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66 Trams: Part I

Going around the world in trams. This is an ongoing project. Presenting the part one.

(Covering : Austria,Switzerland,Hungary,Czech Republic, Netherlands,Belgium, Slovakia)

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Following her..


Yellow trams, Budapest , Hungary


Overlooking the old Charles Bridge


Tram in Austria


Trams in old town Prague


The Divide


in Bratislava Slovakia


Returning home




in Amsterdam, Netherlands


Brussels, Belgium


Electric Tram, Prague

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Window to window.


Lucerne, Switzerland

King of Jaywalking

Yep, since no one has claimed this title yet, I shall proclaim myself the King of Jaywalking..

As the fact of the matter is, I like to take pictures while crossing roads, jaywalking or not.It often provides you with angles that are unique and unexplored.The word crossing might as well be replaced sometimes by the words ‘running across’ instead, haha…Oh yes its illegal in most 1st world countries,till u are caught of course , by either the police or by the Grim Reaper. But since I am from India,its a no biggie.. stuff happens in India willy-nilly which if happens in any other country, the whole country would shut down…

Do u like to take images while crossing the street? I had this awesome comment from a friend by the name Sue Summons in my Facebook page :: ‘Not ready for that yet. Want to live a bit longer lol’..

So here are some images I have taken around the world that are from the middle of the road..



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The Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall in German) is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.The falls are located on the Upper Rhine between the municipalities of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen, near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland, between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich. They are 150 m (450 ft) wide and 23 m (75 ft) high.

Basically its  a summer destination when the falls are ‘not frozen’ and the skies are blue. There is also the Schloss Wörth castle , located near the falls.Boat trips can be taken up the Rhine to the falls and the Rheinfallfelsen. Overall its a wonderful 1 day trip to the location.With friends, family or even your pet…Also the drive is super beautiful so if u can take your own car or atleast hire one, your day will be +/-10% better… (Ideal internet browser view: 125%)


1) The Majestic Falls with Euro Rail running through it like the life blood flowing through the veins.marcussam_rhine (4)


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3) The Schloss Wörth castle in view.

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4) View 2 of the Castle

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5) The Falls, with regular boat rides off and on.

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6) Down River, with lovely woods in the surrounding…Here u can play Little Red Riding hood with your girlfriend..hahaha

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7) And you can have a barbecue when you are done with the playing…

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8) Thats a strategically placed Indian fast food centre.(And by Indian I mean Asian-Indian, not Red Indian, as our American friends might confuse).Keeping in mind that Indians (browns/desis etc) are almost 50% of the summer tourist force in Switzerland~ thanks to the Yash Raj movies deploying us by hordes and litters .Rest 50%, comprise of China(ese) Asians (40%) and Americans/Australian/South-Africans/Rest-of-the-world ( 10%). We are the ones givin em business yea : read related article Here

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9) Finally a panorama view of the falls/area…

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© Marcus Sam

The Dying Lion of Lucerne

The Lion Monument or Löwendenkmal  is a sculpture in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn..

It is basically a War Memorial that commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France.

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The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff — for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff. His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.

Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion — and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.

— Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880

Helvetiorum Fidei ac Virtuti  inscribed on the top of the sculptured cave means : To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss.

The lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis (a Lily or an Iris which is a decorative or symbolical feature  of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland..


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Don’t forget check my article the ‘New Asian Age’, named as The Money Spinners :  Click Here    or Click on the image above..

Also you might like to check another post from the same City : Lucerne


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Images & Concept : Marcus Sam



Postcard from Switzerland 2

Here is another postcard from Switzerland… Its getting tough for me to be regular in the blog along with a few too many other online profiles..But i am trying to giddy up the pace with a little change in plans &

So here’s another postcard from Switzerland..Its of the Kapellbrücke or the Chapel Bridge..It’s the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland built in around 1367AD ..More pictures and a proper ‘blogpost’ coming up

Till then just the postcard…



Also Dont forget to check out my previous postcard from Switzerland if u liked this one offcourse..


Here’s the old one :



Cheers have a Happy Sunday…=)

Postcard From Switzerland

Postcard From Switzerland…Small country with awesome per capita income and astounding natural & unnatural/man_made beauty…

Beautiful Swiss Skies

Beautiful Swiss Skies..Lovely Blue…

Swiss Evening

Swiss Evening : A cloudy evening with light drizzle at around 9pm…

Swiss Sunrise (pun intended)

Swiss Sunrise (pun intended)

Got up at 3.30am in the morning, paid extra cash to a private boatman the previous night, so that he takes me to a few ‘vantage points’ from where the sunrise looks magnificent… It takes around 30 mins to reach  the middle of the lake from where we can get a superb picture of the sun peeking from between the ice capped mountains..And let me please not mention the cold, not ‘swiss bitter’ but cold none the less…So we started the waiting games, but look uncle Helios (Sun God) is so camera shy…and so no sun, instead it started raining….Yippie…! But clicked some niceish pics , duller than Swiss standards, as Swiss generally implies excruciatingly beautiful, but what can u so if the weather is not supportive…no matter what u do and how much Photoshop u use, u cant make grasslands with dull gray skies look like the same setting with blue skies…But it was good in another way….Another trip planned…..And will keep planning till i get the weather i want….

The Money-Spinners

The Money-Spinners : The New Asian Age…

: author Marcus Sam

So Ladies & Men; gentle or otherwise,  here’s the big news: If you are a business person (trying to avoid gender biases here) or a big shopkeeper so as to say, who is planning to go global, you should definitely look towards the Asian market if you want a trade expansion (and by Asian, my dear American friends I don’t mean the Chinese only, as the slang goes . Asia is a continent, if some of you still do not know.)..

Here is why,lets regurgitate some elementary school maths shall we :

See, the ratio of Asian population to rest of the world is high, so If  10 ‘rest of the world’  people travel and pay 10 bucks each for a hotel room, the total for 1 day is 100 bucks….But if 100 Asians travel and spend 5 bucks each (bulk booking), it accounts to 500 bucks… So at the end of the day, total profit is 5 times, if u can lure the Asian crowd into anything…Why just tourism, in any industry, any sector, if u can rope in the Asians, u’r sure to make more profits…

So beware of the Asian Age (ahem, even I am an Asian btw…;))…Asians actually control the real market… ;)..Its not that almost everything is made in Asia (China+rest), its that even almost everything is also ‘consumed’ in Asia…