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Once upon a time in Europe – Part 2 – Zermatt

September 22, 2009

This series is getting too late, the first part was written like two weeks back; blame it on my laziness, or on my busy schedules (Yeah, even I do get busy people, im not kidding πŸ˜€ ), or blame it on all those impromptu posts !

Here we go again. Oh wait, before I start this post, I need to clarify with you guys on why I included my train, bus and tram tickets, na? See, its like this, I am planning to create a collage (a physical collage) of all those tickets, receipts, time tables, maps and then frame it. That’s going to be a good souvenir, right? You don’t think so ? Well, its my bros idea ! Do you still wanna pull legs ? πŸ˜‰

Β Ok now with the post :

Β Continued from Part 1

Β Bro : What is it that you want to see here in Swiss ?

Me : Snow ! It has always been my dream to touch snow. Any near by place ?

Bro : You are already sick. Can you travel? And that too snow?

Me : That’s ok. Cold and Cold, it will neutralize Β 

Bro : Snow it is, then ! Get ready, we are leaving to Zermatt tomorrow !

My brother hadn’t been to this place before, but we never have to worry when he is around. He is like an interactive GPRS; a walking google map. Honestly, my entire European trip would have been a big disaster if not for him !

The European bathrooms already got into my nerves, and because ofΒ  the issues I had with them, I didn’t want to eat that much while traveling and had just a croissant and an iced tea in the morning and too from, inside the train (Croissants are supposed to be a part of these westerners everyday breakfast. Hmmpphh !Β  I would’ve been ridiculed in India if I had puffs early morning). But to my surprise, the toilets inside the trains were very cooperative that I was only glad to make use of them; everything was perfect and there was enough noise around to have a peaceful β€˜sitting’! I, then, took a vow to use the train toilets, whenever I travel, as it was a much better idea than using the ones that we had in our homes πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Took a few snaps while traveling :

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Sight seeing through the window

Sight seeing through the window

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We reached Zermatt by about noon and we all felt really really hungry. When my brother asked if we all should proceed towards the mountains or towards the restaurants, me and s-I-l opted the latter. Now don’t even ask me about European food !! They are simply hopeless !! Either they don’t how to cook or they are too lazy to add stuffs to make their food tasty. I ordered for a vegetarian dish that had potatoes in it (couldn’t understand the menu except for the word potato) and guess what I got! A plate full of small potato lumps soaked in some kind of disgusting cheese, which I am sure even our dog Snowy wouldn’t even sniff. My sis in law got an equally disgusting stuff, but my brother, the clever one, ordered a pizza and had a good time smiling at us, each time he had a slice. I had to gobble all those potato, one, because the food was expensive and two, because I had to reduce the volume of my growling stomach. For the first time in my life, I had to eat to satisfy my stomach without satisfying my mouth.

Thats the bloody restaurant !

Thats the bloody restaurant !

Seriously, I wonder how pure vegetarians survive in all these places. Any restaurant that I had been to had only one or two vegetarian dishes. Even for strict chicken-atarians like me, it was difficult. They would have just two chicken dishes ( poulet or polloh as they call in in switzerland) and the rest of them would be food made out of one of those four legged animals. During my entire European trip, I survived on sandwiches and juices/soft drinks. After the bathrooms, it was the European restaurants that I was scared of. But if you see, in a way, they are related too. No input = No output; and the policy also helped me to reduce a little more weight during this trip πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (Btw, all those intput and output reminds me of kuttiputtu now. Sigh!)

After the so-called lunch, we walked for a few minutes and did some window-shopping. I bought a jerkin for myself, and a toy for Dhwani. We proceeded towards the cable car and noticed a Mcdonalds on the way. Tan ta daaan ! S-I-l and myself looked at each other and we knew where we had to go after getting down from the mountains. My brother was looking so disinterested and both of us knew what he was thinking, β€œHow much would these two eat?”; but we didn’t care much for his thoughts. Buhahahahahaha !!!

Theres my bro, sis-in-law and Dhwani

Theres my bro, sis-in-law and Dhwani

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In sometime, we got our cable car tickets scanned and up we went.

Front and back of the same ticket :D

Front and back of the same ticket πŸ˜€

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In and Out of the Cable Car

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There were four levels for the cable car to reach the highest altitude, and, for each level we had to board a different cable car.Β 

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Dream come true

Dream come true

Looks like Chocobar, na?

Looks like Chocobar, na?

Glacierrrrrr......

Glacierrrrrr......

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It was an awesome experience, indeed a dream come true. But I guess, I dreamt this whole snow dream a little too much. The weather was bad; there was a snowstorm that day and my brother kept cursing himself for not checking how the weather was. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it; something snow better than nothing snow. We didn’t want to go after level three because of the bad weather; actually there wasn’t any use going further up because the visibility was very poor already in level three and there is no way that we can take good pictures too. Apparently, babies are not allowed after a certain altitude and so S-I-l could not join us after level two. She waited for us below and that was another reason for us to go back soon.

Some of the snaps taken on the way back :

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While I was sleeping .....

While I was sleeping .....

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The following two days, I was bed ridden; had some kind of viral fever along with a horrible cold. I got some tablets for my bro from India and I started having those tablets myself. This is the worst that can happen to any tourist; fall sick and not go anywhere !

