Holiday blues …

I’m currently behaving like an overexcited kid who has just returned from holiday and wants to spill all the beans. There’s so much to tell you guys but I don’t even know where to start?

When Ahmed told me he had applied for 2 long weeks off from work I was convinced one week would go in choosing the destination itself (as goes the norm). But this time we decided to make things more adventurous by choosing 3 destinations (his pick, my pick and a mutual one). A no comprimise holiday sounds fantastic right? I thought so too which is why I didn’t even let Ahmed finish his sentence before announcing what my choice was.

Since this was my first holiday as a blogger (I went as a boring human on all previous ones) I went absolutely nuts taking pics. So it’s only fair I make this post very little about words (I always say that yet end up writing an essay) and let the pics do most of the talking. It’s the only way I could do some justice to these gorgeous destinations.

So fasten your seatbelts and don’t check for visa coz it aint required for the free tour I’m about to give you.

AMSTERDAM – THE MUTUAL CHOICE 

Prepare to fall in love as you’ll be surrounded by canals, boats, floral bridges and plenty of romantic views. Of course do the mandatory (I was talking about the museums and canal tour ok? :D) but do not miss out on the best apple pie in the world at Winkels! The Science Museum and Vondel Park was also fun! Watch out for the bikers though!


Accommodation:
Ambassade Hotel. Ideal location and amazing staff. They serve breakfast until 11am which was a huge bonus!

Duration of stay: 3.5 days. Felt sufficient and just right!

Amsterdam
The gorgeous canal view at night! Almost all the canal bridges have these flowers which make it look even more pretty.
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Travelling to Zaanse Schans is a must to see all the different kind of windmills. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes so not that far from Amsterdam.
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If you’re a Bollywood fan, then this pic might remind you of the Shahrukh Khan movie ‘When Harry Met Sejal’
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No matter which part of Amsterdam you’re in this view is almost guaranteed! I could watch the boats ride along the canal all day long!
Amsterdam
I had to patiently wait for a good 10 minutes to wait for this fur ball to finish licking itself. Got a good pose in the end so can’t complain much!
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The best apple pie I have ever had at Winkels (and trust me I’ve had many!)

SWITZERLAND – MY CHOICE:

That magical place called Switzerland! Pictures don’t do justice to just how beautiful and serene it is in person. Don’t think any city I’ve travelled to has had such an impact on me as much as this one. Have thoroughly enjoyed being so close to nature and taking in all those breathtaking views. I’m super glad I chose a place like Switzerland for my first ever hike. The beautiful views of Interlaken from Schynige Platte was worth killing my knees for (although I wasn’t expecting to encounter a bull along the way!). But the real magic was at 6am in Zermatt where watching the Matterhorn mountain come to life was surreal!

Accommodation in Interlaken: Jungfrau Victoria. Felt classy and was just a 5 minutes walk from the Interlaken OST station where you’re bound to end up daily.

Duration of stay: We were in Interlaken for approximately 5 days and made it our base. We made daily trips from here to all the different villages/towns. But if you would like a more Swiss experience then you can even make Grindelwald or Murren your base. They’re all located fairly close to each other.

Accommodation in Zermatt: Alpenlodge. I’m super glad I chose this lodge over a hotel. The decor was immaculate, staff was friendly and the room was THE BEST.  If it was upto me then I would have never left the lodge during our stay in Zermatt.

Duration of stay: 3 nights. Perhaps just 2 nights would have been plenty as Zermatt is more for hiking rather than sightseeing. That being said, it ended up being the highlight of my stay in Switzerland. You’ll have to watch the video at the end to find out why.

