Italy’s restaurants and cafes – A photo essay

A short photo essay on the sights we saw on Italy’s streets.   “If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?” -Martin Scorcese       Also read, my experience¬†spending a day in Venice         Also read, a whirlwind tour of Tuscany’s countryside towns       […]

A walk through the touristy sights of Rome

Rome is the last city on our European travel ticket. We have saved the best for the last, the grandest of all the sights and the most ancient of all the historical places we’ve visited so far. We alight from the notorious Bus no 64 with our pockets intact and start walking. Our trolley bags […]

30 photos to make you want to visit Venice, Florence and Rome

Here is a photo essay on Italy’s famous troika of Venice, Florence and Rome that is sure to incite travel pangs in people who already have or are yet to visit Italy. Venice Read more about what to do when you have only 1 day to spend in Venice Florence Also read, Exploring Florence in […]

A whirlwind tour of Tuscany – Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino

Tuscany ! The mere mention of the name conjures up images of gently rolling hills, acres upon acres of vineyards, with tiny beige and yellow settlements clinging to the top of the hills. So it is no surprise at all that out of one of our days spent visiting Florence, we make a day trip […]

Exploring Florence in 3 days

Florence hits the top spot in most travel¬†listicles with amazing regularity. Not only is it’s reputation as the Italian cultural center-piece and as the birthplace of the Renaissance reason enough for the faithful hordes, it’s proximity to the unique topography of Tuscany’s rolling hills and the Tyrrhenian sea makes it the perfect spot for a […]

Exploring Venice in a day

Venice, the city of canals, romantic gondola rides and ballad singing gondoliers, James Bond movie sequences and a playground for the rich and famous is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Prestigious events from the art, architecture, music and film fraternity, like the Venice Biennale (a part of which, is the Venice […]

Hallstatt – The picture perfect village of Austria

Hallstatt’s reputation as a UNESCO world heritage site and as a contender to the prettiest village in Europe. It’s trademark pastel and wood houses built on the steep hillsides, overlooking the crystal clear lake are now a famous tourist destination. But Hallstatt first gained fame in prehistoric times for it’s salt. Salt, a natural preservative […]

Exploring Gosau and Gosausee in Austria’s Salzkammergut

Gosausee is one among numerous lakes dotting the Salzkammergut landscape in Austria and arguably, one of the prettiest. Fed by melt water from the Dachstein glacier, these are actually 3 lakes, the most famous of which is the Front Gosausee. On a clear sunny day, if the waters of the lake are placid and calm, […]

What to expect on a ride up the Schafberg Mountain Railway

The Scahfbergbahn or the Schafberg mountain railway first caught my attention in one of Michael Palin’s travel documentaries and ever since, I’ve harbored an ardent desire to get on that chugging train up the scenic railway built on the Schafberg mountain. This wish finally came true in September 2017, when I visited the famous Salzkammergut […]

St Gilgen – Things to do and sights to see

The Salzkammergut is our itinerary. Initially, I had planned a self-drive in the Salzkammergut. But owing to India’s archaic IDP regulations, that plan had to be shelved. My next best option was to stay either at St Gilgen or St Wolfgang or Bad Ischl. Bad Ischl easily tops the connectivity charts in the Salzkammergut. It […]