Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catacombs!!

Catacombs is in the official Paris City Museum list, it was opened to public only from 2009. You know what?!!.. it holds 6-7 million human bones & skulls!!!

First things first!! It’s scary but adventurous!! Strictly not suggested for Kids, people with weak heart, respiratory problems and low mobility.

At any point of time only 200 visitors can enter, so you might have to wait in the queue for some time. While we were in the queue, got to see an artist making portrait using paper & cutter.. it was amazing…!



Once you enter the main gate you can buy your ticket. Full Entry Fee is 8€, you get an audio guide for additional 3€. 
Your Scary Journey STARTS NOW.....



You need to take a narrow spiral stone stare case & descend 130 stairs below the ground level (20 meters/ equal to 5 story building!!). It’s like a Trans! You really would want to get down as fast as possible as you would have acquired a momentum but the stairs never ends!! Once you  reach the last step you got to walk for approximately 2 kilo meters, for the first 1.5 km it’s so dark, you see a dim lights here & there, path is quite muddy & stony with lot of twists & turns…the only sound you hear is water dripping down the walls. It’s quite cold as it’s maintained at constant 14C.


You enter the hall full of 6-7 million human skulls & bones arranged both sides of the wall in a very artistic way - heart shaped, barrel shaped, Cross shaped…ets. In sideways you get to see rusted locked gates which are not open for public. The skulls are of different shapes & sizes. Each skull has an history, Some skulls are neat, some have hole (by the bullet shoot!), some are a completely wounded (hard hit with a weapon!), my doctor hubby was explaining how that person would have died with what kind of injury. Good place for forensic Science Students!! After walking for some time you really become so silent & can hear your own breathing!


Once you reach the end, the real adventure starts!! You got to CLIMB UP 83 stairs to reach ground floor!! That’s super scary as your breathing speed increases; legs starts trembling, you would want the stairs to end as early as possible but oh gosh!! It never ends!!! We took around an hour to finish our trip.

Catacombs are listed in the “World’s top 10 scariest places to visit”. Memories of Catacomb will haunt you so sure!!

Thanks for Reading :)
Savitha SR



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Love Lock Bridge in Paris

Pont neuf is the oldest bridge built across the Seine River during 1607, just near to this bridge & opposite to MO you see another bridge called “The Pont des Arts” or “The Love Lock Bridge”. Both sides of this bridge are filled with locks...locks...hell lot of Padlocks!! Locks of different design, colors, shape, with names, messages, lying there on the bridge as symbol of undying love! Can you believe the bridge holds overall locks weight of 500 to 700 kilograms!!!

Every year thousands of couples come here & write their names on the locks, lock it to the bridge & they throw the key in the Seine River with a belief that their love will never die!

Well it was interesting to witness a couple doing the Locking ceremony. Are you planning to lock one for your Love? well you can never do this as this year beginning parapet on the Pont des Arts had collapsed due to heavy weight of the Locks & Parisians are very serious about putting an end to this locking ritual...Here is the petition on "No Love Locks"

As the famous saying goes on...“If you really love, set it free. If it comes back it's yours; if it doesn't its never meant to be yours!”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Travel..Travel around the World!


If its your first international travel this article will help you. Traveling abroad is not that tedious, it’s very simple & easy one only if you plan it.

1. Few Nations will give you "Visa on Arrival" otherwise you need a valid visa for traveling. You can apply on your own or if you are not that confident...there are many Travel Agencies who would help you on this process.

2. Book a Hotel & Travel Tickets well in advance as they are required docs during the VISA process.

3. You get a Visa interview appointment, where you need to be present & answer the questions like what’s the purpose of your Travel, How long & where you would stay..etc

4. Post interview you will receive your passport with VISA stamped.

5. I always believe “Fail to Plan is a perfect Plan to Fail”...do make your plan a solid one with the 5W1H....  

6. Now all the information is available on net, brows through the main attractions, Monuments, Museums, Art Galleries, visiting timings, entrée fee ,Must visit places /what not to miss & Most happenings of the place, weather forecast, any vaccination ……

7. Buy currency of that nation, can have some cash in hand & preloaded Debit cards. Now we have international Credit cards as well. Have some buffer just in case of emergency/for shopping!! :)

8. Plan & buy your Medical/Travel Insurance, Sim card/activate your International roaming

9. Write down/print some basic lines to converse…Familiarize yourself with the basic conversing words & sentences 

10. Pack your travel bags with Dresses, Thermals/sweaters/coats Warm clothing, shoes, Medicine, Maps, Travel Itinerary, Imp contact numbers, of course never forget to carry a Dairy & your Camera….

11. Make your travel…See new places, Be open to new experiences, New food, Culture, Weather, Life style….. Be there in that moment Totally & Enjoy! Am sure when you return...you will never be the same person but a different one with loads of new experiences.

