Travels & Experiences

Lancaster, PA

I have been wanting to post these pictures ever since I visited Lancaster few weeks back.The past couple of weeks have been very hectic that I missed some of my favorite events too!I guess the season is also to blame to some extent, although there is not much Summer in the North east this year.Its always raining or cloudy!So we try and stick to close by attractions!

Lancaster County,also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is famous for its Amish people.This is a peaceful place where you can get away from the hustle, bustle of our every day lives, relax in a horse drawn carriage(Buggy) and enjoy the green endless farms.All I remember seeing in my 40 minute buggy ride was Green and blue colors.Seems so untouched and unpolluted!

Filled with 28 covered bridges, the place has dramatic views and a slow paced life style.

In their houses, the Amish speak Dutch, a dialect of German but are taught English when they begin to go to school.Kids go to school in a formal setting(one -room schools) until 8th Grade by teachers who had education until 8th grade themselves!Later on , the parents take up the responsibility of coaching them.I could not take a picture of the school, by the time I took the camera out, the school was far behind me.

We wanted to visit a few more places around Lancaster but with a kid, you can imagine what its like!We plan 101 things and end up visiting 1 or 2:).

We went to Strasburg rail road and I must say the ride and the train both reminded me of the unforgettable trains in India.There is a certain charm to the 'choo choo,Chug Chug' trains as my daughter calls it!

Award with a Tag

I have been passed awards from the lovely Ramya and Suparna .Thanks so much!I had fun doing this:D as much as I enjoy reading all your tags..

Here we go:

What is your current obsession?

Photography and Blogging, of course

What are you wearing today?

Capri and Black Top

What's for dinner?

Peas and Carrot Pulao

What’s the last thing you bought?

Organic Whole Milk

What are you listening to right now?

Watching CSI

What do you think about the person who tagged you?

Creative and Lovely bloggers!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?


What are your must-have pieces for summer?

Sun glasses and bottled water

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?


Which language do you want to learn?

Tamil! My husband is from Madras and yet it’s a shame I couldn’t learn in almost 10 yrs of my stay with him :D

What’s your favourite quote?

Its hard to choose 1 quote among my favs but here are 2 that I like

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abe Lincoln

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. –Nelson Mandela

Who do you want to meet right now?

My Grandparents

What is your favourite colour?


What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?

Lavender color Skirt

What is your dream job?

An architect ( To those of you who watch Seinfeld: No! I am not George and I don’t work for Vandalay Industries!)

What’s your favourite magazine?

National Geographic

If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

On my daughter’s clothes/Toys.

What do you consider a fashion faux pas? (Faux pas mean error in etiquette.. )

Salwar and sneakers

Who are your style icons?


Describe your personal style?

Simple and Comfortable; Nothing too heavy and jazzy!

What are your favorite movies?

The list is huge-DDLJ, Godavari (Telugu),RainCoat, Shawshank Redemption. Usual Suspects..

What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without?

All I use are Lipstick, Perfumes and Eyeliner (I don’t use cosmetics all that much so I can live with out all the 3)

What inspires you?

Creativity and Courage

What do you try to cook when you have cooking blues (When you feel real lazy to cook some thing)"?

I usually order Pizza but if I have to cook, that will be rice and dal

Give us three styling tips that always work for you:

Being comfortable in what I wear

What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?

Interesting qn but I dot think I ever came across such a situation!

What Kitchen gadget would you like to own?

Food Processor

Which is the one gadget/utentsil without which you just can’t work?

Pressure Cooker, although I had a blast in my house in which I couldn’t hear for a couple of days:P.. No lesson learnt looks like.He he He

What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

Play with my daughter or watch cartoons!

What is the meaning of your name?

Poetry:) It is easy to guess what my name is now!Can you ?And yes, the blog is under my daughter's name and not mine:D

Which other blogs you love visiting?

All of ‘em! Each one is so unique ..

Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

Chocolate in any form

Favorite Season ?


What is your funniest cooking disaster?

