This week marks the start of Diwali (Hindu festival of lights) in honour of the Hindu goddess Laskshmi, celebrating the victory of good over evil.
The festival is held over four days and is one of India's best known. What I would give to be in India with a local family celebrating the event this week.
Houses are scrubed and decorated with beautiful Kolam (patterns) on doorsteps to welcome good spirits. Families buy new outfits and/or gift them. Earthenware lamps are lit ... the cacophony of firecrackers and the important visit to the temple.
Time just flies, can't believe that I've just about finished my first year back at Uni. I am in the process of finalising my last assignment before a little break, it has been an amazing year. The kids have been amazing and supportive with a cranky and tired mum who has stretched herself to breaking point, so very proud of them. Glad to say though it is all looking up from here, we are finally out of a long and cold winter and the warm weather has hit us with a bang... 30C in October who would have thought.
The joy of warm weather brings with it the prospect of getting out and about again, even if it is in my own glorious town. Melbourne is at its best at this time of year, with Spring Racing carnival, various events around town, and socialising, basically hibernation has ended! I look forward to some weekend bike rides!
The blog sadly has been totally neglected as I've had to prioritise and find time to sleep, but I have missed it... and have had withdrawal symptoms from not planning any travel. I have grand ideas, but they have to wait ..for now. Instead I live vicariously through the amazing bloggers and former travel industry colleagues who continue to taunt the non traveller.
If you are still following Travelling Frenchies, thank you!
How about you? What grand travel plans have you been plotting?
Updated post - Melbourne has been home for over 20 years now, so it seems only appropriate to share my favourite things to do/visit while in Melbourne with kids in tow....(in no particular order)
The Grampians National Park in Western Victoria is a must see for any visitor the state. So many travellers only plan to visit Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road, but spend a bit more time in Victoria as there are a lot of gorgeous places to visit. There is something to suit everyone especially for those who enjoy the great outdoors! So get out there and see this country