An evening (like) in Paris!!

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stock-footage-paris-france-circa-eiffel-tower-at-night-light-show-timelapse-paris-franceParis – the city every tourist dreams to visit. The city of love, the city of lights!

I am no different! I too imagine myself roaming in the crowded streets of Paris, clicking myself under the Eiffel Tower, witnessing the magic of lights under the open dark sky – somethings I have only read about.

What happens when I get the same experience – here – in Pune?

Aeem.. Are you thinking I have lost it? Comparing Paris to Pune?? 😐

Don’t know really. But the emotions I felt that evening weren’t any less than of being in Paris.

I think the inner happiness is felt from the moments we live, the emotions we feel in a certain situation – place is just a plot of the entire experience.

We started from home at 4 in the evening. It was a small plan – taking my son to a park, dinner in one of the restaurants nearby and back to home. A simple family weekend.

While on our way, I saw a newly opened amusement park. A temporary one built on a playground, huge hoardings of exciting rides, balls and balloons, ice creams and chocolates – a vibrant environment. The tall colourful lights on every ride were surely the most powerful attraction of this park. A lot of kids were standing in front of the park with their families and friends excitedly waiting for their turn to enter.

That momentary sight tickled my mind. Reminded me my childhood memories. It had been years visiting such a place. My father used to take us to amusement parks after our exams – a simple way to distress our little brains. 😎

Would it be a good idea to take my soon turning 2 years son to this place? A thought pricked. Well why not – I said to myself. But isn’t he too small for this place? Caring mom in me peeped.

After a couple of thought exchanges between my caring side and my practical side, we made our way to the amusement park.

We entered the amusement park. Every ride had a queue of kids waiting desperately for their turns. The Mary-go-around, the Columbus boat, the dash-the-car, the jumping jack – all were full of joyous screams! I must say – those innocent smiles have an extra ordinary power of refreshing our lives!

Out of the few rides suited for my son, we made him sit on a play car ride. A simple one with 5-6 cars rotating on a small horizontal wheel like structure.

His way of holding the steering, the joy in his sparkling eyes, the way he waved his little hand every time the car passed by us – the complete experience was a speechless delight!

I think more than he enjoying his first time visit to such a park, we were amazed seeing his play. 🙂

He played few more rides – a bike ride, a small dragon ride, a helicopter ride – with the same enthusiasm and energy.

At last we went to the jumping balloon ride. It was a huge balloon with a netted flat base where kids can keep jumping. They had kept some balls inside to add more fun.

There were few more kids inside the balloon – between 2-5 years of age. I was scared initially – fearing he will get hurt if another kid falls on him while jumping. So I stood a bit far while my husband dropped his inside the balloon.

At first, he didn’t understand what to do. The moment he used to try standing, the balloon would shake by the jumps of other kids and he used to fall down. He tried couple of times, then just sat in the middle of the floor wondering what to do next. My husband read his mind, made some signs asking him to crawl and come to us, which he perfectly understood and followed. Then my husband holded his right hand and said – jump. He jumped and yay!! – he was doing exactly the same as other kids. He was happy for his success!! He kept jumping, losing his balance, kicking the balls that came near him. Adventurous – for him and for us.

Ahh, what a heartfelt experience was this!! 🙂

After the rides section was a small market area. We bought some toys for him, which he proudly carried. We got our family photo clicked in sketch style – that has become a frame in our bedroom now.

Wow, a great evening spent!!

I don’t know when I will go to Paris, but I am sure when we have our loved ones with us, every place has a Paris in it!! 🙂

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Adding Memories to Life.. :)

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Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~ The Wonder Years

How true is that!

Memories play a significant role in our life, they are like frequent doses of happiness. Memories of happy time spent together can bring smile on our face and give strength to cope up with tough situations, memories with friends keep reminding us we are not alone even when we are not able to connect with them frequently, memories of achievements keep us going.

Last few weeks have been amazing for me and I must admit it has been the best period of my life. I kept travelling every week while I was exploring myself, trying out different activities that I have never done before and of course enjoying being myself!

It all started with a weekend when I witnessed a cricket match LIVE! I never thought I would get a chance like this, probably I never tried before. This was indeed a spectacular experience. Thousands of people around, all the heroes of cricket just at a distance of few meters, the so much loud music, the flags and the cheers for the team, all of it made it a perfect evening!

The astonishing environment there gave the much needed energy to my mind and blood flowing!

Added this experience to my memory basket!

 

Next came the trip to Sanskruti Resort – the compensation trip that you would know why if you have read my earlier blog – A Sunday of Emotional Roller Coaster. Unlike the extra vibrant cricket stadium, Sanskruti was calm – with magic shows, mehendi art, dandhiya and ofcourse a variety of Snacks and Food – something I love the most in my life 😉

While dancing on the traditional beats of Rajasthan, I felt like a free bird away from all my thoughts of routine life, all the responsibilities and all the worries around that keep my head occupied.

This too goes and takes a seat in the memories part of my mind!

Then came the trip to Goaaaaaa.. We had been planning this since 3 years and were never successful before. This trip not planned till the last moment was one of my best experiences on beaches. The breathtaking water games were the main attraction here. The experience of riding a water boat and jumping on the violent wave is the most thrilling thing I did in my life!

As its truly said, adventures are stress busters for us. The so much shouting, the fastest heart beat ever, all add up to keep the clean our mind well!

And ofcourse I cant ever forget the beauty of those big churches, the silent spiritual environment they have, the cruise experience in the middle of the sea and witnessing the sunset – all adding life to me!

Collected memories to keep them fresh all my life!

And the last but not the least one – the unforgettable Mount Abu trip.  In the Aravalis, experience of that chill breeze was something miraculous. I never thought a place in Rajasthan can have such amazing weather. Exploring the rock mountains, the hill-top temples built centuries ago, the calm experience of boating on the lake and ofcourse shopping on my toes emptying almost my entire wallet is what I really enjoyed there.

What best can make a woman happy other than shopping!

Last 4 weeks have been like a high tide of my life with all different experiences each week.

And ofcourse this helped me bond with my family, my friends much better than before. Only thing is, they had a tough time fulfilling my requests of snaps in almost every corner and with almost every pose.. 😛 Ok, that’s what family and friends are for, a casual explanation to myself to avoid embarrassment!

I am happy to carry these memories with me which will bring a smile to me whenever I think of them!

Let me keeping adding such memories and make my life worth living!!