Efficient, royal, regal, picturesque – these are the words that came to my mind when probed to describe Luxembourg in one word. Why efficient, you might ask. The tax laws in Luxembourg work in such a way that a lot of Private Equity firms and other asset managers have their Europe offices in Luxembourg. And that also is the reason why I got a chance … Continue reading Luxembourg in pictures!
Even if you are not a wine connoisseur, I would highly recommend visiting wine country in regions of the world where growing grapes and making wine is the way of life and defines the culture. And one of the most popular wine regions of the world is Tuscany, Italy. I have had the good fortune of visiting Tuscany twice and ah, what can I say … Continue reading Visiting wine country in Italy
What can I say about Capri? The two days spent in Capri, an island off Amalfi Coast in Italy stand out among all my travel memories like a clear teacher’s pet that the teacher keep’s comparing every other student to for decades. The island of Capri, located in the Bay of Naples, is half an hour by ferry from Sorrento and about an hour by … Continue reading The Mediterranean jewel that is Capri
“Driving will not be easy in this rain.” “Why don’t we take the SITA bus?” I say, referring to the big blue public transport buses easily identifiable on the road. ” That would not be any fun.” “Fine, let’s go tomorrow then.” “Oh-kayy (sigh) Let’s just go.” This is the bizarre conversation that Sach and I had, on repeat for about 5 times, before we … Continue reading The Amalfi Coast drive – with gray hues instead of blue.
When you are in Rome as a tourist in the month of August, you would feel that you are in a mythical place where all the locals have disappeared and the tourists have descended in such large numbers that they are everywhere, and I mean everywhere…. You could go into the most narrow and sleepy looking alley, hoping that it would lead to a deserted … Continue reading When in Rome…..
When I first saw the love locks on Pont des Arts bridge on the river Seine in Paris, I thought it was a really cool idea, and the only reason I did not leave my mark on a railing of the bridge overflowing with love-locks and toss metal in water, is that, well, I could not find a lock. It so turns out that – … Continue reading The weight of love (locks)!
Our second day is Lisbon was the most wonderful – touristy but still worth remembering – single day spent in a European city (which is saying a lot, as our travel style is usually laid-back as opposed to go-go-go). This is because on day 2, we discovered Belem! Belem is a specific area of Lisbon, not terribly far from the main squares, and we took … Continue reading 2 days in Lisbon – Part 2
Lisbon immediately captivated us with its understated, unpretentious charm. It perhaps does not equal Paris in glamour or Rome in grandeur, but Lisbon with its glorious architecture and historic squares, packs its own distinctive flavor and evokes the bygone era where it was the capital of a formidable imperial power. We reached here from London only in the afternoon, thanks to a delayed flight, and … Continue reading 2 days in Lisbon – Part 1
With its striking Gothic style and symmetry, the Parliament building in Budapest is truly monumental, and also a sight that anyone who has visited Budapest would not forget in a hurry. I was so taken in by the red-brown dome and the arches and the sheer grandeur of this architectural gem, that for the weekly photo challenge on “Monument”, this building very easily came to … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge – Monument
“..The storybook journey, replete with fragrant wildflowers and colorful butterflies, is topped with uninterrupted views.. ” When I read this article about Cinque Terre in the New York Times, the part about the paths being fragrant with wild flowers seemed like a bit of an exaggeration. But months later, as we climbed the many stairs in the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza , I remember thinking that … Continue reading The hiking trails of Cinque Terre