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Once upon a time in Europe – Part 3 – Chateau de Chillon

October 20, 2009

Continued from Part 2 :

 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.

 

 He searched for a few castles in and around Basel and gave me a few options. And I chose Chateau de Chillon

Warning : Too many pics, long post !

Chateau de Chillon is located at Montreux, closer to France and thats why the castle had a french name (Chateau in French means Castle, Schloss is the word in German). The train from Basel goes via Vevey (saw the head quarters of my ex employer- Nestle), Lousanne and finally reaches Montreux.

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 From the station, there are two ways; you could either walk all the way to the castle which is an amazing 4km stretch with a lake on one side or you could board a mini cruise that would take you to the castle directly. I preferred walking;  how else would I be able to take these snaps ? :

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It was noon already and half way through the walk, I felt hungry. They had all kinds of joints on the way itself. Somehow all those McDs and Pizza outlets were not appealing and I walked further to see if I could get something else (and I wasn’t sure what that something was even). And guess what I found, ‘Sultan’ – an Indian Restaurant !!!

There was this guy who was standing out and greeting everyone with a Bon Jour (sounded to me like Pazhan chor, which in malayalam means old cooked rice). I went up to him, and said Namastey. He got so excited and asked me from where I was and on hearing me say ‘Kerala’, he started jumping with joy. Like they say, you could find a mallu (Keralite) even on the moon !!! The chap, named Tjs, is a Keralite who happened to work there for his Hotel Management  interns. He mentioned that no Keralite had ever visited that restaurant. I wasn’t surprised, because I wouldve been the only INDIAN searching for Indian restaurants even on a short foreign trip ! In a few minutes, the owner of the restaurant came and we started conversing in Hindi (Yes, folks and Smita, he was so glad that someone spoke to him in Hindi, if not shudh 😉 ) Apparently, neither the restaurant nor he was an Indian, they were from Pakistan. According to him, if he had put the word Pakistan anywhere in and around the restaurant, there wouldn’t be any one visiting his restaurant and wouldn’t be able to even open a restaurant in the first place. I really felt bad for him and for all those Pakistanis who has to live this way in foreign countries just because a few of them in their country are loonies.

But I guess there is another reason why none of the Indians went there! The food at Sultan was aweful ! I opted for their lunch buffet since I didn’t want Tjs to serve me after all the native talk and bonding we developed. I went through the salad section; they had four different kinds of salads and except for one, the rest had cows and pigs in them ! Got the only veg salad, fed my mouth with a spoonful of it while asking my new friend about his whereabouts in Kerala. Guys, the moment I had that in my mouth, I really didn’t know what to do. I cant spit the food in front of Tjs, and I didn’t want to have it in my mouth either. Tjs looked at me and asked what happened. I showed him the usual gesture for water with my hand and he brought me pepsi (thank God, I mean, thank Tjs). With no second thoughts, I drank Pepsi and swallowed that whatever-was-in-my-mouth along with it, in one gulp. After regaining myself from the torture,

Me : Why is this tasting so horrible ? I was about to puke.

He : Probably because of the fish pieces.

Me (all shocked) : Fish? Where ??

—I looked into the salad again, there were corn, peas, some other vegetables and a white color stuff. I pointed at those and :

Me :  “this isnt cheese?”.

—He smiled and nodded his head in disagreement.

 

Whaat a country ! and they call that a veg salad !

Not wanting to take another risk, I went directly to where the rice was kept had it along with two spoons of dal and a spoon of bhindi masala. So much for my Indian ‘lunch’!!!  Took a snap along with Tjs with my stomach growling and my mouth still craving for tasty food !

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 I continued the walk again, humming my songs, making a few people raise their eyebrows with those songs, standing on the pavement with photographic poses (I mean, there were no one to take my snap, but I just love standing like that !) and finally reached my dream !

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The entrance fee was 12 francs, you could also opt for an audio guide (an I-pod with 29 tracks) when you pay for the tickets which is another 6 francs.

 

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I am glad I opted for the guide or else I wouldn’t have had any idea what I was looking at. Btw, do we have these kind of audio help here in India? I havnt been to any of the historic monuments here in India, except for Chennais Mahabalipuram.

The moment I entered the castle, I got transported to the 12th century; the music and the explanation from the Ipod helped a lot.

It was an awesome experience, one of the best days of my life. Here are some of the pics from in and out of the castle :

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The tallest structure in the castle

The tallest structure in the castle

  

The emperors bedroom. The audio said emperors in those ages were short; almost 5'5'' !

The emperors bedroom. The audio said emperors in those ages were short; almost 5'5'' !

 

Thats where the rulers took bath !!

Thats where the rulers took bath !!

 

The banquet hall

The banquet hall

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The prisoners dungeon !

A secret passage !

A secret passage !

A view from the tallest tower

A view from the tallest tower

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The only snap of mine near the castle. But eyes closed ! :(

The only snap of mine near the castle. But eyes closed ! 😦

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 After returning the audio guide, I went inside their souvenir shop. Found a lot of exciting stuffs inside, but man, they were damn expensive ! I was about to leave the shop when on their shelf, I found a structure of this castle in paper, that looked like one of those foldable maps  :

Me : For sale ?

