Explore France in India : Pondicherry




Here we are back with a new experiences from Pondicherry


We are talking about Pondicherry. One most interesting thing about this places in India to visit. Its a perfect combination if The Experience and Tourism – There is a chill relaxed vibe whereas there a many places you wish to see as a tourist.  As soon as you step into Pondicherry you wonder if you are in Indian or france. So here is some history about Pondicherry that why this city has French twist.

 

 


History :
The story is about 2nd century when British were biting into India, then the French realised that they could even get part of us, so for making their way into India they managed to enter India through Pondicherry, the two kept fighting( British and French) and finally British gave this union territory to the French. Thus the architecture of Pondicherry is French.
Our stay in Pondicherry was short. But it was amazing experience.
An interesting thing was We stayed in Domus , beautiful colourful building having a cafe and apartment where we feel like home. Pondicherry is all about beaches, French architecture.


Pondicherry you get to experience French Cuisines and get to see French Architecture , Clean and not so crowdy beaches. Its an out of India experience within India.

Also this time instead of a Hotel we booked Airbnb because we needed extra space for baby and it was costing same as a hotel.

 

Beaches :
Promenade Beach/Rock Beach
Serenity Beach
Paradise island
Auroville Beach

Beaches in Pondicherry are all nearby , From Promenade to Auroville beach its a  20-30 min. distance via Scooty (Depending upon market traffic). If you are in Pondicherry then you can miss out any of these Beaches as all of these are unique in their own way.

The best area to stay in is “White Town” which is the main area that is all French and is closest to Promenade beach so you can easily be there during sun rise and sun set it has palm trees on side of road adding to the beauty of its.
Along promenade beach is famous Mahatma Gandhi Statue.

Serenity Beach is  a long beach with rock pathway that goes quite further into the sea. Sun set at serenity beach is most beautiful so make sure you are there just in time. also there are shacks on the beach side to chill and fill.

Paradise island is a adventure kind of place you take a ferry to there, there they have all the water sports and everything depending upon the weather. we didn’t go there as our kid was just 4 months old then, But its not a experience to miss out if you are into water sports. It will take your full day at paradise island.

Auroville beach is just a raw and simple beach quite off the road. its not at all crowded but very massive and raw. the waves and vibe is just so amazing.

Auroville : 

Auroville is a interesting little village near to Pondicherry (30 mins away) and is a must visit while you are in Pondicherry. Local produce of Auroville is main thing to enjoy, Almost all cafes use local produce of Auroville so everything you eat is just so fresh and interesting We might put up a food blog as well so wait to find out what to eat where.

Being in Auroville you must go to Matri Mandir & Svaram Musical Instruments & research centre, It has wide range of one of a wind instruments.

The ashram can be visited from 8 in the morning to 12 noon and 2 to 6 in the evening. It’s a ashram where people come to seek spiritual harmony and peace. The ashram is also responsible for founding the concept of peaceful coexistence in a town ship Auroville. Auroville township in Pondicherry is the direct product of the ideals and aims in the ashram.

Hope you all enjoyed our experience of Pondicherry..!!



Venice – The Floating City – Travel

We would love to share our experience of spending the day in the most unique city of the world, Venice. Venice has and always will be very popular destinations for tourists in Italy. Venice was that dream you never want to wake from.City is quite beautiful spot of colourful building, canals, bridges, small streets. When you look all around the city it looks like some watercolour painting.
Perhaps, there is no other place as romantic as Venice truly a dream city. Reasons to visit Venice are endless. Like, alleyways, delectable cuisines, Gandolian rides, canals.

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Grand canal in Venice -

As we stepped out of station, we got struck with the first view of grand canal, which runs through the city. There were many water source of transportation like water taxis, gandolas, ships. Where would you imagine roads to be, there is water all around. Grand canal is the Main Street in the venice. It is the major water source sweeping through this amazing city. The best way to view this magnificent buildings along the grand canal of course is to travel by cruise from one end to other.


Things to see in Venice

St. Mark’s campanile – the bell tower of St. Mark’s campanile is one of the most recognisable landmark of venice. The height of bell tower is almost 100 m.

Bridges – whenever we talk about the bridges, Venice is definitely the first place that comes in our minds. Venice is a city built on the water. I am going to try to tell you about some famous bridges. Mostly bridges are wide and built of stone with shallow steps which makes them very easy to navigate.

Bridges of sighs- originally bridges were made of wood or stone.
Rialto Bridge- this is the oldest bridge and one of the most famous picture taking spots in venice.
There are little tourist shops across the bridge.It is an elegant work of arched stones with wide steps in the middle.under the arcades are numerous shop selling mostly tourist items
Every bridges has its own fascinating and mysterious story. Many of them have beautiful carvings, many of them are decorated with the colourful and beautiful flowers.

Riva Degli Schiavoni- it is the wide waterfront in Venice. This is the popular tourist area features many restaurants, cafes, shops and many tourist attractions. This place is often overcrowded. People walking all around looks so happy and cheerful that makes your day. There are many buildings and hotels around the waterfront. We love the place for it’s atmosphere like crowd all around, cafes, restaurants with multi cuisines. And if you are shopaholic you will definitely going to love this waterfront . Eating and shopping across the waterside is just an amazing and completely a different experience. It all seems to be a fare.

Gandolas or Gandolian ride- for centuries, gandolas was the main means of transportation and most watercraft in venice. But in modern times iconic boats still have a major role in public transport. Gandolian ride is the one Venetian tourist trap everyone falls into willingly.
Long, sleek, black. Gandolian rides are very romantic if you are with your loving partner. As we all have see that in movies to make Gandolian ride romantic and the memorable one with our loved ones. And since teenage we all are trying to make that scene a real one into our life.
These are expensive. So make absolutely sure you agree upon the price and duration of the trip before you step into the boat, and go by your watch ( strangely, gondoliers often runs fast.)

Colourful buildings- Venice is one of the most extraordinary places on the earth.Romance flows down its canals like the many little boats, gandolas that float along its waterways.
Burano is a little island. It’s streets and canals are lined with extremely beautiful and attracting brightly coloured buildings. The closer you look you will came to know about the fact that no building was the same colour. It’s a very happy to feel the whole place looks like a toy shop. Little canals, colouredhouses, shops. Colourful flowers on the windows of houses were the perfect to match with the colours of building. It is the main highlights of our visit to this remarkable destinations.
Venice- love at first sight…!!!


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