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 –
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.Continue reading
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.
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.
One of my favorite things about traveling is learning newer and unique customs / things about the places I visit. And one such unique Dutch custom that I learnt of recently is Geslaagd. I came across this custom in Vaals when I staying with my friends P and J. Generally walking around town I saw school bags, note books, purses and banners (with Geslaagd written on it) hanging from flag poles, trees, doors etc in some houses. For the life of me I couldn’t understand what this was for and thought it meant some sort of spring cleaning. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.
No matter which part of the world you visit one of the most important elements of that visit is sampling the local food and cuisine. So much so that it warrants in-depth research and also a significant allocation from the travel budget. For me though, more than the food, its coffee and deserts. I have a major sweet tooth and no travel research is complete without a thorough analysis of the local deserts and a short list of “must haves” from the local ‘specialty stores’.
Any trip to Slovenia is incomplete without a visit to one of the most impressive underground cave systems in the world – the Postojna Caves and the Škocjan Caves. While planning for our trip we read a lot about these caves and were quite intrigued by it. But since we had limited time we could only cover one of these two, and after some research, we decided on the Škocjan Caves.