An evening with Nicole Kidman..

Noel Coward Theatre

I had developed a huge crush on Tom Cruise after watching Mission Impossible 5. It was specially that plane stunt that got me mesmerised. So when my friends got to know that Nicole Kidman was performing in London, they thought that the best birthday present they could give me was to gift me a ticket to the show. Their logic being that this was the closest that they could get me to Tom Cruise (I know this sounds ridiculous). 
 

Nicole Kidman

Awesome performance by Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51

 

So on a Saturday evening we came to the city to see the show. I didn’t think much of the show till that day and didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived at the theatre, the atmosphere was really buzzing and the excitement started building up.

We got good seats with a good view. There was cheering and a round of applause the moment Nicole appeared on stage. She was so graceful and such a natural performer. The play was humorous, witty and moving at times. The performance was mind blowing and Nicole was just awesome. I was awestruck by the whole play from start to finish. I was so engrossed and couldn’t believe how quickly two hours had gone by.

    
After the play was over, I saw people rushing to back door of the theatre. It was only then that we realised that Nicole was meeting fans and signing autographs. We made our way to the back door but were too late.A huge crowd had already gathered and we were right at the back, tip toeing to get a glimpse of what was going on. A few men at the front saw us and I’m not sure what came to their mind, but they made space for us to come in front. So there I was standing right next to Nicole. 

She was very graceful and cheerful, happily signing autographs and posing for photographs. She signed an autograph, posed for a selfie and shook my hands. 

Nicole Kidman’s autograph

What an evening I had! A very special girly night out with an unexpected meet and greet with a Hollywood star! And for those of you who are interested, my crush on Tom Cruise has faded away over the months, but thanks to him, I got to see Nicole.

My selfie moment.

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Fun on the farm.

  

I visited Harbes Farm during my stay in Long Island in the fall and absolutely loved the place. It was pumpkin season and the huge farm was full of pumpkins of different sizes. My sister and I spent the afternoon here and the place brought back sweet memories of our childhood.

  

We walked through the farm, picking pumpkins and taking pictures. Some of them were really huge and heavy and I had never seen a pumpkin of that size before. They had a corn maze which was fun and scary. There were fresh vegetables available in the farm shop. The sweet corn available were freshly roasted and was absolutely delicious.
  

They had a lot of other fun activities like wine tasting, apple picking and hay rides. It was a nice place for wine tasting and a quick lunch.

 

 We ended up with bags of fresh vegetables and two bottles of wine. I loved the freshness of the place and it was nice to feel like a child again.
  

A birthday weekend in a Kocoon.

Front view of our kocoon

For my 30th birthday I wanted to do something different and exciting. After a lot of research my husband and I decided to spend my birthday weekend in a ‘kocoon’ at Harvieston Huts. These are small cosy huts in the Kirkhill mansion estate, about ten miles away from Edinburgh.

The Kirkhill mansion is a unique place in the middle of nowhere. There are about 20 cute huts in the complex. Each of the kocoons are made of wood with a small window for ventilation. Inside it was very cosy and warm. There was a sitting area outside each kocoon where you could relax and have a bbq.

Cute kocoons in the complex

  

We reached the camping site on Friday night and had a nice relaxing sleep in our kocoon. The next morning, which was my birthday morning, we went for a walk nearby. There were some really nice trails around the area with a couple of waterfalls. We were lucky with the weather and the walk was amazing and beautiful. In the afternoon we went to Edinburgh which was just a short drive away. We had a gala time there and I will share my experiences in Edinburgh in another blog.

Bbq area outside the kocoon

Late in the evening we returned to our kocoon and had a late night bbq. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying the breeze. The kocoons were a spectacular hidden gem and I really enjoyed my stay. It was an overall good weekend and I thought to myself that turning 30 wasn’t bad at all!!

