“Sail away from the safe harbour. Explore. Dream. Discover” ~ Mark Twain.
Have you seen the soul-stirring movie ‘Eat Pray Love’ starring Julia Roberts? It was based on a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert in which she sets off on a journey of self-discovery. In her pursuit for happiness, she first travels to Italy where she indulges in the pleasure of eating, relishes tempting pizzas and enjoys leisure strolls around this picturesque paradise. Then, she visits India where she connects with her spiritual side by praying, practising yoga and meditation. Her quest ends at Bali, Indonesia where she cycles in the lush greenery like a free spirit, and finds inner peace and love!
We share with you her transformational journey through the 3 powerful I’s: Italy, India and Indonesia which will inspire you to open up to life, book your air ticket, get on a flight and set off on a similar journey of your own.
In Italy, if you remember the first thing she does is satiates her craving for eating rich pizzas and gelato without giving a damn about the calorie intake. She learns to love herself - a vital step towards happiness.
This holiday helps her to slow down in life, live and enjoy every moment, of which she was unaware of due to her hectic city life. She celebrates life by meeting up with friends, savouring yummy delicacies, strolling around the wondrous places and decides to go with the flow.
Must-visit: The Vatican City, Murano Island and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
On her visit to India, she is impressed with the vibrant, festive and colourful culture. Do you remember the scene where she wore an Indian saree while attending a wedding? She was looking stunning, wasn’t she?
She stays at an ashram; practises simple living, prays and meditates, which acts as a perfect spiritual retreat for her.
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The rice paddy fields, breathtaking mountains and sparkling beaches brighten her spirits - the result, she learns the art of balancing things in life.
Bali proves to be her lucky charm as she meets her love, a Brazilian businessman played by James Franco. Do you recall the scene where they stroll through the fabulous street markets? Enjoying the Balinese culture, they bond and spend quality time with each other.
Each trip surprised her with valuable experiences and learnings for a happier, fuller life!
Must-visit: Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple and Tanjung Benoa beach.
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Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur