Globe Trotting and New Beginnings

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This was an eventful month! We did ALOT this month!
1. Sara had her naming ceremony and her Sameer Chacha came to meet her. We missed seeing Zejfa Chachi this time but hopefully we will see her in a couple months.
2. Sara made a trip to see her Daddy at the SF Google office
3. Sara made a trip to see her Mommy’s office and meet all her friends
4. We went on our first vacation with lil Miss Sara. This was her first time on an airplane and her first international trip! Whoa! Yea we were brave! We took a trip to Switzerland and France. One of Sahir’s friend from high school was getting married so a bunch of friends decided to meet up and rent a chalet and just hang out.

We didn’t get to do a lot since Sara is still so little and everything had to be planned around her feeding schedule but it was nice to just get away from the daily routine.

Here are some of our travel essentials with a 3 month of infant –
– We traveled with our UPPAbaby Vista stroller and Carseat. Albeit expensive, this is a great sturdy stroller. We kept joking that it could probably run over some of the tiny cars in Europe πŸ™‚ It worked really well on the cobblestone paths and the big storage underneath helped carry a lot of stuff.
Sleep Sheep – Sara just knows its time to sleep when this thing turns on.
– Her Paci’s
Blankets (swaddles and others) These are just needed for everything!
– Burpy Bibs
Ergo Carrier to carry her around in when you don’t want to take the stroller
– Her bath supplies (soap, shampoo, oil for massages), her healthcare kit and the nose frida
Infant Tylenol (we didn’t need to use it but we carried it along just in case) and Gripe water

At this time, she was too young for toys. We did carry a couple of rattles but we didn’t end up using them and of course her clothes, and diapers.

On the flight to Zurich, she slept most of the way and we had to wake her up to eat. On the flight back to SF, she was awake most of the time πŸ™‚ We were jet lagged when we got back and pretty much slept at odd hours for the first few days but got back into the swing of things pretty soon.

Sara’s 3 month roundup

Feedings – 8-10 times a day
Favorite toy – Her gym (still)
Favorite book – Not the Hippopotamus (still)
Likes to hang on – The floor (on a blanket). She just loves to kick kick kick and being on the ground helps
Favorite Activities –
Playing in the gym
Face timing and Skyping
Babbling
Eating her hands
Meeting new people and just being outdoors
Favorites foods – milk nom nom nom
Not a big fan of – Tummy time

Mom’s 3 month round up:
Favorite Swaddle – Aden Anais
Favorite Activity – Being out and about with Sara

Dad’s 3 month round up:

Favorite Swaddle – Aden Anais
Favorite activity – Being silly and making Sara smile

Here are some pictures from the last month and our trip.

Naming Ceremony

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Morning walk with her Chacha

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Visiting the Google Office

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Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with VickyImage

Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with Rahul

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Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office With Vinay

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The Trip! – Sleeping in the airplane bassinet

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Finally off the airplane!

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At the chalet we rented

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With Shekhar Chacha

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Chillin’

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Popped Collar Gangsta’s at Aix Les Bains

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At Sara’s favorite pub

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At Divia’s wedding with her Daddy

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At Divia’s wedding with her mommy πŸ™‚

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Last coffee in Europe

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Back home!

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3 months already!

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We had the opportunity to ride part of the historic Chemins de Fer de Provence train line which runs from Nice to Digne-les-Bains. This is the oldest train company in France (its been around since the 1890s) and its service has survived world wars, withdrawal of government support, and floods. Β The company initially had 3 lines:

– The Coastal Line: This line was the company’s original one and went out of business with the advent of bus service and increased usage of cars along the same route.

– The Northern Line: Built to have an alternative route to transport military supplies in case the coastal line was destroyed. This is the existing line.

– The Central Line: The bridges of this line were destroyed in WWII when the Germans left France and were never rebuilt.

The existing line takes an adventurous path from the coast, through the French Alps. It goes through several hand carved tunnels and provides breathtaking views while navigating the mountainous terrain. The train reaches an altitude of over 1000 metres at its peak and the longest tunnel it traverses is the Colle Saint-Michel Tunnel which is 3,457 metres long.

This is the only train line to cut through the French Alps and I highly recommend trying it out if you are in the area (and want to get a different train experience than the boring SNCF trains). There are mordernization efforts underway to upgrade the rail lines as well as carriages. This will be cool, but will take away from the “Quaint-ness” of the ride. These improvements will probably be completed in a couple of years, so try and get on the “Train des Pignes” soon if you want to get the old school experience!

Here are a few pictures and videos from our experience (These do not do justice to the train ride as we only rode the first 20 km and did not get to go through the best parts of line)

CIMG3232Rail Terminal in Nice

CIMG3238Line Map

CIMG3235Old School Poster

CIMG3200Ritu outside Train

CIMG3227Ritu on Train

CIMG3219View from initial part of the line

Using the hand crank windshield wiper πŸ™‚

Random video during the train ride