My apartment in Versailles is surrounded with forests, and it has been a year since I moved here. Here are some pictures that I made during this year.
My friend admiring a statue near Chateau du Versailles, France.
Lake near the Chateau du Versailles.
A walk in the garden, Versailles.
Portraits on the wall.
My friends and I had been to Amsterdam to welcome 2016, and on our way back to Poitiers, France, we had a few hours to kill. We had reached Paris on 3 January 2016, early in the morning. The bus to Poitiers was at 15:00. Since we had a lot of time, we decided to head to the “Louvre”. It was still very dark when we arrived at the gigantic walls surrounding the Louvre Pyramid. We couldn’t figure out where the entrance was and there was not a soul to be seen. After a lot of walking around, we found our way inside. I must say we were extremely lucky to have arrived at the Louvre Palace in the morning. There were hardly any people around, and I never did spot any homo sapiens “selfying” with their phones! The dim lighting of the palace complimented by the dark sky was a visual treat indeed. Due to the limited time, we couldn’t venture into the museum. But I was really glad to just witness the beauty of its surroundings. We walked around the palace enjoying the changing colours of the sky, after which we took the metro and arrived at the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the Eiffel tower was an achievement for us, not because its a World Wonder, but because it had been 4 months since we arrived in France, and had never been to the Eiffel Tower. The view of the city from the top of the tower is stunning. One look from here is ample for anyone to fall in love with the architecture of this city (Paris is divided into 20 Arrondissements).
Here are some pictures of these beautiful places,
The Palais-Royal, home of the Conseil d’État
The bridge, Pont des arts
The Seine river as seen from the Pont des arts
The Seine river
The gateway to the Louvre Pyramid
The Louvre Pyramid (Mona Lisa is in there somewhere)
The Pont des arts leading to the Mazarine Library
The Cour Carrée (Square Courtyard completed under Napoleon I) seen from the Mazarine library.
Posters promoting Australian tourism, in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.
View of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Chaillot’s Palace seen from the Eiffel tower.
La Grande Roue de Paris (The big wheel of Paris) seen from the Eiffel Tower.
The “Champ de Mars” seen from the Eiffel tower.
The World famous “Tour Eiffel” (Eiffel Tower)
Kanniyakumari is the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula and belongs to Tamil Nadu. Here, one can witness the confluence of The Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea, and The Indian Ocean.
The route to Kanniyakumari is adorned with hundreds of gigantic windmills.
The Southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula
A ritual in progress.
A couple standing still, two friends take a selfie, my brother lost in deep thought, and Thiruvalluvar’s Statue in the background.
A selfie with the Thiruvalluvar’s Statue.
People sitting on a ledge of the Mandap and basking in the evening light.
People enjoying the evening waves.
This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No one has lived here ever since. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. Its around 20 kms from Rameshwaram, and all that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life.
The route from Rameshwaram to Dhanushkodi
Walking into no man’s land (Dhanushkodi)
Stalls at Dhanushkodi facing the Bay of Bengal
View from the Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram
The Pamban Railway bridge, Rameshwaram
A statue near Dhanushkodi beach
Ruins of a church at Dhanushkodi
Ruins of the church at Dhanushkodi. This was a happy town before the cyclone consumed the entire place in 1964. No ones lived here since then. Now it’s a tourist spot and there are small stalls selling refreshments. All that remains are the ruins of what existed when this was a happy place filled with life.