Lady in red : Yes …yes…19 francs

Me : Is it foldable ? Foldable map kind of…?

Lady in red : Yes..yes..foldable…19 francs…good…good..

 —I knew she didn’t understand English and so turned to the lady in white.

 Me : I will have one of those (pointing to the showpiece)

Lady in white : Here you are…5 days….5 days…

 —gosh, even she didn’t know English. But I kept wondering, what she meant by ‘5 days’ ?

 

 On my way back, I preferred the mini cruise, a few snaps taken from where I sat :

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Went to the station directly and spent some time over there ‘bird watching’ (I was single back then and I had the rights to.Hmmpphh !!!). I was too excited to open my souvenir and that’s the first thing I did after getting a seat inside the train. And needless to say, I got the shock of my life !! I realized what a fool I was; I shouldve atleast opened it from the shop. Good god, I cant even go back and return it !!

All it had was bits and pieces of paper and yes, a foldable cardboard (so that it fits in the package). Now I am supposed to build the castle on my own right from its foundation stone sticking those papers together !! So much for my folding castle !

There wasn’t even a reference inside to build the castle, except for some numbers on the board and on the papers. Got back to India and with my limited memory on the castle and the few snaps, I worked on those bits and pieces. It took me 4 days and 3 Fevi-sticks to complete that architecture!!! No wonder the lady in white mentioned 5 days…5 days !!! But I must admit, I had good fun doing it, it was like a travel to that wonderful castle once again.

Here and some of the before and after pics :

The so-called foldable board

The so-called foldable board

 

work in progress !!!

work in progress !!!

 

the finishing touch....

the finishing touch....

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this is how the castle would appear from a helicopter 🙂

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I reached home pretty late, somewhere around 11pm. My flight to London was at 10.30 am the next day. My bro was supposed to get my tickets to London printed from his office since he was the one who got it booked online. But I guess, I influenced him a lot that he completely forgot about it. Ok, now I am leaving to London at 10.30 am the next day for which I don’t have tickets with me, and I need to get out of the house atleast by 7.30 am !!!

Bro : Don’t oversleep. We would have to go to my office first, get the printouts, catch a tram and then your train, which is at 8.30. Since we have already checked in online, you just have to go directly to the immigration.

Me : and whens the next train ?

Bro :  8.50, which is of no use. Because you would reach Zurich by 9.50 and I don’t think they would let you in for the 10.30 am flight.

Me : Gulp. Ok, will wake up at 6am, that’s enough, na?

Bro : No, wake up at 5 am. You spend a lot of time in the bathroom !

Me : Don’t worry, I wont be late. Will wake up by 6.

Bro : (sigh!) Whatever !!!

 

After dinner, I checked some of those castle snaps and by 12.30 went to bed quoting Joeys “LONDON BABY” !!!

  

Next in this series : London (City)

Also read : Part 1Basel, Part 2Zermatt

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144 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2009 4:33 am

    Mwahahahaha

    • October 20, 2009 8:19 am

      Gosh Don is on a roll now a days…..first on every blog. I think Daal is Kaala and neela…extortion might be the reason no?? Kya Don apun logo ko recession ke kaaran kaam se pink shlip de daala kya Uncle Sam ki tarah???

    • October 20, 2009 1:03 pm

      First on every blog and then disappears totally without a mention of the post.

      Heyy, thats what you did too 😈

      • October 20, 2009 1:33 pm

        I was going to comment then but something came up and I had to go. 😀

        Now back to commenting. Hmm.. where do I start?

        Vimmu, you excel in ‘how to boil water’ type of posts but according to me this is one of your best posts. You made this travelogue such an interesting read by giving us minute details. I stopped after reading every few lines and actually visualized you walking around-vayyinoking- and chuckled. 😀

        I LOVED Emperor’s bedroom. No..no..don’t roll your eyes. I love all those furnitures. It reminded me so much of the kind of antique pieces we see in Kerala esp. the pillars on the bed. Castle is just awesome. Bathtub is not pleasing.

        You found a Malayali there too? Ha..ha..ha.. as the old joke goes. Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon only to find a Malayali tea shop and a Punjabi dhaaba already there.

        Once again wonderful write-up. One of the most interesting travelogues I read.

        • October 20, 2009 1:34 pm

          The evil me likes ‘The prisoners dungeon.’ So scary!

          • October 20, 2009 2:46 pm

            All this is choking me to death Silly-lo !!! You have written only good things about me, I cant take this anymore. I am going to the Himalayas !!! 😀 😀 😀

            and yes, ms.pervert, I didnt roll my eyes !! 😀 😀 😀 But in a way you are right, some of the rooms inside the castle reminded me of my moms ancestrol home, the looks, the smell, which I heard is more than a century old.

            I know!!! a Malayali there too, of all the places 😀 😀 😀 oru paavam thrissur kaaran 😀

            • October 20, 2009 3:01 pm

              Me no likes the bath tub too!!

