The two ducks

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Hey, I see you!
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Here I come
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Ok, let’s go

Clicked on a calm evening at the lake of Parc de la Tête d’Or, Lyon, France.

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Bonjour Lyon

I am back again, but this time signing in from new place! I recently moved to Lyon, a city of East France for one of the most important beginnings of my life.

Lyon is famous for its food and the UNESCO word heritage architectural sites. I spent my first weekend in Lyon and visited few places and of course tried to click some beautiful pictures. Regarding my experience, yes it’s totally different experience for me because I was in more calm and countryside sites before coming here. There are lots of places to visit, spend time and do some photography. I think I won’t be bored living here. In my free time, I was able to go to very few places and there is always a lot more to explore! Here are few pictures.

Lyon Cathedral

A medieval cathedral with an astronomical clock of the 14th century and museum.

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Lyon Cathedral

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of the 19th century on top of a small mountain – Fourviere. It has four towers around and an art museum.

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View of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Interiors of basilica
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City view from  Fourviere

Theatre Gallo-Romain

It’s an ancient Theatre of Fourviere built around 15 BC. It is also located on the hill of Fourviere. A calm place to sit and enjoy the city view.

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Theatre Gallo-Romain
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Theatre Gallo-Romain

Gallo-Roman Museum

Museum of Gallo-Roman civilization.


Parc de la Tête d’Or

It is one of the largest urban parks in France spreading around 117 acres. It is integrated with a lake and during summer boating is the main attraction in the park.

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Boating at Parc de la Tête d’Or

Rivers of Lyon

Rhône and Saône are the two rivers of Lyon.

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Saône River
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Pont Wilson on Rhone River

Lyon at Night

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Clicked at banks of river Rhône
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Pont Lafayette on the Rhône
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View of the Basilica and tower from Bellecour

Keep waiting. Still, more to come from the beautiful city – Lyon.

Poland Pravasa

Here are few pictures of my recent travel to Poland. Wherein I visited the capital city-WarsawKraków, and Zakopane.

Kraków is one of the oldest cities of Poland situated on Vistula river. St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the main attraction.

Zakopane is a city in the base of the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. Morskie Oko is a must place to visit.

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St. Mary’s Basilica
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Street in Krakow
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Auschwitz concentration camp
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Different Blocks in Auschwitz concentration camp

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Tatra Mountains

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On the way to Morskie Oko
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Morskie Oko Lake
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Walking on the Frozen Lake
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Alone on Morskie Oko

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Toulouse and Albi

Here are pics of my recent travel to Toulouse and Albi.

Toulouse, is a city which lies on the banks of river Garrone. It is a city of unique architecture.

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Albi

Albi is a commune in southern France.

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Lake of Reflections!!!

Every day I come to see you.

You look gorgeous. You look different every day.

You capture the beauty of nature and reflect it through your transparent skin.

You are always cool, both literally and by character.

 

I always like to walk around you.

You make me feel relieved when I am stressed.

You aren’t the same daily.

You are calm some days, and you will be rushing some days.

 

You have seen me thinking about so many things.

I express many things looking at you.

You wear different dresses every day which shows your richness.

Your beauty is filled in my eyes.

 

You have seen laughter and tears.

You are the reason for someone’s happiness.

You have witnessed the happiest and the saddest moments.

The mood in which I come to see you will not be the same when I leave.

 

You don’t need me, but still, I need you.

You will always remain special to me.

You can’t remember me but I can’t forget you.

You have cheered me up at my hard times.

 

You never spoke a word to me.

But still, there was a silent communication between us.

You always will stay special to me

You can’t come in search of me, but I can!

 


Here are few clicks of the tranquil and gorgeous lake which is near my residence here in Poitiers, a city of France.

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Evening time
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Panoramic view of Lake and Football ground
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My residence

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Sunset

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Mirror Reflection

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Night Time
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Moon Reflection

 

 

Bonjour France…!!!

Bonjour France!!!

Well, It was my first visit to a foreign country and it is France which is a region of medieval cities, peaceful villages, calm rivers, and beaches of Mediterranean. It was for my higher studies. New place, new life, new people, new language, totally it was a different and new beginning for me. I was really excited about it. I landed in Paris in September 2015. It was hard to come to France leaving my loved ones and home country.