Schynige Platte
This was my first ever hike and I couldn’t have asked for a better place than Schynige Platte for my debut. Though I was way out of my comfort zones the scenic route was worth killing my knees for!
Schynige Platte, Switzerland
This was on our way back down from the hike. It felt reassuring to see the train and know we were almost there!
Grindelwald, Switzerland
This was enroute to Jungfrau. I don’t think I have ever seen greenery, bright sun, waterfalls and snow all in the same place at the same time! Heaven on earth!
Jungfraujoch
Had to step out of the long Hot Chocolate view to get a pic of this poser. Is it just me or does this remind you of Game of Thrones too?
Jungfraujoch, Interlaken
That moment on top of the Jungfrau when I spotted a woman wearing a sari and realized I should have packed one too!
Harder Kulm, Switzerland
From the top of Harder Kulm. I love how the Swiss flag was captured in this one! 🙂
Harder Kulm, Interlaken
To get the best view of Interlaken, the Harder Kulm is the best place to view it from. Make sure you choose a bright sunny day for it.
Harder Kulm, Interlaken
I just can’t get over the turquoise blue color of the lake! SO PRETTY!
First, Grindelwald, Switzerland
I guess this is what they call ‘living on the edge’. Saved the cliff walk for the very last day. It was such fun coming back down on trotte bikes and a mountain cart though.
Zermatt, Switzerland
This is Zermatt! Everywhere I turned to look, there was a breathtaking moment waiting to be captured!
Matterhorn, Switzerland
Matterhorn, the highlight of our trip to Zermatt. This was the breathtaking view from Alpenlodge where we stayed. In case the mountain looks familiar, it’s the same one as on the Toblerone chocolate. 🙂
Zermatt, Switzerland
That’s me celebrating the end of a 5 hour hike in Zermatt. This one felt very different to the first one as it was a proper mountain hike and not as scenic as the one in Schynige Platte. Great experience!

And now I’m about to show something truly spectacular! Thanks to our amazing terrace view at Alpenlodge, I woke up early the first morning in Zermatt hoping to catch the sunrise but what unfolded in front of my eyes was truly magical. It was literally like watching the mountain come to life. I made it a point to wake up at 6am the next 2 mornings as well and each day seemed even better than the previous! I luckily managed to make a video of this magical moment. Have a look and see for yourself. Isn’t it absolutely breathtaking?

VIENNA – AHMED’S CHOICE

Welcome to Vienna – where modern meets historical.This city took me by complete surprise! I was convinced I’d be bored here as I thought it would only be about historical stuff (sorry am not much of a history buff) but much to my surprise it had such a quirky side to it which I had no idea about. It felt like a win-win destination as Ahmed loves history while I love quirky. Thank you for meeting us somewhere in the middlVienna! Had I known you were going to be this awesome I would have booked more days!❤️

Accommodation: Le Meridien. Can’t recommend this hotel enough. Everything was walking distance from it and the hotel itself was top-notch! I really enjoyed the breakfast here!

Duration of stay: 2.5 days. I would say 4 days would have been enough to visit all the places in Vienna, but our time still felt sufficient to feel the quirky and chilled out vibe of the city.

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schonbrunn Palace is hands down one of the best palaces I have ever been to. Not only is it HUGE but also home to Europe’s best zoo (I don’t just mean ducks. i’m talking polar bears, cheetah, panda etc). The view of the palace and city from the Panorama terrace is exceptional. The garden maze with adults going round in circles giggling (including myself) as they try to find their way out adds to the fun factor. Also a massive thank you to these 3 tourists who were sitting at the right place at the right time and added more life to the picture.
Sunnhof Passage, Vienna
Sunnhof passage in Vienna. Love it! Also, that aint me! 😀
Hundertwasser House, Vienna
Here I am at Hundertwasser House and village. It is one of the most instagrammable places here and rightly so! Totally my kinda place with sudden burst of colours all around the building.
Albertina Museum, Vienna
I usually get bored at museums but this one certainly kept my interest going with a beautiful display of art.
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Still can’t get over this one. This was made with crayon! Doesn’t it look so real?
Vienna, Austria
Talk about a colorful variety of jams man! Unbelievable!
Albertina Museum, Vienna
Ok, so there was a bit of history to it as well. Hehehe. Such a beautiful display.
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An artist at work. Can’t believe he managed to block out all the noise and concentrate on his work.

All good things must come to an end and so has our holiday. I guess it’ll officially be over once I publish this post as there would be nothing more to say then (unless you follow me on instagram where I brag about it every opportunity I get :D).

