Italy (Part 4 – 8 hours in Venice) – Dec ’16

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Movies depict Venice as a city of love where couples enjoy their time on-board a gondola through the passageways. While the old time gondoliers sang in octave seventh some mesmerizing melody of…

Italy (Part 2 – Florence with Inferno trail) – Dec ’16

The Dome of Florence Cathedral is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style. The Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) is the town hall of the city. This massive, Romanesque, crenelated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany….

Italy (Part 1 – Milan) – Dec ’16

Milan cathedral – The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world. With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade is definitely one…

Switzerland – A feast for the eyes – Dec ’16

Geneva – Interlaken (via Bern) – Montreux – Zurich Before I share my time in Switzerland, there is one thing I hope travellers would do it right. The country itself is not called “Swiss”. It is Switzerland in English, Schweiz in German, la Suisse in French and Svizzera in Italian… The people of the country,…

France (Part 4 – Lyon) – Dec ’16

Lyon was more like the rest stop for our journey from Paris (France) to Geneva (Switzerland). Though the 3rd largest city in France, Lyon preserves a unique culture and lifestyle. We bought a day transport ticket for EUR 5.50 to hop on hop off tram, metro and bus to different places. We reached too early…

France (Part 3 – Paris, The burstling neighbourhood) – Dec ’16

We started our day by exploring Paris’ Latin Quarter. This neighbourhood is intellectual, arty and has been the heart of Parisian café culture since the 1920’s. It’s nice to simply wander around this area and casually visit some open-air markets and cafes. Some notable sights in the Latin Quarter are La Sorbonne (France’s most famous…

France (Part 2 – Paris, Romance is in the air) – Dec ’16

Day 2 – Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and museums After a great long day in Disneyland, we planned to visit Eiffel tower and the likes for our 2nd day. I researched beforehand and noticed that the best place to have an undisrupted view of Eiffel tower (no money spent) is from Pont de Bir Hakeim…

France (Part 1 – Paris, Magical day at Disneyland) – Dec’16

Day 1 – Let the magic begin The very first day in Paris started with Disneyland. From city center (line A RER), we took the direct railway to Chessy station which brought us directly to the infamous theme park. The park is really very detailed, each and everything matches the fairytale concept and even though…

Portugal, Mar ’14 (Lisbon – Sintra)

Lisbon – Tram 28 We took  a long night train from Spain to Lisbon. Eurorail international train was awesome with bicycle lock, great facility and great comfort. If you want to get a good impression of the historical city of Lisbon, a very good idea is taking this typical yellow little trolley, ‘eléctrico 28′. This legendary…

Spain – Mar ’14 (Part 4 – Barcelona)

We reached Barcelona in the morning and we rode from the Train station directly into city center. (Our check-in time was at 12 noon.) We had a city map and it was actually pretty easy to find our way around because the city made bicycle track along with normal roads. The first destination was The Basílica.  The…

Spain, Mar ’14 (Part 3 – Seville)

From Sierra Nevada, we went back to Granada and took a direct night train to Seville. Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and a hotbed for flamenco dance, especially in the Triana neighborhood. The city is known for its ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and its 18th-century…