Magical Lantern Festival, London

Last month I went to the Magical Lantern Festival in Chiswick House and Gardens with my younger sister. I had no idea what to expect but it had been heavily advertised in the newspapers and I was a bit curious to know what it was all about. I booked tickets for two and met my sister after work in Vauxhall and together we made our way to Chiswick. It was cold and raining and a part of me wanted to cancel the plans, but I had already booked the tickets and so we decided to just go ahead with it.

After a short walk from Chiswick station we reached the venue of the festival. The whole place was brightened up with beautifully decorated lanterns. There were illuminated life-sized animals and figures which were beautifully arranged along the lake in the garden. 

Lighted up peacock

  

A meter long dragon

  
 
There was a meter long dragon and illuminated elephants, flamingos, pandas and glowing mushrooms and flowers. The lovely lanterns were scattered along the garden lake and there was a walking tour to explore the picturesque garden trail. 

Illuminated elephants

 

Glowing mushrooms

 

At the end of the luminous display there was a market place where my sister and I had a drink. We were glad that we didn’t cancel our plans and even though it was very cold, we did have an enjoyable evening out.

Sacred, Beautiful and Peaceful – Mahabodhi temple

Mahabodhi Temple – where Buddha had attained Enlightment.

 We drove to Bodhgaya from Patna and we found the atmosphere to be very peaceful and serene the moment we arrived here.

 The Mahabodhi temple was very beautiful and peaceful. Even though I knew the significance of this temple, I was still amazed to see so many Buddhist devotees visiting this place from all over the world. 

The statue of the Buddha inside the temple was awe inspiring. The Bodhi tree under which Buddha gained Niravana was behind the temple. There were monks praying and meditating around the Bodhi tree. The atmosphere was peaceful and powerful and one could feel the spiritual vibration. 

Entrance was free but there was a charge for cameras. The security was tight but the crowd was well managed. I would highly recommend to spend at least two hours in this temple. Apart from the beautiful sites, there were also workshops and classes which was worth trying.

We were on a road trip and were short of time and only had an hour to spend here. I will definitely come here again with more time in hands and would like to try meditating with the monks and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere around the Bodhi tree.


Cave Temples of Mahabalipuram

 

Beautifully carved rock- cut temples in Mahabalipuram, India.

Mahabalipuram is a historic town just 45 minutes drive away from Chennai. This town is famous for the beautifully carved rock-cut temples that are more than a 1000  years old . Each sculptures and cut carvings on the rocks depicts stories from Mahabharata,the ancient hindu epic.

I left Chennai at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. It was extremely hot but I had only two days left before my flight back to London and it was the only time I had to view this beautiful city. I am glad that I braved the heat to see this artistic treasure. Beautiful is an understatement! These temples are awe inspiring with history etched in the carvings.

Mahabalipuram is an excellent site to visit if you are interested in culture and history. These sea shore temples will mesmerise with its beauty.You can easily spend a day marvelling at this piece of art. I highly recommend this place and is a must see if you are in Chennai. However its best visited in winters as the heat in the summer can be unbearable.

Autumn colours in New England 

 

Fall Colors, Maine


  

Road trips in America is always exciting and this time chasing the fall foliage in New England was our new chosen adventure. The trip was scheduled in October when the fall colours are at its peak. 

The plan was to drive from Long Island to Acadia National Park with an overnight stop at Providence. We started on a Friday evening as soon as my sister got back from work and drove in one straight shot to Providence and the next morning headed straight to Acadia National Park.

Fall in all it’s glory, Maine


  

The area was full of spectacular displays of fall leaf colours. The frequent colours seen were red, yellow, green, orange and even purple. We went on a biplane ride to fully appreciate the colourful glory of the area. It was a fun ride and I highly recommend this if you want to enjoy spectacular views of the fall foliage.

Incredible natural landscape in Maine

 

The brilliant colours in New England was mind blowing for a first timer like myself. In the UK the autumn colours are short-lived and experiencing America’s Autumn colours was an interesting experience. After a memorable four days stay in New England, I returned to NYC with loads of pictures and wonderful memories of the beautiful fall colours.