              Golconda fort here hs a wonderful one where the queen used to take bath in rose water 😛 😛 😛

        • October 20, 2009 6:11 pm

          Yes, Sols, I was going to say the same about the furniture inside the castle – it does feel a lot like Kerala antique stuff.. The wood, I think..

          • October 20, 2009 11:20 pm

            Even the canopy. Just a bigger bed and you can find one such in our Nalukkett and Ettukettu. Hai na?

        • October 23, 2009 6:02 am

          Ditto. Ditto.

  2. October 20, 2009 9:15 am

    Veryyyyyyy loong post. Who is the photographer??

    • October 20, 2009 1:01 pm

      so, did u read it or not ??? 😉 I went on this journey all alone, so who do you think the photographer was? 😀 😀 😀

      • October 20, 2009 2:20 pm

        Actually/Factually and Sexually I did not want to say something wrong about the photographer before knowing who it was 😀
        Now I know that it was you so here i come. Were you looking at girls/ladies/women while clicking??
        May be you have a Chinese camera or you are a very bad photographer! 😛 😛
        What is the 5 day story? Are you hiding something from your readers? 😀

        • October 20, 2009 2:42 pm

          LOL. Nothing at all. I am just a bad photographer. or not as good as some of you here 😀 😀 😀

          the 5 day story is revealed in the post itself !! you didnt read it, did ya ? 😀 😀 😀

          • October 20, 2009 4:15 pm

            :O
            I couldn’t understand it, seriously!! 😦

            • October 20, 2009 4:57 pm

              5 days to build that castle !!! Its there towards the end of the post mere bhaaii !!!

    • October 23, 2009 6:02 am

      I like that question!

      😉

  3. October 20, 2009 9:19 am

    Boo! You spoke in hindi? Wow! Next time when we talk am talking in hindi only and so will you. Decided! Can’t view the snaps as commenting & viewing from my mobile. So a proper comment tomorrow but loved the narration of this post 🙂

    • October 20, 2009 12:40 pm

      what is this!!!!
      a comment from smita on vimmuuus blog with not leg pulling and added to that appreciation!!!
      Ghor kalyug!

      • October 20, 2009 12:59 pm

        @ Smita : I hope you have the same opinion when you view all the snaps in here. and didnt I mention that the guy to whom I spoke in Hindi was deaf 😉

        @ Mystery : Dont worry, she hasnt seen the snaps yet. She will be back with her leg pulling, Im sure.

        • October 20, 2009 1:36 pm

          Vimmu’s Hindi.

          ‘Main aur Joji jhagada jhagada…ayyo ariyilla-kku Hindiyil enthonna parayane’. Nahin-Maloom.

          Ha..ha..ha..ha..

          • October 20, 2009 1:43 pm

            • October 20, 2009 2:41 pm

              LOL, one of the best comedy ever made on Indian cinema !! 😀 😀 😀

              njaaanum…jojiyum….adichu pirinju…jagda jagda…tum pagal hain, main nishal hoon…adaaayadu…hehehehe…:D 😀 😀

            • October 20, 2009 7:07 pm

              ROFL at the clip. This was one of the movies I made my husband see when he wanted to learn malayalam badly. After painstakingly translating every word throughout the movie the only words he remembers till today is Nayinta Mone, Thendi, Patti, Nasraani, Pothe etc 😦

              • October 21, 2009 4:28 am

                Did you make him watch some Suresh Gopi movie instead ??? 😀 😀

          • October 21, 2009 1:51 pm

            Sols!!! That was a hilarious line but but I can vouch for Vimmuuu’s hindi, it isn’t that bad 😉

            • October 22, 2009 4:24 am

              Thanks Smita ! I am beginning to like you !! 😀 😀 😀

              • October 22, 2009 9:09 am

                You have started to what??? *Faints*

                I can not believe this!!! I mean you leave such a nasty comment on my blog and say this here???

                Can you say it again??? I need to re confirm that the comment wasn’t a keyboard error 😀 😛

                • October 23, 2009 7:56 am

                  i doubt if he’d say it again, smita….
                  lightning doesnt strike the same place twice!!! 😉

  4. October 20, 2009 10:14 am

    Awesome snaps Vimmuuu! That castle is surely a pièce de résistance, to put it midly that is!

    Lol! Mallus are every place on Earth, alley? 🙂

    • October 20, 2009 12:57 pm

      Oh ya, piece de resistance !! thats how I should have put it ! 😀 😀

      I am sure there are a few mallus orbiting the sun too 😉

  5. Swaram permalink
    October 20, 2009 10:23 am

    4 to go 😛
    Wyaaalcomeee 😀 😀 😀

    • October 20, 2009 12:56 pm

      I should be telling that Wyaalcomee or something, na? 😉

  6. Swaram permalink
    October 20, 2009 10:26 am

    Bon Jour (sounded to me like Pazhan chor) He he he 😛

    U so true abt the Pakistani common folks 😦 I feel so bad for them .. they have to pay a heavy price for what few bastards do 😦

  7. October 20, 2009 10:35 am

    standing on the pavement with photographic poses (I mean, there were no one to take my snap, but I just love standing like that !) – ROFL 😆 U r so funny 😉 😉

    BTW, u cn check out Charminar here 😛 Charminar, just for its name and fame; the Golconda fort is awesome though and so is the collection @ Salarjung 😀
    I hv a new job with APTDC 😉 😉 Am advertising for them 😉 😉

    • October 20, 2009 12:51 pm

      I have seen charminar, not the golconda fort and the salarjung one. But my question was do we have such kind of audio guides here?

