After leaving India for 6 months I didn't see a beach! In Chennai, beach happens twice a month. I missed it terribly and my happiness knew no bounds when I soaked my feet into the cold water of Dorset, England and kept remembering Mumbai's secret beaches & Pondy's secluded beaches!!!
I have an unique feeling when I go to places associated with human civilization. I get an emotional attachment coz our forefathers once walked about in that very soil. When I walked in Caerleon in South Wales, a Roman Civilization site, I was reminded of Dholavira, the Indus Valley Civilization site back home!!!
The Antoni Gaudi craziness in Barcelona, Spain most definitely reminded me of Nek Chand's Chandigarh. Antoni Gaudi's idea of using broken tiles to broken glasses to create masterpieces of art was definitely seen with Nek Chand & Laurie Baker as well. Did they intern with Gaudi?
What made the Edinburgh, Scotland visit a hit was definitely hiking up to the Arthur's Seat & Calton Hill. Till then I hadn't climbed hill after leaving India. It was one exhilarating experience. The view from Arthur's Seat reminded me of the view from atop Tada and climbing the flat terrain of Calton Hill most definitely reminded me of Savanadurga!
No where, not a single country that I've visited so far in my life can beat the sculptural marvel of the Cholas & Pallavas. I couldn't help but mentally compare one of the oldest churches in England, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Canterbury to our own Pallava rock monoliths at Mahabalipuram, again a UNESCO site!
They say India is crowded. I know India is crowded and I didn't think any place would be as crowded as India, given our humongous population. But was I wrong! I felt the same crowd of India at Italy, thanks to soooooo many tourists! Well, the road side hawkers too reminded me of Mumbai & Chennai!!! Unlike other pics in this, both the above pics are from Italy!
The tiny channels of main rivers are always picturesque. Couldn't help but be reminded of Mayanur, Tamil Nadu at Basel, Switzerland!
One thing that often reminds of home when travelling has to be food. Eating those yummy world food incl Gouda cheese burger in Italy and Waffle in Belgium or healthy superfoods incl chiaseeds & multi grain breads, I always terribly missed the good old Idly!!! Ask any south Indian - nothing can beat mom's Idli & Chutney!
Berlin has a very rough history with the infamous Berlin Wall literally tearing the city into 2. Today bits and pieces of the wall is still left and that's beautified by gorgeous murals painted by various artists. Modern wall art always takes me back to my own work at home. Remember my post on how I painted my home, myself???
Here's the Asian Paints video that I told you about. What reminds you of your hometown or home when you're away from home??? Let me know!
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