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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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Aria Hotel Prague: A unique symphony

It was our first visit to Czech Republic and we were ready to be blown away by everything we’d read, especially the music that was going to be waiting for us there. So when a chance to stay at the Aria Hotel Prague popped in, we jumped at it! Imagine a 5-star boutique hotel dedicated to music that would be home for a bit of our stay in Prague…we couldn’t

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Old Church of Amsterdam: The real gem in the city

I was on a short work trip to Amsterdam and found a few hours free on a weekend morning. Deciding not to plan anything in particular for the day, I decided to walk around the canals of Amsterdam with a rough map in my head. Little did I know that the Old Church of Amsterdam would wonderfully take up so much of my time that morning. There are great ways

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A Disturbing Visit to the Museum of Torture Montepulciano, Italy

Museo del Tortura. Museum of Torture Montepulciano. We chanced upon a sign in a little street just off the main Piazza while walking through the tiny little Tuscan town of Montepulciano. It started pouring, and we popped in for shelter, but to be honest, we were also a little intrigued. If you’re easily disturbed, I would strongly suggest you DON’T read further. (I can’t believe we’re literally telling our readers

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3 Days in Bucharest – First impressions on a work trip

I love what I do with my day job and while I’m usually smiling through the long hours, pressure and blink-and-its-here deadlines, there are a few surprises that make me smile even more. Travel. Anyone who knows me knows I spend a lot of time travelling between cities because of my advertising career. I’m greeted on most flights with a, ‘Welcome back Mr. Victor’, the coffee guy at the departure lounge gets

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Don’t Just Drive Through Tuscany – Secrets from our experience

If it’s a trip to Italy that’s on your mind, a drive through Tuscany probably ranks pretty high on the list of things you want to do. And sure enough, when we were planning our trip, we were both very sure we wanted to drive through the little hills and villages we’d seen during our research. We later discovered that there’s little that actually matches the experience of discovering these magical hill

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