September 08, 2008


It was the summer of 2007. My year in India with Satyam had come and gone. An additional month of travel and goodbyes, and I was on a flight back. As Europe was the midpoint of the 20+ hour flight to Canada, I decided to spend a couple of weeks in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. My cousin was staying in Paris, so I enjoyed his hospitality there. He met me at Charles de Gaulle International Airport and located me with surprising ease. Together we lugged my baggage from the airport shuttle to the metro, through the railway station and the narrow streets, and up to his apartment. I deposited my luggage there, stripping out the essentials into my duffel bag and continued my travels.

Bart, one of my roommates from Hyderabad, met me in Brussels, Belgium. Over a whirlwind weekend he showed me as much of Belgium as possible.
  • Brussels
  • Bruges
  • Ghent
  • Oostende
  • Ypres
Five days had been allocated to seeing the Netherlands. Here my premier guide was Stein, one of my roommates from Bangalore.
  • Amsterdam
  • Delft
  • Den Haag
  • Eindhoven
  • Maastricht
  • Rotterdam
  • Scheveningen
  • Utrecht
The lion's share of my time in France was devoted to wandering around the City of Love.
  • Paris
  • Mont St. Michel
  • Versailles
My Eurotrip began and ended in Paris, one of the most captivating cities I have set foot on. After travelling through Belgium and Holland without a moment's rest, I returned here for a bit of relaxation before making my triumphant return to the Gateway to the Pacific - Vancouver.