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Me and my friend Jayanth
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Over the clouds!
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A view from my seat

I was accompanied by few of my friends hence I didn’t feel much lonely after coming here. I reside in the city of Poitiers which is a riverside city in the west of France. My hostel is in city outskirts. It’s a peaceful place!

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Our first meal at Poitiers

First few months were really adventurous. It was fun discovering new things, roaming around knowing just ‘Bonjour’, ‘Merci’ and ‘Au Revoir’ (Hello, Thank you and bye) in French. Another most used sentence was ‘Vous parle Anglais?’ meaning ‘ Do you speak English?’. The course work here was very different from my previous education held. Initially, it was difficult to adjust to it. But as time lapsed things became easier. I used to go out with friends for outing, parties and night outs. It wasn’t difficult for me to get adjusted to the French food as I was a Non-vegetarian.

There are things to like about France. The way they wish everyone seems good. They are always calm and has an interesting lifestyle. They don’t work too much but they do what is required. They spend their weekends and holidays well. There are a couple of things to learn from French people.

Day by day I started learning French language and also about the French culture.  It’s exciting to learn French. We invite French people for dinner or lunch with Indian special dishes. Few of them like spicy food while few just cry! It feels good interacting with the French people. They are very calm and helpful in nature.

There is a beautiful river named ‘Le Clain‘ near our residence. We usually go there on weekends. We play football in the nearby ground later we have food near the river.

The city I live in is not a happening city. But that doesn’t limit my entertainment. I go to different countries for the trip during semester breaks and holidays. So far I visited Paris, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Vatican City and San Marino. It will be refreshing after a tiresome course work. Here are few clicks from Paris.

Daily Skype calls to parents, group video chats with friends in the weekend, preparing and having special Indian dishes, receiving a parcel from India, celebrating birthdays, outing with friends are some of the happiest moments here. The snacks we receive in the parcels won’t even last for a week.

I also frequently visit a nearby village which is Martigny. I go there for running. This village always brings a feeling of my own village back in India. I like to run around the fields. I click few pics often and send them to my father who is an agriculturist as he frequently asks me about the French agriculture.

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Sunset

There is a lake near my residence. I just go there in the evenings. Sit for a while alone there. The view will be spectacular. The vehicle reflection on the water is the best part. I feel relieved after a walk around the lake. I do meet few local residents near the lake. It feels good. In the weekends few families come for camping near the lake. It feels good to see the families there.

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View of the Lake and my Residence
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Evening time around the Lake

Here are few pictures which I  took in and around my city.

Now I can speak some manageable French. I have learned a few things after coming here. Life in France is so far good.

Yes, although I have come here for strong reasons for the betterment of my life, Sometimes, I do miss my parents, friends, family occasions and my village. But at the end of the day, I need to work hard and bring a meaning to my travel to a far place from my country. I am not the same person who I was when I came here. Life in France has taught me about the value of parents, people, money and time. I hope the rest of my life in France goes well.

 

 

 

Lalbagh Flower Show !!!

Every year Flower Show will be organized semiannually on the occasions of Republic Day (January) and Independence Day (August) by Horticulture department in Bangalore’s largest park- The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, situated in the middle of the city. The flower show will be at the “Glass House” located in the center of the garden.

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Entrance !
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The Glass House
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Panoramic view of glass house

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This year, the 201st Flower show on account of Republic day was between January 17th and 26th. The main attraction was the model of “Red fort” which was 28 feet high, 40 feet wide and 50 feet long. It was decorated with varied colors of roses. There was also a replica of “Gateway of India”.

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Red Fort

 

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Gateway of India

 

On account of Big brother Obama’s visit to India as a chief guest for 66th republic day, a model of “Statue of liberty” was also made.Along with these, there were a wide variety of flowers- Heliotropium, Cineraria, Pinks, Rudbeckia, Phlox, Rose and Velvet which were decorated in a different pattern inside the house. The view was Blissful!

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Statue of Liberty

 

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Cineraria

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The Pinks
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Indian flag made with grains
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Annual Flowers

 

Shopping Stalls


 

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Honey
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Sparrows
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The Blue
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The Wooden Transformers 😉

 

Other attractions at Lalbagh!


The Historical Watchtower (Kempegowda Tower) built by Nadaprabhu Kempegowda. It is situated at the top of a small hill. The tower is one of the four towers which was built to watch the city in ancient days.

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Kempegowda Watch Tower

Lalbagh Lake is another tourist attraction. It is spread over an area of 30 acres.

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Lalbagh Lake