France


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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


toulouse, france, capitole, travel, photography
15th April 2015 – Toulouse, France Somewhere between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, I stumbled upon another French gem, well-hidden. Good beers, fine company and eye-catching Capitoles. Thats all we need. We are, after all, simple men.   Toulouse was an unexpected pitstop because of the Andorra issue, but I was convinced yesterday by David that it was beautiful. David was a couch surfer I met on this trip before, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. And he was living in Toulouse. So, I messaged him yesterday, and we met up for a quick hour, within which he gave me a whirlwind tour of Toulouse. […]

Project 365: Day 288 – Unexpectedly, Toulouse


Toulon, France, spring
14th April 2015 – Toulon, France I planned like the devil was in the details. And rode two trains, and saw 3 towns. But Andorra is proving elusive as always. Well, plans change. We all have our downs. I visited a country yesterday, which ended up in disappointment. I should have considered that before attempting to visiting a new country yet again today. I have been wanting to visit Andorra for a few years now. The last time I was in Spain in 2013, I was given only a single-entry visa, so could not enter Andorra. While Andorra is a visa-free […]

Project 365: Day 287 – No Andorra. Not yet.



Nice, france, gardens, travel, photography
13th April 2015 – Nice, France The French riviera wasn’t enough. So I headed east, closer to Italy. There was so much money in the air, But nothing that I could feel. Only see. I had to visit a new country today. And, so I did. Much to my chagrin. From Toulon – where I was the previous day –  I started in the morning towards Nice, on a TER train that went through the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur) region. The train took me all the way to Nice. I explored Nice for the next few hours till lunch. Frankly, I should have […]

Project 365: Day 286 – In a country of the filthy rich


marseille train station
12th April 2015 – Marseille, France The Spaniards will have to wait.  I am headed French. For now. The riviera holds a special attraction. Lets check it out. And how!   Last night, after the reunion, I left with Aurelie to France. Or rather the French riviera. She is from Toulon. And I had an opportunity to visit her family, and I could also visit Marseille, Nice, Monaco and Toulouse. And finish off in Andorra, before heading back to Barcelona. That was the plan for the next 1 week. So, we took the IDbus from Barcelona to Marseille last night, and reached […]

Project 365: Day 285 – The French connection


Notre dame cathedral in Paris, France 1
30th March 2015 – Paris, France We followed the hunchback, through the streets Of a melancholic paris, all the way to Notre Dame. But the cathedral we left behind, and roamed the Love bridge, spanning many a broken heart and flame.   Today was our last day in Paris, and the day to finally visit the Notre Dame. Considered the finest example of French architecture, the Notre Dame came with a huge advantage for a cash-strapped traveller like me. It was free! So while the Louvre came with a little push because of the 12 Euro entrance, the Notre Dame needed no convincing […]

Project 365: Day 272 – The love bridge of Notre Dame



louvre museum in Paris, France 1
29th March 2015 – Paris, France I went to see the most beautiful girl, But sadly to my liking, she was too small. Like many women who I was sad to depart with, I bid goodbye too. And focused on those greeks, tall.   I have been avoiding museums for a while now, mainly because I have moved over from the touristy fare and decided to enjoy the people rather than then the museums. But I had to give in today. With the 2 tourist friends of mine, Rindo and Victoria, I stepped out in the morning to see the Louvre. Here […]

Project 365: Day 271 – Ignoring the Mona Lisa in Louvre


A little eerie, but beautiful nevertheless. - Humayun's tomb in New Delhi, India 3
28th March 2015 – Paris, France I am back in the city of love, and I guess Love does lead to some weddings, if not all. I had gone to see the eiffel and surroundings today, But love and a carousel trumped them all.   I woke up early in the morning today, and took a train from Leuven at the ungodly hour of 6.30 AM in the morning! The train took me to Brussels, from where I took a Eurolines bus to Paris. And after negotiating the complicated Paris metro, I was in my hostel in Montmartre by noon. Two of my friends from […]

Project 365: Day 270 – Brides on the Seine


Budapest, hungary, hostel, travel, photography 1
4th March 2015 – Budapest, Hungary Like a fine line running through the heart of Europe, I took a stride. Long and stretched. From west to east. There are no regrets for now, because I will be back. And not even bothered by a distant airport. Not the least. For the longest time, I thought Paris only had 2 airports : CDG and Orly. Today, I was to find out the 3rd one. Well, technical, Beauvais-Tille airport is not in Paris. It is in Beauvais, about 85 km north of Paris. But Ryanair and other low-cost carriers have been advertising it as […]

Project 365: Day 246 – From west to the east



Paris, france, sacre coeur, travel, photography 1
3rd March 2015 – Paris, France Its the city of love. And I find love in old friends. Who magically turn up out of nowhere. The world is actually a village. Minuscule at best. And finding old friends in the world, is my best flair. I had a pounding feeling in my heart when I landed in Paris CDG. Again, I was panicking. Here I was, with an Indian passport and no job, entering Europe for the next 3 months. If that is not the recipe for an immigration fiasco, I don’t know what is. Wonder of wonders, the immigration officer quickly scanned my […]

Project 365: Day 245 – Sacred hearts in the city of love


singapore eunos metro station 164
This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning