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Porto Top 5 Things To Do

We usually try not to hop across too many cities when we’re taking our Spring/Summer break but we decided to make an exception with Portugal. Simply because this slender strip of land in southern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula has so much to offer, irrespective of the kind of traveller you are. After spending a few fantastic days in Lisbon (which included a day trip to spectacular Sintra), we decided to hop

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The 5 spots to stay in the Algarve – Secrets from our road trip

The Algarve features 155 kms of gorgeous coastline and at first look, every beach seems as good as the next. So for our road trip, we found it next to impossible to shortlist the beaches in the Algarve. And figuring our where to stay in the Algarve was a daunting task indeed. Until we did our research. Now if you’re a regular reader, you know just how deep and thorough our

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10 Travel Lessons from 2016 to take into the new year

2016 was a great year for us. Considering we’re not full time travellers and we both have demanding day jobs, we’re quite stoked that we actually managed to pull off 9 significant trips in 12 months! And here’s 10 travel lessons our 9 trips from 2016 taught us. Lesson #1: Do nothing We kicked off 2016 with a holiday. Yes, a holiday (and you can read about why we do

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Terezin, Prague – The Star Shaped Concentration Camp

Terezin. Even the sound of its name isn’t as clinical and pain-inducing as Auschwitz. It’s lilting, almost poetic, and doesn’t give away any of the pain it holds. Bereft of the wire fences, spotlights and gas chambers, it wasn’t an extermination camp. Naturally, I had never heard of it before we began our itinerary research for Prague & the Czech Republic. I skipped into the bus excited to get out

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The Traveller’s Guide to Learning European Languages

Parlez-vous travel? Learning European languages can be quite the nifty travel skill to have in your toolkit when it comes to maximising your experiences. Why European languages? Well, firstly because some European languages like French and Spanish are spoken across the world. French in 29 countries, and Spanish in 21. Reason enough to learn a European language? As Indians, we aren’t averse to the idea of being bilingual. A vast

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Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra, Portugal – A masonic mystery

Quinta da Regaleira (try pronouncing that one correctly!) was stupidly left for the last on our day trip to Sintra from Lisbon. After having hiked the Moorish Castle, huffed and puffed through the Pena Palace, trawled impossibly through the National Palace in the blazing sun, we were done. Pushing ourselves to climb the 2 km uphill (since no taxi was willing to go such a short distance), we were ready to

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Miradouros – The 7 best views in Lisbon, Portugal

The best views in Lisbon aren’t from some remote building where you sneak past the guards or enter a museum to find that perfect window located on the 4th floor. Neither are they world famous monuments with pricey tickets, long queues, and people jostling for that spot from where they can take the perfect selfie. Sadly, some of our favourite views of Paris are guilty of these. But Lisbon, has an

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The Prague Card – A great way to make your way through Prague

The reasons we’re talking about Museum Cards, and the Prague Card in particular, is if you’ve been following our blog for a while (or if you just scroll through our list of destinations), you’ll see we’re big fans of European cities. We’re museum junkies and we’ve been screaming ourselves hoarse about the whole tourist v/s traveller debate. The thing is, those sites are popular and famous and bucketlist worthy for

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The Mandarin Oriental, Prague – Within serenity lies luxury

The Mandarin Oriental in Prague is so much more than an exquisite luxury hotel. Yes, it has all the trimmings and hospitality we have come to enjoy and expect of the Mandarin Oriental Group but it has something no other Mandarin Oriental does – it is set within a restored 14th century monastery. Our taxi swished us in, turning off the busy hub of Mala Strana into a quiet corner.

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What to Pack for Prague in the Winter

What to pack for Prague in the winter? It left us scratching our heads for quite a while. To begin with, winter travel always gets us a bit anxious since we have no concept of winter whatsoever in Mumbai. The most we’ve ever done is used a light throw at open air parties on new year’s eve or used a light sweater when we have a fever. The way we

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Context Travel Prague: A walk through history

Let’s start with a little honesty first. We thoroughly research our travels before we leave home and in all modesty, there are quite a few times when we’ve baffled locals with our research on opening different doors in their city. But lately, we’ve found it immensely rewarding to join a walk led by a docent who has both professional and academic knowledge on a specific subject we’re interested in. We did this

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