Sep 18, 2015

The French Riviera

Nice! Oh my god!!! It is nice. Very nice.

Nice was the latest destination.  It was a fun trip especially since Amsterdam was beginning to lose the shreds of its summers and I needed a proper sunny vent, nothing beats the fancy than the turquoise beach and a cotton dress.

The first time we see as we enter the city a French bakery for breakfast full of delicate fren ch pastries and desserts. It was just the beginning of the day and the trip and the pastry already set me up to a great sugar pumped start. I always recommend a kickass breakfast and stuff it with sweet. No better time than morning!

The rest of the afternoon I just while away on the beach sunbathing and  lazing in a beach chair and takings swims in between. 

Came back in the evening for a series of concerts set up along the promenade. I liked this idea. Set of small stages every few hundred meters and each playing different music. Pick and choose your music for the night...

Next day we went off to Monaco for a day trip. But on sunday we were back at the promenade and checked out the walking trail, the port and and a short train tour up to the top of the cliff. Totally recommend some these in your to-do list:

The walk along the promenade
The visit to Nice port and a long walk back to the city along the beach
The old town for day time shopping and evening cocktails and dinner
The little train ride to top of Nice fort.

Aug 24, 2015

Sail Amsterdam 2015

Sail is the maritime event that happens once in 5 years in Amsterdam. Ships from all over thr world come to Amsterdam. Often the countries send their naval representatives, some their cultural flavours and many have happy little boats sailing by. It is larger than life and a definite treat for the eyes. I totally recommend Sail 2020

INS Tarangini is India's navy training ship. They sailed for 3 months and had a beautiful tri colour flying it's vibrance off in the summer day. Best of all- the captain decided to allow Indians on board the last day. We went up, called with the Indian Navy, shook hands and in general had lots of fun.

Jul 10, 2015

3 Great Walking routes in Dubrovnik

The recent trip to Croatia in Spring made me fall in love with Dubrovnik. The weather was perfect 28 degrees and just about right to get out in the sun all day long. Though not warm enough to get into water (although locals claimed it was 24 degrees in water ;) blah!!!) , the heat was not scorching enough to give  head ache and make me stay indoors with the AC on. So, that's my temperature rant, I loved it and it's my bottom line. We walked quite a bit and discovered some neat routes around for a good walk to build up your appetite to gorge on more sea food while enjoying the local landscape and Balkan turquoises.

1. Copacabana beach to the Old Town / Babin Kuk to Old town. 

We stayed at Babin Kuk at the Valamar hotels and did this walk almost every day of our stay. I loved the walk to the old town all along the sea. The walking trail is well made and walks you along the port with its little private decks and all sized boats anchored through the length of the journey. I can guarantee you will love this 6 km walk

2. Walk in the Old town. It is guaranteed to be on your list if you are in Dubrovnik. But needless to say, if you walk the alleys and the steps up and down, make your way till the port and back , you are bound to burn some calories just as you take in the ambiance of the town.

Port just outside the Dubrovnik Old town
3. Panoramic Walk up and around the Walls - The Old Town has a panoramic walk tour. I would totally recommend this. If you don't want to sign up for a tour, still go for this route because it is just one of the best you can get in Dubrovnik. You need pay to enter the Fort and then just follow the steps that lead all around the Old Town.
Oh! my favorite port
It is panoramic at all levels and I absolutely loved it. Much as all of Dubrovnik is over-hyped and touristic, there are these despite-touristy bits that make the experience memorable. I am glad I did this walk.
Panoramic View of Dubrovnik

Jun 8, 2015

Oyster Farms in Montenegro

The Kotor Bay in the Balkan gives a fertile and self - sufficient feeling. On the bus ride from Dubrovnik, I saw all these little plastic boxes floating in the lovely landscape. And I almost judged them for pollution. Duh! How wrong I was!

It is an organized farming. Oyster Farms and mussel farms in the warm Balkan waters.

Jun 1, 2015