Come for a Walk around Kruiskerk
It has been a long winter and the last two weeks have been especially dreary with strong winds and grey skies. Therefore, imagine my delight today as the temperatures turned just a notch higher and the sun played peek a boo. A surge of hope emerged. Finally! Better weather is on its way, one day…
Oh, Stop It Holland!
Oh, Stop It Holland! Just stop being so very gorgeous all the time. We drove to Keukenhof on a rainy morning. The pitter patter of drops and a chilly wind gathering speed. Having been to the famous garden ten years ago, and then repeatedly with various visitors, I wondered if it would hold its irrepressible appeal…
Lisbon day 5: Let’s Go to Alfama
Apoorva said the streets of Alfama reminded him of Ajmer back in the day. I could see this, the curling narrow roads akin to gullies, windows that face each other making room for glances or chats, blinking cats that seemed to be in a languid trance, and Tram 28 meandering through like a boa who…
Lisbon day 1 and 2: the food and Sintra
I have left my heart in Lisbon. I truly have. Every corner there was sheer poetry. When we left for Portugal my heart was broken, shattered to many tiny jagged bits, and I felt disappointed, with life, and with myself for having put my body and soul through the wringer again. Lisbon stitched the frayed…
Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam
A day spent at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. Such peace and tranquility in the heart of a busy city is unusual. The meditative spaces and careful corners are crafted here with such sensitivity.
A walk through Amstel Park
“Is it summer yet?” “I think so.” “How would you know?” “Well it is that time of the year.” “What if you did not have a calendar?” “It is warm, the sky is clear, the ducks are having ducklings, the flowers are out, and the trees have leaves.” “That’s just a good day.” “When you…