Schaffhauser Fasnacht

This is a short post about a Carnival we went to, this year. It is called the Swiss Carnival or the Fasnacht. Over 200 carnivals take place throughout Switzerland in the week after Ash Wednesday, and most of the action is concentrated around the City Centers.

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The carnival is a fascinating mix of party atmosphere, vivid costumes, stirring tunes of drummers and piccolo players, and the weird but wonderful music played by brass bands.

Many visitors and locals simply enjoy the experience of wandering around the city’s lively streets, alleys, checking out bars and restaurants while soaking up the festivities around. We did the same. 🙂

It’s so much fun to participate in and absorb the local traditions and customs, isn’t it?

So what’s happening in your neck of the woods this weekend?

Take care and Have Fun!

Love,

Madhurya.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 22, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Watching: The Adventures of Tintin.
Eating: Bananas and Oranges in the morning.
Making:  Nothing really!
Wishing for: my husband to come back home. He’s gone to Norway. It gets really boring without him.
Learning: to meditate without any distraction.
Thinking: about buying Yoga blocks without which I am not able to do some specific Asanas.
Listening:  To myself sing.

Loving:  The murder mystery series from L.B. Hathaway.

Here’s what I had to say:
Watching:  a lovely show called “Ariana’s Persian Kitchen” whenever it airs.
Eating: Greek Wrap with Falafel, Tahini Sauce and Salad(my own recipe with lots of chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, capsicum and some grated carrot; lemon juice, salt and pepper added as per taste). And oh! with Pita Bread serving as Wraps.
Making:  plans to get my Bullet Journal up and running. Will post all about why I feel I need one and how I’m making it to suit my interests and needs.
Wishing for: cooler days, cold coffee and colorful art supplies.
Learning: to take it one day at a time; one moment at a time.
Thinking: Of all the things that excite, inspire and make me happy and adding more of them into my life.
Listening: to the podcast “The school of Greatness” and particularly to this episode. I needed to hear this!

Loving: 

This journal my sister-in-law gifted me long back. I’d been waiting to fill it with something special. But then, I had to remind myself that these days- simple, mundane, the EVERYDAY and oh ya, the fleeting – kinda days are the best of all and they better be recorded in all their hues! 🙂 And here I am, in the process of turning it into my (You guessed it!) Bullet Journal! 🙂
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

On a “Musical” Journey in Salzburg

The hills are alive with the sound of music…

Do you remember this song from the movie “The Sound of Music”?

It’s my absolute favorite!

Ever since I watched this movie (and re-watched it about a hundred times!) I made up my mind to visit the beautiful city of Salzburg, home of the Von Trapp family (based on whom the movie was made), before they fled from Austria during the Second World War. Salzburg is also the birthplace of the World famous Musician, Mozart.

The drive from our home to Salzburg took around 5 hours. Since it was Christmas time, we enjoyed beautiful vistas of snow-capped mountains throughout the journey. In Salzburg, we checked into hotel Motel one and took the public bus to Altstadt (Old Town) which is the city`s center. Public transport is pretty cheap here.

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From the moment we set foot on Salzburg, I fell deeply in love with it. Located on the banks of the river Salzach, the city is filled with effortless old world charm. Walking around the old town, we admired the beautiful Baroque architecture found in many churches, museums and residential buildings.

Salzburg Cathedral is the most significant religious building in the city. This cathedral was built in honor of Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius. Over the years, it underwent extensive damage, especially due to fire, but it has been reconstructed and enlarged ever since.

Towering over the city atop the Festungsberg hill and approaching 1,000 years of age is the “Fortress Hohensalzburg”. A visit to this fortress is a must when one is in Salzburg.

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It can be reached after a strenuous 15-minute climb from the centre, or a quick ride up via the funicular railway! The fortress consists of various wings and courtyards. Some of the highlights inside the fortress include the Golden Chamber, which is richly decorated with gold-studded ceilings and walls, the Salzburg bull organ, Bedchamber, Torture room and the watchtower. The views from the watchtower are spectacular, giving us a commanding view of Salzburg and it’s surrounding mountains, villages, and foothills.

The next day, we took  The Sound of Music tour. It is a bus tour taking us to the sites where the movie was shot. Our tour guide was really cool, telling us anecdotes about the movie, the story of the real Von Trapp Family and some interesting facts about Salzburg. Apparently the movie makers made a lot of changes to the story.

