Pictures from Paris

Well its been a while since I had been to Paris – to be specific it was in October 2015, but the memories of the place and the people are so fresh it’s hard to believe it has been four months already.

Time goes fast to realize and appreciate where we are – so here I am finally posting few pictures from the Paris trip.

Ideally, we went for for my brother’s wedding and yes there were loooooads of work preparing for the wedding, but so glad I could also do some sight seeing here and there.

Visit 1: the local market!

Yes of course Paris is known for it’s amazing views of historical sites, but my first visit? the local market! I was too scared to take my phone out to snap pictures of the market so just some pictures on the way.

The brick roads

Visit 2: Sacré-Cœur (White Church)

My first day using the public transport – and it wasn’t just one mode of transport. In one day I got on the tram , the subway and even the bus (can I also say I reached 13,000 steps that day!).

Above are some pictures from the bus. I love vintage buildings, sight of historical monuments (just to imagine the stories behind these monuments) and plain sights of a simple lifestyle – all seen in the collage above.

And finally the sight of the Sacré-Cœur! We didn’t expect the amount of crowd that day, but apparently it was because of a mini street concert happening. French songs being played, and people of all nationalities dancing on the streets quite a carnival effect there. Slowly we made our way through the crowd and up till the entrance. Once we reached we could see the view of the entire city – spectacular it was! (Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the view here – surely will upload it when I find it). We had our share of one billion pictures taken (I’m kidding, we needed to save memory space) and so we headed over to some snacking (of course) for some fresh Churros.

Once we got done with the pictures and the snacking, we were ready to leave the place for visit no 3, but to a even greater surprise the mini concert suddenly played Bollywood /Kollywood songs! (Video of this later ) After that mini episode of excitement we were off to our visit no. 3.

Visit no 3 : the very iconic Eiffel Tower.

Getting to the Eiffel tower was an adventure. We basically took a longer route and had to wait for the bus and walk longer, just so we could get in time for the ‘lighting of the tower’- 8 pm to be exact. We spotted the lighting of tower from far and it was very beautiful. After which we walked closer the the ‘iron lady’. The place was too crowded and we had to wait in longer queue for the ticket to go up – so we skipped that and headed straight home.

The tower shimmers (seen on the right)

And so after a long metro ride, we caught the last tram and got back home just in time for dinner.

Hope you liked the post! Do comment and share your opinion on the post.

#keepwandering,

-Arunya

 

 

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Glasgow, Largest City in Scotland

Known for its People, Architecture, Weather, Local Life and History; Glasgow is the Largest city in Scotland. Here are some clicks from our 5-hour self tour exploring Glasgow by walk. Hope you like them 🙂

Argyle Street - Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Argyle Street – Outside Glasgow City Bus Station

Our Tour Guide - Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Our Tour Guide – Followed the Old Fashioned Way of using Street Maps to walk our way exploring the Local City Life of Glasgow.

Fountain at Glasgow Green

Fountain at Glasgow Green

People's Palace - Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

People’s Palace – Was a Vacation House for the Royals and now a Museum with interesting Life Histories.

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Glasgow Brewery View from Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

Winter Garden at Glasgow Green

The Famous Barras Market - A walk away from People's Palace

The Famous Barras Market – A walk away from People’s Palace

Barras Market of 1920's still in Function - Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Barras Market of 1920’s still in Function – Known for its Traditional Trade of Used Goods.

Tolbooth Steeple - Major City Landmark

Tolbooth Steeple – Major City Landmark

Merchant Square - Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square – Old Fruit & Vegetable Market

Merchant Square, Now - An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

Merchant Square, Now – An attraction for Dining, Shopping, Street Entertainment and Seasonal markets

George Street - Walk towards the City Chambers

George Street – Walk towards the City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Chambers

George Square

George Square

Streets of Glasgow

Streets of Glasgow

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse - Just 136 Steps x2

Climbing up to the peak of the Lighthouse – Just 136 Steps x2

View from the Lighthouse

View from the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

From the top most point of the Lighthouse

~ Shahana

Edinburgh City, Scotland

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On Campus Lake

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Sight from my room..

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From Calton Hill

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Feeding them birds at Holyrood Park

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Scotland – Bird Eye View

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Scenic Nature on Campus

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Princess Street

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Walk to Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Country Side

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Gorgie Street

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Beautiful Paddy Fields

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Around Holyrood Park

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From Calton Hill

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Arthur’s Seat

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Edinburgh Castle

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Holyrood Palace

Welcoming Change… Edinburgh City!

So it’s been quite a long time since my last post. I have been through a lot of changes in life since then. And it took me a while to sink in all of the amazing things around me. So to start with I am finally in EDINBURGH…Woohhoooo!! This place is beyond beautiful.. Especially me coming in from a Middle Eastern Desert life I can go on and on about how overwhelmingly scenic the country side is. My photo gallery was overloaded with more than 1500 pictures just in the first 10 days. I have no complaints from this change I totally lovvee it! Yet just 2% unhappy with ‘the weather’ here. Its soo unpredictable really, like 4 seasons in a day! When I am in I see a tiny bit of sunshine and when I go out, it’s raining! Okay so I come back and get my antique umbrella (that I bought 100 years ago but thanks to Dubai’s forever summer climate never got a chance to use it, hence the antique tag) and guess what? Its sunny again.. I am just like okay wait what?! And how can I not mention the cold here. It basically freezes my face and I just have no connection between what I am talking and my facial expressions! But when I see that rainbow right above me, I would blindly agree to all the terms and conditions of surviving the Scottish weather.

This is my first time staying alone without my family or anyone that I know. But happy I managed to make a few friends. They are not as fun as I thought yet they indirectly made me realize and change a lot of things in my carefree rather careless life. And that’s what an MBA feels like, if you’re not organized you lose out. I am so lucky and thankful to have the sweetest, most caring parents ever who take part in my many adventures always. My friends back in Dubai and my bff/co-blogger/soulsista, my life would be so boring without them. Living alone gives you a chance to appreciate the many things you take easy in life, the people, their care, the ‘pet’ and 90% the food! I am really glad this happened in my life, a lot of things have changed for me and I am so so thankful. Just finished my exam yesterday and it wasn’t as easy but there is a lot more to be happy about than the results worry. I feel the best thing that can happen to anyone is the chance to live alone all by yourself in a completely unknown but a beautiful country and just explore the place, the people, the culture, their way of life and most importantly yourself. You finally will be able to weight all that exposure you had learned all your life. #bestdaysever

Guess this will be a pretty emotional yet from the heart post of the love I have for this place and the people in my life. I am off to do my laundry now ha! I will have some chosen beautiful pictures up on the blog for you all to checkout or rather picturize my awe for Edinburgh!

Toodaloo.

~Shahana