One of the first challenges we faced as a new parent was to teach our little girl the fine art of sleeping. Ironically, sleeping is something which still gives us sleepless nights. We have used every tactic in the book from crying it out, gentle CIO, gentle sleeping techniques and now finally co-sleeping (despite an amazingly nice baby cot). What never ceases to amaze me is how making a 15-month old sleep brings out so many emotions and how its nothing short of a TV drama. Read on to find out the how of it.

Image Via Google Images

Image Via Google Images

The drama starts with so much hope, a gentle, funny reading episode. As a parent you feel how easy this is and life is such a breeze with a toddler. You are brimming with love, hope and an over all positivity. In a split second your situation changes because the plot thickens and your all-too-happy situation has turned in to a full-fledged conflict. Why? Obviously because the toddler has no mind of sleeping even though it is bed time and she needs sleep and you are beyond exhausted. You cajole, coax and wonder from where this little human being, your cute cherub gets their stubbornness from (blame the dad)? With a steely determination and some cursing under the breadth you carry on.

The conflict reaches its climax when the water works start (and I meant yours!). The drama ensues for what seems like hours when you feel this sorry story is just not moving ahead and the crying continues. Obviously, by this juncture the toddler has joined you and you wonder who is the bigger baby? A lull in the crying drama sends you to the deepest depth of pathos and you pray that the end of this series is nearing.

The ensuing silence gives you hope but hey this is like a never-ending tv series and with a bang it starts again. You have no iota of energy left in your body and like Murphy’s law your toddler seems to have become more energetic. This is the juncture in the series when you pull your hair (and your toddler happily joins) out of exasperation. You both cry, you both laugh because honestly you don’t know when this series is going to end.

And just when you have given up all the hope and has made peace with the idea of another sleepless night, you see your toddler sleeping like the baby they are. Hallelujah, the drama is over and it is a happy ending.

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Hello lovelies, I have been missing in action and hope to remedy it this week. I joined a new full-time job couple of weeks ago in digital marketing (yipee to me). From learning the ropes to adjusting to life as a full-time working mum it has taken a while to think of blogging posts. But I have started structuring my days better and hope to fit in weekly blogging now. Enough said as the title suggests, this travel post is about Cambridge.

This year, hubby and I decided to explore UK and tick off some places from our travel bucket list. As some of you know, summer has finally ended here (sigh!!) and to mark the event we visited Cambridge. Famous for its University, Cambridge is a lovely town with an eclectic mix of old world charm with modern, contemporary beauty. From a choice of galleries to a buzzing theatre scene; from jaw-dropping architectural beauty of college buildings to scenic walks, Cambridge has a lot to offer to the curious traveler. Here are my top ten picks tried and tested by me and the family.

Punting: 

Punting in Cambridge

This sounds almost like a cliche but punting is a quintessentially Cambridge experience that you should not miss. Cambridge derives its name from the River Cam which runs through its heart.

Punting enables you to see the “backs” of the seven famous colleges from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge punt whilst your “driver” takes you through the enticing history of Cambridge, the colleges and its environs. I cannot recommend this activity enough and what’s more it can be done during a rainy day too (if not raining heavily).

Flitzwilliam museum:

Cambridge attractions

There are several museums in Cambridge but this definitely takes the prize. The intricate architecture on the front gate was enticing enough for me to step inside this museum and I was genuinely bowled over. It is a fascinating place with collections from all the world and various eras too plus it is free to enter.

From medieval armours and weapons collection to Egyptian collection, from Greek collection to the early works of Michelangelo made just before he was about to embark on his famous Sistine Chapel work, Flitzwilliam museum is a must if you love art, culture and history.

College tours: 

Cambridge attractions

Cambridge attractions

A visit to Cambridge is incomplete without touring some of the colleges. Visitors can enter the college grounds (to some extent) on weekends. My favourite was Christ College, Trinity and Kings College.

Bridge of sighs:

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge

This is covered bridge built on the grounds of St. John’s College. A namesake bridge it was named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Built in 1831, ever since it has built, there have been fierce debates on which bridge is better. It is supposed to be Queen Victoria’s favourite spot in the city.

A common myth surrounding its name is that the students named it Bridge of Sighs as it was a favourite spot for pre-exam students to come here and let out a little sigh. It is also rumoured that this was former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s favourite place as he was also the student of the college.

Market Square:

Market square Cambridge

Although there are more interesting local markets I’ve visited in other cities, I would still recommend Cambridge’s market square as it is a great place to imbibe local culture, shop local products and meet some brilliant local artists. Plus, who doesn’t love browsing through interesting artefacts peculiar to a city?

Holy Sepulchre or Round Church:

Round Church, Cambridge

You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this Church. There is a definite melancholy feeling to this Church. Built entirely of stone, this is one of the four original medieval round churches still use in England. The Church was built around 1130 and its shape was inspired by the rotunda in the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. Large Gothic style windows and glass paintings adorn it from the inside.

Kings College:

kings college cambridge

cambridge attractions

Kings college is synonymous to Cambridge.Founded in 1441 by Henry VI and the earliest of the royal foundations, King’s College is worth visiting for the huge expanse of lawn extending down to the river, the King’s Bridge with its brilliant views along the Backs and the various college grounds situated along the riverside.

Seriously if I was lucky (or academically/ financially strong) to be a student here, I would never study but spend my days admiring the jaw-dropping beauty of the place or exploring the various nooks and crannies. It is definitely a place I would need to visit again to explore properly. Distinguished alumni include writer Horace Walpole, poet Rupert Brooke and economist Lord Keynes.

