Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christmas in Nagercoil...

Christmas season in Nagercoil is always exciting, a certain type of magical warmth fills the air and lifts the spirits. The town seems to glow with all the star lights and serial lights that adorn most houses, it's a simple kind of beauty and it never ceases to amaze me. 
The Nativity scene at home...
The Christmas tree...
The nativity Christmas tree ornament...
An angel declaring the good news...
Infant Jesus Church, Nagercoil, decorated with stars...
 The crib inside the church...  
One of the smallest and most beautiful nativity scenes, saw this at a father's home... he made this out of scrap material lying in his backyard. 
The nativity scene in Carmel school...
The nativity scene in Little Flower School...
Houses decorated for Christmas...
The holiday season made even more beautiful by my brothers birthday... here is the bacon pizza I baked for them (their names start with M & V, can you make them out on the pizza?)

Have an amazing New Year's everybody... wishing you all a blessed and wonderful year ahead. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas at home...

An angel beckons...
Remember the crib from last yearmade use of the angel charts to cover the top this time.... Look at them proclaiming the good news. 
An angel spreading the light... 
This is how it looks...  
The Christmas tree in church that me and a cousin decorated... 

It's Christmas eve and this whole month has been rather exciting, it's a truly magical season revolving round the divine child's birth. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season... may the love, peace, joy and hope of the divine child fill our hearts and our homes. Merry Christmas, stay blessed. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mount Saleve, fondue and a birthday cake...

So my birthday was on the next day after our return from Paris and we decided to visit Mount Saleve in France, which is about twenty minutes from Geneva... it borders Geneva and looms over the city protectively. 
Once you get down at the bus stop, you have to walk a few minutes to reach the cable cars that take you right to the top of Mount Saleve. In the picture, you'll see the cable car going up the mountain with me and my sister inside. 
 This is the view as you go up the mountain...
 At the top of Mount Saleve....
 You can see Geneva stretched out below you, can you make out the water fountain in the distance... the Jet d'Eau. 
 A sweeping view of Geneva ...

 It's just beautiful up there...
 Trees and sunlight glinting.... 
 So quiet and peaceful...
 This is a common sight in Europe, jet planes leaving traces in the clear blue sky...
 Ideal place for picnics...
 So after walking around and taking everything in, we took the cable car down... this was taken on the way down, even the glass on the cable car is spotlessly clean.
 Back in France, just walking around... seeing pretty things.
 Pretty lamp posts...
 Flowers and greenery everywhere...
How pretty... many houses have these window boxes overflowing with flowers.
 The cutest little post office ever!
 More boxes overflowing with flowers...
 Took the bus back to Geneva and got down at church to attend the evening mass. We were early so decided to go to the Starbucks place nearby and while away the time till mass. Ordered a cheesecake...
 And a brownie...
(picture taken from here)
 Then it was time for mass, so went to the Notre Dame cathedral in Geneva.
Inside the cathedral, where we attended French Mass... 
 A painting of the Madonna....
 How cute are these chairs inside the church...
 A small pray area...
 After mass we walked around for a while...
 Pretty flowers on the bridge... 

We then decided to have fondue for dinner, here is the pot of melted cheese... the meats, pickles and potatoes have to be dipped in this pot, the cheese has to coat them well and then you eat them. It is quite nice but not something you can have often, makes for a nice winter get together... people sitting around and dipping food in warm melted cheese... 
 The plate of pickles, pearl onions and cured ham.
 Ham pieces and the pot of cheese...
 Some macaroni...
 Fish, potatoes and vegetables...
 The birthday cake... my sister bought the pretty candles. 
A beautiful day in so many ways... 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Decor in Manor...

Just wanted to show you the Christmas decorations that start appearing towards the end of October in shops like Manor, a Swiss department store chain. 
 Wreaths, Christmas balls, cages...
 Candles, lanterns...
 Snow men....
 This was the one I loved the best... glowing orbs

 Reindeer's... 
 More decorations... 
 Christmas-y stuff...
 Santa Claus...
 Fairy lights... I loved these too.
 These lights were the best thing... 
How uniform and homogeneous... so pleasing to the senses. I wonder about this so often, how people there have an eye for the aesthetic quality in things, whereas here they just mix and match colours till it looks like a drunken rainbow threw up on things. An example would be the lighting in my church back home, during the festival season it was garishly lit up with every imaginable colour of the spectrum and now during the Christmas season they have put up multicoloured stars that don't really go well with each other. Ah, well... 
 Christmas tree ornaments...
 Angel and a candle wreaths...
 Woolen nativity figures...
 Star punched candle holders...
 Snowy wreaths...
Have you heard of Accuradio, it's one of the best online radio channels... this always plays regularly at home in the background of my life, and during the Christmas season, I rarely switch it off. There are so many Holiday channels to choose from, and when I selected the country holiday channel recently, the first song that came on was Carrie Underwood's beautiful rendition of Hark the Herald Angels sing, she does a great job with this classic Christmas song... Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season.