New found love: The Adriatic

Croatia was a revelation. That one country has such diversity of well preserved historical cities, national parks, beautiful countryside and postcard worthy islands is almost unbelievable. Up front I will admit that the only reason I wanted to go there was Dubrovnik. Specifically, Game of Thrones. That’s it. The other …

A summer day in Austrian Alps

As a child, I couldn’t believe that that blue sky and rolling green meadows, in the midst of which the von Trapp children discovered music, could exist. When older I knew better, of course, and dreamed of someday actually being part of the landscape which gave me one of my …

3 days in 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 …

Heavenly vibes in Berchtesgaden

It was the summer of 2016. While planning a trip to Salzburg, I was having difficulty in zeroing in on places in the surrounding Alps region since there were just too many that excited me. I eventually fell for Berchtesgaden. Maybe it was the pictures? Having experienced this Bavarian gem, …

Freebird in Naxos, Greece

I remember the feeling when I landed in Naxos. I felt free. Free from the horde of tourist crowds which still thronged Santorini in the month of September. Naxos in comparison had almost emptied, so much so that a few weeks further, the whole island would have been shut with …

Walk in Bratislava old town

We made Bratislava a day’s stopover while traveling from Budapest to Vienna. And I am glad we did. Bratislava has that old world charm with beautiful buildings, winding alleys and streets full of cafes.┬áIt isn’t as packed as nearby Budapest and Vienna, so it’s easy to wander around unhurried in …