Street Food:

I am a self-confessed lover of street food and I find it a tad disappointing that not all UK towns and cities have a good variety of street food however Cambridge doesn’t disappoint you. From variety of mouth-watering cheeses to local ale to yummy toasties to scrumptious and healthy buckwheat crepes, the street food scene will sill your hungry stomach and soul in one go.

Corpus Clock: 

Image by: Wikimedia Commons, Rror

Image by: Wikimedia Commons, Rror

The Corpus Clock is a large structural clock locatedat the junction of Bene’t Street and Trumpington Street, looking out over King’s Parade. Bollywood lovers would have seen it in the movie Paa. It was unveiled to public in 2008 by physicist Stephen Hawking.

The clock’s face is a rippling 24-carat gold-plated stainless steel disc, about 1.5 metres in diameter. The clock has no hands or numerals, but displays time by opening individual slits in the clock face backlit with blue LEDs; these slits are arranged in three concentric rings displaying hours, minutes, and seconds. A metallic, huge grasshopper is the dominating feature of the clock and actually works as a pendulum. This feature,the grasshopper escapement is an unusual, low-friction escapement for pendulum clocks invented by British clockmaker John Harrison around 1722. The grasshopper in Corpus Clock is a homage to Harrison.

Christ’s Pieces: 

Image by: Wikimedia Commons , Mincebert

Image by: Wikimedia Commons , Mincebert

Cambridge is renowned for its green spaces and you will be spoilt for choice to choose a place to enjoy a spot of sunshine. I really loved Christ’s Pieces a victorian park with pretty flower beds and ornamental trees. It was previously used for agricultural and pasture purposes. Poet John Milton, who frequented this park has a dedicated walk–Milton Walk here too.

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Not done a poetry post for long, so without further ado it goes:

In the curve of her waist,
In the ride of her breast,
In the dance of her feet,
In the darkness of her hair,
In the laugh of her lips,
In the joy of her being
He knew he had found heaven.

In the strength of his shoulders,
In the wisdom his eyes,
In the palm of his hands,
In the music of his words,
In the warmth of his touch,
In the kindness of his soul
She knew she had found hers.

The truth about British Summer is that the whole year you wait for it with baited breath before losing all interest and lo and behold it happens when you least expect it. The whole of last week, we had sun playing a nasty game of hide and seek. I was convinced it would be a typical washed out weekend but suddenly I woke up to a gloriously shining sun last Saturday. I am definitely an opportunity seeker so without further ado, I coaxed the hubby, dressed the little one and hopped on to the car for a day out at Durdle Door, Dorset.

Druilde Door Reviews

Druilde Door and Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door has been on my travel bucket list ever since hubby visited it few years ago without me but something or the other kept me away till now. I’ve often experienced that when I build up a place too much in my little head it falls extremely short of my expectations in reality. Hence, I was beyond chuffed when we reached this Jurassic Coast after a nice little drive all the way from Hampshire. Durdle Door does not disappoint you no matter what your traveling style is.

Druilde Door and Lulworth Cove

Within a mile or so of the place, you will see the rugged terrain of the mountains juxtaposing beautifully with sparkling azure water of the sea and a horizon that feels like you can almost touch it. This is your cue to Durdle Door.

The actual “door” itself is a nice, long trek away from the car park. There are several tricky pathways giving you a nice view of Dorset while you head towards the beach. Be mindful of the path as it can be slippery and challenging at the same time. After a bit of a walk you reach a plateau with Durdle Door on one hand and the Man of War beach and Lulworth Cove on the other hand. To navigate either side you need to trek downwards a slightly steep slope.

Durdle door, dorset

Durdle Door , Dorset

But once you have done this trek, you will see one of the most gorgeous spots on this earth (I kid you not!). Durdle Door and the Lulworth Cove form part of the Jurassic Coastline. And true to its moniker, the iconic Durdle door even resembles a dinosaur.

Dorset Lulworth Cove

This natural door on the sea along with an expansive pebble beach is definitely one of the jaw-dropping beautiful spots I’ve seen while the beach on the other side with a great view of the sea is something which will stop your senses right away. I recommend you don’t rush but slowly savour the incredible beauty of the place and let it envelop you completely because after all isn’t that what travel is all about—to take you out of the mundane and tease all your senses in one go?

PS: These photos are completely unedited, I wanted to show the place in all its natural glory

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“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”
― Yves Saint-Laurent

Each season, the world of fashion makes one colour its darling and we all scamper to fill our wardrobe with that colour. However, there are some colours that will never go out of style. Enter neutrals. Neutral colours are the building blocks in any wardrobe. Black, beige, navy, grey, brown and white are basic neutral colours and if you fancy something special then you can go for metallic neutrals like gold, silver, gunmetal and copper. The best thing about neutral colours is that they can mixed with any shades and can streamline your look.

Neutral Territory

Neutral Territory

The easiest way to use neutrals to build your wardrobe is by buying few staples in three to four neutrals. Whilst selecting neutrals it is best to remember that dark colours tend to make you look smaller and light colours can make you look bigger. Neutral colours can also be incorporated in your work wardrobe.

Neutral colour style

neutral colours in style

Here, I’ve paired beige with black. Even in accessories I’ve used brown, white and metallic neutral colour rose gold (my heels). I was slightly worried if it will come together properly and was surprised to see that it does. So next time when you are thinking of buying neutral colours don’t be daunted with my top tips you might even enjoy sitting on a neutral territory.

Neutral colours fashion

Top: Vero Moda, Jeans: DIY, Bracelet: DIY, Watch & Bag: India 

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