      APDTC ??? 😆 good luck with that !! 😀

  8. October 20, 2009 10:41 am

    No wonder the lady in white mentioned 5 days…5 days – hee haw 🙂

    View from a helicopter – what creativity!!!!

    Awesome pics there 🙂 Loved the one after the Sultan restaurant snap and the view from the tallest tower!

    • October 20, 2009 12:49 pm

      grrr…and you are laughing at it !! 😈

      and you like all aerial pics, huh? 😀

      • October 20, 2009 3:05 pm

        Got to read something b/w lines here???? Need to know before I say yes 😛

        • October 20, 2009 5:00 pm

          LOL. nothing at all. Sheesh !!! I mentioned that because of both the snaps you liked was aerial !! Sigh !! 😀 😀 😀

  9. Rashmi permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:35 am

    hey awesome pics…luvd the castle most..u r illuring all of us to plan a trip to europe 🙂

    • October 20, 2009 12:48 pm

      Do take when time permits. The place is awesome ! 😀

  10. Rashmi permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:36 am

    Bon Jour (sounded to me like Pazhan chor) 😆 😆

    BTW do read my reply to ur comment on my blog !!

  11. Rashmi permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:37 am

    Oh yes I m 5th ..Yay !!!!

    • October 20, 2009 12:47 pm

      didnt you notice that when you commented the second time, 😀 😀 😀 😀

  12. October 20, 2009 11:43 am

    loved the second picture, i mean all are good, but second one is just amazing

    • October 20, 2009 12:46 pm

      Yeah, that ones my favourite too. So mysterious !!

      • October 23, 2009 6:13 am

        After you ate the vomitable stuff at Sultan (and Rakesh’s favorite Bhindi ;)), you came out took a picture and then suddenly as we scroll lower emerges the next picture… it’s almost startling, the chateau, the mist and all – beautiful!

  13. thesaintlysinner permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:57 am

    So you finally managed to build that castle,eh? Pretty impressive actually….
    And regarding the visit, wasn’t this visit the one, during the return, you were confused about which station that the train was going to change or something?

    • October 20, 2009 12:43 pm

      LOL.No, that happened during my return from London; the white guy and the black guy confused me ! 😀 😀 😀

  14. October 20, 2009 12:43 pm

    Awesome pics vimmuuu..
    the castle and the scenery looked so nice…
    how many parts are u going to break this into???

    • October 20, 2009 12:45 pm

      😀 😀 😀 No idea; never thought on that…wait…4 london…5..6…7…8..ya, I guess 8 !!! You are never going come back here, arent you ? 😀 😀 😀 😀

      • Mystery permalink
        October 20, 2009 3:49 pm

        i am already back here!
        8 parts!! you already have something to write for the whole of 2009 then!

  15. October 20, 2009 2:11 pm

    gosh!that was a looooong post!Fantastic read nonetheless.Beautiful snaps,Vimmu.I loved the swan!The castle looks majestic.The dungeon looks eerie

    Fish vegetable salad,huh!! 😆

    And your attempt at architecture..amazing! Bravo,Vims!

    • October 20, 2009 2:39 pm

      Whats happened to this world ??? You all are actually telling good things about me ??? First Smita, then Solilo and now you ?

      Thanks though 😉

      • October 20, 2009 10:14 pm

        Those are the only good words you’re going to get from me,Vims!You have no idea how hard it was for me to frame those positive words!
        Now its back to being nasty and evil :mrgreen:

        BTW,I came here to throw one family pack of chaddis on your face 😈

        • October 21, 2009 4:27 am

          LOL !! Please do come back to your normal self ! I am getting suffocated !! 😀

  16. October 20, 2009 2:56 pm

    the paper castle looked much better than the real one… 5 days… 🙂 it was worth it.. 😛

    Pazhan chor.. LOL.. that is why you rushed into the restaurant..? 😉

    veg fish salad.. maybe they picked the fises who eat plants only.. 😉

    very nice pics.. the lake.. the castle.. all views of your castle.. ok.. yours too…. 🙂

    and very well explained.. not like any travelogue i have read…

    and there is more… great.. 🙂

    • October 20, 2009 5:06 pm

      The ones who built the original castle would come and haunt you !! 😀 😀

      hehehe…I would run away if they had Pazhan chor ! 😀 😀 😀

      ohh, you mean, vegetarian fishes, huh?? hmm…why didnt I think of that? could be !

      yeah, yeah, there is more torture ! 😀

      Btw, welcome back after a looooong time !

