Persepolis is a brilliant illustrated autobiography by Marjane Satrapi.
Deep in its message yet wonderfully depicted through illustration, this is a must read. The author captures her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in a most endearing style. I am a fan of Marjane Satrapi & would highly recommend this book, which is sheer talent with a story.
Persepolis has also been adapted into a film but nothing like getting hold of the book!
A vintage copy of the Femina magazine from March 1960, which was found in our ancestral home.
I was fascinated to discover that Femina was launched in July 1959 , so this is the 8th edition of a magazine, now over half a century!
Femina is one of India’s most popular magazines, especially among women!
Köln in German, or Cologne in English, is Germany’s 4th largest city. Eau de Cologne (Water of Cologne) that is known & used the world over, was birthed in this city. The city is famous for the Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church.
Here are some photographs I captured of the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria if you read the details on the Wiki link).
A World Heritage Site, work on the Cathedral commenced in the year 1248. It is supposed to be Germany’s most visited landmark (details in the link above) & it is alleged to house some relics of the Three Magi who visited Jesus after His birth.
I was fortunate to have visited this Cathedral with its rich Gothic architecture, historic & religious significance.
I have often wanted to know more about the suffering of the Jews & atrocities committed against them during the Nazi regime. It was therefore only natural to want to see a real concentration camp if that were ever possible.
During my visit to Germany this became a reality & I was able to visit an old concentration camp which is now a well preserved musuem. It stands as a cold reminder of one of man’s worst crimes against humanity.
Located outside Berlin is the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Oranienburg. A former Nazi camp, it serves as a grim reminder of the extent of man’s depravities…& the suffering endured by millions of Jews as a result.
For those interested in reading more on this topic, I would recommend the following books – The Diary of Anne Frank, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl & The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
Thank God for freedom!
A ton of energy & the ability to walk, walk, walk is what you need if you visit Paris. Cathedrals, cafés, monuments or the museum – there is so much to explore & experience in this city, which is best done walking. And of course the camera is kept busy too.
History everywhere you look is Paris in a nutshell to me.
A panoramic cruise on the River Seine is a great way to take in the many views of Paris. Visiting the 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral brings back memories of Hugo’s book ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.
To behold Paris’ most iconic symbol the Eiffel Tower is truly awesome. Walking down the Champs Elysees, supposedly ‘the most beautiful avenue in the world’ is a great way to absorb the city & you also get to view the historic Arc de Triomphe. We also got to witness the celebrations of the Bastille Day or French National Day…when all of Paris seems to converge on the Champs Elysees to witness the parade & celebrations.
No trip is complete without a visit to the Louvre – this museum has just too much to see in a short duration; most popular attraction without a doubt being Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. It was so crowded with tourists…had to literally push through the crowd for a glimpse up close – I wasn’t able to capture a very clear picture though.
Around the city one gets to admire the many monuments & rich architecture – below are photos of the La Madeleine Church (formerly meant to be a Temple) as well as the statue of Joan of Arc. Way too much to see!!!
While there indulge merrily in the local French cuisine…& go get some joie de vivre!
During our holiday to the UK a few years ago, we were fortunate to be able to stop over for lunch at The George Inn during one of our days of local sight seeing.
Located in the village of Lacock in Wiltshire, England, this picturesque ancient village is several hundred years old & has been the setting for some famous English films.
The George Inn dates back to 1361 (Wow!) & is famous for having a running license since the days of Oliver Cromwell. It was a very interesting visit – the inn with its incredibly ancient history & aura as also getting to see a village this quaint…memorable!
Photo tour of Windsor Castle …a glimpse into an abode of the British Royal Family.
To quote a historic fact I came across “Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen and the largest occupied castle in the world. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today.”
Bath is a city in the Somerset County of England. A World Heritage Site, this ancient city is famous for its Roman Baths. Below are photos of the Roman Bath from a bygone era. The complex also included the temple of Sulis Minerva; spooky curses that were written have been recovered from the Spring as the photos will tell.
To share an interesting quote from the Wiki article on Bath , “Archaeological evidence shows that the site of the Roman Baths’ main spring was treated as a shrine by the Iron Age Britons, and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva; however, the name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, leading to the town’s Roman name of Aquae Sulis (literally, “the waters of Sulis”).”
Let the photos do the talking…
Rügen is Germany’s largest island located in the Baltic Sea.
Placid & picturesque with cobbled roads, the azure sea, chalky cliffs & brilliant scenery…
Rügen & Stralsund, which is not too far away make for a most memorable visit. Photos are from both places –
Sunlight on the Church at 9PM…