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Posts by Revati Victor

Chiang Mai’s Old City & Moat Tour – Wat a walk!

The fact that Chiang Mai is over 700 years old (despite it’s name meaning the new city) is clear from the 300 wats (temples) that dot every main road and nook of the city. While we didn’t have enough time to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and its 300 steps since that is nearly a half day activity, we did do an evening walk through the old city, to

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The Miami Hotel Chiang Mai – A bed & budget

In Thailand, we did a whirlwind trip to Chiang Mai and we were pleasantly surprised at every moment. We were invited to stay at the Miami Hotel by the owner’s granddaughter. We checked in pretty late in the evening, and thankfully the property was just a quick 15 minute (or 120 baht) taxi ride from Chiang Mai Airport. We reached the property and realised it was very conveniently located on

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Different Doors in Paris – Really

If you’re a regular reader on our site (or even if you’ve just taken a look at the name) you know that we love doors. Doors that open into different destinations, different experiences, cultures, locales, views and thinking. We also love doors, literally. And we realized that while we were walking around in Paris, gawking at the beautiful doors we passed on the streets. Here’s a round up of our

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Free thrills in Paris – The ultimate list

Hemingway said, “Wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” And it is, for all your senses, but getting your fill of this feast isn’t as expensive as you think. In fact, some of the best things Paris has to offer, are free! Read on to discover all the free things in Paris. 1. Fashion Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré,

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Dharavi Slum and Industry Tour – An Amazing Reality

“How do you deal with beggars?” is a pertinent questions travelers visiting Mumbai ask us. I don’t really have an answer to it. There’s no blanket rule. Sometimes, I instinctively filter them out, sometimes I have to make an effort to ignore them, sometimes I get mad when they tap on the car window with their bangles, sometimes my heart melts and I give a shrivelled old cripple some change. But

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The Mumbai Guide

Maximum city. This is one section of our site we’ve struggled with the most. Because we live here. We call this place home, and we don’t quite know where to begin or where to end. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, the home of Bollywood, the most cosmopolitan city in India, one of the oldest and most crowded cities, the busiest port, the most expensive real estate in the

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The Queen’s Hamlet, Versailles – A simple life

On our visit to The Chateau de Versailles, we confirmed for ourselves, that it is without a doubt, one of the most unabashed and opulent tributes to self indulgence in the world. Initially the hunting lodge of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV turned it into a royal residence with a grand scale building filled with paintings and gold sculptures of himself in the thousands of rooms including a hall of

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Ivory Resort, Kihim, Alibaug – Letting time go by

Alibaug to Kashid: Clean water, sand beaches, fresh air, a couple of hours away from the city, that’s what earned Alibaug the position of Mumbai’s favourite weekend getaway. So many families even bought land, farm houses and holiday homes there. But that was years ago. Tourism was said to be the mainstay of Alibaug’s existence. But the neighbouring industries, and an unorganised tourism industry, over time turned it into a

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Mauritius Activities Part I – Water Sports

Whether it’s floating around or diving to the sea bed, there’s so much to do in the pristine Mauritian waters. On our trip to Mauritius, we discovered that booking any activity/ tour in Mauritius is super easy, from internet travel agents, tour offices on every street in Mauritius, and even your hotel concierge. It usually turns out much much cheaper if you club a few activities together, so decide which

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The Gateway Hotel at Nashik – In good hands

We visited Nashik for an extended weekend as a belated birthday celebration for Charles. The idea was to do something relaxed, yet a little different from the usual beach-bumming in sweltering Goa. With a luxurious yet affordable Taj property, the much talked about and way overdue attraction- the Sula vineyards, and all of this just over 3 hours away on a lovely open road. It sounded like the perfect weekend

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Sula Vineyard Tour and Tasting, Nashik, India

Sula Vineyard. For someone who drinks only wine, I was most excited about a weekend in India’s wine country. It meant a chance to finally visit the Sula vineyard; that produced the wine that I drank most often – Sula. It meant a chance to taste the gamut of their selections and finally find something I love. It meant a chance to stroll through the lovely vineyards, and listen to

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