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Berne, Switzerland – Eurotrip

17 Nov Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Switzerland

How could I come to Switzerland and not visit its capital, Berne? Berne or Bern or Bundesstadt, is a German speaking city in Switzerland’s cantons. So, here’s a glimpse of the beauty of Berne sans too many pics on monuments and heritage sites.

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Bundesstadt, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, Weltpostdenkmal Bern, Weltpostdenkmal an der Kleinen Schanze in Bern

Weltpostdenkmal Bern

Beautiful house in Berne, Switzerland

Beautiful house in Berne, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, yellow bell-shaped flower

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, red tulips, tulips

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland, green garden

Berne, Bundesstadt, Eurotrip, Switzerland

I am in awe of Berne and its natural beauty. Unfortunately, I couldnt spend much time here.


Zurich, Swiss – Eurotrip

20 Sep

Zurich, Zurich canton, Switzerland


My halt at Zurich was just  for an hour. Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland and located at the north-western tip of Lake Zurich, is a German-speaking city. I couldn’t spend much time since it was raining quite heavily. Yet, I managed to capture some beautiful sights. Here they are.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich's Shopping district, Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich's Shopping district

Marc O'Polo , Zurich, Marc O'Polo store, Switzerland, Marc O'Polo store window, mannequins

Marc O'Polo, Zurich

Zurich shops, quirky shops, Zwitzerland

Zurich shops

Zurich shops, quirky shops, Switzerland, Zurich shop's window display, paintings, wine

Zurich shop's window display

Read more about Lucerne and Switzerland here.

Facades of Lucerne:


Mt. Titlis:

Engelberg Beautiful Homes:







Happy Anniversary PIINK!!

25 Jul

Its been a year since I started writing this blog. Happy anniversary Paisleys and Indian Ink. I have enjoyed this experience and I am looking forward to write more and more, hoping my travels would take me to places unknown.

Happy Anniversary Paisleys and Indian Ink, PIINK, p_indianink

Happy Anniversary Paisleys and Indian Ink

Browsing through numerous beautifully encapsulated moments, having archived images of wonderful places, having learnt new cultures, languages and having adopted newer fashion styles, I am thrilled to write a column on what I love, what I recommend people to read and what to explore out there in the world full of art, culture, fashion, lifestyle, music, architecture, customs, food, travel, photography and writing. Happy Anniversary again!!

Lucerne’s Ornamental Signposts

20 Jul

Luzern's ornamental signposts

Luzern's ornamental signposts, Switzerland

Decorative signposts of Lucerne, Ornamental signposts, Switzerland

Decorative signposts of Lucerne

Ornamental signposts, Lucerne's decorative filigree signposts

Ornamental signposts, Lucerne

Lucerne's Ornamental Facade, Switzerland's beautiful shopping lanes

Lucerne's Ornamental Facade, Switzerland

Rolex showroom signpost, Lucerne's Rolex watch signpost

Rolex showroom signpost, Lucerne

Filigree signpost

Filigree signpost for Hotel Krone, Lucerne

Elaborate metal filigree signpost, red signpost, signpost with emblem

Elaborate metal filigree signpost, Lucerne

Read more about Lucerne and Switzerland here.

Facades of Lucerne:


Mt. Titlis:

Engelberg Beautiful Homes:







Façades of Lucerne

18 Jul

Facades of Lucerne, Switzerland, Lucerne, painted facades of Lucerne

Facades of Lucerne, Switzerland

Straddling alongside Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) and River Reuss, Lucerne offers an attractive tour of the 16th century decorative painted facades, created with immense passion on buildings such as hotels, restaurants and houses.

Painted facade, Lucerne, facades of Lucerne

Painted facade, Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne, Painted facades of Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne

Elaborative facade, Lucerne, Painted facades of Lucerne

Decorative facade of Lucerne

Painted facade, decorative facade, painted facade on the riverside

Riverside painted facades, Lucerne

Row of painted facades, painted facades in the shopping district of Lucerne

Row of painted facades, Lucerne

Decorative painted facades in Lucerne's shopping district, painted facades of Lucerne

Decorative painted facades in Lucerne's shopping district

Intricately painted facades, Lucerne's painted facades, painted facades

Intricately painted facades, Lucerne

Ornamental facades on windows, Lucerne's ornamental painted window facade

Ornamental painted facades on windows, Lucerne

Painted facades of shopping complexes, Lucerne's painted facades in the shopping district