We visited many places like…

Palace of Leopoldskron – The part of the movie where the kids fall from the boat into the lake after the song “Do re mi”, was filmed here with the palace used as the back of the house.

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Nonnberg Abbey – This was where Maria was a nun in the movie as well as in real life, but it was also where the real wedding  between Maria and the Baron was held in 1927.

The Gazebo Rolf and Liesl sang ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ under this Gazebo.

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St Gilden/Lake Wolfgang – This spectacular vista is seen in the opening credits of the movie. Also, on one of the mountains, the starting part of the song “do re mi” from the movie was shot. St. Gilden is a picturesque village by the Lake Wolfgang where Mozart`s mother was born.

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Church of Mondsee  Located in a small town called Mondsee on the shore of lake Mondsee, this is one of the famous churches in Salzburg. This was where the wedding of Maria and the Baron was shot in the movie. The Wedding was shown as a grand affair in the movie  while in reality it was a very simple occasion.

Mirabell Gardens – Finally the tour ended at this garden where the ‘Do-Re-Mi’ song was shot with Maria and the children.

While most of the scenes picturized indoors were shot in Hollywood studios, we got to see the places where the outdoor scenes were shot. We also passed the house which was used as the facade of the Von Trapp family home and the mountain Untersberg where in the beginning of the movie, Maria sings “the hills come alive..”

In the end the Von Trapp family are shown to escape over the Alps to freedom in Switzerland (while in reality they took a train to Italy). The best part of the tour was listening to the songs from the movie and singing along with “Maria” as our guide played them on the bus. I highly recommend taking this tour if you are a big fan of the movie just like I am!

Located in the old town is a small Christmas market, known in German as Christkindlmarkt. We spent some time after the tour window-shopping there before dining at one of the restaurants.

We ended the evening by having the famous Sacher torte, a Chocolate delicacy specialized in Austria, and a slice of  Apple pie, at the Hotel Sacher Salzburg, where you get the original Sacher torte .

(Another Sound of Music fact- Julie Andrews, the actress who played “Maria” stayed at this luxury hotel during the shoot for the movie).

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Finally, on the last day before we began our journey back home, we stopped over at Hallein salt mine. Salt is one of the most important natural resources in Austria. Salz in Salzburg means “Salt”. Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau transformed this treasure of the mountain into hard cash and had Salzburg developed into a magnificent Baroque city. This is one of the oldest mines in the world. The tour around the mine can be accomplished using mine trains, mine slides and a bit of walking.

I’m so glad we took this trip. I look forward to visiting this place again, maybe in Summer?

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Love,

Madhurya.

 

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 15, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “One Night in Italy” by Lucy Diamond.
Watching: The movie “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend. (P.S: I don`t know whether Mike is ready to watch it with me!!).
Eating: Nothing specific, but drinking lots of lemonades lately!
Making: A list of things to buy for our upcoming trip next month!
Wishing for: The days to pass quicker to see my chipmunk niece and nephew!
Learning: Some new Yoga poses lately .
Thinking: About starting another Crochet project.
Listening: To some beautiful Tamil songs.
Loving: The spring weather we are getting to enjoy here this week!
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, a book about Writing.
Watching:  the movie “Logan” this week, hopefully.
Eating: Outside food a lot, as we’ve been attending too many ceremonies.
Making: time to make something- a Bullet journal maybe? Or a Top for myself?
Wishing for: Some more holidays!
Learning: to control the urge to check messages or mails or simply browsing my phone! Ugh!
Thinking: about how working moms do it all! I surely wouldn’t be able to manage home and outside work, given a chance.
Listening: to the fruit vendor going, “Santhra, Papeeta, Appul!!!” (Orange, Papaya, Apple) outside.
I’m going through a phase where I absolutely do not want to listen to anything on the radio- not even my favorite meditation music! I wonder why!
Loving: the feeling of satisfaction I get after cleaning up a messy room or a closet bursting with stuff.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 8, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “One Christmas in Paris” by Mandy Baggot. This weather makes me want to read  only cheesy romantic books!
Watching: Bollywood Filmfare awards show on Youtube.
Eating: Salads. I’ve been feeling the urge to eat salads before the main course (which I never did before!)
Making: Plans for our next vacation in Dubai.
Wishing for: A stress-free week at the office.
Learning: Some special verbs in German language.
Thinking: About the time when Medha was a year old and I used to sing the Kannada version of “Bits of paper” to her with actions and she would love it and repeat after me in her own way.
Listening: To all the peppy tracks played on  the radio.
Loving: That we have to wait only a month or two for the Sun God to shower his blessings on us here.
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan- a book I bought when I was a part of the Noveltea Book Club, but never got around to finishing it. I WILL now!
Watching: a lot of animated movies, as the TV is under the control of a couple of 6- and 3 -year olds!
Eating: A lot of the sweet and succulent flesh of Jack-fruit this season. Best Dessert ever!
Making: All sorts of Herbal Tea for kids and me, to battle our persistent cold and cough.
Wishing for: things to remain just the way they are…
Learning: to go with the flow and pay close attention to my instincts. They know what’s best for me!
Thinking: about doing something special this Women’s Day.
At that very moment Medha interrupts my reverie with a  “I’m a Woman too. Let’s both go out shopping today!”
Listening: to Bollywood songs as I type, specifically to this song, as the kids dance to it, while I “work”. I can’t stop dancing too!
Loving: Long, Lazy Summer Days (Have I said that before?!?! Oh yes! But. I .do. love’em. so .much!) and Reading, reading and more reading!
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.