  17. October 20, 2009 3:09 pm

    nice snaps ,loved the one from the tallest tower.Fish pieces in veg salad.What kinda hotel is that???
    between you refered your bathroom connection in this post too 😀 😀

    • October 20, 2009 5:04 pm

      😀 😀 😀 😀 I didnt think of that !! Sheeesh !! I mentioned about the Kings bathroom too !!! I think I need another vacation 😀 😀

  18. October 20, 2009 3:31 pm

    the castle is just a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Prisoners dungeon and secret passage look mysterious .. wowiiiieee what fun!

    great pix

    Blimey! London sounds exciting 😀

    • October 20, 2009 5:03 pm

      yeah, from now on, its going to be a rollercoaster ride of my stupidities ! 😀

  19. October 20, 2009 5:37 pm

    Sad to know of that Pakistani’s plight. Such is life.

    U r on roll indeed.. and Yay.,… London Baby…

  20. October 20, 2009 6:22 pm

    Vimmuuu – That was was wonderful to read! There are more reasons to go back to Switzerland now.. We did not go anywhere near here. I love the place where the castle is situated..

    Vim : donno, how I missed commenting yours. sorry.

    You know why you didnt go anywhere? Because you went on a honeymoon kind, I mean, with your hubby. I am sure I wouldnt have seen half the places if I had to drag someone along 😀 😀 😀

    So you found a Mallu there too? Veg salad with fish 🙂 It has happened with us loads.. In Paris, everytime we ask for anything vegetarian , they would point us towards the fish. Finally, I ended up saying ‘No meat. no fish’ – and they would – ‘Non’ – No options like that 😦 They did not even have chicken in a lot of places.. So finally we started looking for italian places and eating pasta or pizza.

    Vim : Yeah, my bro survives on pastas and pizzas when he goes for such trips. Donno, how they can consider fish under veg food. Even in Swiss, we had the same problem. There would be just one dish of chicken which again will be mixed with somethng weird ! crazy people ! 😀

    As for the ‘Indian’ rest – most of the places even in UK are the same – run by Pakistanis or Bangladeshis but called Indian cuisine.. Agree with what you said about Pakistani common people – they are quite nice.. I end up having the nicest conversations with Pakistani taxi drivers.. and yesterday, even with a customer service agent who happened to be Pakistani.. and he started telling me all his Indian connections 🙂

    Vim : Yeah, they are very nice people indeed. I had a lot of pakistani friends in my childhood. wonder what they are doing these days 😦

    Pazhan Chor – how could you:) Did you really expect pazhan chor in Switzerland 🙂

    Vim : Noooo…I didnt go for Pazhan chor. somehow his mallu slang made bon jour as pazhan chor ! 😀

    The pics are amazing! I can’t decide which one I like best.. Makes me want to go there.. And you actually put together that castle 🙂 Must have been a good timepass – did it actually take you 5 days?

    Vim : It took me 4 days. 4 non working days actually 😉

    Lovely read, Vimmuuu!

  21. October 20, 2009 7:35 pm

    Well after seeing Smita’s comment I have to put some nice words no? Awesome photographs and what a lovely narration. The second photograph is the best…you have some great eye for details *sakshi clenches her teeth in pain caused by trying to be Ms. Nice in Boots*

    Vim : Stop it ! stop it ! stop it ! you are making me cry now ! I dont deserve such words !! 😀 😀

    Aha Pazhan Chor??? ROFL thank god you didn’t think it sounded like Bone Chori…you might have wanted to scratch his backbone!!! In the heavens, what a review abt that poor restaurant. I think that guy might as well sue you for ruining his reputation coz am sure whoever googles for the place and lands on ur page is not gonna go there ever….even to take a photo with Tj 😀

    Vim : LOL ! I thought about it too. 😀 😀 😀 He will send some of those people from his country to hunt me down !!! 😉 I even sent that pic to Tjs after reaching India !

    Well for TJ telling you that no Keralite has never visited that restaurant….I think its not much of a surprise coz usually we mallus are smart and wonly one in 1000000 mallus turn out like you :mrgreen:

    Vim : Sigh ! I know !!! Heyy, btw, you got back to leg pulling !!! Yeyyyyyyy !!! 😀 😀 😀

    Ahhh how come we didn’t get to see a list of songs you sang while walking? 😯

    Vim : ohh, there were so many to mention !!

    Hey why in India we need these audio tapes?? When you go to any monuments and read the inscriptions on the walls you will understand that every monument was a tribute to love…Shajahan ishtyle!! I mean all you get to read is Rahim loves Raheela, Raja ki Rani, Roberta’s forever Robert :wicked:

    Vim : ROFL !! I know !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Arghhhhhhhhh the emperors took bath in that??? I thought being King it must have been their Toilet no?? A King should have a king size bath tub, king size bed and king size toilet *sakshi patting herself for the wonderful logic*

    Vim : I have their toilet pic too ! Didnt want to put it here and spoil my bathroom reputation further ! 😀 😀 😀 but if a king sized bed is humangous, how would a king sized closet look like ? Hows my logic ?? 😀 😀 😀

    Hee you took 5 days to built that castle?? A better option would have been to wait till you get a son and give it to him. With his mothers genes in him he might actually make it in 5 hours u see 😉

    Vim : 5 days as in, its like 5 non working days. After coming back from work, I would sit on that !! 😀 😀 and how do you know about the mothers genes?? for all you know, she could be dumber than me ! 😀

    Wow at the prison pics…love them and I have a fascination for prisons!! Had taken loads of pics of Kaalapaani 😛 Yeah yeah I know maybe in previous birth I must have been a lovable inmate of one of those dungeons 😈

    Vim : Yeah, right ! and in this birth also, you deserve to be in one such place 😀 😀 😀

  22. October 20, 2009 8:12 pm

    Make a trip to south Germany… there are one or two good castles (The fairy tale castle is a good place to go)

    • October 21, 2009 4:25 am

      Welcome to V-lokam and thanks for dropping in your comment !