This trip was the best experience of our lives and also felt like an accomplishment as we both stepped out of our comfort zone (hiking for me and paragliding for Ahmed). At least I now know there is an adventurous side to me as well! 🙂

What have you been upto this summer?

Until the next post, ‘Let’s Keep it Strictly Lighthearted!’

27 thoughts on “Holiday blues …

  1. Wow Muna, everything looks super gorgeous! Of course, I’ve admired all these beautiful pictures on your Instagram but that mountain video in Switzerland gets me every time… simply stunning!

    All three countries have been shown so beautifully that this makes me wanna book a trip very soon!

    P.s – what were the chances of you catching someone with a saree, such a Yash Chopra moment hai na?! 😁

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    1. Thank you Sheema! I did think of you when I spotted the woman in the sari as we spoke of our bolly moments often but never in my wildest dream did I ever think I’d actually see it!

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback. Make Switzerland your first one … I know you will love it! I still can’t believe the magical mountain moment. Thank God I had the camera fixed on the table coz I stood like 😵😵😵 throughout!

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      1. Haha, I was thinking the same thing.. how crazy is that! Now let’s hope I get my ZNMD moment when I do my road trip across Spain.. (minus the bull running in Pamplona..! 😫) On a side note – Ahmed captured that pic of you (with the saree lady) perfectly though. A sure photographer in the making..!

        Gosh, I can imagine how beautiful everything is, I would love to put it on my bucket-list! Thank you for sharing this beautiful trip with us! 👏

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      2. Hahaha I will come to Spain just for the Hrithik pose this time! Ahmed has always been into photography but taking a photo of blogger wife requires some exceptional patience as I also have a perfect image of the shot in my head which then of course needs to be executed accordingly (read at least 10 pics). In hindsight, thank God I was not in a sari! 😂

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      3. Hahaha I know the feeling! K feels the same when I do this to him, he’s always like ‘just don’t get me to take any pictures kha’.. 😆

        You need to try the Hrithik pose for sure, which reminds me I’m actually gonna catch up on that movie for inspiration.. I love the seniorita song so much! 💃🏻

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      4. Looooooolllll!!! The most fun part is when the face angle has to be just right to reveal a little but not all! Then it really tests their patience 😂😂😂 … Warna initially I’d be like ‘this one is for the blog so no face’ and then when I’d look at the pic it was just my hand throwing a snowball 😂😂😂 … but he learnt fast!

        Man, I can watch ZNMD a gazillion times. It’s my all time favourite. Esp Abhay Deols contagious laughter! ❤️

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  2. How do you happen to get such perfect pictures?! .. Sooo Glad to know your adventurous now, reminds me of a deal we had. Our next meet up has to be marina xline then.

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    1. You should be VERY excited! In fact I am equally excited for you as you’ll be stunned by all the beauty Switzerland has to offer. Which part of Switzerland will you be visiting? Also, thanks so much for such amazing feedback. xx

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      1. See if you can squeeze in staying in Interlaken for a few nights as then you’ll be closer to Jungfrau as well and the entire day won’t be spent commuting. I purposely stayed away from the city life this time and loved it! Highly recommended.

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      2. Ohh good tip, especially since I have been a bit weary of what the commute will be like from Zurich (Last thing I want is to get too tired out from driving!) Thanks so much for the helpful tips! 🙂

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      3. Zurich to Interlaken is approx 2 hours by train (no direct trains). Then the commute to Jungfrau is approx 2.5 hours each way by train (you need to take 3 diff trains to get up there). So I’d imagine driving from Zurich to Interlaken wld take even longer! Just a little heads up 🙂

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      4. Perfect! 5 days shld be good enough. If schedule and budget allows then plan those 5 days by making either interlaken/grindelwald/murren your base and do daily trips from there. It’ll be a true swiss experience then away from the city.

        Italy sounds fantastic too! I loved Venice! Hope you have included Amalfi Coast in your itinerary too. 🙂

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      5. I’m always down for a true Swiss experience! Now, time to do some planning haha 😝

        I’ve been to Italy before, and yes, Venice is just beautiful! This time, i’ll be visiting Rome, and yes, Amalfi Coast as well 😁

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