One day, when I looked pretty healthy, my bro asked me if I wanted to go somewhere, because in two days, I was flying to UK to visit my friend. He also mentioned that he had to report at work and asked me if I had the guts to go all alone. I already spoiled a few days of my vacation sitting at home. Fever or no fever, I wanted to go somewhere and said yes. Poor guy then switched on his laptop and kept searching for tourist destinations in Switzerland that wouldn’t challenge my knowledge in geography.

No google; no life !

No google; no life !

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Β He got fed up searching and asked me if there was anything specific that I wanted to see :

Me : I would love to see a castle, you know like one of those that come in the Lord of the Rings. That’s one of my dreams too !

Bro : Sigh ! How many such dreams do you have? Well, there wont be any Lord of the Rings kinda castle nearby. Lets see. But are you sure, you can go alone?

S-i-l : I don’t think it’s a nice idea. He might miss the UK flight day after tomorrow !

Bro : He should learn all this one day, right? How long would he be spoon fed ? Tomorrow, if he needs to go for a honey moon, what would he do?

Me : I would either come to Switzerland, or wherever you are, or go nowhere at all ! Wait, I could show her in and around Chennai if she wants.

Bro : Sigh !!!

Β (please note :Β  those days, I was pretty much single.)

Β He searched for a few castles in and around Basel and gave me a few options. And I chose this :

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Chateau de Chillon – Switzerlands most visited historic monument. Check out their official website here.

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Next part in this series : Chateau de Chillon

Next post : Song : Sau Janam ; Movie : Whats your raashee (Hindi 2009)

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123 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 4:03 am

    ke pagh ghungroo bandh crafty naachi thi…
    aur baki bloggers naache bin ghungroo ke!!!!

    FIRST!!!!!

    πŸ˜†

    • September 22, 2009 7:48 am

      ofcourse we will dance without ghungroos !!!!!

      HI-5 partner !!!!

    • September 23, 2009 12:23 am

      LOL. I love that song !!! and from now on, whenver I listen to it, I will have an image of a doll dancing !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. September 22, 2009 4:31 am

    So did u go to Mcdonald’s after tht? πŸ™‚

  3. September 22, 2009 7:52 am

    I just loved all the pics, Vimmuuu !!!! πŸ™‚

    Especially the cute Dhwani !!! She’s such a darling…. πŸ™‚ Hugs to her πŸ™‚

    Is there any post without your famous bathroom episode ????? And now, it is the train’s bathrooms, eh ?????? πŸ™„

    Even, I’ve heard from ppl, visiting Europe, thats its quite difficult for a veggie to survive there. There’s nothing on the menu for them. Then, what do those ppl who go vegans (for which they are so popularised), eat there ????? Only salads ?????? Thats a horrible way to live, I tell u.

    I too love the snow – but I shiver from the inside. Just cant take such cold climates. But went to Manali for my honeymoon, and thoroughly enjoyed in the snow. Its awesome fun !!!!

    Waiting for ur next post on Europe – actually, want to know, how you did on your solo visit to the Chateau !!!! πŸ˜†

    • September 23, 2009 12:26 am

      LOL, there are posts without my bathroom stories !! But what to do, off late, I just cant help it. hmmm…in the next series, there arent any. dont worry πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      I know ! they can survive on only salads !! Pathetic country, I tell you ! πŸ˜€

      You went to Manali for your HM? great. would you coming again in May-the trip that hitchy is arranging?

      • September 23, 2009 7:51 am

        Would love to come for that Manali trip…..lets see !!! Cant say anything now !!!

        • September 23, 2009 3:57 pm

          I know, its too early to decide about that !! πŸ™‚

  4. September 22, 2009 8:11 am

    πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› more bathroom tales πŸ˜› kollam πŸ˜›

    pics look great!!!!!even i need to touch snow dude πŸ˜› have not done it till now!!!

    • September 23, 2009 12:28 am

      You would be able to touch snow this year, rt? during winter ?

      • September 23, 2009 2:06 am

        it does not snow in california.. but yes, If I go to a few spots, I will be able to do it πŸ˜›

        • September 23, 2009 2:14 am

          Oh, it does not?? Thats news to me ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and whats stopping you from going to those few spots !! and btw, this snap…arent you changing it ever?

          • September 23, 2009 9:56 pm

            LOL!! avane ethenkilum oru snap vechu jeevichu pokan sammathikku aliyaaaaaaa!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  5. September 22, 2009 9:19 am

    wowwww!! snowwww!!!! lol abt the loo-hassles ..nice pics .. what camera r u using >?

    • September 23, 2009 12:29 am

      Well, Im not the photographer. Its my bro !!! and he uses a SLR !

  6. September 22, 2009 9:23 am

    Exotic..!!

  7. September 22, 2009 9:31 am

    Your sis-in-law and neice are so cute/pretty!! πŸ™‚

    Loved the pics!
    LOL@ your SIL’s dialog – you will miss your flight scheduled for day-after-tomorrow if you went castle hunting!! :mrgreen:

    The pics are lovely!
    My favourite: the chocobar-like snow pic!
    All snow pics! The valley…
    sigh! beautiful!!

    • September 23, 2009 12:53 am

      Thanks !

