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August 2014

How to travel at home: Feed your wanderlust

This long weekend finds us convalescing at home yet again. It also finds us feeling very restless through the flu, brimming with wanderlust and feeling homesick for the places we haven’t yet discovered. No money, no leave from work, too many responsibilities, there are times when for whatever reason you can’t travel, but that fernweh (another fancy word for wanderlust) is seeming to get the better of you. What do

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Melbourne Laneways – Graffiti and sprained necks

We’d heard lots about the famous Melbourne laneways. It’s among the top things to see and do in Melbourne for sure. We looked up enough to be completely boggled by the sheer expanse of these crisscrossing streets filled with art and other quirks. Did I just call graffiti art? Yes. Because that’s precisely how it’s seen in Melbourne. Treated with as much gravitas and respect as other forms of art

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Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad – An unmissable sight

We visited Ahmedabad in what was among the hottest summers this city in Gujarat had seen. A day tour around the city sounded fine from the air conditioned comfort of our Innova but when the driver pulled up outside the Jama Masjid, and I realised we’d have to leave our footwear outside, I was a bit unwilling. But we were in town only for the weekend, so we hopped out

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona – A Gaudi afternoon

When we decided to travel to Barcelona, Charles was beside himself with excitement. “It’s the city of Gaudi. Oh the architecture we’re going to see, you’re going to love it, trust me” and he kept waxing eloquent about the beauty of Art Nouveau and Modernist and the Sagrada Familia. My exposure to art nouveau or churches for that matter had so far been limited to Paris, and being the Francophile

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Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris – A midsummer day’s dream

Strolling through the Jardin de Luxembourg is a quintessential Paris travel experience. Unfortunately we missed it the first time we went to Paris even though we were staying in an apartment so close to it. Blame it on the cold December weather. So this time around, it was summer, the flowers were in full bloom, and romancing tourists and birds alike were flocking to Parisian parks and gardens. On an

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Champagne walk with the historian, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad – Raising a toast to the Nizam

Staying in the luxury of the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad did not only entail feeling like a guest of the Nizam but also staying in a living breathing museum. We were really excited at the prospect of not only getting a chance to touch and feel history, but to enjoy the privileges that came with it. One of these privileges was a champagne walk with the palace historian, to

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Tourism and Community Development – Selflessly rewarding travels

This year’s theme for World Tourism Day is Tourism and Community Development, and we just wanted to share our international and local experiences and thoughts about this selfless yet rewarding side of travel.   International experience On our travels, we have been lucky to have discovered several endeavours that allow tourists to help local communities achieve progress and sustenance. This has allowed us to contribute, albeit in a small way,

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Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad – Understanding Mahatma Gandhi

The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad was home to Mahatma Gandhi. Father of the Nation. And a million other names by which he is also known. We’re not about to start singing paeans to him, (there’s always a second side to every coin) but we will acknowledge his contribution to the independence movement in India. So what better day than today, to tell you about our trip to his riverside abode.

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Tickets Bar, Barcelona – The 17 course meal

Tickets Bar, an attempt to bring people to taste the magic of molecular gastronomy by Albert Adria the brother of famous chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli fame. If none of these words mean anything to you, brace yourself, you’re in for one hell of a gastronomic journey. While planning our visit to Barcelona, we hunted for something that would come close to El Buli, considering the once-in-a-lifetime experience had

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Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington – The 12 animals you will meet in Australia

The Moonlit Sanctuary, Mornington snuck up on us out of the blue. As with every city we visit, a short day trip out of town to explore the surrounds sounded really tempting from Melbourne. But with only 6 days to experience the city and spend some time with our friends, I wondered if I’d get to show Charles the penguin parade that I’d witnessed when I was younger at Phillip

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Adalaj Stepwells, Ahmedabad – Into the depths of history

The Adalaj Stepwells came highly recommended by our Gujarati friends as a must visit attraction while we were in Ahmedabad. So when our driver cum guide at the House of MG recommended we ditch the day trip package and just let him take us to places he thought we’d like, we were thrilled to see him taking the 18 km journey to the district of Gandhinagar. What’s a Stepwell? It

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