      Yea, I heard about that castle. Its got a weird name also,na ?

  23. October 20, 2009 9:01 pm

    Gosh! I had no idea you could write soo beautifully! Beautiful pictures and very beautifully written! I have always fancied Europe for its rich history, we were planning to make a stopover in Europe during our next trip to India.. But I guess any number of days will not be enough to cover everything. But your pics and detailing (as much as I hate to admit) – MIND BLOWING!

    Lol! at the salad thing, I have a tough time finding veggie stuff wherever I go, the first time I had a salad, I wanted to die! I wondered how people could have food soo bland and like it! Now, I’m used to it.. But really sad about the Pakistani’s plight.. Just because of some people, the whole nation is paying. Anyway, do come back with more travelogues… really awesome (Grunting on having to say this :P)

    • October 20, 2009 11:23 pm

      “Gosh! I had no idea you could write soo beautifully.”

      Mwahahaha..see it is not just me. 😈

    • October 21, 2009 4:32 am

      Me write beautifully ??? Whats wrong with you people ??? Dont freak me out, I say !!

      You hate to admit it, right? let it remain that way !! 😀 😀 😀 Dont suffocate me, please !

      Europe history is fascinating, and I heard US is a big letdown in that. They dont have a history, rt?

      Dont even remind me of the food, the westerners are crazy ! and yes, this series, for all I know, will go on for another 5-6 posts ! 😀 All the best !

      • October 21, 2009 4:40 am

        something’s definitely wrong with you! why are u writing like this!? u shud be all danganakka blah blah! 😀 yup there’s no history in the US…
        and 5-6 more posts! OMG! God save us!

        • October 21, 2009 6:38 am

          Well Vims not to worry…soon US will have a danganaka history with ppl like me, sols, rohini and all invading it 😀

          Btw thought would let you know why we all are being so nice to you on this post….haven’t you heard abt the halaal ka bakhra being fed royally before getting butchered?? Yeah all this sweet words and sympathy coz ur wedding date is nearing :mrgreen:

          • October 21, 2009 7:19 am

            Shhh… Sakshi! This was supposed to be our secret! :-*

            **Rohini throws a ball of snow at Sakshi for spilling the beans!**

            • October 22, 2009 4:18 am

              @ Rohini : So I write all danganakka and blah !!! So much for that little self esteem I had with my posts ! 😀 😀 😀 😀 and yes, once again, all the best. You are going to get tired watching me in different poses.

              @ Sakshi : So all this is because of that ??? Oh noooo !!! But I still have 3 more months to go. You neednt scare me from now itself !!! Waaahhh 😦

  24. October 20, 2009 10:50 pm

    its London next!!!!!!!! yayayayay!!! 😀 😀 😀
    thats all i care abt!!! (no its NOT abt john – saying it before u can start that topic again 🙄 )

    will read the post properly and come back to comment!! (this is beginning to be an addictive habit i say! 😛 )

    i like the foto of u peeking behind that constructed castle…
    ee kadhayude pala bhagavum ariyavunnathu kondu vayichathinu thulyamaa :mrgreen:

    • October 21, 2009 4:24 am

      London ! I know thats all you care about !! 😀 😀 😀

      I didnt even think about John !!! 😀 😀 😀 look whos starting that topic !! 😉

      Indyeah fever, huh?

  25. October 21, 2009 6:46 am

    Wow… The castle looks simply amazing 🙂

    I like the photo of the swan too!

  26. October 21, 2009 11:18 am

    hmmm!!! sigh!! 😦 😦 crap! grrrr!
    cant help but have to admit it was an interesting read 😛
    but here too you couldnt leave th word bathroom right??? and ‘pazhan chor’!! “aaro nadukadalil chennalum nakkiye kudikku” ennu kettittundu 😛
    nd btw u talked with hotel guys in hindi???? how i wish u wudve met with Harisree asokans plight in punjabi house 😛

    • October 22, 2009 4:01 am

      LOL !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 and Sigh 😦 😦 😦

      Cmon, my hindi isnt that bad !! 😀 😀 😀 Atleast its better than my Marathi 😉

  27. October 21, 2009 12:09 pm

    Nice snaps vimmu,i loved the castle snaps

    Why don’t to put a page for ur travelogue?

    Will send my daughter to u,u both build the castle,she got one recently.

