Tips on visiting Elephanta Island near Mumbai with kids

Tips on visiting Elephanta Island near Mumbai with kids

Located about 10 km from Mumbai, Elephanta Island is one of the most exciting and interesting day trips with kids. We've been there countless times - every time we have a visitor, especially a first timer in Mumbai, we make sure to take them to this island, widely known for its ancient cave temples. Our ...read more »

Christmas Celebration 2016

Christmas Celebration 2016

Merry Christmas, dear friends, followers and readers! May your life be full of joy, warmth and kindness,  and all the nicest things. As I've mentioned in one of my previous posts, getting into Christmassy mood in India is not so easy. In Europe Christmas and New Year is celebrated in the darkest and coldest season, ...read more »

Photo of the week 9 – the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet

Photo of the week 9 – the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet

Observing my kids, I know there is no chance I'll ever forget the little Happinesses from Maurice Maeterlinck's "Blue Bird". Today, for example, Adriana casually has added one more - the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet 🙂

As for me, it's also the Happiness of Finally being able to Ignore the Ugly Building ...read more »

20 exciting things to do with kids in Mumbai

20 exciting things to do with kids in Mumbai

I’ve been planning to write this post for quite a while, but kept postponing in fear of getting stuck in the middle of it forever – there are way too manly things to do with kids in Mumbai:) It’s been a lot of fun to explore the city with my trio - Adriana, Alexandra, and ...read more »

St. Valentine’s with kids? Why not!

St. Valentine’s with kids? Why not!

As my kids grow older I've noticed that my St. Valentine's day keeps losing its romantic connotations, and it's not necessary a negative thing. This holiday was never purely romantic for me - it's more like a celebration of love in general, when you take the occasion to say the words of appreciation to everyone ...read more »

Places to visit with kids in Navi Mumbai (Vashi, Nerul, Belapur, Kharghar)

Places to visit with kids in  Navi Mumbai (Vashi, Nerul, Belapur, Kharghar)

There are lots of places to visit with kids in Navi Mumbai, but it took me time to discover them. I hope this post will help other parents to diversify the activities of their small ones.  We’ve been to quite a few places around Vashi, Nerul, Belapur and Kharghar, and I’ll keep updating this post ...read more »

My daughter in a traditional Ukrainian outfit, or Of national identity of kids in intercultural marriages

My daughter in a traditional Ukrainian outfit, or Of national identity of kids in intercultural marriages

A few years ago my aunt sent a very meaningful gift for Adriana (at that time Alexandra and Ares weren’t there with us yet) – “vyshyvanka”. It’s a traditional Ukrainian shirt with beautiful embroidery. The colors of the Ukrainian embroidery vary from region to region, but the most common include a combination of black and ...read more »

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe – the giant Mumbai Shoe in Hanging Gardens

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe – the giant Mumbai Shoe in Hanging Gardens

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
I discovered English nursery rhymes when searching for something rhythmical to read to my newborn daughter. I ...read more »

Photo of the week 5 – kids are happy!

Photo of the week 5 – kids are happy!

Have you ever experienced the anticipation of bringing someone to a place you liked? Someone who will definitely enjoy it even more than you? The moment I saw the playground in the [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/the-wonders-park-in-nerul-navi-mumbai]Wonders park in Nerul[/url], I knew my kids are going to love it. Next day their happy faces proved me to be right!

We ...read more »

The Wonders Park in Nerul, Navi Mumbai

The Wonders Park in Nerul, Navi Mumbai

I’ve been always rather skeptic about the miniature copies of the world landmarks – what’s the point of exhibiting them if the size doesn’t give an option to display the workmanship. Of course, you may have a rough idea of what a structure is like, but sometimes the idea is so rough that you may ...read more »