Mykanos – The White & Blue of It!

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I am someone who always gets enamoured with natural beauty. There is no more magnificent way to salute the beauty of mother nature than by co-existing in harmony and rather enhancing the beauty provided by nature.

Mykonos is one of the very few places that is not only gifted with stunning natural beauty but in fact the people there have taken a step forward by aligning their habitat in an aesthetic  way that the entire landscape seems like a piece cut out from the heaven 🙂

 

BEACHES – The best way to explore the place is by beach hopping. Beaches here can easily be divided in two types. For the party junkies and for the wandering souls. Mykonos is known for its party beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise where popular DJs perform and the parties go on till dawn.

For the ones who love the company of nature Mykonose has some amazing virgin beaches where you can just be afloat at the pace of water and wind. Panormas, Fetilia  and Agios Sostis are some of such beaches.

TIPS

  • Best to have your own vehicle to hop beaches. Cars and bikes are easily available on rental basis with your driving licence as proof.
  • Else there is a bus from town to these beaches every two hours or so.

FOOD & VIEW – There is a place popularly known as The Little Italy. It has small, cute restaurants set at a length by the Aegean sea. As evening knocks, this place becomes the most sought after area and for all good reasons. The food is delicious but my favorites were the beautiful mocktails and cocktails. Come here to just enjoy the serene sunset,with cold breeze stroking your hair gently and the aroma of good music filling your heart. We sat at The Caprice, one of the most known restaurants in the area.

TIPS

  • Ensure that you reach by early evening to get the right place.
  • Sun generally sets around 8, so better be there by 6:30 so that you get to witness the entire scenery unfolding in front of you.
  • Not to mention, grab the tables nearest to the sea 🙂

SHOPPING – In mykonos you do not shop because you like just the products…you shop because you want to check out each and every shop because each shop is a piece of art in itself. The way they display the products with their warm smiles, all you want, is to pick everything up!!! You will find some of the biggest brands here with some local artisans as well selling from handmade footwear to paintings.

TIPS

  • Do not shop for the sake of shopping, rather consider it a walk through a stunning museum set in the lap of nature.
  • Do not miss the beautiful flower arrangements mainly bougainvillea and the aesthetic display of everything.

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WINDMILLS – Last but not the least. There is some non – explainable charm in windmills 🙂 The city has some oldest windmills standing beautifully still.Though you might not take much time here but a quick walk is a must to enjoy the nostalgia of the old!

TIPS

  • Plan windmills in the afternoon so that you can walk back to little italy by early evening to enjoy the sunset.
  • Do walk across the nearby hillocks that a lot of people miss but they offer some of the most amazing view and lovely breeze.

So whenever you plan a visit to Greece do keep at least two days to wrap yourself up in the beauty of mykonos. What will you get there – a snapshot:

  • One of the most beautiful landscapes in the world
  • World renowned beach parties that will easily keep you up till dawn
  • Breathtaking view of some virgin beaches
  • All possible water sports
  • A stunningly beautiful town that you have to roam around on your foot
  • Shops that not only sell beautiful artifacts, clothes and accessories but look great too
  • Good food but superb cocktails
  • Amazing sunsets
  • Windmills

Hope the post is of help to you 🙂

When i had a chat with Nature :)

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Mother Nature…yes, we call her our mother but i don’t know how many of us have really treated her as a mother…OH wait a minute..in fact most of us treat her exactly how we generally treat our mothers….someone we always expect to give something to us,someone that must always be available for us whenever we want but only when WE WANT else she must not be hindering our day to day life. Someone who is just always around,without getting noticed,someone who is ever giving without any expectations and someone we all have always taken for granted!!!

My love for nature is not very old,i have always been quite disconnected with the nature. But i guess this connection has something to do with the connection that you share with your own self. So, i feel with time as i started to know myself better and started to accept myself and eventually started falling in love with myself suddenly my heart and eyes started noticing the breathless beauty that always surrounds us. And with that knowingness i started to crave to know and see this beauty from as close as possible and what better way to explore our breathtakingly,beautiful, vast mother than TRAVEL!!

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And here i am,on a small little island surrounded with bay of bengal – Andaman. The moment i stepped out from port blair airport,lovingly stroking breeze welcomed me 🙂 This small town serves as a base for most of the travelers who want to explore the interiors and lesser seen natural beauty around the bunch of tiny islands in andaman and nicobar.

