A Traditional Slovenian Vegetarian Lunch in Bled

7 Feb

During our day trip to Bled , from Ljubljana, we had a lovely time walking upto and around the Vintgar Gorge – Walking amidst rainbows at the Vintgar Gorge. But all this walking left us pretty famished and we started looking for a good place to eat some traditional Slovenian cuisine. But finding vegetarian food in these traditional meat eating countries, although not difficult, can be rightly described as being a bit tricky. But after numerous trips I have grown wiser and have devised my own mini questionnaire that helps me find restaurants where I can get some vegetarian food. And in Bled, while randomly walking around, we chanced upon a local traditional Slovenian restaurant called the Gostilna Murka.

Gostilna Murka, Bled, Slovenia

Gostilna Murka, Bled, Slovenia

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Spending a Night “Homeless” on the streets of Hungary

6 Feb

Any trip or a holiday creates numerous memories, memorable anecdotes and photographs. But travel stories are created when your best laid plans go haywire. All good stories start with an element of the “unexpected” – getting lost in a city, taking a wrong train and arriving somewhere else altogether, missed connections, getting deported are a few of such unexpected elements and I am sure you get my drift. My travels are self-planned budget trips and despite a lot of research there have been many occasions wherein all that could go wrong has gone wrong and in return many memorable stories created. But my favorite so far is being “Homeless in Hungary”.

At the start of our journey in Budapest

At the start of our journey in Budapest

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A Unique Souvenir from Amsterdam – Tulip Bulbs

10 Jan

An important part of any trip for me is to pick up gifts and souvenirs for friends and family back at home. I love shopping for such gifts and am always on the lookout for items that are local and unique. Things that will actually take you down the memory lane revisiting that place or remind the other person (who’s been the recipient of that gift) of you and that place.

The Dutch Souvenirs in Amsterdam

The Dutch Souvenirs in Amsterdam

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Exploring Copenhagen in 4 hours

10 Nov

On a recent work trip to Europe, I was in Copenhagen for a day and managed to spare around 4 hours for sightseeing before my flight to Stockholm. While 4 hours is not enough for this beautiful city, I couldn’t leave its shores without a peak at the very minimum. And so I asked a couple of locals on the “must see” places in Copenhagen (with limited time). There were quite a few suggestions and some really enticing ideas such as the Hamlet’s Castle, but I decided to be realistic and managed to short list 3 sights that I could definitely go to and roam at my leisure pace. And I am sharing my experiences of the same below –

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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Photo Essay – Walking around Stockholm’s Old Town or Gamla Stan

30 Sep

Off late travels have been more related to work wherein trips are short (mostly day trips in each city or country) and only available free time for exploration being a couple of hours in the evenings. But I am not complaining as I am happy with just the chance to be able to spend some time in these new places, get a sense of the place and plan my future trips. And one such place that I recently landed up in was Stockholm. Being a hectic trip, I only had a couple of hours to explore (definitely not enough to do justice) but still decided to walk around their old town (also called Gamla Stan) and see as much as I could. I had not done any research and didn’t have a guide books or maps. Hence just wandered around exploring the various nooks and corners and sharing my impressions via a quick photo essay below.

Old Town Stockholm

Old Town Stockholm

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5 Things to do in Vaals, Netherlands

30 Aug

No trip to Europe is complete (for me) without a visit to my friend, P in Vaals (pronounced as Faals). Vaals is a really small European town and not on the typical touristy trail (at least not for Indians) but I visit it on every trip to meet with my friends P and J and now most importantly the adorable little M. But apart from spending time with them, Vaals also has some  interesting things to see and do. So here’s a quick guide on 5 things to do in Vaals if you ever find yourself in this beautiful small town in Netherlands.

Flowers at a roundabout, Vaals, Netherlands

Flowers at a roundabout, Vaals, Netherlands

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Photo Essay – Walking amidst rainbows at the Vintgar Gorge

23 Aug

Travels take you to many beautiful places and shows you many new sights – each vivid, unique and stunning in its own right. But occasionally you come across some places that are so stunningly perfect that you just conclude that it has to be a dream. And Vintgar Gorge situated in the Triglav National Park is definitely one such place.

Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park, Bled

Vintgar Gorge, Triglav National Park, Bled

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