    • October 22, 2009 4:03 am

      A separate page for my travelogue is actually a nice idea. But I would have just these 8 parts. To fill that page, I would have to travel more then ! 😀 😀 😀

      Ohh, she got a similar castle to build ?? gr8 ..

  28. October 21, 2009 1:59 pm

    How could you think that I might not like the snaps??? These are awesome shots, nto as good as ur bro’s but then the beauty of the place is such that snaps can not go bad 🙂

    The castle looks awesome!!! And am sure making that castle must have transported you back to that place 🙂

    As far as hindi is concerned, as I said we are talking in Hindi, today!!! So be ready 😛

    lol @ bird watching, u r allowed to watch birds even if u r engaged, as is said, always appreciate good things in life 😉

    That’s it am about to die of diabetes!!!

    • October 22, 2009 4:06 am

      Ok, so now its the beauty of the place and not my skills ! Thats it, my next posts would be only snaps ! you asked for it !!!

      I am not talking to you in Hindi ! I can talk hindi only to a sane person !! 😀 😀 😀

      I know !! please check your blood sugar !! please 😀 😀

      • October 22, 2009 9:14 am

        You are what??? Why are u always shocking?? A post full of snaps??? Nahiiin!!!!

        And as far as your sane insane logic is concerned then lemme tell u the logic is insane and we are talking in Hindi today, you can not do that much for ur friends??

        • October 27, 2009 5:47 am

          you asked for it lady !!! 😀 😀 😀

          Ideally , we didnt speak in Hindi that day and so it doesnt count anymore !!

  29. October 21, 2009 2:14 pm

    Hardly 12 hours and 86 comments! 😯 👿 I hate you! *Suji is wondering what more to write on Vimmuuu to attract more comments!*

    I still understand the 5 days funda!

    Loved the pics – and the castle structure was awesome! You were always good at cooking ready made food, weren’t you? 😛

    Indian food? You always liked Chinese didn’t you? Or Japanese? 🙄 ok whatever! 😐

    You started conversin in Hindi? 😯 Hindi?? 😯

    • October 22, 2009 4:09 am

      LOL, thats because I have been blogging for 2 years now. You just started right. Ellaadinum oru samayam undu daasaa !!!

      You still or you still dont ??? Well, if you didnt, it took me 5 days to finish my work on that castle ! 😀 😀

      Cooking ready made food ?? I didnt get that, if it was a joke 😉

      No, I always preferred only Indian food, or Italian. Never Chinese or its likes. I hate them !

      MY HINDI ISNT BAD !! How do you know ? I have never spoken Hindi with you around !! 😀 😀 😀

  30. October 21, 2009 2:21 pm

    Vimmuuu where r u Vimmuuu! So many gud words abt u 😛 N from all those who used to demonstrate their bestestest devilish traits on this blog 😉 inc.. me 👿

    • October 22, 2009 4:04 am

      I know ! I cant believe whats happening here !!! maybe the world isnt ending in 2012. I guess its going to be anytime soon !!!

  31. October 21, 2009 5:16 pm

    Wow… awesome snaps!!!
    Castle is just like the one shown in fairy tales 🙂
    shocked to know that mallu/tamil guys know much hindi… i know few guys who can barely understand hindi(leave shudh hindi… its beyond their reach)

    • October 22, 2009 4:11 am

      😀

      most of the mallus understand Hindi very well; but when it comes to speaking, we mallus are so adamant to leave our accent, be it any language 😀 😀 😀 I agree with you on the tamil guys though.

  32. October 21, 2009 6:36 pm

    What Vimmuuu
    What is this such a boring post…
    Everything seems to be ok …neither u missed train nor u were hungry except the fishy salad…,you came back in cruise and the souvenir which supposed to haunt you gace your greying cells some work…..huh…
    I hate this …..pathetic post……
    Is it somewhat breather for you…..Hope you got some oxygen….
    cool na….ok then
    Boss “mast” travelogue…..including the birdwatching you did and did not mention in detail and actually the folded castle gives the clear idea what an experience it would have been…..
    really nice post…..hahahahahaah 🙂

    • October 22, 2009 4:13 am

      attaboy Puneet !!! you are my man !!! Thanks a lot !! It was a big relief reading your comment !! But I never wanted someone to trash the post; the saccharine sweet comments were a lill too much for me to handle 😀 😀 😀 😀

      I cant mention the bird watching in detail now ! I would get beaten up; royally ! 😀

  33. October 21, 2009 11:18 pm

    fish in veg salad… LOL.. 😆 so they mean by veg here… 😉

    and the photos are cool Bro.. me liked the castle pictures and the second one…

    very long post…. and no dramatic events 😦 😦

    • October 22, 2009 3:52 am

      No dramatic events ??? 😀 😀 😀 and then you all would call me drama king !! 😀 😀 😀

  34. October 22, 2009 12:49 am

    make the pics a bit smaller..reduce to 80%..thats best.

    • October 22, 2009 3:51 am

      thats all you have got to say??? 😀 😀 😀 its actually 60%…all of them !

  35. October 22, 2009 1:18 am

    Knock knock….anybody home?

