Or rather, I was back in India a couple of days ago, but I’ve only now managed (somewhat) to get over the jet lag, clean up home a bit, and find time to see what’s happening in cyberspace. Travelling is so tiring and trying.
Having said which, I’ll have to admit I love travelling. Give me a new place to explore—preferably with lots of old buildings, museums or pretty sceneries—and I’m very happy. Though I suppose I have to confess: Switzerland didn’t quite measure up to all I’d expected of it. There was, for one, no Shammi Kapoor begging me not to go off on my own…
…even though the train was more or less empty, and I was sitting all by myself.
But that may have been because my husband tagged along.
I didn’t even get to see any people dressed up in traditional costumes and doing a song and dance for me.
On the other hand, I did see the beautiful Chateau Chillon,
And fields full of wildflowers in Gruyeres.
And guess what? I even got to see an old film on the Delhi-Geneva flight: An Affair to Remember, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Sigh.
Unfortunately, no Empire State Building figured on my itinerary; the closest connection to New York City was in Colmar, in Alsace. Colmar’s most famous son was Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the man who created (among other works) the Statue of Liberty. Bartholdi’s statue in Colmar has a tiny replica of La Liberté peeking over his right shoulder:
When I think about it, though, a good place to fix up a rendezvous in the vicinity would have been the unmissable spire of Strasbourg’s magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. Especially at sunset, when it’s all golden and gorgeous.
Or, equally romantic, Strasbourg’s Petite France quarter, with a curvy swan as sole company.
But, back to Switzerland. I was a bit appalled to see what Geneva looks like onscreen, in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Pyaar Ka Sapna:
Thankfully, the real thing is way more attractive:
And the boats on Lac Leman are picture perfect.
On which note, I’ll sign off. I’m still not quite up to a full length post, as you can see, but stick around: there’ll be a review coming up soon.