Painted facades of shopping complexes, Lucerne

Baroque gold ornamental painted windows , Lucerne

Baroque gold ornamental painted windows , Lucerne

Painted facades , Lucerne's elaboratively painted facades

Painted facades , Lucerne

Ornamental painted window facades, Lucerne's painted facades

Ornamental painted window facades, Lucerne

Blue painted facade, Lucerne's blue painted facade

Blue painted facade, Lucerne

Row of ornamental painted facades, Lucerne

Row of ornamental painted facades, Lucerne

Read my previous blog posts on Lucerne and Switzerland:


Mt. Titlis:

Engelberg Beautiful Homes:









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Lucerne, Swiss – Eurotrip

17 Jul

Lucerne, view of the city Lucerne

Lucerne City

View from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, lakeside view of mountains in Switzerland

View from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Located in north-central Switzerland in the German-speaking county, Lucerne, capital and city, is a charmingly beautiful haven for tourists with historic sites, landmark buildings and a getaway to some of the best hill resorts – Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus, Rigi on the Swiss Alps and Stanserhorn. The Lucerne Railway Station has a beautiful cupola entrance that leads to Lake Lucerne and an underground tunnel that connects to the Culture and Convention Centre, which also houses the Kunstmuseum Luzern (Museum of Art, Luzern).

Cupola at Lucerne Railway Station, Lucerne, Switzerland, Lucerne Railway station, entrance to Lucerne Railway station

Cupola at Lucerne Railway Station, Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Bridge, Lucerne, Bridge on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne Bridge, Lucerne

Cruising on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, Lake Lucerne, cruise ride,

Cruising on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Chateau Gutsch, Lucerne, Switzerland, Hotel Gutsch

Chateau Gutsch, Lucerne, Switzerland

Sited on Lake Lucerne and imbedded within the impressive panorama of mountains, Lucerne offers a fascinating view of the medieval city with the iconic Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) on River Reuss, the city walls with nine watchtowers and its chapels and facades. The historic wooden Chapel Bridge was built in 1333 and restored in 1993, has a number of attractions including many 17th century paintings and an octagonal water tower.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland, River Reuss

Chapel Bridge on River Reuss, Lucerne, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch tower, Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch tower on Chapel Bridge, Switzerland

Houses and Shopping complexes on River Reuss, River Reuss

Houses and Shopping complexes on River Reuss

View of the surroundings in Lucerne, Switzerland

Octagonal Watch Tower on Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

View of the Octagonal Watch Tower on Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

More upcoming blog posts: Facades of Lucerne

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Sun and Sand

2 Jul

Summer is still here and I am longing to go to the beach!! Sun, sand and some pinacolada… Turkey or Greece, somewhere in the Mediterranean!!!



Graphics: Lavanya Venkatraman

Mount Titlis, Swiss – Eurotrip

22 Jun

Titlis Mountain in Engelberg

Mt.Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland

Awesome and breathtakingly beautiful, Mt. Titlis is a heaven abode earth. Truly mesmerising is its beauty that one marvels at God’s creation and feels bestowed.

Sneak peak at Mt. Titlis

View of Mt. Tilis from Engelberg

View of Mt. Titlis from Engelberg

Sneak peak at Mt. Titlis

Located at 3,238 meters above sea level in the Urner Alps of Switzerland, Mt. Titlis forms borders between the cantons of Obswalden and Berne in Switzerland, overlooking Engelberg. Connected through Rail Europe from Lucerne, Zurich, Basel and Berne, Mt. Titlis can be reached via the famous rotating cable car, Titlis Rotair.

Mt. Titlis Cable Car

Cable cars to Mt. Titlis, Switzerland

Rotating Cable Car Rotair on Mt. Titlis

Titlis Rotair

Cloudy view of the mountain peak

Picture of myself in Titlis Rotair

That's me in the Titlis Rotair

Snowy Glacier and vegetation

Vegetation of the snowy glacier in Summer

Moon Space Station lookalike

Space Station of Moon Lookalike

This particular image above fascinates me as it gives that feel, as if I were on an imaginary planet, maybe the Moon and this was a colony with Space Stations; a truly futuristic feel.

Weather Tower

Communications & Weather Tower atop Mt. Titlis

This so-called Space Station is actually a Communications & Weather tower atop Mt. Titlis which offers a panoramic view of its snowy surroundings. The mountain top offers a stunning view of the glaciers from the “Stotzig Egg – viewpoint”. Not to miss among the various attractions are the Glacier Cave, the photo studio and world’s highest watch showroom at the mountain peak.

