November 18

Weimar – Where Bauhaus Began

Exploring the origins of a radical design movement that while very short-lived, left a lasting impact on every aspect of the post modern world.

June 30

Europe By Train – City Breaks For The Time-Constrained

Come summer, I am flooded with requests for itinerary options for multi-city breaks in Europe. My suggestion to one friend to stay put in Paris with just five days on hand, didn’t go down too well. She was concerned there wouldn’t be enough to keep her occupied since she’d already ‘done’ the Eiffel Tower and […]

June 16

A Sensory Exploration Of Europe With Thalys

A sensory exploration of the cities that make up the Thalys train network and a sampling of the experiences they offer beyond the big ticket sights.

The Nathravathi River, Mangalore May 20

A River Runs Through It….

A virtual journey through some special river moments from around the world. From sublime do-before-you-die experiences on ancient bodies of water to the storied rivers that birthed each of the European cities I travelled to in 2017 and singularly influenced their destinies.

Raja Gori, Thanjavur April 23

Thanjavur – The Forgotten Cenotaphs

Raja Gori, also known as Kailasa Mahal, is a complex of Maratha era funerary temples in Thanjavur. Possibly the only one of its kind in Tamilandu. A place few outsiders visit and that even some local guides are unaware of.

Mosiac Tile Pavements of Portugal October 29

Calçada – Portugal’s Distinctive Mosaic Pavements

I first spotted the distinctive patterned street mosaics on Senado Square in Macau, in 2009. Then again, a couple of years later, in Rio de Janeiro.  They were strong reminders of the stories of the first global explorations, of the age of discoveries initiated by one of the largest colonial empires in history. It is […]

October 09

Postcards From Portugal!

We aren’t exactly starved for sun in India. But there is something about the light in Portugal, in Lisbon in particular, that I am missing deeply as I write this from our airport hotel in cold, gloomy Frankfurt. I am in love with Portugal. It is beautiful in a melancholic sort of way. To me […]