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A song of three cities.

In Belgium, Europe, France, India, Places, Random, Travel on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 am

I almost planned my next holidays listening to Jacques Brel’s “Bruxelles”. It made me so nostalgic for the city, that I almost bought my tickets. However, I have already been there twice and since we are unable to take as many breaks travelling in a year as we would like, we ultimately decided to go somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »


Spellbound in Amiens

In Culture, Europe, France, Places, Travel on March 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

Amiens, a city in Northern France, on the Somme river.

Amiens. Most tourists visiting France don’t think of going to Amiens. Even if it is an hour and a half by train from Paris. Hell, people living in France don’t think of going to Amiens. I have no idea why we did. Not for very long though. We were there for a day on our way to somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in the streets of Brussels.

In Belgium, Culture, Europe, Travel on March 11, 2012 at 4:57 am

Broussaille, the character created by Frank Pé, seen in this mural with his friend Catherine.

Tintin, Lucky Luke, Smurfs, Largo Winch, Ric Hochet, Spirou…. Belgium to me is the land of comics. Er, apart from the land of waffles, fries, beer and mussels, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Strawberry Soup!

In Baltic states, Europe, Food, Travel, World Cuisine on March 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

Strawberry Soup in Riga,Latvia.

In India for a long time, anything strawberry was something disgustingly sweet, thanks to what was available at the time in the market which was primarily chemical flavours. I remember strawberry jam as something bright red with lots of chemicals in it and strawberry ice-cream which was bright pink with lots of chemicals in it. Neither had an iota of strawberry in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Say Cheese!

In Europe, Food, France, World Cuisine on March 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

The display at our local cheese shop. The picture shows one-fourth of what they have on offer.

My friends think that since I am in France, my evenings are spent having wine and cheese. The French think I am awfully cool to have adapted to French cheese. I don’t understand either. I have cheese once in a while, mostly during holidays with my in-laws and frankly, coming from India, getting used to a bit of milk was hardly my biggest problem. Read the rest of this entry »