12. Enjoy your travel, come back & share your pics & experiences with people around you

Somebody had shared this beautiful write up as a mail forward, it has amazing message which inspires you to travel around the world!




Thursday, October 2, 2014

ಹಸಿರು ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ ಚಟ್ನಿ....Green Tomato Chutney

ಬೇಕಾಗುವ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳು:
8-9 ಹಸಿರು ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ ಕಾಯಿಗಳು
5-6 ಹಸಿ ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿಗಳು
7 ಎಸಳು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ
ಒಂದು ಹಿಡಿ ಉರಿಗಡಲೆ 
ಒಂದು ಹಿಡಿ ತುರಿದ ತೆಂಗಿನ ಕಾಯಿ 
ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು 
ಉಪ್ಪು - ರುಚಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಷ್ಟು
ನೀರು - ಬೇಕಾದರಷ್ಟು
ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆಗೆ : 3 ಚಮಚ ಎಣ್ಣೆ, ಸಾಸಿವೆ, ಇಂಗು , ಕರಿಬೇವಿನ ಎಸಳುಗಳು, ಒಂದು ಹಿಡಿ ಸಣ್ಣಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದ ಈರುಳ್ಳಿ 

ಮಾಡುವ ವಿಧಾನ:
1. ಹಸಿರು ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ ಕಾಯಿಗಳನ್ನ ಮತ್ತು ಹಸಿ ಮೆಣಸಿನ ಕಾಯಿಗಳನ್ನ ಪಾತ್ರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕಿ ನೀರು ಹಾಕಿ ಬೇಯಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಕುಕ್ಕರ್ರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕಿದರೆ ಒಂದು ವಿಷಲ್ ಸಾಕು. 
2. ನಂತರ ಎರಡನೇ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿರುವಂತೆ ತುರಿದ ಕಾಯಿ, ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ, ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು, ಉಪ್ಪು, ಉರಿಗಡಲೆ ಹಾಕಿ ಒಳಕಲ್ಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಥವಾ ಮಿಕ್ಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಚಟ್ನಿಯ ಹದಕ್ಕೆ ರುಬ್ಬಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಕೊನೆಗೆ ಬೇಯಿಸಿದ ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ, ಮೆಣಸಿನಕಾಯಿಯನ್ನ ಸೇರಿಸಿ ಒಂದೆರಡು ಸುತ್ತು ರುಬ್ಬಿರಿ. 
3. ಬಾಣಲೆಗೆ ಎರಡು ಚಮಚ ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಹಾಕಿಕಾದ ನಂತರ ಸಾಸಿವೆಇಂಗುಕರಿಬೇವಿನ ಎಸಳುಗಳನ್ನ ಹಾಕಿ ನಂತರ ರುಬ್ಬಿಕೊಂಡ ಮಿಶ್ರಣವನ್ನ ಸುರಿದು ಒಂದೆರಡು ನಿಮಿಷ ಕುದಿಸಿದರೆ ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ ಚಟ್ನಿ ರೆಡಿ. 

ಈ ಟೊಮ್ಯಾಟೋ ಚಟ್ನಿ ಚಪಾತಿ, ದೋಸೆ,ರೊಟ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅನ್ನದೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ರುಚಿಯಾಗಿರತ್ತೆ. ನೀವೂ ಕೂಡ ಇದನ್ನ ಮಾಡಿ ಸವಿದು ನೋಡಿ :) 
ಚಿತ್ರಕೃಪೆ: ಸ್ವಂತದ್ದು
ಬಳಕೆ: ಫ್ರಿಜ್ಜಿನಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಒಂದೆರಡು ದಿನ



Ingredients:
8-9 Raw Green Tomatos
5-6 Green Chillies
7 Garlic Cloves 
Roasted channa dal - one bowl
Grated Coconut - one bowl
coriander Leaves 
Salt - for taste
Oil - 3 Spoons
Mustard & Asafoetida - pinch
chopped onion - one bowl

Method:
1. Boil green tomatos & green chillies in a vessel or if you are using cooker one whistle will do.
2. Like shown in the second picture grind the ingredients Garlic cloves, roasted channa dal, grated coconut,coriander leaves, salt. once the chutney is done add the boiled tomatos & green chillies grind it for one or two rounds.
3. Heat 2 spoons of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, upon crackling add a pinch of asafoetida, few curry leaves, chopped onions, once onions turn to golden brown, add the ground mixture. Boil it for 2 minutes in medium flame. It is ready to be served with Rice, Roti & Dosa. :)

Best to Use: on the same day

In Refrigerator:1-2 days
Picture Courtesy: Own