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Havlock is my favorite among all the places i saw in andaman and nicobar. The moment you step into this island,you are totally taken over by a thin layer of stillness that shields the entire island. The vibe is very welcoming and the moment you enter this island,  you let go of who u r and you just imbibe the vibe of this island which is of just being and admiring nature at its best…just the sense of being in that moment. The people of the island are the biggest mirror of the energy that the island possess and reflects on you too…mild,happy faces,polite and carefree spirit, as if everyone is here with a purpose of enjoying themselves, the people and the nature both. The beaches have some stunning colors falling on them through the day as the sun shifts its position. From varied hues of green to many layers of blues with gold and silvery streaks of the sun falling of this vivid water. Wherever you see here, you will get a feeling of observing a  very artistic and tasteful painting with minute detailing.

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If you wish to have a close rendezvous  with the nature then you can opt for scuba dive or sea walk or both just like me 🙂 The waters here are abundant with marine life. The entire process of getting in the water and then down in deep sea is an experience of a lifetime in itself. Taking those gentle strokes in the sea along with millions of tiny,colorful fish and touching some of the most exotic corals and sea rocks is a never forgetting experience for anyone. Since it is not possible to describe the experience or feeling in words i thought, let the pictures do the talking:)

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Fully energized with vitamin SEA i took to the other magnificence  that these beautiful islands have to offer –  dense and thick layers of rain forest. So, this was my first ever visit to any ‘real’ jungle. These jungles are the habitat of many tribes, the most talked about tribes are Jarawas, sentinelese,onge and nicobarrese. Out of these sentinelese are the ones with least contact from outer world. I was fortunate enough to spot a few Jarawas during our drive to lime stone caves. It was a long drive through the thickest of forest…to describe my experience in words all i would say is ‘u do not talk when in a jungle,you listen to it’. It was one of the most enchanting drives in my life where the only company was the breeze bristling though large trees and their innumerable leaves and branches,the sporadic sounds of various kinds of birds and some of the most colorful butterflies roaming on that thick layer of greens.

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The last site that i visited were the limestone caves,honestly when we decided to go there i did not have much expectations but trust me this visit turned out to be the best surprise of the entire stay To touch those million of years old stones,to walk through the narrow passage with stone walls on either sides is one of its kind. I can still feel the musky smell of the place with each stone carrying a saga of time and standing still!

So all of you who wish to steal few moments and venture into the heart of mother nature Andaman and Nicobar must be on your list 🙂 I feel as if i got a warm hug from mother nature by visiting these islands. Do share your experience if you have been there and for those who would be planning this visit i wish them bon vouage 🙂

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A Visit to Mountains…

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Another long gap….but trust me this time round this long break has really been good to me…So, after this lovely break I realized that I have a thought that I have to share with everyone…(whoever is ready to lend an ear 😉 )

I like reading and watching Period dramas and mythology. Since my childhood, i have read many books of the same genre and i used to wonder that how come everyone who wants to attain Nirvana/God, goes to mountains and looses himself there for years and when that person is back somehow he/she is a wiser, more evolved soul. In my childhood it used to be a strong question in my head whenever i was reading any such thing….later, i bumped into life and reading and then thinking about what I read became a part of my cherished childhood memories.

So as I was mentioning earlier, during this break of mine I got an opportunity to visit Leh – Ladhakh , a desert mountain situated in Jammu&Kashmir, India. Now don’t be surprised…and though I am feeling silly but yeah, it was my first trip to a mountain in my 29 years of life on this planet….Anyways coming back to the point that I am trying to make here…this trip to mountains actually took me back to that question of mine in my childhood…and somehow I am feeling that I have finally got an answer to that question!

When you go on a mountain the first thing that strike you is its stupendous scale…everywhere you look, it’s a different sight, different texture, magnanimous structures…all of this make you feel so timid, so small as if for the first time nature thought to put on display its various shades, faces and patterns and for the first time you actually believe that nature IS more powerful than human race…..and this thought leaves you speechless and humbled!

