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Posts by Revati Victor

Mercat Del Encants, Barcelona: Of treasures and trash

Barcelona is young, hip, friendly and informal. Naturally, we assumed there had to be an insanely cool market hidden somewhere in this city. Flea markets in Europe are known to be a treasure trove of antiques and all sorts of shopping for the serious and the passerby. Our intense experience at Europe’s largest flea market – Les Puces de St. Ouen in Paris taught us that. So when we found

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Freixenet Cava Tour: Cava in the Catalan Country

Long walks through rolling fields of lush twined vines, descending worn stone stairwells into a cool dark dungeon, holding large ivory candles whose shadows danced on the walls, brushing aside the cobwebs and dust to reveal ancient green bottles of vintage wine, that probably cost a fortune. This was how I’d always envisioned a visit to a vineyard. Sadly, our first vineyard visit to Sula in Nashik didn’t quite match

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The Barcelona Guide

While we knew it was going to be special, Barcelona surprised us in ways we couldn’t have imagined! It was hipper and more laid back than we believed, the people were far friendlier and genuine than we assumed. When to Go:  While Barcelona is a year round city, the way you experience it will most certainly change through the year. Jan- Feb is when the weather is chilly yet has

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El Palauet Living Barcelona – Living the vibrant spirit

The vibrant and tolerant spirit of Barcelona is waiting for you. That’s what the last line in our email confirmation from El Palauet said. Before we left, El Palauet seemed like elegant luxury residences at the end of the sophisticated Passeig de Gracia. Close enough to all the designer shopping, but far enough for some peace and quiet. It seemed like a place made specifically for designer-heeled travellers used to

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Retrome Barcelona – Vintage yet fresh

We’d already stayed in some hotels and apartments in Barcelona before checking in to Retrome. Those places had already blown our minds. So while we expected Retrome to be a nice comfortable experience with some quirky retro decor thrown in, we had no idea what we were actually in for. To begin with, the location. When we found a place just off Passeig de Gracia, we expected it to be

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Barcelona Cooking – Part I : La Boqueria Market Tour

A cooking class is always at the top of our things to do when we make our travel list. In Barcelona, Catalan cuisine was sure to be the best way to discover Catalan culture. So when we signed up for a cooking class at Barcelona Cooking we were excited but had our reservations. This wasn’t the Cordon Bleu or the Blue Elephant. We wouldn’t walk away with certificates or branded

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Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi, Chiang Mai – Of oriental opulence

Chiang Mai really did surprise us. In part it was also due to the magical phenomenon that is the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Set in the outskirts of the city, the sprawling luxury resort has been modeled after the kingdom of Siam. They had successfully incorporated every cultural and historical element to render it authentic, all the while ensuring they never scrimped on luxury. Getting around the sprawling property could

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Ayutthaya, Thailand – A date with history in ruins

Ayutthaya meant a lot to me personally. While we were planning our Thailand itinerary, I was the least enthused among the 4 of us to visit Ayutthaya. How exciting can an entire day roaming through a bunch of temples be? Given the amount of religion we’re exposed to back in India, the prospect just didn’t thrill me. Turns out, I was wrong. This wasn’t about religion. It was about history.

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5 things we love (and hate) about Thailand

1. Street Food For two foodies, who are on the verge of resigning to the fact that we’ll never ever be fit given how we eat, Thailand was wonderland. The street food was cheaper than we imagined (40 THB for a noodle soup), and available in enough varieties to let you survive on noodle soup alone for the entire trip. It was fresh, filling yet light enough for us to

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Blue Elephant Cooking School, Bangkok- Part II: Half day cooking class

After a morning of walking and ogling at exotic produce on our Blue Elephant Cooking School, Bangkok’s Market Tour, we’d whipped up quite an appetite. Back in the classroom, we settled in like eager students on our first day back at school. Everyone rushed for the desks up front, hurriedly tied on our black aprons, and settled into our seats, holding out freshly sharpened pencils, quickly glancing through the recipe

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A Taste of Kerala

We love the food of Kerala, and it’s so difficult to find any (decent) in Mumbai, so when we first thought of visiting Kerala, our mouths started watering thinking of appams and stew and parota and beef fry. Unfortunately, while the food at Fort Kochi was good, it wasn’t what we’d been dreaming off. Imagine our luck when we got to not only spend time with, but to taste some

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