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Day 3 - Rishikesh

The weather looked gloomy with an overcast sky as we woke up. We had breakfast at the hotel and decided to visit Rishikesh today. Again we headed back the way we came yesterday and after crossing Rajaji National Park the road divides and one goes towards to Dehradun and one to Rishikesh. The drive was pleasant, as we opted Laxman  Jhula as our destination google map smartly took us via highway bypassing the main city.But at the end the roads started to get narrower lucky for us we found a parking lot packed yet as we early risers ;)
The weather was little cold compared to the planes of Dehradun with lots of breeze coming from Ganga. We walked to Laxman Jhula to cross it. Oh boy! We have no idea what local authority allows two-wheelers, cycle to cross the hanging bridge which is meant for a pedestrian. And top of it you even have some cows standing in the middle.
I am sure the people coming all the from abroad to Rishikesh for peace, meditation and self-purity do get a complete shock wi…

Visting top sights

Another nice weekend in the month of March and we are trying to see all the top sights on our guidebook. We must admit this book is indeed a very good and very nice gift from Akiko and others. A highly recommended guidebook on Paris by Avant Guide.This time we started with St. Chappell at Heart of Paris. Wonderful craftsmanship on glass windows, which tells the story of Bible. Next to it is high court of France.On the way back to hotel we got down at Champs-Elysses Etoile. After walking on that famous road we decided to climb all those 200+ circular steps to go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It was worth going at top of the arch to have a clear view of 12 roads connecting at that point. We spent a good time finding all other major points which we could figure out from our limited knowledge of Paris.With the dawn,as soon as the lights were lighted on Eiffel Tower it was really looking magnifique.

Tour Effiel

It was a bright and bleak winter day, we headed straight to the number one attraction of Paris or Europe as you might say. A great view; this picture was taken by a Japanese tourist. There were lots of people from Indian sub-continent selling momento of Eiffel Tower for cheap. But we left after a while, as it was too cold and windy that day to go at the top of tower.


p.s. Added link for more pictures of this monument for other days.

Finding Apartment

It was now time to find a roof in Paris . But this day was the first day we really went out in Paris. We were only 5 days old in Paris and the relocation lady started with a very very bad apartment and kept on showing till we found a one of our budget with lots of discomfort. however,Pamela was very skeptical about this place but somehow we agreed on this after doing lots of calculations.

OMI and Prefecture

After getting over with jetlag went to OMI for my medical visit next morning. It was OK. Tried Metro for the first time (Parlez vous Anglais) worked. BTW this medical vist is must before any one starts working in French. But all that good time was so short lived as we reached Cite Police Prefecture. A very big old building in front of Notre Dame in center Paris. This is the H.Q. for all civilian work. So lots of people were in queue. Here no on speaks anything other than French and they are least bothered about what you are trying to say either.

Moved to Paris

After basking last 4 years in Bay Area we moved to Paris. The weather was bleak cold which almost blew me off as we were getting in to the TAXI at the airport. Reached hotel without problem, had a Chinese female driver speaking English. Exhausted and tired to reach work which looked like a 5 minutes walk from hotel on map. But, got lost in concrete jungle of La Defense which is one of the unique place with concentrated modern high-rise buildings in Europe. With out realizing found La Grande Arche which was right in front of my nose. After asking several people and at last police which was no good for me to reach work that evening.