      Ya, its an awesome place Pixie ! πŸ˜€

  8. September 22, 2009 9:35 am

    TRain bathrooms!!! πŸ™„

    you will take your wife sightseeing in Chennai?!! :mrgreen:
    What does your fiancee say to this?!!!

    heeheee!!!

    and yea, European Cuisine is very bland!!!
    paapa Vimmmuuuu!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    😈

    • September 23, 2009 12:55 am

      Noo…the train bathrooms are actually good over there. Not like the disgusting ones we have here !

      Im yet to discuss my plans with her on Chennai sight seeing !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      paapa Vimmuuu ??? LOL !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. September 22, 2009 10:02 am

    I am jealous… i am jealous… i wanna go touch snow too!! hun..hun..hun…

    • September 23, 2009 12:51 am

      Hmm..hmmm…hmmm…plan a trip…plan a trip πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  10. September 22, 2009 10:38 am

    Awesome pictures Vimmuuu! And a great write too! Btw, ur S-I-L & lil niece look real cute! And ur bro is a clone of you, with glasses!

    Btw…..whatever is wid U and toilets???? I notice that U dont fail to make a mention of them!!!!

    • September 23, 2009 12:57 am

      Yeah, we look a lot similar and the similarity keeps increasing as we age !

      LOL, its not that I deliberately write on toilets ! It just happens that way πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. September 22, 2009 11:14 am

    Pictures are awesome!!! And I hate to accept it but yes you were looking pretty slim…But then how did u manage to get the paunch back??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I can understand how u must have fekt when u saw Snow!!! When we had gone to Manali the 1st glimpse of snow was so very exciting!!!

    So what are ur final plans for HM??? goign to Chennai wonly???:D πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Tell me did u loose ur way when u were alone?? Did u manage to catch the flight?? Darn! I wanna know the next part!!! So forget ur laziness and get on to writing the next post sooon!!!

    BTW whats “kuttiputtu “??? And u can not do without mentioning toilets???

    And last but the not the least, ur bro’s idea of a collage is fundoo!!! And I always knew it couldn’t be your idea ever πŸ˜€

    • September 23, 2009 1:06 am

      LOL, Thanks. Not for the compliments. but for finally admitting it ! How did I get what paunch back ? I dont have any now !!! Blind woman ! πŸ˜€

      But once I felt it, I realised its too cold to enjoy it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      HM plans ??? ya, chennai !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      LOL, nothing bad happened ! Will post it soon !! Im surprised, you never showed this much of interest for any of my post before πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ You just love when bad things happen to me, huh ? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Kuttiputtu is a kerala delicacy !! I was reminded of it, because it rhymed ! input, output, kuttuputt.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      and last but not the least, that collage idea is mine !! not my bros !!! well, the photos were taken by him though !! btw, which collage are you talking about ?? The photo collage or the souvenir ???

      • September 23, 2009 11:13 am

        Yes I get entertained when I see u in weird situations πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        Input & output reminded u of input?? arrghh!!!

        U dumbo I was obviously talking about the souvenir collage!!!

        The collages that u have put are surely very good but nothing innovative πŸ˜›

  12. September 22, 2009 11:45 am

    Fantastic Pics dude !!!!! really fantastic… !!!!!!

    so I guess you had mashed potatoes… !!! I really at times am amazed how they eat such bland food… We have to add so much pepper and ketchup to gobble that stuff up !!!!!!1

    lol…

    your bro was quite smart … though ordering a pizza… !!!!!!

    your SIL also seems a cool girl … enjoying your antics… !!!!!

    and really wonderful pics… !!!!! must say… !!!!! this again !!!!

    • September 23, 2009 1:13 am

      Thanks hitchy !! all my brothers photography ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      No, it wasnt mashed potatoes…They were potato lumps dipped in cheese !! thats exactly how I ate it ! Ketchup and pepper ! Im glad they had atleast those in the table ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      yeah, smart that he is ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and I should say poor SIL, shes stuck between someone intelligent and someone stupid !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. September 22, 2009 11:46 am

    These pictures are gorgeous!!! I love the one where you are sitting and blog hopping… now let me go read this post…

    • September 23, 2009 1:07 am

      LOL, thats not me !! thats my brother searching for castles !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  14. September 22, 2009 11:59 am

    Your sil and Dhwani look really nice, the one in which she is looking back – turning her head to do that is the cutest πŸ™‚

    The fort looks majestic!!

    • September 22, 2009 3:43 pm

      @ Your sil and Dhwani look really nice – Read between the lines and Vimmuuu, you can distinctly read “You don’t look all that nice” πŸ˜‰

      • September 22, 2009 5:58 pm

        *crafty salutes the guru of leg-pulling Suji*

        namaskaram maashe!!!! πŸ˜€

        • September 22, 2009 10:04 pm

          Aayushmaan Bhava πŸ˜€ Nannaayi varatte πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          • September 22, 2009 11:54 pm

            hehehe πŸ˜€
            vims, u shud have made sujith give captions for all the fotos… kalakkiyene πŸ˜€

            • September 23, 2009 1:09 am

              LOL !! one orkut is enough na ! do I need to dig my own grave here too ??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • September 23, 2009 1:08 am

        Only you are capable of reading between such lines !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        • September 23, 2009 10:12 pm

          Somehow I tend to read anything and everything about you wherever I find it πŸ˜› LOL!