Glacier Path

Dressed colourfully atop Mt. Titlis on the Glacier Path

One of the largest ski and snowboard destinations in Switzerland and a place for snow activities such as snow tubing, sledge at Titlis Glacier Park, this place is a summer and winter abode for tourists from worldover. The Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift is one of the major attractions, dropping tourists back and forth to the Titlis Glacier Park.

Iceflyer on Mt. Titlis

Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift

Ice Flyer Chair Lift atop Mt. Titlis

Titlis IceFlyer Chairlift

Glacier Park on Mt. Titlis

Titlis Glacier Park

Snow tubing

Snow tubing at Titlis Glacier Park

After an adventurous snow ride, I headed back to Engelberg to catch my next train to Lucerne. Although, the surprising aspect of this trip was the poster of Shah Rukh Khan (Indian actor) and Kajol (Indian actress) from Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge movie put right at the entrance of Mt. Tiltis and even more amusing was to watch all the Indians posing happily right next to it (P.S. not me).

DDLJ poster of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol

DDLJ poster of Shahrukh Khan & Kajol atop Mt. Titlis

Happy ending!!!

Engelberg, Swiss – Beautiful Homes

15 Jun

Mt. Titlis, Titlis mountain peak

Mt. Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland

Mt. Titlis, the journey started with a train ride from Lucerne to Engelberg. What a stunning view, Switzerland is truly heaven on earth.

train ride on Swiss Rail

Train ride to Engelberg, Swiss

Beautifully crafted houses, churches and barns adorn the farmlands where the cattle grazed on lush, green grasses. Each house is different and unique in its make from the other lending itself a wonderful countryside charm and warmth.

Farmlands of Swiss

Scenic view of the farmlands, Swiss

Switzerland Church

Church on the way to Engelberg, Swiss

Countryhouse Switzerland

Beautiful Country Homes, Swiss

Resorts in Switzerland

Resort & Spa, Swiss

Beautiful country houses

Country Home, Swiss

Ladder of country houses

Hilltop Country Homes, Swiss

Country Homes in Swiss

Thatched roof country home, Swiss

Country Home Lodges

Country-house style Hotels in Swiss

White house in Swiss

Beautiful white house with a barn, Swiss

Engelberg downhill countryside

Passage to Engelberg, Swiss


Small barn, Swiss

Engelberg uphill journey

Uphill to Engelberg, Swiss

Engelberg, in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland, is a beautiful village overlooking Mt. Titlis with breathtaking views, stunning landscape and mountain scenery. An ideal dream destination for spa-lovers, skiers and honeymooners from India. It is also an attractive filmshoot location for popular Indian movie song-dance sequences wherein the actress dances on the snowy terrains in skimpy chiffon or georgette sarees (poor thing must be freezing in the cold) and the actor (main hero), all geared up in winter-wear, is all set to romance her. Nevertheless, Switzerland has thus, become a dream destination for Indian tourists which has increased the tourism revenue for Swiss government, I am sure!!

Train station house Switzerland

Beautiful train station, Swiss

Village of Engelberg

Engelberg, Switzerland

Riverside Engelberg

Riverside scenic beauty at Engelberg, Swiss

Peaceful, serene, calm and refreshing… my search for Nirvana was complete at Engelberg.

Broc, Swiss – Eurotrip

31 May

Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory, Broc

Broc, located in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland is just an hour away from the cheese factory in Gruyère. The slow train ride takes one along the beautiful countryside with much awaited anticipation to see the one and only place, Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. Oh!! I just crept into my fantasy world the moment I saw the chocolate factory; having imagined myself to be that innocent child who just won the ‘gold coupon’ to enter Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory. The thought of entering that dream destination and feasting on unlimited chocolates was mesmerising, indeed.

Huge chocolate bars, Maison Cailler, Broc

The Maison Cailler had an interactive tour guide, one that starts with a gallery showcasing Cailler’s famous packaging graphics from 1898 till present day. This was proceeded by a Willy Wonker style 4-D presentation ending on a very delicious note – a feast on the freshly baked Cailler chocolates. Yummmmm!!!

Chocolate Shop, Maison Cailler, Broc

Cailler Chocmel

Chocolait Kobler

Nestle Packaging graphics

Gala Peter, Chocolat Au Lait


Rayon, Cailler

Bonbons Fins Cailler


Know the chocolate!!

Hot baked chocolates directly from the oven

In 2006, Cailler approached Roman Klis Design, a branding agency to redesign its packaging graphics with a focus on brand’s rich history and traditional values; thus relaunching itself as a premium chocolate brand in the market.

Cailler re-branding

Cailler re-branding

Cailler re-branding

Enjoy the Chocolaty experience!!!

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