Laos is a small country that sits quietly among its very prominent and loud neighbors like Thailand and Vietnam. Vientiane is its befitting capital! A quiet place where all the buzz and the nightlife in Bangkok is replaced by awesome local food and beautiful temples all around. You can look across the river to see a Thai town known for its flesh trade. In Vientiane, … Continue reading Vientiane – Food, temples and do you need anything else?
The first morning in Iceland and with car keys in my hand I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were so many places to go and so many things to do – so little time! The most popular of the circuits came first – known as the Golden Circle tour, it comprises a National Park, an amazing Geysir, one of the most … Continue reading Golden Circle – A perfect day
There is no place in the world like Iceland, period. Nothing more needs be said and nothing less would do it justice. While I had combined my trip to Iceland with Sweden, I think they deserve separate posts (and even trips) – so here goes. Planning for Iceland wasn’t easy because there isn’t much information to go by and outside of Reykjavik, the hotels get … Continue reading Iceland – never felt like Earth!
Most people visit Europe for the architecture, some natural beauty, the museums or fashion. Porto has a bit of everything, but most importantly a unique culture that is its biggest attraction. It of course is the only place in the world than can legally call its wine Port. It boasts of a city center that is a UNESCO world heritage site with the world’s largest … Continue reading Porto – Six bridges, a festival and many glasses of wine
I am by no means an expert on European travel but this just had different written all over it. I had been eyeing a trip to the westernmost country in continental Europe after having heard a lot about the culture, the food, and of course the architecture. It is also the country known to be the most laid back and maybe even a little cheaper … Continue reading Portugal – Midsummer’s, wine and long walks
Day 4: While I am an early riser, 4 am wakeups are not my forte, especially on a vacation. This after being out till late was even harder, but this was said to be one of the best sunrises to watch, anywhere. Almost everyone had said we need to be there by 5 am, so we were out of the hotel and in a pre-booked … Continue reading Cambodia: The most amazing sunrise and more
The Shinkansen, better known as the Bullet train, got into the Kyoto station right on time – to the minute. Then started the usual hunt for the right platform to take the metro train to the hotel. It was already dark and there were a lot of local rails passes to choose from. I picked a tourist card which turned out to be the most … Continue reading Kyoto – A city of wonders…
Usually, I would not write a full post about just a day trip, but this one day just stands out in every possible way. It was a mix of very different experiences, some fabulous and others just mind-boggling and two worth writing home about. There was also some delicious food at a most unexpected cafe and then a bizarre ride on a ship with a … Continue reading Hakone – A full day on the move…
Tokyo is more a city to experience than to see. Where there is no dearth of modern buildings with flashy lights, there are quiet trails with wide roads and greenery all around. The residential areas have several small coffee shops that serve fantastic coffee with cookies and snacks. The train stations are like cities by themselves and are very easy to get lost in and … Continue reading Tokyo – Shinto when Happy, Buddhist when Sad!
In winters the most depressing city in the world but the summers one of the most charming and vibrant – such is the diversity of StP. It boasts of so much to do, that 4 days were a little short. The city doesn’t even have a clear city centre because there are so many different places you can can call commercial centres. We stayed in … Continue reading St. Petersburg – Europe on Steroids