      • September 23, 2009 8:18 pm

        LOL Suji no, Vimmuuu looks nice too πŸ™‚ Just that we are seeing them for the first time πŸ™‚

        • September 23, 2009 8:42 pm

          CHE CHE IHM!!!!!!!!!! just when all the leg-pulling was happening… u had to praise him!!!!! :mrgreen:

          *Crafty awaits Suji to come along and add a twist to this*

          πŸ˜†

          • September 23, 2009 10:39 pm

            Crafty Shines you want me to take back my words of praise???

            😈

            • September 24, 2009 2:04 am

              Aaaaaahhh !!! Too much for a single person to handle !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        • September 23, 2009 10:16 pm

          That’s a fantastic consolation prize πŸ˜‰

          LOL Somebody Stop Me!

          Da Vimmuuuu Maaneeee… ee paapathil enikku panku kurava… dheshyam thonnalle πŸ˜€

    • September 23, 2009 1:07 am

      The fort is simply awesome ! One of the best things that has happened to me in my whole trip ! πŸ™‚

  15. September 22, 2009 1:30 pm

    Awesome awesome pics!
    This post reminded me of my trip to Mt Titlis but then thats nothing compared to the pics I am seeing here!
    And well, ask me what veggies feel like in Europe! Luckily we had gone via some tours and travels and hence food was not much of a problem. But otherwise yes, french fries are the only option!
    But seriously, I am J !!! πŸ˜€

    • September 23, 2009 1:00 am

      Thanks ! and all the good pics were taken by my brother! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      I know ! Europe isnt a vegetarian friendly continent πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ yeah, french fries were my only option too πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  16. September 22, 2009 1:33 pm

    ayyo cheta why all this matrimonial site poses now?..adhaan sotry mudinju poyi illa :P..

    Awesome snaps and beautiful place no wonder our bollywood guys cant get enough of this country.

    • September 23, 2009 12:50 am

      LOL, adaan, I mentioned, rt? All this happened when I was single and available ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and yes, most of the pictures in the trip were taken for my matrimonials !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  17. September 22, 2009 3:27 pm

    Your bro is a great photographer! He has made u look a lot better in the fotographs than how you look in real πŸ˜†

    Half the post is about food and bathrooms! Whatz with you and those man? πŸ™„

    Now since you have seen a not-much-seen part of the world, why dont you give a lil more info? Like the speed at which the trains travel? Or how much it costs for a cable car ticket? And why didn’t you try Bungee jumping?(Once you had done it, we could have even termed it monkey jumping :lol:) And what make is your brother’s laptop?

    • September 22, 2009 6:09 pm

      Lol! LMAO! ROFL! And why didn’t you try Bungee jumping?(Once you had done it, we could have even termed it monkey jumping) πŸ™‚ Lol! OMG!!!! I’m dying laughin @ this!

      And yeah, I’m wondering too whats with toilets and Vimmuuu!!!

      • September 23, 2009 12:48 am

        LOL, Rakesh, now you too, huh ? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • September 22, 2009 9:10 pm

      “Your bro is a great photographer! He has made u look a lot better in the fotographs than how you look in real.”

      With Suji on board, Smita and my job is easier now. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      • September 23, 2009 12:48 am

        Kashtam !!! You are just waiting for someone, arent you ? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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        September 23, 2009 2:00 am

        ROFL at Soli’s comment πŸ™‚

    • September 23, 2009 12:47 am

      Eda..eda…eda…you wont even look good however good a photographer is πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      I warned you guys in the beginning itself, le. Dont expect me to write a travelogue ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and speed of a cable car ? now, who on earth would be interested in knowing that ? πŸ˜€ and how much it costs ? ask my bro πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • September 23, 2009 10:19 pm

        Ok forget it… Did the cable cars have bathrooms? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜†

        • September 24, 2009 2:17 am

          @ Suji: if the cable cars had bathrooms…. vimmuuuu wud have surely prised one off the cable and got it back with him! but again… it depends on how good his “sitting” experience was!

          😯

          crafty has shocked herself with that comment!

          @ vimmuuu: pavapettu crafty kutty ne vrithiketta bathroom jokes kepiche vashhal aaki, alle????

          • September 24, 2009 9:39 am

            @ Crafty – ROFL πŸ˜† time to raid Vimmuuu’s house πŸ˜†

  18. September 22, 2009 3:45 pm

    Good Pics…Vimmuuu… but no use now…:-)
    Was waiting for this part quite long, just saw your other posts too…. Dhwani…really cute.. Shocked to see one the comments from ur friend…. tried reaching you many times… but atlast thought I can get a reply from you if I drop my comments here….

    • September 23, 2009 12:37 am

      LOL. I never got even one missed call from your end πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ But in a way, thats true. you would get a reply for sure when you comment here πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  19. September 22, 2009 5:58 pm

    Vimmuuu, I can’t believe it! You are too much!

    ‘But to my surprise, the toilets inside the trains were very cooperative that I was only glad to make use of them; everything was perfect and there was enough noise around to have a peaceful β€˜sitting’!’
    You actually prefer train toilets because of the ambience πŸ™‚

    Vim : Yeah !!! Its peaceful there !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Lovely pics! The view from the trains are amazing aren’t they?

    Vim : ya, they are ! πŸ™‚

    Why didn’t you ack your brother suggestions before ordering? You know, once, somebody I knew, in a rest in the US, ordered something for the same reason. The waitress asked him a lot of questions apparently, and he answered ‘no’ to everything coz he could not understand a word she said. Finally when his order came in – it was a plain baked potato apparently πŸ™‚

    Vim : LOL !!! Was his name Vimal by any chance ? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    ‘Btw, all those intput and output reminds me of kuttiputtu now’ LOL!

    Lovely pics of your Brother and SIL! They make a lovely pair! And Dhwani is so very cute! How old is she? Lovely name too!

    Vim : She is 1 year and 5 months now! Thanks !

    Look at somebody posing in the snow !! Moviestar style πŸ™‚ All you need a girl in a chiffon sari dancing around πŸ™‚

    Vim : LOL, yeah, how I wish….. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Chocobar! ROFL!

    I hope you didnot tell your fiancee your honeymoon plans! Chennai indeed!!!

    Vim : Im yet to πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    So finally you found a castle πŸ™‚

    Vim : Ya, finally !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Lovely pics! We found Switzerland absolutely beautiful too! Even the streets were picturesque πŸ™‚

    Vim : Yeah, true ! I really miss being there !

  20. September 22, 2009 8:04 pm

    Nice snaps vimmuu,i loved the snow snaps,me too want to go and play with the kids in the snow.

    Dhwani is cute and name is also different

    • September 23, 2009 12:35 am

      What you waiting for? Emirates mall. atleast you have the artificial snow there ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Thanks, the name is my bros choice ! Dhwani means sound, if you dint know πŸ™‚

      • September 24, 2009 9:27 am

        No artificial snow,planning to go to cananda by march,hope to see snow there

  21. September 22, 2009 9:08 pm

    This travelogue is good. Not X-rated. πŸ˜€

    Nice pictures. Tell your bhabhi that she is gorgeous and your little niece is a darling. So sweet!

    The picturesque location is very close to this place we are in now. I must post pictures one day.

    It is a great idea to make a collage souvenir of your travels. BTW does your brother hoard? πŸ˜›

    • September 23, 2009 12:34 am

      Heyyy, the first part wasnt X-rated !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      They would read this anyway !! πŸ˜€ So no need to tell them in specific. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      and please post those pictures !! πŸ˜€

  22. September 22, 2009 10:48 pm

    Awesome awesome pics!!

  23. September 23, 2009 12:09 am

    taking lessons from Indy, no Arnold Schwarzneggar
    I’LL BE BACK!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    • September 23, 2009 12:30 am

      LOL !!! You are back with your undakkannu !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • September 26, 2009 3:00 pm

        then what do u expect me to do… 😐
        keep my eyes elsewhere and come? πŸ™„ then how do i read ur post? πŸ˜†
        (ho! ninte post-il vannu chalu adikkunnathinte oru sukham! πŸ˜€ )

        Vim : LOL. I meant that undakkannu display pic of yours. You changed it again, didnt ya?

        impromptu posts, busy schedules… tsk tsk.. the excuses ppl blame they become lazy πŸ™„ πŸ˜€

        Vim : Shhhh…:D πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        as for the soveneir idea, a collage sounds interesting. but dont make it pythogorical with timetables and graphs and tickets alone πŸ˜›

        Vim : Nahh, I have some maps too πŸ˜›

        ur bro is a walking google map?? πŸ˜€ lol what a description!
        Honestly, my entire European trip would have been a big disaster if not for him !
        so true! Lord, how do u create two brothers from the same parents and make them completely opposites???

        Vim : Two coconuts from the same coconut tree can never be similar. Like that !!! I tell this to my mom when she compare me to my bro πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D

        puffs in the morning πŸ˜€ LOL but thats part of their daily routine. imagine westerners eating parantha and curd or puttu and kadala in the morning. they wont b able to take it! this is easier for them, believe me! πŸ˜€

        Vim : LOL, but if they want, we can give them puffs when they come to india ! But can they give us paranthas and idlis. No, na? Thats the difference πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        train toilets were better for ‘sitting’???? r u sure u didnt miss a letter in it??? πŸ˜› gawd cant believe u r going on and on abt ur bathroom tales here too!!

        Vim : More to come πŸ˜›

        and FINALLY i m seeing the old creativity in u… that i saw i initially visited ur blog…
        interlinking story… changing pics, making collage… loved the one of u looking thru the window (which is ur original pic) and then having added the scenary shots randomly to it! nice work πŸ™‚

        Vim : LOL. old creativity ??? I thot I still had it with all those mmmm posts and the sex change posts !! Hmmm…let me think of somethng now !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ only because you commented. damn !!

        my dear reflection, u needed me around! how many times did i tell u that? european food needs very careful ordering, otherwise it will turn out to be the way it happened with u… and these ppl LOVEEEE potato in all forms… baked, canned, tinned, roasted, with beans… potatoes in JACKETS!!! will u believe it???
        and yes, it IS difficult for pure veggies to survive, unless u know authentic cooking urself. and compared to indian food, their food will seem particularly bland… as if the europeans take particular pleasure in making their food as bland as possible! but thats their pastries and milk products notwithstanding… they are mind blowing and make up for the lack of spice in other food.

        Vim : No wonder OG cooks !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I know, their pastries and milk products are out of the world !!!

        poulet is french for chicken!!! πŸ˜€ (see? i remember my lessons! πŸ˜› ) hmm u must have been near the french base. the german side of the country speaks pure german (not even a word of english). either ways doesnt make a difference.. u dont know either language! πŸ˜€

        Vim : Basel had german influence ! Zermatt had more of Italian and the place where I went to see the castle, it had a french influence ! Funny country !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        input, outpout and kuttiputti??? 😯 no pleaseeee… dont get me started! i m skipping this one!!

        Vim : Whaaaat ??? , whats wrong now ? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        chocobar πŸ˜€ nice description!! hmm so that was the inside of the glacier! brrr must have been cold rite?

        Vim : Yeah, like having your head stuck in the freezer ! πŸ˜€

        yea when i went to swiss with friends, we took the train to klein scheindigg (in interlaken) which is halfway from the topmost plateau jungfrau. it was minus 5 degrees and raging a blizzard πŸ˜€ we whooped with joy. but poor us! the moment we stepped out we were bombarded by snow from all directions! no matter how much wollen we had, it was no use. ur pics remind me of all that… sigh…
        oh yea, and i proved i m ur crazy reflection. cant come back without some story. i missed the train the way back.. my friends left in that!! it was a scene straight out of the movies… i m watching in horror as the door shuts before my eyes and my friends are screaming from inside. there is no way to open the automated doors as well. fortunately there was another train leaving rite behind it… just a minute later… to the same place. ran inside it at breakneck speed!

        Vim : did you meet raj??? Raj who??? Raj malhotra from DDLJ ???

        r u sure u didnt make up that HM conversation just to spice up the post??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        Vim : Nope !! My bro wouldve commented otherwise ! πŸ˜€

        hmm one hell of a travelogue! so many parts! waiting for the next one now. i know most of the story from u direcctly… but still fun to read it all the same! πŸ™‚

        Vim : All the best !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        now dont complain that i didnt comment… my comment is far longer than ur post! and i’ve remarked abt every single thing possible πŸ˜€ tan-ta-daaaan!!!

        Vim : When did I ever complain ?? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

        • September 28, 2009 9:34 pm

          I meant that undakkannu display pic of yours. You changed it again, didnt ya?
          noooooo changed it only once and that is THIS!!

          adey, aa coconut tree dialogue enikku ishtaayi πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ must try it on someone. hmm pakshe enikku upayogikkan sandarbham illa 😐

          oh yes yes the creativity was there in the sex change posts… and to some extent in ur CBT tag too… pakshe aa pazhaya oru feel undallo… you know you know… athinte karyamaa paranjathu!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          zermatt has ITALIAN influence? becoz it borders on the furthest south part? seriously funny country! πŸ˜€

          Raj? i’d have socked him if he came with his K-k-k-iran at me!! enthoru thalavedana….! ithu simran alla magane πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

          • September 28, 2009 9:36 pm

            Raj poyittu avante pattikuttiyude pooda polum illayirunnu 😐 πŸ˜›
            It’s each man (or woman, or Vimala chechi, as the case maybe :D) for him/her self!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ D

            Yes yes waiting for further parts of ur travelogue! πŸ™‚

  24. Pal permalink
    September 23, 2009 2:02 am

    Vimmu, your SIL is drop-dead gorgeous…she has that lovely aura of innocence about her. And Dhwani is a little DARLING! Beautiful pics, btw. I have to agree with Soli, in that, your Bro is a good photographer πŸ˜‰

    Btw, did you say you were coming to UK? When? Where? How? I mean, are u travelling via London?

    And, are u sure u r not carrying that swine of a flu? (or the airlines might not allow u to travel!)

    • September 23, 2009 2:12 am

      yeah, he is ! you will get to see some great pictures in the upcoming series ! πŸ˜€

      and btw, this trip happened in May (hence the title) ! I did visit UK and came to London too ! πŸ˜€

      I didnt have swine flu, but I had a bad cold when I was in UK !! πŸ˜€

  25. September 23, 2009 2:43 am

    Yes this post is LATE!!!!! Laziness or Busy schedules??? Or are u just busy being lazy??? πŸ˜†
    *crafty celebrates international lame jokes day…all alone*

    Vim : Lazy ?? I donno what that means πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Ur bro’s idea of collage is soooper! πŸ˜€ and creative! Whose pulling legs??? *crafty looks left right up and down* πŸ‘Ώ no one pulls legs…. Except me :mrgreen:

    Vim : LOL, all the best in pulling his legs. Dont come behind me for cover !! He is my guru in leg pulling and can pull ur legs and make you look like that elastic super hero of Fantastic four ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Ur bro is interactive GPRS…. Nice!!!!! Say hello to him from Crafty…. Hyperactive will-lose-herself-on-straight-road…. My direction is so bad, that only I had been to this friend’s house, and when our group had to get to his house for a party, and cudn’t get thru his cell, someone said, β€œShines has gone there once” and the others looked at me for a while and then laughed loudly πŸ˜₯

    Vim : You bad in basic geography too? You are my twin πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Btw, you can say hello to him here. he is the one who commented below yours ! πŸ˜€

    I would’ve been ridiculed in India if I had puffs early morning
    Tell me about it!!! But now I can boast that I have European blood in me! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› bring the croissants plissssssss!!!!!
    everything was perfect and there was enough noise around to have a peaceful β€˜sitting’!
    😯 ittrayokke detail veno aliyaaaa?????? crafty has heard it all now……….THUD

