Flat Z Visits India

Flat Stanley, written in 1964, is a well loved children’s book. The book is about a young boy named Stanley who is flattened in the middle of the night by a billboard. He survives but is completely flat.  He makes the best of his new shape and visits his friends by mailing himself to them.…

Birthday Party – Mumbai Style

This last trip to Mumbai was quite close to my son’s milestone 5th birthday. We thought it would be fun to celebrate with the family.  My brother-in-law loved the idea and went all out. In fact, he thought we shouldn’t leave my daughter out so we would celebrate his birthday and her 1/2 birthday together.…

Shopping in India: Malls

I love shopping.  I wish I didn’t, I would be able to travel more.  I inherited a deep need for retail therapy at a young age and can’t seem to shake it.  After 6 trips to India I’ve experienced a number of different shopping venues along the way and I thought I’d do four part…

Hanging Gardens

When searching TripAdvisor for popular sites in Mumbai for families, we came across a listing for the Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta), in the center of downtown.  I asked to take the car for the afternoon so we could see the gardens. The drive downtown was surprisingly quick, but finding the gardens turned out to be more…

Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach

In catching up with my travels from India I would be remiss not to write about a favorite activity in Mumbai. As I mentioned in my previous post, Marine Drive is a 3 kilometer long walk-way along the one of the bays in Mumbai.  Here on any given day you find people walking,  jogging, or…

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Just north of Mumbai lays 104 sq km of lush greenery and wildlife in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. My niece had a vacation day after her exams and my son loves running and climbing, so it seemed the perfect destination to spend the day. * The expedition crew ready to explore Entering the park,…