Dubrovnik – Undeniably Beautiful

Dubrovnik cable car

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s star destination for a reason. And once you get over the feeling of having stepped into a fantasy set and learn to sidestep the cruise ship surge (even in early May!) there is a lot more to do than click selfies at key Game of Thrones locations.

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Our First Airbnb Experience And Why It Won’t Be Our Last

I wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, just as R walks in with a bag of flaky croissants from the patisserie nearby. As we devour them along with half a kilo of luscious strawberries, sweet yogurt and creamy Pag cheese from the daily market, we ask ourselves why we have steered clear of apartments so far. R jokes […]

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Salutating The Sun In Zadar

Sunset - Zadar, Croatia

  At the ‘Greetings to the Sun’ installation on the Zadar waterfront. And here I was, thinking the Hitchcock quote was all hype!  

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Dóber Dán From Zagreb!

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and blogger friend Paula’s hometown, was meant to be just a transit point en-route to the Dalmatian coast. But it turned out to be far lovelier than we expected. While we were deeply disappointed that we couldn’t meet Paula in person, she was with us in spirit as we explored her beautiful city, thanks to […]

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San Sebastian – Favourite Pintxo Bars

The fact that San Sebastian is home to two of the top 50 restaurants in the world and boasts more Michelin stars per capita than any other city, is common knowledge and an indication of the Donostiarra passion for food. That many residential complexes come fitted with state of the art community kitchens in lieu of gyms or swimming pools, is even more telling. […]

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Getaria – A Seafarer, A Couturier & Sensational Seafood!

Getaria, Spain

No visit to Getaria can begin without knowing the answer to this simple question: Who was the first person to circumnavigate the earth? What you and I learned in primary school, it appears, is the wrong answer! Ferdinand Magellan did plan and embark on the ambitious voyage from Spain. He did discover the strait that led to the Pacific ocean (whose name […]

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Fine Wines, Bodegas & Hill Towns Of Rioja Alavesa

Labastida, Spain

For our 40th anniversary last month, (You read right. And ditch the math, I am not quite as old as you are thinking right now!) we consciously decided to give showy sights a miss for a slow savouring of food, wine and languorous coastal villages. And the Basque region came up trumps on all counts. With just the right amount of […]

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A Man And His Dog

I don’t think I have ever seen as many people with infants in strollers as I did during our recent visit to Spain. Or as many with dogs of every breed, size and colour on leashes. After all the disturbing stories about how deeply most everyone we interacted with during our trip was affected by […]

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Cuenca & The Last Of The Casas Colgadas

Casa Colgaas- Cuenca, Spain

The avant garde metal and glass interior of the Fernando Zobel train station was the last thing we expected when we disembarked after our 45 min. high speed train journey from Madrid. A nagging feeling that we had inadvertently got off at the wrong station persisted as we climbed into the lone taxi out front and sped […]

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Guggenheim Bilbao – A Spectacular Symbol of Renewal

When we dashed across, nearly a decade ago, on a (crazy) day trip from Barcelona to Bilbao just to gaze upon those stunning overlapping waves of shimmering titanium, we were clueless about the city’s history of industrial decline, or of the conception of the Guggenheim museum as an icon of urban reinvention.  It is hard to imagine that […]

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Hola From Spain!

It is a good thing I enjoy planning my travels in advance, for spontaneity in travel (abroad) is denied to those of us holding Indian passports. Even more so, it seems, for married couples. You might remember I was required to submit a no-objection letter from R for my solo visit to Venice last year. That, I discovered later, is mandatory for […]

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