    Vim : LOL. Get up, get up. There are more bathroom tales coming. You still have time to THUD ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    The collage looks really nice!!!! (that’s true, I am serious!) man trains have awesome windows and so much space!!!! Waaaah!!!! Here in mumbai trains, we get to decide whether we will hang on door or window 😐

    Vim : I know ! awesome windows ! great to sleep ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    U had mashed potatoes???!!! Disgusting cheese??? Che che!!! Cheese can NEVER be disgusting!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Vim : No, it wasnt mashed potatoes ! they were potato lumps. and I love cheese ! but this cheese was bad and it was stinking πŸ˜€

    and u have a doggie!!! Snowy!!!! Aiyooooo!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ *crafty is contemplating a trip to Vimmuuu’s parents house*

    Is it the restaurant where it says Pizzeria??!!! Geeee! Isn’t that clue enuff on what will be best??? And only ur bro took the clue!!!! So all intelligence genes went to him and u ended up like this??? No probs! U at least have an excuse!!! Crafty has no excuse whatsoever in her defense! πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Vim : LOL ! I mean, Sigh !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    No input = no output!!!! ROFLMAO!!!! Hahahah!! Soooper! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Ur bro n sis looks so sweet! And baby dhwani is an angel!!! Touchwood!

    So much snowwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! *crafty runs off to fridge and sticks her face in freezer till jealously wears off*

    Vim : ROFL !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    ROFL! Chocobar!!! Yes it does look like it! πŸ˜›
    something snow better than nothing snow.
    Somehow…that makes perfect sense to crafty!!! Sigh!!!!!

    Vim : LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    AHA!!! OHO!!!! Snap at fence and hariyaali….. and I am not talking of the grass!! πŸ˜†
    *crafty ties lungi, sulgaofies beedi and whistles mawali style*
    Pheeeeeeee pheeeeeeeee
    Since Soli calls u devil, I dunno if she will join me in adam-teasing this chullan paiyan at the fence!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† BUT! I know sakshi will!!!! If she doesn’t faint first that is!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ s
    *crafty can see vimmuuu staring at pc, red faced, wondering what to write as reply* :mrgreen:

    Vim : Im blushing alright !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Ooooh! Look at that sloping road!!! Its perfect to wave hands in the air and run down in full speed!!!!!!!
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Vim : LOL !!! and you know what would be better ! when you trip and then roll all the way down !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    All these collages are a sooper job vimmuuu!!!!! πŸ˜€
    I would love to see a castle, you know like one of those that come in the Lord of the Rings
    ROFL!!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Wait, I could show her in and around Chennai if she wants.
    Well…. All the best with marriage!!!!!!! If u show her around in chennai, she will show u around to the outside of ur house and shut the door on ur face! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    Vim : That would happen anyway !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Awaiting chateau de chillon post!!! Awaiting song!!! Awaiting some free time to spam!!!!!
    πŸ˜›

    Vim : LOL !!! sure ! songs coming up in a few hours ! πŸ˜€

    • September 23, 2009 9:50 pm

      * me rolls around on the floor laughing, wipes tears from her face and hands a gleeful crafty her rightful award * πŸ˜†
      there u go sis!! urs this time too!! and its longer than his post!

  26. thesaintlysinner permalink
    September 23, 2009 4:02 am

    U shud probably reveal that the photo of you dozing was when we were enoute to visit Zermatt..and not while returning… And I had to literally beg you to use the window for something other than slouching against it!

    And toilet stories – I don’t think you would want to avoid making a reference to the ones in the French train :))

    • September 23, 2009 4:11 pm

      Oh yeah, how can I forget that !!! You didnt let me speak or sleep in the trains !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      French train toilets, its coming !! Its a little ewww though ! πŸ˜€

      • September 23, 2009 9:47 pm

        good grief more toilet stories??? πŸ™„
        how many more can ur readers tolerate, vimmuuu?

        • September 24, 2009 2:03 am

          I donno !! I guess Im already losing my readers because of the never ending bathroom tales !!! πŸ˜€

  27. September 23, 2009 8:19 am

    nice description this time. and wonderful snaps!

    • September 23, 2009 4:06 pm

      LOL, so last time was bad, huh? πŸ˜‰ Thanks !!!

  28. September 23, 2009 1:00 pm

    Ohhh hoooo posing showsing πŸ˜‰ ….I love all the pics…the one in you leaning against the fence is really nice and the snow ones too….the sight seeing thru the window pic is very innovative :)….and yeah i agree with Sols, your bhabhi is very pretty.

    lovely snapsss vimuuu and when it comes to food…apna desi khaana is the best…so much variety and so flavorful ….yummm i’m hungry again.

    • September 23, 2009 4:03 pm

      yeah….posing showsing alright !!! those days, my bro had an added responsibility too. Get good solo snaps of mine; it was for my matrimonial sites ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      I know, theres nothing to beat our food !!! We have a lot of variety unlike those losers !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  29. September 23, 2009 1:03 pm

    LOL….i could not stop laughing at your responds on the honeymoon πŸ˜€

    • September 23, 2009 4:04 pm

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I just hope ‘everyone’ takes it in the right spirit πŸ˜‰

  30. September 23, 2009 1:03 pm

    LOL….i could not stop laughing at your response on the honeymoon πŸ™‚

    • September 23, 2009 4:05 pm

      Ok..ok…I get it ! Now, stop it will ya πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ : D πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  31. September 23, 2009 1:15 pm

    I so badly wanted to comment smething nasty..wht with words like bathroom seems inseperable :(( but the photos make me so badly want to go on a looooong trip maself!! im willing to starve..i just wanna go! sigh :((( btw ur sis-in-law is soo cute..she looks like one of my sis-in-law πŸ™‚ no really :)..dhwanis face isnt clear n ne of the pics..nd that pic!! ni no way looks like chocobar!!! ill sue cases against u if u tempt me more!

