Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

A piece of Turkey

In Culture, Europe, Travel, Turkey on February 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm


With our daughter M already two years old, I decided it was time to take out my bucket list and be a little more ambitious in our travels. So far we had travelled to and in India(mostly with family), within France and to Portugal with her and it had taught us that not only was it possible to travel with our darling chipmunk but that it does us all a whole lot of good!

So we decided to push the bar a little higher. Read the rest of this entry »


A day at Juodkranté

In Baltic states, Europe, Photography, Places, Travel on September 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm


When we decided to take a trip to the Baltic states, we decided on a road trip covering all the capitals, starting from Tallinn in Estonia to Riga in Latvia to Vilnius in Lithuania. We had no plans initially of taking a detour to visit a place we had not heard of till then….the Curonian Spit, a 98km long sand dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, a UNESCO heritage site shared by Russia in the south and Lithuania in the north. Read the rest of this entry »

Of(f) the streets.

In Europe, Food, India, Travel, World Cuisine on September 22, 2013 at 11:22 am
Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether it is samosas in Delhi, currywrust in Berlin, crêpes in Paris, hotdogs in New York, waffles in Brussels or Phở in Hanoi, street food is indispensable for a traveller, especially when you have to keep a close watch on your budget. Meant primarily for local inhabitants, travellers get a taste of food that is not tailored to their taste, often in the company of locals only too willing to chat in a much more convivial setting than one would get in a restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

On the roof!

In Culture, Europe, India, Places, Travel on March 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Taj Mahal

In Amitav Ghosh’s  novel “Shadow Lines“, Tridib, the uncle of the narrator asks his nephew:

“Did you notice that Ila’s house had a sloping roof?” Read the rest of this entry »

Moorish Andalusia!

In Europe, Photography, Places, Spain, Travel on June 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm

My one and only exposure to Moorish architecture has been in the south of Spain and to say I was awed would be an understatement. This post follows the architectural marvels we saw during our trip from Seville in the west, moving east to Cordoba  and finally to Granada in the east. Read the rest of this entry »


In Culture, Europe, Food, Spain, Travel, World Cuisine on May 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcel...

Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcelona (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took a friend of ours visiting Europe for the first time to a restaurant specialised in Tapas. Her reaction?

How wonderful to be able to share your food instead of having to order your own stuff.”

She looked so blissful at that moment that we were sure, we could have served her absolutely anything and it would not have mattered as long as it was Tapas style. Read the rest of this entry »

An apple in any other form….

In Drinks, Europe, France, World Cuisine on April 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Apple fruit

Apple fruit (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

…..can it still keep the doctor away?

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Ding, Dong, Bell!

In Europe, France, Places, Travel on April 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

The clock on the Notre Dame Church at Dijon, France.

Question of the day: How long did it take for the bell-ringer of the Notre Dame Church in Dijon to have a family?

Answer: 500 years! Read the rest of this entry »

A song of three cities.

In Belgium, Europe, France, India, Places, Random, Travel on March 24, 2012 at 1:05 am

I almost planned my next holidays listening to Jacques Brel’s “Bruxelles”. It made me so nostalgic for the city, that I almost bought my tickets. However, I have already been there twice and since we are unable to take as many breaks travelling in a year as we would like, we ultimately decided to go somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

Spellbound in Amiens

In Culture, Europe, France, Places, Travel on March 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

Amiens, a city in Northern France, on the Somme river.

Amiens. Most tourists visiting France don’t think of going to Amiens. Even if it is an hour and a half by train from Paris. Hell, people living in France don’t think of going to Amiens. I have no idea why we did. Not for very long though. We were there for a day on our way to somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »