A lot of people ask me why I’d want to move back to Europe and my answer is very clear: for the museums, art, and the beer. I moved back to Bombay a year ago and have barely hit the social scene so far. My sister tried to get me to go out before she moved to London, but something just didn’t click until last weekend. I decided to do something different and it was a pretty cool experience! I went around Bombay like I did back in Europe – yes, like a cheesy, excited tourist 🙂
I didn’t wake up on time and was super hungry by the time I got ready to step out. The original plan was to set out early and watch the sun rise over the sea. Well, I headed straight to breakfast. Since this was a local transport only outing, I took the bus –
On my way to town for breakfast 🍝 I was tempted to Uber coz I started late and was starving but today is going to be a local transport only day 🚃 I'll see you soon with my 🍞 and ☕ #bombay #borntotraveltheworld #touristinbombay #touristlife #borntotravel #girlontheroad #localtransport #trouvaillediaries #letsdothis #solotravel #solotraveler
Nothing screams Bombay like breakfast at a good old Irani café. Since Yazdani is closed on Sundays, I decided to head over to Kyani & Co. which in the street next to Furtados, opposite Metro cinema.
A vegetarian has no business in a Parsi / Irani restaurant but I decided to try my luck. I got offered vegetarian dhansak but I decided to opt for a veg cutlet, irani chai, and the good old bun-maska. Oh, they also have a bakery in case you want to take some goodies home 🙂
Next up, I took a cab ride to the Jehangir Art Gallery opposite Regal Cinema. The original plan was to go to the Prince of Wales Museum (now known as CSM Vastu Sangrahalaya) next door. I didn’t have enough time, but I did check out the photo exhibition at the gallery.
Last week, I ran the BSE Bull Run and crossed the Asiatic Library (the Townhall) on the way. I remembered going up there when I was in school and decided that I needed a picture. Also, one of my favorite scenes from Jaane Tu.. involves Imran Khan riding a horse on this road ♥
The Asiatic Society or as people from my generation like to call it -"Prime Wedding Photoshoot Location" 💒 I did a run last weekend and at least 3 shoots were going in here 🎎 so I decided I wanted a picture too! #bombay #borntotraveltheworld #borntotravel #wanderlust #solotravel #girlontheroad #solotraveler #bombay #letsdothis
Bookstores became more commercial and less about the books when Crossword opened up in India. I always thought that the staff had no idea what they were selling. Though I don’t like the movie You’ve Got Mail, I agree with Meg Ryan that discount stores are killing the idea of raising good readers. Well, Wayword & Wise is my Indian Shakespeare & Co. Stop by and talk to the owner – he really knows his books!
Did you really think I won't stop at a bookstore? I am convinced that if I were get out of my career in finance, I'd open a bookstore! This place is my Indian Shakespeare & Co. #bombay #borntotraveltheworld #loveforbooks #letsdothis #solotravel #girlontheroad #india #wordpress #wordpressblog #wanderlust
I spent way too much time at Wayword & Wise to make it to the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla. I did go there but changed my mind when I saw that it was a really long walk to the entrance and area didn’t look too safe / good. I decided to come back another day and headed straight to Bandra, coz well I was starving!
My first solo trip to Lille in December 2014 needed an anniversary celebration and Doollaly was the perfect tribute. Farmhouse Ale made the Flanders way was sheer heaven and the fries were typisch (as we Germans call it) Belgian! Ooh-la-la ♣ ♣ ♣
My first solo trip was to Lille, a little border town in Flanders between France and Belgium. It remains my favourite place in France – a beautiful town with lovely people! 🇫🇷 But the best part was that I stayed at this fantastic hostel called Gastama that housed the most amazing beer. Today, with Doolally's Farmhouse Ale, I raise a glass to my first solo adventure 🍺 thank you Lille, for opening me up to my untapped capabilities, the joy of travel, and limitless adventure – Prost! #bombay #borntotraveltheworld #borntotravel #girlontheroad #flanders #lille #france #sehnsucht #wanderlust #solotravel #solotraveler #girlontheroad #bombay #inmycity #doolally #india #bier #beer #beerontap
I found out about street art in Bombay about 6 months ago. I wanted to do a photo shoot with my sister but we never got around to it. Turns out, Chapel Road is a 5 minute walk from Doollaly and definitely worth taking a detour for 🙂
I didn't have to walk too far – just retraced my steps to Chapel Road and voila – street art! My first study experience was with the walking tour in East Berlin and my first art piece was "Katz im Kopf" 🐱🐈 totally unforgettable #bombay #berlin #eastberlingallery #eastsidegallery #eastsidegalleryberlin #solotravel #solotraveler #sehnsucht #wanderlust #borntotraveltheworld #borntotravel #girlontheroad #bombay #inmycity #letsdothis
Tired after a long day, I headed home after this for a regional movie and some well deserved sleep.
I am going to do this again because it was such great fun. I will come up with a better, organized plan and actually step inside a museum! 🙂 🙂