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…

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…

Spain – Mar ’14 (Part 2 – Granada > Sierra Nevada)

From Madrid, we took a night train to Granada. Our plan was to explore the town and then headed to the Skiing resort at Sierra Nevada. All the necessary coach bus tickets were bought the moment we reached the town. Alhambra is the complete form of which was Calat Alhamra, is a palace and fortress complex. It…

Spain – Mar ’14 (Part 1 – Madrid)

We planned for more than  6 months with a rather detailed itinerary. We planned well our route from city to city and did an intensive research on places of interest in each city. We brought our fold-able bicycles along and the trip was such a fulfillment. Flights First time flying with Emirates was an awesome…