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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beautiful Belgique!

When S and I met, we decided we would travel as much as possible and we would take at least 2 breaks every year! Boy! I am glad we stuck to it ( one common interest we have!)and every year has been a series of lovely holidays and wonderful memories! Travel exposes you to a different world, gives you a perspective into a different world and makes you feel really small at the same time! You feel you have been a frog in a well, literally!! We y(earn) to travel, that's all we look forward to! Its wonderful to have a glimpse of different people, their lifestyle, cuisines, the lovely locales, clothes, practices...this list goes on and never ceases to surprise me! I believe, you live only once, live life queen size and the way you want to! what say?

Even as a kid, I went all over India, thanks to Maa's passion for travel, every vacation was a new city, Mumbai, Kerala, Sikkim, Varanasi, Calcutta, Shimla, Haridwar-Rishikesh, Bangalore, Delhi....we have had fun times and long vacations! International travel begun after I got married. I travelled to the UK alone and we frolicked in Singapore for 10 days!! I have said enough about Italy here and here and here! We are lucky enough to be in Paris now, and it gives us a chance to travel all over Europe. We just about managed to see a bit of Paris, in about 3 months!! For the long weekend, we made a trip to Antwerp and on a whim, stopped on the way in Brussels too. Some glimpses...















Belgium is quaint and beautiful with an old-world charm....especially Antwerp with its cobbled streets, trams and old towers and big fountains...reminds of a slightly modern Calcutta!














Haute Couture!

Beautiful Clock Tower you can see from any part of Antwerp!

































The man lying on the floor is impersonating the statues!



Amazing food at a Thai Restaurant....I was so happy to see Buddha EVERYWHERE!! From the decor to the candle holder!! I am inspired to learn Thai cooking now...very similar ingredients to Indian cooking but with a lot of aroma...




























A beautiful ship stuck on the wall, in Brussels!

14 comments:

Raaga said...

Brussels is very beautiful :-)

Guru said...

Bruseels is good and its wonderful during christmas where they decorate a whole square... if you are in Brussels try brugges .. its even nicer...

Pretty Woman said...

Raaga,

:-) It is, I liked Antwerp better...

Pretty Woman said...

Guru,
My brother mentioned to be about Brugges too...will go sometime...thank you :-)

here it is!!!! said...

I will be stopping in brussels for only a few hours on transit...wish I had more time, but had to save it all for India :)
I wish all employers had a benefit like LTC :)

Pretty Woman said...

:-) I know!!

Poppins said...

Beautiful. I was nodding my head all along about the travel. We are of the same category, the one big common thing between hubby and me.

Pretty Woman said...

:-) Poppins!

I am glad to know that there are other people who share the same interests, just like we do!

homecooked said...

Really lovely pics! Lucky you :)

Pretty Woman said...

Thank you Homecooked! :-) You are right, indeed, I am lucky!

thethoughtfultrain said...

How romantic .. I need to pass on this idea to my hubby too. We love to travel but so far it has always been with friends or family. Beautiful pictures there!

Pretty Woman said...

Thoughtfultrain,

:-) Travel is a wonderful way to discover this world, isnt it?

Preeti Shenoy said...

Indeed wonderful to travel. So agree with you--and have very similar views too!
Lovely pics--thanks for sharing
Cheers
preeti

Pretty Woman said...

Hey Preeti,

you are commenting after a long time! :-) Thank you...we thoroughly enjoyed Belgium