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Journey through Europe: My dream vacation

What particularly tempts me when it comes to traveling is to experience the dichotomy this world beholds.

Although a considerable number of events have been passed to dilute the beautiful memories that we spew in those five days, but i still cherish them.

The strangeness in a far off lands, trills me. I see people bustling through streets so familiar yet so strange.

The fulfillment of life-long dream can’t be explained in words. So when the day finally arrived and we packed all our belongings. Husband, two toddlers and me.

I still remembered the journey when I saw the mesmerizing snow-capped mountains of Europe from plane window. Those transient appearance of clouds and the shimmering rays of sun playing hide and seek. I just love it.

Brussels, Belgium

We kick-start our tour from Brussels, Belgium along with colors of autumn.

Colors of autumn

The rich heritage in the backdrop of autumn sky.

Grand place

When it comes to traveling within Europe, we opted for train. So from Brussels to Paris we board Thalys and what a beauty it was.

The train journey itself is very fascinating and despite of being sleep deprived for the past 20 hours, I still chose to stay awake.

And there comes the dreamy Paris.

Paris, France

Champs-Elysses

Arc de Triomphe

Place du Trocadero

A brief walk from this place lead to one of the wonder of world- Eiffel Tower.

Panoramic view of the most romantic city of the world.

Took few moments to absorb this stunning cityscape.

We board hop-on-hop-off bus tour, that took us to various attractions of the city. Our next stop was The Tuileries Garden.

And there we hop onto our tour bus to our next destination.

Mont Marte

After two days in Paris, we packed our suitcases to our next destination.

Zurich, Switzerland

On the shores of Zurich lake we had a three night stay in a near hotel. The serenity of this place has no equals.

Lake Zurich

During our two days stay in Switzerland, first day was entirely dedicated to Mount Pilatus. The journey to Mount Pilatus itself is mesmerizing. From the shores of Lake Luzern to Kriens it gets our adrenaline going.

Lake LuzernThe drizzle on the gushing waves makes the view more captivating indeed.

Cruising the Lake Luzern

I can’t help myself brandishing my camera quite frequently for capturing shots.

The trip to Mount Pilatus is a famously called Golden Round trip. It starts from taking a cruise from Lake Luzern that made its way to Kriens. And from Kriens there are cogwheel trains that took the steepest journey to Mount Pilatus.

Kreins station

My eyes were fixated on the carpeted lush green landscape.

Boarding cogwheel-world steepest cogwheel train

On our way to Mount Pilatus

And the snow started to fall.

Summit of Mount Pilatus

We were more concerned about places in the close radius of Zurich, for that next day we opted for Rhine Falls.

The way to Rhine falls.Europe’s largest waterfall

And this marks the end of our trip, and with beautiful memories and huge stock of pictures we headed back to our home.

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An adieu to Bahrain

“We are leaving Bahrain”

After exasperated discussions, possible rationales, recurring opinions and indifferent responses -my husband vettoed the decision of staying. Frankly I was glad that the impeding decision is made at last.

So Bags zipped and boxes sealed. After a toil of five hours everthing that we owned from this house is crammed into cartons. And here i am bidding teary eyed farewell to a place that had been my home for more than two and half years.

Humans are complex creatures and so is my relationship with the island. Topsy turvy upon the onset and a deep attachment in the end.

This wee island has been the witness of every flux in my life. I came here heavy with my first baby and now leaving with two kids in tow.

I still remembered my apprehensions when leaving the contempary urban cityscape of Dubai and moving to this remote island. And how my perspective resurfaced while moving across the serene landscape that it offers.

It amused me what my usual retort used to be whenever I was back from vacations to home country or Dubai- its strangely peaceful here.

The tranquility that prevails in the island is a riddle itself. Sitting together with friends, we always pour our opinions what make Bahrain so peaceful from the rest of gulf countries.

Speaking of friends another factor that cemented my attachment with Bahrain was the circle of friends I made with time. What makes goodbyes so terrible is indeed the elusive human connections that we leave behind.

P.S. My awful photography is not doing justice with the beauty it owns.