Best Romantic Films Set in Paris

Paris, with its evergreen persona, a sugar-coated romantic profile and a powerful touristy status, has always featured in the wish-list of honeymooners and photographers. So, the market for Paris honeymoon packages has remained unaffected despite the entry of new unconventional European destinations like Prague and Netherlands.

Over the decades, plenty of films (mostly romantic) have portrayed this ‘City of Lights’ in its all-colorful glory. It would be fair to say that many of those films have done better business than they would have done had they been set in some other part of the world.

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Queen

One of the better films to have come out in recent times is ‘Queen’. A Bollywood blockbuster, it has the quirky Kangana in the lead and is a soul-stirring movie which can be called romantic as well as soothing. Despite some sexed up dialogues, this film is largely about self-discovery and is a winner right from reel one to the final credits since it romanticizes life in a realistic and relatable manner.

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An Evening in Paris

Back in the past, an all-time favorite Shammi Kapoor classic titled ‘An Evening in Paris’ is set almost entirely in the French capital. With a string of melodious songs and a psychedelic portrayal of this cheesy city, this movie struck all the right cords and still mesmerizes single girls during its television reruns.

An American in Paris

An American in Paris

For those who swear by Hollywood flicks, the most mention-worthy films are ‘Last Tango in Paris’, ‘An American in Paris’ and ‘Everyone Says I love you’.

Then there is ‘French Kiss’ which starred the heartthrob Meg Ryan as the female lead and is another memorable film set in this city. Its Bollywoodized version called ‘Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha’ that starred Kajol and Ajay Devgun was also set partially in Paris and did excellent business at the box office.

Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha

Pyar Toh Hona Hi Tha

Film-makers from both India and Hollywood are so smitten by this city that someone once joked that film-making is amongst the most popular things to do in Paris.

In fact, if you are a tourist, you can make your own film (so what, if it’s in a handycam or in your Galaxy Grand)!

Ishq in Paris

Ishq in Paris

Preity Zinta seems to have run out of luck (thanks to ageing and the birth of Y-gen actresses viz. Katrina, Deepika and blah blah). We don’t want to rub salt on her wounds, but even Paris couldn’t save her latest release ‘Ishq in Paris’ which disappeared faster than the Malaysian airline.

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Dolphin-watching in Goa: Is it worth it?

If you are confronted with the possibility of an expedition which will take you in the midst of the sea amongst the school of dolphins which you can watch and photograph, a la the Nat Geo experts, you are bound to feel that orgasm of super-thrill. One of the top activities in Goa is to head for dolphin-watching since the Arabian Sea has them in good numbers and the ferry-managers are always eager to take you in their midst.

Baga Beach

Baga Beach

In fact, if you happen to take a jog on the beaches of Goa in the morning, you are quite likely to be approached by ferry-wallahs who will offer you a ‘dolphin trip’. The cost can be high and they can be pushy. So, you should not fail to bargain. To be honest, they will always try to tempt you and promise you a good show, though some people are actually left disappointed towards the end.

PLaying with Dolphins in Goa

It’s not that dolphins are not sighted. But they usually make a brisk appearance and for a couple of seconds before dipping back into the oceanic depths again. Most people only get to see the fins but if you are fortunate, you may get a brief view of their snouts. It is very unlikely that you will witness the aerial leap of the grand dolphins the way they show in adventure movies, but then you may have bright stars.

Dolphin photography

Dolphin photography

Dolphin-photography can be tricky as their transient appearance leaves you with very little time to zoom in your camera, focus and take a great shot. So, you must stay prepared with your camera fully on and senses fully alert.

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At the end of the day, it is still an once-in-a-lifetime experience and definitely worth it, though not totally. The experience shall differ from person to person. The best time to check out the dolphins is early during the day at around 6 am- 11 am when you have a bright chance of sighting quite a few of them. Palolem Beach is one of the best places where you can go for dolphin trips. The rates are not fixed but they usually ask for somewhere between Rs 1000-1500. Try haggling and ask for a boat on a share-basis if you are travelling solo or are few in numbers.

With Goa holiday packages, a rendezvous with the dolphins in the wild is a cherish-worthy experience.

5 affordable ski resorts in Switzerland

Ski resorts can be expensive and the ones in Switzerland are some of the best in the world. No wonder, they can make you pay. But those who have less money or less willingness to spend money need not go back disappointed. There are affordable ones as well though it is better to narrow down the best ones before you start your Swiss tour.

La Tzoumaz

La Tzoumaz

We understand your requirements and your unwillingness to do all the hard work. So, here we have buried our head over tons of pages and have scooped up five ski resorts which are affordable and, hence, recommended for you:

Andermatt

Andermatt

  1. La Tzoumaz: This resort is situated in the same region as Verbier, the top-class ski resort and one which you must visit if you have got money. But those who cannot afford to stay put at Verbier, La Tzoumaz is a cheaper alternative. It is certainly budget-friendly and is also free from the clutter which can make you sick during peak season at resorts like Verbier. The tracks are equally enthralling. Just don’t expect the kind of luxury you can get at Verbier and you’ll be fully contended.
  2. Andermatt: Andermatt is one of the most underrated ski resorts in the world. It is a pity that it hasn’t got its due, despite the fact that it shares its neighborhood with biggies like Verbier and Zermatt. You can get away with a weekly expenditure of just 165 pounds. Didn’t we say it is dirt cheap?
  3. Grindelwald: It is not the cheapest ski resort by any means, but it is one for the budget tourists. Plus, if you can book Europe packages from India, you can expect to cash in on good discount.
  4. Arosa: Arosa has a nice landscape to offer and an equally delightful food to serve its guests. It is a ski resort which is mostly visited by families. A nice ambiance awaits you there at very decent rates.
  5. Davos: Davos is a strange resort since here you will find tourists of both clans- the wealthiest as well as extremely budget-conscious. For an inexpensive Swiss honeymoon tour, you may find this one appealing if you tread about cautiously.
Grindelwald

Grindelwald