major sights in the city are located…

Postcard: History for Sale

Berlin, Germany (19th November 2008) One of the most pivotal moments in modern European history was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, when East and West Germany got reunited with people from both sides breaking the wall and ending decades of separation. Almost two decades after the event, I still found graffiti strewn…

Postcard: Fairytale Vista

Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (13th October 2008) Travelling through the Black Forest area in Germany virtually feels like journeying into fairy-tale land. Sprawling forests with varying shades of brown, green and yellow blanket the countryside creating a natural piece of art on the hilly canvas. In between, small houses resembling hobbit huts dot the landscape…

Postcard: Café Nation

Paris, France (6th September 2008) Come spring-time, Paris springs to life with the numerous cafés and brasseries on its sidewalks. Small tables and chairs are lined up outside the café on the sidewalk and Parisians indulge in their favourite pastimes of eating, drinking, smoking and people watching. During my time in Paris, I used to…

Postcard: Memories of the Holocaust

Berlin, Germany (19th November 2008) For a city which is steeped in 20th century history and with an eclectic assortment of architecture, chancing upon this architectural beauty in the heart of Berlin was not surprising. But realizing that it was actually a Holocaust memorial constructed in the memory of all the Jews murdered by Hitler’s…

Travelogue: Where the Stars Come Down (Cannes, France)

Cannes, a town in France’s Cote d’Azur, is synonymous with an annual event that captures eyeballs all over the world. As the Cannes travel website proclaims, the town’s moment of glory takes place in May, with the International Film Festival, when images of the stars descending the red-carpeted steps of the Palais des Festivals are…