My Travel Diary Europe IV

After travelling to London, Manchester, Milan, Venice, Switzerland, Brno, Budapest, Prague and Vienna in Europe, I was lucky to get one more travel opportunity to Europe. This time it was to France – Lyon and Paris. It was again a business travel for 2 months with my team. I took Emirates from Bangalore to Lyon. On reaching Lyon Airport I took a cab to reach the service apartment. The service apartment was located on a beautiful road with lots of trees on both sides. I checked in the service apartment and was very happy to see a nice kitchen with all essentials for cooking. It was winter and the weather was very cold but pleasant. We were getting used to the Europe Weather. Next day morning after having our breakfast, we took a small walk outside. We noticed a park and we went in, this is one the most beautiful park I had gone. This park also had a Zoo, I immediately planned a visit to Zoo one of the weekend. Since, the weather was very cold, I used to walk on the service apartment corridor during weekdays and during the weekend I used to visit this park to run and practice yoga. We were a small team and we used to cook our food everyday. As usual we were busy with work during weekdays and during the weekend we used to go around Lyon and also visited Paris one of the weekend.

Beautiful Park opposite the Service Apartment at Lyon

Visit to Zoo The Zoo was on the other side of the park. One of the weekend I took my camera and went in. I had one of the best evening clicking those beautiful animals and birds. This Zoo attracted lot of elders and children, there is nothing better than watching children having fun. Both the park and zoo was so scenic and I can never forget the beauty of this place.

Paris My friend and me took a fast train from Lyon to Paris one of the weekend. On reaching Paris we had a nice welcome by nature with very heavy downpour. We thought we will never be able to go around Paris as it was continuing to rain non stop. We decided lets forget the rain and start going around Paris. Our positive start was acknowledged by rains coming to a stop. We started the Paris trip by visiting Cathedral Notredame De Paris. We were here for a while and then took a cruise to Eiffel Tower. We booked our tickets to go to the top of Eiffel Tower. It was a beauty to watch Paris from the top. In the evening we went to Louvre Museum and we again returned to Eiffel Tower to watch the light show.

Lyon and Paris are one the most Beautiful Places I have traveled. What I like about any place in Europe is the public transport. What I like even better about Europe is its Beauty. We can keep looking at the photos we clicked any number of times. I want to go on a holiday to Europe, spend a week in Paris and Switzerland, a week in Budapest and Belgium, finally a week at London.

Hopefully Covid-19 will leave this World soon and we all will be able to plan our holiday. Be Safe and Take Care.

My Travel Diary Europe III

After completing my stay at Milan, I got an opportunity to travel to Brno in Czech Republic for 5 weeks. As usual I took Emirates from Bangalore to reach Vienna. I took a cab to reach Holiday Inn at Brno. Holiday Inn is one of the best hotels I have stayed. We were six of us on business travel and we had booked independent rooms for stay. We have also negotiated well for a kitchen. We were having a feast for dinner everyday. We used to split the kitchen work and we had a chef in our group who used to cook some very good vegetarian dishes. We were also served very good breakfast by Holiday Inn. They also had a nice gym, I used to wake up at 5am and complete my running and yoga. We were occupied with work most of the weekdays and we had the weekends to go around Brno and also visit the neighboring holiday destinations. We were lucky to visit Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

Brno Brno is a small city in Czech Republic. Holiday Inn was located opposite a very scenic place. We had visited Brno in November and December and hence, it used to snow regularly. There were not much places to see in Brno and the only place where I saw lot of people was in a Mall.

Prague Prague is the largest city in Czech Republic. Prague is known for Old Town Square and colorful buildings. Like Switzerland whatever or wherever we click in Prague will be a delight to our eyes. After reaching Prague by train, we started walking to Charles Bridge. It was November and the weather was very cold. We had a nice hot coffee and started visiting all the famous places. We visited Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Prague Astronomical Clock, Dancing House and Wenceslas Sqaure.

Vienna Vienna is the capital of Austria and is known for palaces. We were in Vienna for a day and hence, we have to see the famous places quickly. Luckily the team had done a very nice planning and we were able to visit most of the important places. We straight went to Schonbrunn Palace and spent more than 2 hours here. Then, we visited The Hofburg and Prater. In the night we went to Vienna State Opera.

Budapest Budapest is the capital of Hungary. When I think of Budapest I immediately remember and see the Beautiful Bridges on my mind. We reached Budapest early in the morning and straight went to Hungarian Parliament Building. From here we went to Buda Castle. We then walked to Chain Bridge and also visited the other bridges for clicks. We were also at the Heroes Square before taking our train back to Brno.

We had the best 5 weeks at Brno. As a team we were able to spend lot of time together and we visited these wonderful holiday destinations. I always love travelling to Europe as we get to see some nice palaces, bridges, buildings and most importantly we will see nature at its best. Public Transport is best in Europe and it becomes easier to visit few countries during the weekend and have very nice memorable time.