    Me thinks you have been diagnosed with chronic diabetes after so many sweet comments :mrgreen:

    • October 22, 2009 3:49 am

      LOL !! Cant a person get busy with work ?? 😀 😀 😀

      • October 22, 2009 6:33 pm

        Sigh…since when did bird watching was considered as WORK?? unless of course you are Salim Ali’s reincarnation :mrgreen:

        • October 23, 2009 3:14 am

          Who…what…when…how…why ??? bird watch or me ??? Dont you know that Im engaged ??? 😉

  36. October 22, 2009 12:35 pm

    Naiceeeee…took quite a while to read the whole thing.. phew.. now i need water, or pepsi or something 😀

    Btw, yes, we do have those audio guides here too.. in Chennai @ Museum… seen it in Bby and Delhi at most touristy places- museums, art galleries.. super cool they are, and mighty pricey tooo ..:D

    sari, if u leave a comment on my blog, why does it take me to ur blogspot and not wp? i gotta go to blogspot url, and then click on ur wp url and then i come here.. phew… too much velai.. do something~~!!! 😛

    • October 22, 2009 12:37 pm

      oh and i’ve done something similar to that castle of urs… i did a colloseum… sits pretty on top of the fridge~~ 😀

    • October 23, 2009 3:17 am

      Thanks for that info. so we do have those audio guides here in India ! Good !! 😀

      Ok, I changed all that stuff. Dont you have my wordpress account saved anywhere ? Lazy !!! 😀 😀 😀

      colloseum??? wow, where did you get it? Im addicted to it now. Feel like building another one all over again 😀 😀

      • October 26, 2009 1:38 pm

        Hullo.. who’s lazy??? i said when i click on ur name in my comments it takes me to ur blogspot url.. nee poi paaru..! hmfph!!! 😀

        I got that puzzle at Landmark, good fun doing it.. would love to do more, but what to do after completing it? 😛 u buy one, we all do it… 🙂

        • October 26, 2009 1:38 pm

          and err ummm fyi, i have ur wp url in my blogroll 🙂

        • October 27, 2009 5:45 am

          Yeah, I have got a few similar complaints. Getting it resolved !

  37. October 23, 2009 6:20 am

    You can take up the publicity job for Incredible India, the way you have made us all want to travel to Europe with probably a copy of this post to demand we see the same places and take the same route.. loved the glimpses of the life of the royalty! Their royal bath (.. err…. hey Vimmuuu, the bath!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -:lol: 😆 😆 😆 weren’t you overjoyed when you reached this part of the castle!!! )

    Well, so I was saying, the royal bath, the bed, and the steps leading to the bed!, the secret passage, the dungeons (:( )… awesome experience!!

    • October 27, 2009 5:45 am

      LOL, I also have another snap of the royal latrine. Cant put it here though !! 😀 😀 😀

      Incredible India ??? LOL,…they would have to rename it to Incredible Hulks India !!! 😀 😀 😀

  38. October 23, 2009 1:06 pm

    me commenting at 121? Not bad 😀
    But seriously, your travelogues are too good. Finding a mallu in an Indian Hotel in such vague places is surely worthy of an applause! Even the castle looks quite good. Paisa vasool I feel!

    I will wait for your trip to moon now and the travelogue thereafter!

    • October 27, 2009 5:40 am

      A trip to the moon??? thats like another dream !!! Hope my bro is reading this !!! 😀 😀 😀

  39. October 23, 2009 7:11 pm

    You have patience to cut that paper and make a castle out of it…. or did you do it not to waste 19 Francs?? 😛

    Destination Infinity

  40. October 24, 2009 10:34 am

    Pics are super Vimmuu!!

    and of course the narration is nice too! 🙂

    Loved the castle pics! 🙂

  41. October 26, 2009 9:59 pm

    Wow! What beautiful pics of the chateau. Superb write-up. And that ‘foldable map’ was so cute! Never seen anything like that before.

    As for Tjs, am sure he identified a fellow Mallu and said ‘pazhan chor’ and not Bonjour 😉 Btw, avana paathaliye Mallu-nnu theriyarthu 😉

    You are right about the non-Indians naming the restaurant as Indian. We see this all over the world. Pakistanis and Bangladeshis….they all pillion-ride on the ‘Indian curry’ bandwagon. They’ll give even Shilpa Shetty a run for the money!

    • October 27, 2009 5:35 am

      That wasnt foldable !!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 I cheated myself into it 😀

      LOL, he did look like a mallu, but it was weird to find a mallu there, of all the places !!! 😀

      Heyyy, shilpa is engaged now and its all over the news !! I got engaged and it was just on the blogs !! 😀 😀 😀

  42. October 29, 2009 5:17 pm

    OMG !!! I took such a long time to read and see those lovely pics – such an awesome long post !!!!

    The castle is gorgeous and the way you’ve built it using foldable cardboard is quite nice – 5 day project, eh ???

    They had a prison in the same castle where the royal family stayed ???? Generally, the prison is not so close to the royal quarters, hai na ????

    Whaaat – Sultan hotel – malayali guy – fish in veg salad – It happens to you all the time !!!

    Anyway, gud travel guide and great pics, too.

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