Nurturing Thursday: Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings ~William Arthur Ward

I take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking the time to visit my blog,  read my posts, write comments on my posts (even when I am not around), support me, inspire me  and appreciate my posts.

My Paris trip was not exactly as I thought but it was good nonetheless. I appreciate wonderful suggestions from fellow bloggers. Here is fresh set of images “Paris: a different angle”

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This post is inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday theme.

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Street Photography: Time to relax

In this post I shall combine two themes  “street photography” and “lens artists photo challenge“.

I am very much fascinated by Brenda’s various photo studies. In one of her post Brenda talks about street photography and I must admit that am not so comfortable while capturing people. It is quite challenging.  The images I present now are quite plain. In my next photo study tour shall try to capture some light and shade effects.

Also for lens artists photo challenge, the theme for this week is time to relax. I decided to capture tourists and showcase the way people relax while travelling and visiting new places.

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Oops these days people spend more time on their mobiles than anything else 🙂

How about me!

We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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In town
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On road
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In a remote place with such cosy setting

I hope you like the images.

The World’s Biggest Pedestrian Crossing in Shibuya, Tokyo

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For this week’s photo challenge I decided to share pictures of the world’s biggest and busiest pedestrian crossing in Shibuya district in Tokyo. According to some published figures during rush hours around 2500 people cross the streets at the same time 🙂

I am glad that for once I was part of this crowd and you believe or not but there was not a sinlge incidence of misbehaving. World needs to learn so many things from Japenese people.

You can watch from live camera the present situation 🙂  Soon it will be 4 am in Tokyo. How about watching it tomorrow around 6 pm Tokyo time?

Travelogue: Part1 – from Northern Europe to Hong Kong

Hurray!!!

Here is a series of posts on my Hong Kong and Tokyo trip. In each post I will exhibit a particular aspect of my travel. I hope you will enjoy them. At the end of each post will mention “Points to Remember” who knows they might help someone 🙂

Being a frequent flyer I prefer searching various details before hand and then plan my trips. It is always better to plan and book tickets in advance. If one likes and travel with particular airlines one can get emails on special offers and is possible take advantage of such schemes.  It is also a good choice to check the offer on hotels with airlines tickets.

Anyways this time we plan to travel with SAS (the Scandinavian airlines) as they have direct flight to Hong Kong and Tokyo. For our own comfort we did not book the basic economy tickets and were very glad as the travel time from Stockholm to Hong Kong was 10.5 hours. Also we were able to use the lounge facility at Arlanda airport. But such things are really personal.

The journey with SAS flight SK 963 was comfortable. Food was according to standards (I am not very fond of airline meals but I make sure to drink enough water). We were served dinner and later breakfast.  I like their blanket more than food.  I am going to try to get one such blanket during my next visit to India. There were many entertainment programs on board. Some popular movies and some new releases and even some TV serial episodes. I did not spend too much time on entertainment as relaxing was my main goal on that flight. Mission was very well accomplished. Still I managed to enjoy french movie Sage femme (2017).

The flight was on time and reached Hong Kong international airport at 7:20 am. Weather was good and after regular procedures at the airport we followed the signs carefully and reached the bus station outside the airport.

Towards Hotel: We were advised to book hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. There are plenty of hotels in Kowloon and in Hong Kong island. We took airport transport bus no. A21 to our hotel.

Following the available information/advice on internet we wanted to buy On-loan “Octopus card”, an electronic card which can be used on all public transports and even in convenience stores and some other places. The minimum possible amount on card is HK$150 of which 50 is deposit. Each time one travels the fare is deducted from the card.  The card can be reloaded according to the use. The octopus card service on bus station counter was closed and so we bought 1 way tickets. It costed HK$33 per person. It was the cheapest way to reach the hotel. We enjoyed our ride.

We stayed in New World Millennium hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Our room had spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. I am sure you will love the view as much as I did 🙂

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Points to remember:

  1. If you are vegan make sure you place your order while booking SAS ticket as there was no default choice for vegan menu.
  2. Make sure you get local currency either at airport of departure or at least before you leave airport building. In our case, we took money at Arlanda airport, Stockholm. International credit cards are not accepted every where. On public transport either you pay exact amount in HK$ or use Octopus card.
  3. One can get back the balance on On-loan Octopus card at customer service counter on MTR (Mass transit railway) stations in Hong Kong or at airport express counter against a minimal fee. I would suggest that instead of waiting until last minute to get the refund and rush to the airport counter it is better if you get your balance back at customer counter on MTR stations in city as the queue at airport express counter is an important issue.  Just make sure to have exact change for your ticket back to the airport.

More posts coming soon!!!

PS: I have solved my pc problem from my side with a Jugaad. Hopefully tomorrow it will be back to normal again!

Charles Bridge Prague: Get set click

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My first entry for this week’s  Photo Challenge

Whole day this place is full of tourists and locals. Sometimes rather overcrowded.

Also this is one the favourite spots among photographers in Prague. Easy to find professional and non-professionals during dawn and dusk.  You find people waiting with/without tripods to capture that perfect moment.

The Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

The bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide, following the example of the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, it was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.

Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bridge

Tuesday Trails: 2-13

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Italian Highway!

This will take us to a road trip to beautiful towns in southern part of Italy. From tomorrow I will publish 5 posts on my recent trip to Italy.

Every Tuesday I upload a picture of a trail or a track or a road. It is so much fun to take a walk and capture the track. Hope you enjoy it. If you like the idea feel free to join.