My Travel Diary Europe II

I always like traveling to Europe whether its work or holidays. Even when I go on work, during the weekend I can go around few cities, meet nice people, click some very nice photos and relax my mind.

I got an opportunity to travel to Milan for 2 months with a small team around 3 years back. I took my favorite Emirates to Milan and had a nice drive from Airport to service apartment in a Mercedes Benz. Each one of us took an independent one BHK apartment. Most of us were vegetarian and the kitchen with Microwave and vessels gave a nice start to our stay. We had carried the required home made spices for our food during the stay.

In my first few days of stay at Milan I noticed couple of things. One, it was very difficult to walk on the streets because most of them were smoking and the air was filled with nicotine. My throat is very sensitive and I was finding it extremely difficult to walk on the streets. I used to go to a nearby park in the morning for walk. I used to run when I was in Chennai and after moving to Bangalore I was only walking. What I noticed in this park was everyone was running. This gave me lot of motivation to start running again. I started running everyday and during the weekend I was running more than 7 kilometres at ease in this park. Today I run around 10 kilometres in 45 minutes, thanks to my Milan Trip.

Our weekdays were filled with work and meetings. We were commuting to office by Metro. In the evenings I used to cook my dinner and go out for a small walk. We were a small team and we had some nice time in the evenings and we also traveled to my favorite destination Venice and Switzerland. One of the weekend I also took a bus to Monza circuit. There was no Formula 1 or MotoGP race when I was at Milan. I still was lucky enough to walk around the circuit and click some nice pictures.

Venice we went to Venice by Bus and on arrival at Venice we were welcomed with “You are lucky to see Venice, Venice is sinking”. I didn’t understand this until I started understanding what was told from internet and the recent rains in Venice. At Venice we went to St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs and Murano. We also took the famous gandola ride for a hour to go around Venice. We were also lucky to visit one of the glass factory at Venice.

Switzerland This is always my favorite destination. We took a bus to Zurich and from here we visited Zurich Lake. We took a train to Lucerne and Mt. Titlis. I wanted to go to Schumacher’s house and click a photo of myself in front of his house, but did not have the time. I was hoping I will get a chance to see and click Federer but was not lucky. We were having very nice time playing at Mt.Titlis. What I liked about Switzerland is everything was clean, colorful and anything I clicked here looks beautiful.

Switzerland must be the most Beautiful place on Earth, it’s my dream to go to Switzerland on a vacation and stay for at least a month. For someone who loves Nature, there is no better place than Switzerland. This time I will definitely to go to Schumacher’s house for a selfie in front of his house.

My Travel Diary Europe I

I have always admired the beauty of Europe on Television and Internet. I first traveled to Europe around 7 years back and it still lives on my mind so fresh. My work took me to a place near Leeds for few months. During the weekdays it was only work and this place did not have much to see. One great experience I wont forget during my stay here is the snowfall. Coming from India I have never experienced snow. On one of the evenings the weather forecast was snow and we were eagerly waiting for the moment. I traveled with a team and when it started snowing, we came out of our rooms, clicked lot of photos and were also playing. After this wonderful experience I have never enjoyed snowfall much, it becomes difficult to commute to work.

During our stay near Leeds, weekend was fun and I had been to Manchester once and London few times. Manchester was exactly a hour by Bus and London was around 5 hours. I have made the advance booking for my trips and also planned what to see.

Manchester The Bus drive to Manchester was so scenic and beautiful. I wanted to click lot of pictures but couldn’t. As the bus was approaching Manchester everything was red. All the houses were painted red and anything I see is red. Those days I used to watch English Premier League and during the days of Christaino Ronaldo I was a fan of Manchester United. After the bus dropped me at Manchester, I took a metro to Manchester United Stadium and I have also made reservation to Manchester United Museum Tour. As part of the tour, we were taken around the stadium, we were taken to players room, players box and what was exciting is we were even allowed to wear players jersey and shoes and also have a look at the trophies.

London I traveled to London few times and this is one of the most beautiful place I had been to. My friend was in London and he took me around to few of the important places. I also went around London by Red Bus few times. I went around Tower Bridge, London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Shard, Greenwich observatory, Lords Stadium and Madame Tussauds. Am a vegetarian and I enjoyed my lunch at Woodlands located in Paddington. I also had a nice walk at Hyde Park. One important place I missed going is Wimbledon, hopefully I will go on a personal tour to London soon and I wont miss visiting Wimbledon.

I had been to all the most important places in Europe, I will write about these in my next blogs. What I like about Europe is we can see Nature at its Best. What I also like about Europe is the Public Transport. If it is an International Holiday my choice will be always Europe. I love nature and naturally I love Europe.