    • September 23, 2009 4:01 pm

      So from now on to avoid all your nasty comments, I will post some snaps. do you want me to post here some of the snaps that has me or just scenery would do ?? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      LOL, it does look like chocobar !!! Kwality walls chocobar !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  32. September 23, 2009 8:25 pm

    One thing i m damm sure…if you even suggest ur wife of your HM plans..she will kill you πŸ™‚

    Pics are really awesome…i never been to any such place..snow all around…like a realy heavon on earth..

    Dhvani is choooooo chweet…hugs and muhas to her πŸ™‚

    ur sil is lovely too πŸ™‚

    • September 24, 2009 2:00 am

      Whaaat??? Chennai is a HM for any foreigners !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Thanks for all the compliments! Sigh, so what if they arent for me ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • September 28, 2009 9:57 pm

        since when are u marrying a foreigner??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  33. September 23, 2009 9:33 pm

    Whatta collage rascala…

  34. September 23, 2009 11:21 pm

    Wow… bro.. the photos are sooper cooll…… seems that you had a great time there.,.,…. and the pics of snow are best.,… I love them πŸ™‚

    me too want to touch those snow…. after living in Chennai(ok.. fine… just outside πŸ˜€ ) for these many years….. I die for that….

    hope I will go and visit someday….

    and your SIL and their daughter were so cute… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    your bro was almost like you πŸ™‚

    waiting for the next part…

    • September 24, 2009 2:02 am

      You want to see snow in Chennai???Abirami Mall, it has a snow park !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Sure, you will visit someday ! Plan for it soon ! πŸ™‚

  35. September 24, 2009 5:45 pm

    Ayyo that place is so so nice!

    something snow better than nothing snow – ROFL πŸ˜†

    Dhwani – sweet name; sweetttt kid πŸ™‚ Ur SIL looks gr8 too πŸ˜‰

    One of the pics – looks so much like Mall Road, Shimla! – the one with SIL n the pram!

    Castle looks gr8 too!

    Potatoes in cheese – Yuck πŸ‘Ώ

    Honeymoon arnd Chennai – God bless the lady!!!!

    • September 25, 2009 12:18 am

      Heyy, you are back !!! 😦 πŸ™‚

      They will be reading this and Im sure they would be happy too !

      Shimla??? LOL !!! Honestly, that is Swiss !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      God bless only her, huh?? me ??? πŸ˜€

  36. September 24, 2009 10:42 pm

    Croissants = Puffs
    Brilliant!!

    • September 25, 2009 12:20 am

      LOL, are you being sarcastic or you simply liked that reference πŸ˜€

      Oh Btw, welcome to V-Lokam and thanks for dropping in your comment ! πŸ˜€

  37. September 25, 2009 12:59 pm

    How long would he be spoon fed ? Tomorrow, if he needs to go for a honey wow superb…such a smart and caring brother πŸ˜€
    superb snaps man.No wonder , Bollywood is so obsessed with these places.Looks like heaven.
    yeahh i heard about European dishes from my cousins and friends….like thick bread with some leaves , Boiled chicken with mayonnaise sauce and pepper….yuck….U should have stick to continental meals
    between did the castle look like lord of the rings type πŸ˜€ (i always wish, i can go to a fanatcy world like that πŸ™‚ )

    • September 26, 2009 3:29 am

      Yeah yeah, he is smart and caring alright ! and equally dangerous and daring πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      I know. Heaven on earth, seriously πŸ™‚

      Indian food rocks ! Rest all are bad !!!

      Castle story, you can see it for yourself ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  38. September 29, 2009 8:23 pm

    I do empathise with you on the food part… I am not able to get proper (taste) south indian food here in bangalore itself!! Actually, I am trying to cook… so its between not eating my own food and not eating hotel food! Not much choice there… BTW your brother looks very intelligent, I am sure he was more studious than you..

    Destination Infinity

    • September 30, 2009 3:07 am

      Nope, he isnt studious !! Its just that I didnt study !! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  39. October 2, 2009 10:56 pm

    Those are wonderful pictures. πŸ™‚

    And a comment to the current (you have disabled comments) post, what will now happen to Oxy boy? πŸ˜›

    Btw I just noticed I am not on your blogroll :0 I thought I was. I never notice such things but in my laziness I was looking for the link on your blogroll to naviagte to my blog.

    • October 3, 2009 1:25 am

      LOL. Even I need options, right ? Oxy boyy is one of them !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Oh no, I dont know how I missed that. Infact, I dont use this blogroll when I hop blogs. I still use my blogspot one, cuz the posts by you all get updated there ! Sorry for missing it out here, some damn absent mind error ! πŸ˜€

  40. October 21, 2009 9:30 am

    such nice pictures…and hey dhwani is jus so adorable!!!!
    πŸ™‚
    dont scare me abt europe so much ya,..im scheduled to travel there earlier next year and i really really dont want to die considering im a pure veggie:(

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