Sep 23, 2014

Isle of Wight

The thing about Isle of Wight is I had only heard the name and never really hear anything more. I only knew there were people from the UK, mostly Londoners going down south for a weekend trip. So did I. This one weekend was pretty neat.

London to Portsmouth train is a lovely ride in summer. I love the greenery of England and the beach and promenade itself in Portsmouth is really fun and lively. Given that I only reached Portsmouth around 10 in the morning on a Saturday, the crowd was touristy and mostly relaxed. As long as the sun is out, it spells a good day for me. And what more for an impromptu trip than this one!

Thats the needles, most famous in isle of Wight. they are salt needles and have been fast disappearing. So we caught them! Ta daaaaa

Price : 4 GBP for a return ride in the cable car from the top of the cliff to the beach .

20 minute boat ride around the needles and a cable car to go down to the beach from the cliff above. All fun stuff! 

Price: There are 2 typesof boats. 5 GBP for a 15 min boat ride is a slow boat. and 7 GBP for a 20 min ride in a fast boat to see the needles. The latter goes around the cliff and shows needles views from back as well. 

Sep 8, 2014

Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam

The latest museum to opening in Amsterdam is the museum of Prostitution. Well for a city that draws millions of tourists every year with drugs and Prostitution topping the list of tourist attractions,  Amsterdam has done and fine job of creating this museum right in the middle of the red light district. Also called "the walls" and gaining fame for servicing the sailors centuries ago, Amsterdam' s red light district has thousands of licensed prostitutes standing in red lit booths along the canals and luring prospective customers. 
This museum has different sections. Starting with the stools facing the road, it allows you to take the position of the ladies you have been gawking at and look at the world through their red lens.
Then there is the service room loaded with daily utilities like the narrow single bed and a stand with lotions, cosmetics and mobile phone with charger ofcourse. 
Next section is the luxury room with a circular bed and bath tub. It looked super cheesy and had a medieval feel. Even the dim pastel light couldn't create a sense of luxury for me.
And then there is the torture section or the SM sections.  This is what the prostitutes take to when they get older.
A section of the gory murders of prostitutes in the last centuries towards the end only went to prove that despite legalizing the world's oldest trade there is no security to the sex workers even in a developed country like the Netherlands.
The last sections are a funny wall with "what people leave behind" ; denture and Id cards included. A funny sign that asks you to claim it if any of those belonged to you, a Confession wall and finally a quiz.
What a show!

Aug 18, 2014

Bridal Veil Falls

Blast from the Past!
Reminding me of a time we spent in the wilderness, of the days when we lived across the Atlantic, the months we whiled away being carefree... 
It is a lovely feeling to go back in memory and sniff the nostalgia and bask in its sweetness. But when I have a choice, I would still make the mistakes I did and live the life I am living without a regret. Whether it is a guided tour or hiking an off-beat trail, travel has its way of mesmerising me and capturing every inch of my soul to give me a freedom inside.

Aug 3, 2014

Gay Parade in Amsterdam

The Gay Pride festival in Amsterdam on 2 August happens to be the annual parade for gay, lesbian,  transsexuals and transvestites. And pretty much everyone who wants to celebrate the cause with a spirit.
Despite crazy thunderstorms and rainy afternoon, the parade and party went on in full enthusiasm.  People used umbrellas and ponchos and kept the party going. No rain could wash down anybody's spirits.
A floating car!

Jul 21, 2014

London Thumakda

So last month I went to London. My second time there. And it was fun.
The purpose of my trip was training and yet I flew in a day earlier with the sole purpose of eating at Saravana Bhavan. I ate idli, poori, masala dosa and filter coffee.
In east london, there is the cable car operated by emirates. This is great fun. It is not crazy touristy like the London Eye but rather lower priced, smaller queue and gives a nice view of East London. It's in the O2 Arena and so easily accessible by the tube.
More fun is when you come back from a round trip, you can take the ferry in Thames till the down town.

Emirates did a wonderful job of installing these cable cars in East London. They are awesome, worth and totally fun to see the life and vibe of London.
 Ferrying along Thames to get off at the station of your choice. Now go, get spoilt! And feel terrific and off-beat in London