The most prominent moments of my 2016

2016 was quiet and peaceful, and this is what I was up to:

Travel

What does a travel blogger do when they don’t have a chance to travel as much as they would like to? Right, they play tourist in their own city πŸ™‚ This is exactly what I did in 2016, though Mumbai has always been the focus of my attention regardless of whether or not I traveled anywhere else. As Marcel Proust said,

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

As usual, I took countless walks along the charming streets of the city in its historical part. And Mumbai kept rewarding me for such dedication by revealing its hidden architectural gems. Like this one, for example:

Colonial building in Mumbai

  • See more photos of this building over here.

Also, I’ve finally made my way to Sanjay Gandhi national park! Of course, I’ve heard about this gigantic forest within the city limits, but one thing or another kept getting in the way. The idea of reaching Borivali with three kids by local trains used to scare me off. The journey was rather intense indeed, but the park didn’t disappoint and we had a wonderful time. I was mesmerized by its vastness!

Endless ocean of green

Endless ocean of green

Visiting Sewri Christian Cemetery had been on my radar since the first time I heard about it. I was sure an old British cemetery is bound to be a special place, and so it was. Peaceful, tranquil, mysterious.

Sewri Christian Cemetery

There was the grave of Frederick William Stevens (the architect of the Victoria Terminus), and visiting his last resting place was meant to be my tribute to the creator of the architectural masterpiece I admire so much.

And speaking of that glorious building, I had a chance to take a closer look at it thanks to the Heritage Museum in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Losing myself in the world of gargoyles, winding staircases, stained-glass windows, elegant arches and towering domes was such a treat. Besides, it’s a fascinating journey through the history of the Indian Railways.

Meet the gargoyles

Meet the gargoyles

And, of course, my “epic trip” to Aurangabad and Ellora caves πŸ™‚ I’m mentioning it with a bit of irony because it was the only trip I made last year, though I hoped there would be so much more of them. Remember my β€œone day journey” plan for 2016? Anyway, Aurangabad was pleasant and rewarding.

Bibi Ka-Maqbara

Beautiful Bibi Ka-Maqbara in Aurangabad

And so were the Ellora caves.

ellora-cave-16

As usual, I hope the upcoming year will be generous with me where travel experiences are concerned. In a few days I’m going on a trip to Old Goa, and perhaps it will be a good start.

Family

My beautiful kids are growing and I’m growing with them πŸ™‚

kids

My little explorers and perfect partners in crime πŸ™‚

My mom has come to visit us after four years, and having her around feels so precious. I already wrote about her experiences in India based upon her previous visits, but stay tuned for the new episodes πŸ™‚

mom

Morning walk in Mumbai with mom

Blogging

IndiaPalette is doing well in spite of my laziness with only 32 posts last year compared to 100 in 2015. The traffic is stable, and social media presence is growing slowly but steadily. At the moment we have 748 followers on Facebook, 855 on Google+, 354 on Twitter, 14 on Bloglovin and 394 on Pinterest. Also, in 2017 I’m going to pay some attention to my neglected Instagram account. I’m very grateful to everyone who have ever read, liked or simply taken a quick look at my posts.

All the best in 2017, friends!

best of luck in 2017

And a little video bonus. You’re most welcome to subscribe to my YouTube channel, by the way πŸ™‚

 

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