While there are many incidents, this happened recently so easy to remember-The recipe for crackers calls for All purpose flour and I tried to replace it with the whole wheat flour that I had in the house, which is more close to chapatti flour. I followed the instructions and made the dough. I made it into a cracker shaped pieces and put it in a 450 F oven and was happily waiting for the kneaded dough to become crispy and all nice like store bought crackers and .. there I was holding a soft, chewy, weird textured dough Oops..cracker! My parents were there at the time and we could not stop laughing at my so called “CRACKER”LOL

What is your comfort food?

Rasam and Rice

What is the one dish that you love to make over and again?


Who inspired you to start blog?

Initially my friend Siri and later, I think I got inspired by all you bloggers!

Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

I am replacing the Give us three styling tips that always work for you with:

Which 3 places do you like to visit/vacation?

My question: Which 2 blogger friends would you like to invite to your place and what would you like to cook for them?

I am passing this to these lovely bloggers:

Srilakshmi of Annapurna

EC of Simple Indian food

Pratibha of  the The Chef and Her Kitchen

Vrinda of Sankeerthanam

Vani of Mysoorean
Aquadaze of Served with Love

For now,


Outer Banks
Outer Banks, known as OBX(as much as it sounds like a ticker symbol on NYSE, it is not!) is a series of small islands (Bodie Island, Hatteras island, Roanoke & Ocracoke) along the North Carolina coast.The place is quite popular for the beaches and light houses.The most popular lighthouse, I believe is the Cape Hatteras.Not to mention, the Wright Brothers' memorial in Kitty Hawk!

Our trip to OBX is one of the many memorable trips, both good and bad.Good because we went with my parents,my brother and my Sister in law(future:P) ,and bad because we got a speeding ticket.Anyway, I will save the cries for some other time.

The day we went, we wanted to visit Cape Hatteras Lighthouse but we realized that it will take longer to go to Hatteras given the weather. The place was expecting Hurricane Danny at the time and the weather did not seem cooperative. So we were content with Bodie Lighthouse, which is very beautiful too.


You can recognize the light houses by the markings and the patterns on the light house. While the Cape Hatteras light house has spirals in black and white, the bodie island light house has horizontal bands.

Isn't this charming?It is romantic to just walk on this beautiful wooden structure.


This charming town has an outdoor theater , playing the longest running production-'The Lost Colony', a play written by Pulitzer prize winner Paul Green.Roanoke has some impressive history behind.It happens to be the first English Colony in America.


We strolled along a bike trail that runs along the waterfront.


Although the Wright brothers are from Ohio, they camped here in Kill Devil Hills to carry out their experiments of the first human flight which they were successful in 1903.



Padma has passed me these awards a few weeks back.Thank you very much and sorry for the delay,Padma!!

Raje has passed me these awards and there is a fun meme that goes along with it which needs to be answered in one word!Thanks Girl!It means a lot:)

1. Where is your cell phone? With me, on my lap
2. Your hair? Black
3. Your mother? The soul of my family, truly
4. Your father? S
5. Your favorite food? Italian
6. Your dream last night? No dreams
7. Your favorite drink? Pepsi
8. Your dream/goal? Well….
9. What room are you in? Family room
10. Your hobby? Reading
11. Your fear? Falling off of heights
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Preferably in a warm place!
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something you aren’t? Hypocrite
15. Muffins? Hard to limit myself to one or two!
16. Wish list item? To go to Italy, Spain and Greece in one trip
17. Where did you grow up? Hyd
18. Last thing you did? Phone call
19. What are you wearing? Sweat shirt and pant
20. Your TV? Playing Mickey Mouse
21. Your pets? None
22. Your friends? Really the best
23. Your life? Is good
24. Your mood? Alright
25. Missing someone? My Mom
26. Vehicle? Camry
27. Something you’re not wearing? Hair band
28. Your favorite store? Barnes and Noble
29. Your favorite color? Black
30. When was the last time you laughed? Last night
31. Last time you cried? Don’t remember
32. Your best friend? Pallavi
33. One place that I go over and over? The mall
34. One person who emails me regularly? None
35. Favorite place to eat? Bravo (Cucina Italiana!!)
These awards go to each and every reader of this blog..Feel free to pick 'em up and will be looking forward to each of your memes!



Richa said...

This is so cool...i want to visit these places.. hope the trip is not hectic...and kid friendly..

Shri said...

Richa- OBX is very kid friendly. We took S when she was 2 1/2 then!

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