Stories from Krakow

We gathered up near St. Florian’s gate on a morning which was showing signs of getting brighter with every hour. Not bad for September. I needed that light to elevate my spirits as my mind really wasn’t in the city I was in, a rare occurrence for when I am …

Stories from Krakow – II

If Krakow’s old town is all about massive squares, grand buildings and authentic Polish eateries, then Kazimierz, or the Jewish quarter of Krakow, is the complete opposite with a very bohemian charm that is found in its narrow streets, pre-war history and bare bones bars. It was once the centre …

I am in Dubrovnik

Step into Dubrovnik’s medieval city and you will have stepped into another world. Enclosed within massive stone walls and surrounded by the turquoise Adriatic sea, its light coloured walls, narrow alleys, unexpected turns and ancient structures scream medieval. Its a beautiful, beautiful city. However, it took me a while to …

Budapest – Walking in Buda

I could feel an instant change in surroundings as I crossed over to Buda from Pest. Buda side is decidedly greener, quieter and more laid back. It has more of a historic feel to it and most importantly, gives brilliant views of the city (Pest side) that I crave for …

That medieval charm of Girona

Girona took me by surprise. Blame that on a busy month which did not really give me a chance to research in detail about Girona before the travel. So I guess in a way I wasn’t expecting its beautiful, well preserved medieval town. What I didn’t realise at the time …

Budapest II – Pest

Being the cultural capital of a city ain’t an easy title to live up to, but Pest does that in style. It has everything from monuments, history, castles to cool bars, cafes and food markets. Add to that dollops of energy. I was totally in love with this part of …

Budapest

The city of the mighty Danube. The city of Buda and Pest. The city where Western and Eastern influences collide shaping its food, culture, history and architecture. Remnants of past Turkish rule and the bygone Austro-Hungarian empire are all too apparent in the many thermal baths and Vienna style cafes …

In a fairy tale: Sintra, Portugal

Sintra, a quaint Portugese town set amidst Serra de Sintra mountains, is known for its fairy-tale palaces, Romanticism style of architecture, vast gardens and thickly wooded forests. And a fairy-tale land Sintra is! With its abundant colorful and quirky castles and palaces, its old town’s winding alleys, and its green …