My daughter Sri and I discovered the most charming florist during our recent visit to Paris this summer. We would walk past this florist every evening on our way to dinner. The tiny florist was breathtakingly beautiful. All they carried were roses. Roses in glorious rich colors. Since we always seemed to walk past the florist late at night on our way to dinner, the shop was always closed. But that didn’t stop me from taking these sensational photos. Continue reading Roses Costes on 239 Rue Saint-Honoré. Paris, France
For so many years I’ve heard Paris described as the most romantic city in the world. Cafes on every corner, patisseries to please us, boutiques that excite us, and art to delight us. I have to say this is the first time I truly understood the allure of the city. I think it’s because this is the first time we really explored Paris and the art museums in a leisurely manner. Our plan to cover one museum a day and leave the rest of the afternoon open to explore was the perfect itinerary. It gave us an opportunity to take a break from sightseeing and capture the essence of Paris. To truly appreciate the charm that is Paris, one has to walk. How else can one stumble upon the talked about cafes, patisseries, chocolatiers and boutiques? Continue reading The Allure of Paris. A Walking Tour of Cafes, Patisseries, Boutiques, and Chocolatiers
With so many art museums in Paris that span thousands of years, art can be sometimes hard to fathom. Yoga, Art, Paris was the premise of this holiday that my daughter Sri and I embarked on in early July through our local Yoga Source studio. Yoga, Art and Paris – such an artistic combination. What better place to see a vast collection of world-renowned art than in Paris? And what better city to practice yoga than in Paris? When one starts off the day with yoga, the mind is open to appreciate any and all art. An open mind is what we had when we toured five renowned art museums in Paris. We loved some art and hated some, but in the end we appreciated all the creativity and work that went into each and every art. Continue reading Art & Paris
Bonjour! J’espère que tu as passé un bon weekend. Hello everybody! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a relaxing 4th of July week. I had an amazing 4th of July week. My daughter Sri and I spent it in beautiful Paris! A one week holiday in Paris to see beautiful art and practice yoga. Does this sound too good to be true?
If you are looking for an artsy avant garde appetizer that tastes outstanding then this recipe is for you. Sour from the raw mango, sweet from the apples, and delicious from the addition of green chillies and onions. This is the type of unique appetizer that comes from Indians who lived in Morocco and now live here in the Bay Area- a true global background my friend Radhika and her Mom have. Continue reading Raw Mango Chutney & Sweet Apple on Baguette
The twins Anjali and Rani returned home from a school trip to Italy last week. It was so good to have them home 🤗. I asked the kids if they were happy to be back, and I got a shrug of the shoulders – “yeah” and a sigh. I guess I would sigh too if I had to come back home from a fabulous vacation with my friends in Italy, and then start my summer job the next day 😒. On this fun Italy trip the kids visited Naples, Florence, Bologna, and Rome. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the twin’s memorable holiday in Italy. Continue reading Postcards from Italy
When it’s cold and dreary outside, I so crave flowers and color. Many times to satisfy my flower craving every winter I peruse through my weathered collection of gardening books to escape to summer gardens far and wide. Since I love flowers so much I read and re-read through my collection of books dedicated to just flowers with beautiful decadent pictures of flowers, indoor plants, branches, seedpods, and greenery. Which leads me to this post – for someone like me who loves vibrant colors and flowers these photos that my daughter Sri sent from a wedding she attended in India last week in January were the perfect antidote on a dreary rainy week like I had.
Remembering Pea at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.
Hi folks, for those of you following my blog for a while, you may have read my story on our fun trip to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya last summer. Continue reading Rest In Peace Pea. We Will Miss You.
Mombasa, Kenya. This charming coastal town in South East Kenya is the hometown of Hitesh’s family. Mombasa is different from other cities in Kenya. Because this area was a trading post for Arab merchants who traded between East Africa and the Middle East, you see a lot of Arab influence here, from decor, to architecture, to the people. While majority of people in Kenya are Christian, in this coastal area a lot of the folks are Muslim. You see many mosques and you even hear morning prayer calls from loud speakers in Mombasa. It really is a town with a unique character different from the rest of Kenya. Continue reading Visit to Mombasa, Kenya