Couple of days in the lap of those majestic masterpieces and they throw another secret on you…The secret of flowing with the flow of nature and receiving and reflecting all that she has to offer…In the mountains, it’s difficult to guess if it’s the colour of the sky that  is falling on the lake or its is the varied hues of  the lake reflecting in the sky… It’s the texture on the stones that one feels when the wind blows or it is these strong blows of wind that has left these t beautiful textures on the stones…It’s the smoothness of the stones that lends flawless flow to the streams or it is  the flawless flow of the stream that has smooth-en the stones …It seems they all are a reflection of each other and they all follow each other…who follow who and who is a reflection of who does not matter here, this question has no relevance here in this place where all they do is be one…in all possible ways and forms.

And once you are intoxicated enough with this lavish splendor and vivacity of mother nature you tend to notice its inhabitants…yeah some of us humans do find a home under the wings of nature here…And trust me it is shocking to see how human bodies also look a part of this huge orchestra following the same patterns and behaviors to the T.  Some faces smooth like crystal water streams, some textured with the same detailing and intricacies as a hill stone…Eyes deep and still  and heavy with the awareness of being  one with the mother nature…

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The most fascinating thing for me was how the people over here were so happy…smiling all the time, caring and giving…And I guess it struck me then, that they are the inhabitants of mountains… and they all have cracked the secret that still evade most of  us the city dwellers…I guess just one visit to mountains is not enough to understand its secrets…but I feel there is one tiny secret that I could feel and understand in this one visit…and that secret takes me back to my childhood question…how come people who go to mountains and stay there for years come down as wiser men…

With my small experience I guess it’s the simplicity that makes them wiser…Mother nature instills in them that the true way of living a life is to live it in tandem with her, flow with her, trail with her, smile with her, laugh with her and she will ensure that you are having a gala time in her court…But alas, we are humans and we have become used to running our individual courts with our individual likes and dislikes,individual whims and fancies… after all we all want to rule…but we forget that today we have reached to a point where there is no one left to be ruled, as we all are busy ruling…who??? None of us know…and those few of us who know the secret of Nature are standing and a distance fully ravishing in the love and hospitality of mother nature and waiting for others to one day be a part of this ever going fiesta…

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I have the Pooower….and its called MUSIC :):):)

love-and-music1Remember the lines of once popular (in my era…oh i feel so old with such references) cartoon show…I have the power….oh! i so loved that show and specially this line..This thought has always lured me…having the Power…power of doing wharever you want,the way you want…the mere thought gives me goosebumps even today.

As a child i always used to think the day ill grow up,it all will become smooth and fine as i’ll have the power in my own hands…but alas! as it turned out to be…i was the most powerful as a child. My sweet smile would win me chocolates,my enthusiastic cry will get me the game,my little bit of crying will get me that out of reach dress…oh the lovely days…only if they could come back 😦

Well,so i grew old,like most of us, i also realized that i am being brought up for a modern slavery…i cant eat what i like, Oh god how many calories will i consume in one scoop…i cant look the way i like…70 kg…are you nuts..no one is gonna ask you out for a date. Not to mention i cant wear what i like (specially if you happen to be in india) ,i have to dress up keeping in mind my surroundings. So these were the basics…and of course,i am sure by now you know if i cant even eat,dress or look the way i want to…its just obvious that i cant  have a profession that i like, i cant go to half a dozen places that i wanna go to (either i have no money,or i need to put that money somewhere where it is more fruitful/useful/urgent etc)….So basically, when i was on this verge of loosing it all when this feeling of me being a slave to this modern day life synced in….there came a blob of light…right at the end of the dead tunnel 😉

i discovered music…of course it does not mean that music did not exist till that moment, yes it did,it was every where and i always loved music…but you know that fraction of a second that changes something within you…in that  moment i discovered the essence of good music….Music liberates you,it makes you travel the world, it makes you feel the wind, it makes you whirl with the nature,it makes you happy,it makes you sad,it makes you run,it makes you stare,it makes you jump,it make you fall…in short…MUSic makes YOU…Me….images

If you allow music to take you over,trust me it will take you over! Do not just listen to to the chart bursting numbers (does not mean they are not good enough)..Just do not limit your sense and capability of enjoying various kind of music,merging into eclectic mix of music and bursting out with vibrating music  palette…trust me its all worth it…every mili second of it!!!

So put on those ear phones,grab a bottle of water,sneak in to y our most comfortable slip ons and go tale a walk in the wilds with….to accompany you on this adventurous journey below are a few links of some interesting,ethereal music that i have recently found…m sure there are many many more marvelous pieces lying on net…just a click away from you…enjoy the joy ride 🙂0