Granny Crochet Table Cover

Mixing different colors of yarn has always been my style of crocheting. To me, Crochet is all about colors and that too vibrant Spring kind of colors, which really brighten up any room for any occasion.

For my next crochet project, I decided to make a Granny Crochet Table Cover.  I thought of using up some of the yarn I’d purchased at one of the shops in Salzburg (Oh! A review of our visit to Salzburg is due, next week maybe?). “Bravo Originals” is the name of the brand and they cost me just Eur 1.00 per 50 g! I bought balls of yarn in pink, blue (light and dark), green, red and yellow colors.

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 I used a crochet needle of size 3.5mm for this project and followed this pattern.

It took me almost a month to finish this project! (You really don`t need that much time, but I had some lazy days in between!)

Once I completed the squares, I placed them in the order I wanted before joining them. I hand-stitched the squares together.

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I felt too lazy to give it a border as shown in the website. And my sister suggested making pom poms all around the edges. Now what in the world is a Pom Pom in crocheting?? I have no idea!

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So I decided to keep it as it is for now. I LOVE it! I hope you do too… 🙂

Love,

Madhurya.

“What we are ………….” Wednesday! (March 1, 2017)

We’d like to share what we are doing this Wednesday, hopefully, every Wednesday from hereon, as a way of documenting our Everyday Life. Hope you like reading such posts!

Here’s what Madhurya had to say:

Reading: “The Woman on the Orient Express” by Lindsay Ashford. (Thanks to Manasa`s review, I felt inspired to read this book).
Watching: The weather turn wet and gloomy due to the rain and storm!
Eating: Mostly Bananas and Guavas!! Of course the regular meals as well.
Making: Plans for my next Crochet project.
Wishing for: The long weekend to come sooner.
Learning: To keep myself calm at work.
Thinking: Of singing more often just to keep my mood light and happy!
Listening: To the pitter-patter of raindrops.
Loving: Our morning drive to work; listening to nice music while discussing our plans for the day!
Here’s what I had to say:
Reading: “Instruments of the Angels”- A Waters Dark and Deep- Book 1, by Monica Leonelle- A book I received for free to post a review on Amazon.
Watching: the kids get super-excited about their grandparents’ marriage anniversary.
Eating: Mostly salads and Yogurt-based dishes, as the temperatures soar.
Making: a new set of resolutions, blog posts and journal ideas, as it is the beginning of another month.
Wishing for: my cold and sore throat to subside so I can be fully myself again.
Learning: the basics of sewing through this free mini class.
Thinking: of ways to brighten our day (not literally, as it is too bright outside already!) and add some cheer to others’ lives this summer, as the heat threatens to sap us!
Listening: to birdsong outside every morning, as we drink our second round of Tea upstairs, on our new outdoor sofa set.
Loving: these long, lazy summer days and not having to send the kids to school in a rush.
Love,
Madhurya & Manasa.