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Well, so I told you I went to Paris and Switzerland right? It was really amazing. And so, here are the pictures. Paris first.




The Eiffel Tower. As stated in all texts, it really is a wonderful structure. It is best to see it in the night, when it is all lit and up and there are these flashy lights that add sparkle to it every hour.



The Arc de Triomphe. Another wonderful work of French architecture, with pretty awesome sculptures on it.



Views from the Eiffel Tower. It was brilliant. So, there you have the clouds, taken at around 10:30 in the night. It is a little odd, because I’m used to the whole ‘it’s getting dark’ by 7:30 pm. And the next is a French Government building and the last shows the distance to respective cities. The distance to Chennai is 8,047 km.



Need I say anything more? It is a magical kingdom, indeed! Oh come on, Disneyland is not only for the kids.



The Louvre. It has some of the most beautiful works of art ever. And I don’t mean just the Mona Lisa. In fact, La Giaconda (the Mona Lisa to you) is highly over rated. Infact, I saw pretty amazing paintings in the same Salle, that looked better than that. And of course, the crowd mills around the Mona Lisa exhibit and the Venus exhibit.



That’s your typical Parisien Corner. I mean, such corners, were always fantasized in my head, with the buildings sticking to each other and a cafe in every corner. To see it for real, was… interesting.



And now, switching to Switzerland. It is one of the most beautiful countries ever.

The UN building at Geneva is really amazing. The first picture shows a WHO meeting taking place. We were allowed to see it form the Journalists’ Gallery. It was quite an interesting ten-minute or so. The person was speaking on reproductive health and actually commended India. Plus, they have this room with a gorgeous ceiling, which has giant paint-stalactites on the ceiling in a splash of various hues. A picture can never reproduce that, therefore no picture for you. The second is a blurry picture of some of the artworks adorning the Italian marble walls.



Interlaken is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Our hotel was between these two rivers, so from the balcony you seem to be bound by rivers and one large stable with these sleek, majestic horses.



That’s somewhere en route to Interlaken.  Picturesque.


That’s the Chateau de Chillon. It’s definitely worth the visit.



And now, for a few more random pictures.

The Rheinefalls

Mr.Snow without his parts.

Err.. Flowers.

So, I had an awesome vacation, yup. I meant to put these up sooner, really. But then, college started and oh well, no whining in this post.

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Color sprinklesWell yes, 14th July is Bastille Day, la fête nationale in France. Since I ran out of something to ramble about, this is what you get. Anyway, I know that this is celebrated by the Francophiles worldwide. And so, Pondicherry is no exception, as it was once a French colony.

Batsille was a medieval fortress and later was turned into a state prsion. It was taken by a French mob on this day in 1789. This marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

In Pondicherry, people raise the French and Indian flags and walk around the streets singing “La Marseillaise” (The French National Anthem) Pondicherry has a distinct French-ness about it in every turn – right from the ginormous statue of the Francois Dupleix to the little trinkets sold on the streets. And they have good home made chocolates to sell. And there’s Auroville, a very tranquil place to stay. It’s a very beautiful, relaxing vaction spot and has an amazing library (Which BWC keeps raving about!)

So, if you ever happen to live in (or visit)  India, you MUST see this place. (And no, I’m not paid to advertise this place )

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“..Tant pis pour elle..”.So much piss for her.Wait,what?

And that, folks, is what I did yesterday(the translation, I mean).Not just that all day, like on loop but..close enough.So, apparently? Tant pis is’ too bad’.Nothing to do with, ah, ahem.

Before you declare me beyond medical help and OMG, RUN FOR YOUR DEAR LIVES!, I should tell you I was reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina- the words didn’t just float up to me, in which case I’d have had to agree with your ‘RUNnnn..!’ decision.It’s a good book too -otherwise of that little shock it gave me- although a little soap opera-esque.Still, I think I like War and Peace better although I read it ages back and don’t really remember much of it.I did watch the movie recently though.. ( Yeah, I know, stand me in a museum and call me a fossil! I tend to prefer older movies and adaptations because you get to see actual good acting, it’s more theatre-inclined than stuff that goes on the big screen these days.I mean, people are on there not just because ‘OMG! He’s so cute!’.OK, know what? I’ll call ya when I’m selling the novel.Although...OK,I’m zzzzippin’ it!)

Despite my ‘promise’, you should’ve seen more art on here today but for the fact that one sheet is,ah, shredded (let us have a moment of silence) and the other is to be.Definitely not for human- or any other, for that matter- eyes.*Grimace*

So while Fuzzylogic abandoned me, and xlucidsanityx went shopping (AGAIN!) somewhere in London I got to hmmmm… ahh.. let’s see… nope…uummm… shall we say, DO NOTHING?!

Hey, have you ever heard that saying, ‘Life, she be cruel’ ?

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No,I don’t need to be bundled off to an Institution- don’t want the psychiatrists themselves in straitjackets, do we? ‘Just what is that title all about?’, I hear you (or the Voices In My Head…well,one of the two ,anyway)ask. And the wise man says : patientez (Satan, I miss French!).

I am known for being Moste Benevolente ( Yeah,sis,I know it ain’t French,jeez..) and thusly I shall not send you to your grave prematurely.

Uh-huh.How many of you bought that? Say ‘aye! …Then smack your heads.Good kiddo.Take a cookie.

What I meant : I’m not turning it into a gallery (not now,at any rate), so no more antelope-phoenix hybrids.Do I hear a cheer? I’d better not hear a cheer!

SO.I was saying? The play.Yes.We- fuzzylogic,xmarthex,the self – watched Rumplestiltskin last evening, and with a twist to it, what with Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup and Rumple’s crazy rhyming.. it was fun.WIsh we had more theatre and a lot less cinema.*eyeroll. ‘Cinema’.Right.I mean,if you can call it that..

And on the way back? We were discussing TV shows (lack thereof, to be more precise) and I said something about -what was it? Okie, I’ll update when I remember- which translated itself-funnily enough- to xmarthex as Nach to the Groove, and what did my ear drum pick up but what I yelled indignantly at her, next: ‘I did not say Dance to the Loo ! What the- ?!’ At this point,fuzzylogic, being seated between us two deaf folks went into peals of laughter while we wondered- what the heck?

There.Happy?

I also bought me one Kite Runner ( ).The reviews say a lot of mushy stuff about the book that I will majorly regret quoting for you,I know, and wish for a time turner.Or just come back here and erase it.Ha ha.Anyway, I have to say I can’t honestly disagree.So although I’m not paid for this either , “GO READ IT,THIS MEANS NOW!”

See ya!

Update : Fuzzylogic tells me it’s RumpELstiltskin, not Rumple like I spelled it.*Sigh* What has the world come to when a girl Navy Dude can’t misspell a little thing like that and get away with it,huh? Huh? (Not really)

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