Jan 2, 2017

Amsterdam Light Festival 2016


Happy new year 2017! As the year kickstarts, I want to get in some Colours of the Amsterdam Light Festival, the annual winter event of my city. I love the spirit of Amsterdam to celebrate the early dusk and long dark hours with a light festival every winter.

 

All along Herengracht, the gentleman's canal, are the light installations in different themes. The flower way above changes colours every half minute in different sections.

 
 
  Some 3D installations above, looks interesting from the bridge away but is a 2 dimensional frame up closed. Simple, abstract, fun installations all around the canal. There is also a canal boat ride of one hour offering the light festival tour. For me walking is the way. 

And the last but not least! Tulips that say it all, like the mascot of Amsterdam and whole of The Netherlands.
 

Jun 30, 2016

Photo Essay Prague: Eating and Walking

Indulging Kurtos :the Hungarian bread rolls.. for break fast, brunch and just about any time


The front of Prague castle

back of the prague castle


up the tower to the prague castle ...

Prague city view from the top


Jun 8, 2016

Plitvice Lakes National Park

First timers going into the park with a phone. That's what this post is all about. My phone clicks and my selfies. But the emerald lakes blew my mind off. I can't wait a minute to post these on my blog. I'm droolig over the waterfalls of the Plitvice lanes national park.


When you enter the park, you are on the top of a cliff .. literally. The view starting 50 m into the park just blows mind eh! Mind blowing view!!!!


Then we follow the common walking route and walk down the steps to reach the lower lakes. The little water falls and emerald lakes in close proximity gave me the feeling of being in the most exotic place ever. The entire walking route is on decks along the water and very easy trail.


View from the top 
The route also cover a boat ride and a bus ride to reach back to the stations from where you can reach the entrance by foot.. in all a very friendly trail to walk and personally, the most beautiful inland landscape in Europe.

Jun 2, 2016

Budapest for first timer

When you start a brand new day in a brand new city, it sends an excitement that few travelers identify with.

Budapest started with a 2am entry into the city for us. The airport taxi service is quite authentic as they take the end point and give you a calculation of fare printed on the recipe with taxi number. 

The next morning we went to Deak -ter area which is the tourist hub and downtown. It is the called the Jewish quarter. Seems to be well known for the cafe and bars lining the street. Walk into the Budvar passage. It is really nice with cafes and hip restaurants along. This is a culture I have notices in Europe. They upgrade historical structures into passages with cafe so the current generation uses it and appreciates the history alongside. 
Walking tours are another favorite of mine. So we took the afternoon walking tour starting from Vorosmarty square. 
The walking route is around the old town of Pest, Jewish quarter and until the bridge which separates Buda and Pest. Pest is the flat side of the river and Buda is the hilly side. 
Pest palace as seen from Buda

Buda is up the hill and the castle. It's a quick walk and the hill is all of 80m high. I liked this castle for its mosaic tops. Didn't get a chance to go inside but the exterior charmed me so much that I went into a narcissistic mode and took selfies around the castle walls to satisfaction.