By now most of you friends know that we have a group where we post recipes every month under different themes, and this group is conducted by our leader Srivalli. The group is called the Blogging Marathon group.The members of this group live all over the world and this month we complete 50 months of this marathon. To mark a celebration , we decided to celebrate and have a meet. The BM # 25 was a big hit when some of us met up in Ahmadabad. The BM # 50 was even a greater one.Let me give you some glimpses of this meet.
The participant Bloggers
The little participants
The planing for the meet stared almost five months back. I remember the day when the Jet announced some cheap tickets in all sectors. My hubby immediately asked me to book my tickets, but without finalizing the Meet dates, it was not possible, so I called Valli and we quickly on the spot finalized the date. I booked the tickets, unbelievably these were low cost ticket, so I told the friends about it, and Archana booked them right away. Time flew by and during this time lots of mails wats app messages were exchanged to organize the meet. We wanted to make the most of this.
Well for us it was just to prepare the goodie bags, but the Chennai Team had lots to do. Time flies by and the BM dates were approaching, I stopped eating all junk, I simply could not afford to fall sick, my hubby was amazed at all the preps that I was doing, he felt I was preparing for a family wedding. Well ....it sure was a big event.
Since Pondicherry is so close to Chennai , I was very keen on visiting it, so asked Archana if she too was. I got support and next we asked Padma, she was in too. Finally a trip to Pondicherry was decided .
Ok I was planning on giving you glimpses but I have been jabbering non stop, I am sure if I go on you guys will end up thinking what a crazy person I am!!
Ok now the actual glimpses.
My departure for Chennai
18 th Feb
Pick up by Veena.
Met Veena for the first time,
A little about Veena
A beautiful tall lady with a very very warm heart. I instantly clicked with her and some how got close to her in that one hour. Veena, you are a beautiful person and now a stronger bond has developed between us.
Joined in by Archana around an hour late.
The three of us gossiped non stop while going on the heavy traffic Chennai roads.
Scene at Padma , who was our host!!
We have more blogger friends waiting.
What do we have ?
Warm big hugs.
Padma's vibrant lighted face in happiness.
Dinner prepared by Padma
Later Usha and Pradnya joined in.
Valli came in with Konda to receive us.
More hugs and lot of chitter chatter.
After Valli and the the other friends left we started organizing our goodie bags and finally slept with an alarm of 5 a.m.
19th Feb Thursday
Pondicherry trip by road
Innova arranged by Veena
Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination and about 3 hours from Chennai. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance.
The most popular tourist destinations are the four beaches in Pondicherry, which are Promenade Beach(also known locally as the Rocky Beach), Paradise Beach, The Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on rue de la Marine, is one of the most well known and wealthiest ashrams in India. Strangely, this place had some kind of magnetism and we loved sitting there with pin drop silence. We also visited their paper factory and their weaving unit.
Auroville (City of Dawn) is an "experimental" township located 8 km north-west of Pondicherry. It is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Their organic natural handmade products caught everyone's attraction.
There are a number of old and large churches in Pondicherry, most of which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. A number of heritage buildings and monuments are the centre of attraction for tourists.
We left early and before we could stop for breakfast we munched some snacks which Usha had got . These were new for me , called Appalu and Sinallu. We stopped for breakfast at a place called Aarya. it had amazingly soft idlis, Pongal and crispy crunchy dosas.
We had lunch at one of the cafes, which was built in a rather rustic French style.
And here is something that we did just for fun!!
On the way back to Chennai we stopped by at Taj Fisherman's clove to get the feel of the beach and our last halt for the day was Savarna Bhawan for dinner.
I enjoyed a typical Tamil meal, where as the rest were happy with their dosas and mini meals.
It had been a hectic day and we all needed rest. The BM meet was to start the next day and we had loads planned up.
So shall see you guys tomorrow.
This is my Day 1 post for the last week of BM # 50