2016 has been a busy year so far with several important work and personal commitments. On the personal front, I moved into my own new house and am looking forward to decorating it with all my travel memorabilia and books. This obviously has resulted in my staying in Mumbai and I have not been able to explore new places which was making me quite restlessness. But finally it’s time to pack my backpack, wear my walking shoes and hit the road again!! Yay!! :)
I love Books and I love Coffee. Add “a quaint colourful coffee shop” to the mix and viola – it’s my perfect mix for spending a lazy sunny afternoon.
Thus on a recent trip to Dubai I was researching quaint cafes to visit when I came across this article on “How Cool are these Dubai Cafes”. A quick read of the article and a run through, of the name, through my cafe filter test (basically checking the menu for maximum vegetarian options) I decided to visit the Comptoir 102 and the Book Munch Café. While I wasn’t able to visit Comptoir 102 (I reached late and they had closed for the day), I managed to visit the Book Munch Café for a lazy Sunday brunch.Continue reading
Revisiting a place has very many benefits – you can see the things missed out on your earlier trips, re-live the earlier holiday, eat more of the local tasty cuisine, check out the non-touristy sites, take this trip at a more leisurely pace and see the changes that have taken place in the intervening time frame. Last year I had a chance to revisit Amsterdam for a day (after 5 long years) and loved my second trip here. (You can read my post on the earlier trip at – Amsterdam – The City of 3Cs). Since I had seen the touristy Amsterdam on the previous trip, I spent my day just aimlessly walking around noticing the things I had missed out on my last trip and revisiting some of its famous sites. Though I still have a left to explore on my next trip (I keep figuring out things I missed through other blogs, magazines etc), I am sharing my experience of this trip via a photo essay below –
Just like my last trip I reached Amsterdam this time too via a train and the Amsterdam Centraal Station was my introduction to the city. But on my previous trip it was covered in scaffolding and protective covers due to ongoing renovation and we had not been able to see it. But the restoration work was now complete and I had a fabulous time walking around this gorgeous building.
Europe – a dream destination for all of us (especially its famous cities) and on our first trip we tend to fill our itinerary with as many cities as we can possibly cramp in. After all it’s an expensive destination and who knows when we might be able to save this kind of money again. But over my many trips here and traveling on some with my local friends P and J, I have realized that Europe’s beauty is not in its cities. Don’t get me wrong – the cities are beautiful but Europe’s true beauty is in its small towns, villages and nature parks.
While randomly walking around Ljubljana we discovered that this city hosts a lot of public street art and graffiti. Pretty much everywhere you walk to – you come across either a beautiful mural or an interesting installation or a unique sculpture. There are certain areas such the Metelkova district, former military barracks, that has now become a self-declared autonomous culture place to gather for alternative / underground artists. The entire area is full of huge murals, installations and bits mosaic work. We felt that Ljubljana has such an underlying creative energy or feel that you cant help but return inspired to create your masterpieces.
Sharing these beautiful pieces of art via a photo essay with you below –
Bled is a nature lovers paradise with numerous things that you can visit or activities that you can do – you can visit the Vintgar Gorge, or Hike in the Triglav National Park or try one of the many options available in adventure sports. But for lunch I recommend packing a picnic basket and spending an entire afternoon in the gardens that surround Lake Bled. Guide books say that this lake was formed at the end of the Ice Age after the recession of the Bohinj glacier. And makes a stunning sight.
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.