Aahana Kumra: From the silver screen to an exploring ‘Queen’

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Ahana Kumra Trip - TraveLibro Blog

When a little girl moved from Lucknow to Mumbai and found her way into Prithvi Theatre, it was pretty clear what her destiny had in mind for her. As she cruised from back stage to volunteering and more, her fascination to be on the stage became stronger, which eventually saw her graduating from the famed Whistling Woods International, with none other than Naseeruddin Shah as her mentor. Her gradual transition from the theatre to television and films saw her work with a lot of big names until eventually bagging the role of Mr Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Yudh’. Given being associated with such big names this early in her career, it’s evident that her future is going places…just like she is (quite literally)!

As she follows the footsteps of Kangana Ranaut in ‘Queen’ to Paris and Amsterdam, TraveLibro gets in touch with her and gets her to share her experience, the Libro way! And this what she had to say.

The Classics

The classics top the list of every traveler and I was equally excited to explore the ones of Paris and Amsterdam. Despite the long queues for each of them, like how it always is in Paris,  the experience of discovering them in person were nothing short of rewarding. The Lover’s Lock Bridge with uncountable promises of love, the stunning French-Gothic architecture of Notre Dame and the mesmerising Louvre embodying the art of all times were all breathtaking experiences. Whether it’s walking down the  Latin Quarter or the chestnut trees lined Champs Elysees with its cinemas and cafes or the splendour of the Moulin Rogue, every bit of Paris revels in absolute charm. Then of course, there’s the Eiffel tower that swipes you off your feet! Exploring Amsterdam too was intriguing, given the famed red light district, the canal tour or even simply posing by the letters, ‘I Amsterdam’

The Culture

Be it either of the places, I was blown away by the sheer spirit that the people have. Every experience, like a cafe staff singing to us, hot chocolate on a rainy day with a warm and friendly chatter around or the celebrations and support for the world cup was all very exciting. I encountered a gay parade and actively participated in it, grooving to its music, partied all night at a club, shopped at the summer sales, saw a dance troop celebrating the spirit of world cup and partook in the euphoria that watching a match in a bar was. Exploring the art in the city is as awe inspiring too. Amsterdam just seems like a happy place with the people cycling everywhere around you, the stunning flower markets, shops brimming with tourists and the entire place in orange, owing to the spirit of world cup. Taking a canal tour and ending the day with dining under the stars at the docks was simply beautiful. 

The Food

The food, the wine and the cocktails were as interesting to explore as the destinations themselves. Be it crepes from a local stall or a high end place at Champs Elysees, every bite spoke of a unique flavour of its own. Café St. Regis at Ile Saint-Louis had splendid spaghetti and salmon with a huge ball of cheese and wine and dining at O’Sullivans Irish Pub at Grande Boulevarde was a lip-smacking experience. Try the croissants and muffins from local patisseries as they’re to die for and let Restaurant Libanais Noura at Opera satiate your Lebanese cravings. When in Montmartre, do try the pizzas at Restaurant Chez Eugene and flammekueche at Flam’s and Pizza Pino at Les Champs Elysees are both good places to try out. Macaroons at Laduree, white beer at Frogs, cocktails at Sherry Butt, falafels at L’as Du Fallafel and the Haagen Das ice cream were all divine! Sitting at a simple cafe by the cobbled street, over-looking the Pantheon, with some hot chocolate to keep you warm, in itself is utterly beautiful! 

Aahana's trip was 10 days long and now that she’s back, she’s excited to share the details with her near ones and compile it all in from pictures and itineraries. As she registered on TraveLibro, she was happy to discover that she could talk of her experience in so many more ways than just a couple that she’d thought of. You can check out her detailed itinerary here: Queen Trip.

You never know, it might be tailor made for you! 

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