A handful of years ago, I spent a rainy 48 hours in picturesque Vienna, the City of Music. Famous for its Imperial palaces, museums, galleries, architecture and monuments; Vienna could be considered a museum in itself.
A melting pot for South-East Asian culture, Singapore is considered by many to be ‘Asia’s Food Capital’. Singaporean food has been greatly influenced by its close neighbour Malaysia, as well as China, India, Indonesia (each with significant sub-cultures of their own) and Singapore’s own Peranakan roots. Its culinary landscape is so diverse, it would be impossible to try and document it all.
Earlier this month, I was invited to stay at the Corbett Riverside Resort in Uttarakhand. This was the first time I’d visited Corbett, and was not sure what to expect until we (two of my friends and myself) got there. After a long journey from Bombay via Delhi, this is what made the trip worth it, and why you should definitely vacation here next:
Florence is an easy city to fall in love with. The pulse of Italy’s heritage and culture is strong and steady here, it being the birthplace of the Renaissance. From gorgeous architecture to thriving outdoor markets, sprawling vineyards and olive gardens, to historic works of art – there’s an incredible amount of things to Eat, See and Do in Florence. Read More
Earlier this year, I spent a week in Bangalore – catching up with old friends, making new ones and trying to get a feel of the City in the few short days that I was there. Most of my time was spent eating (of course) and sampling some of the best that Bangalore had to offer, with a smattering of sightseeing thrown in, too. It really didn’t take me more than a day to see why everyone I know raves about Bangalore so much – it’s so lovely, I definitely want to make another trip again soon. Keeping in mind that I stayed with a friend, and didn’t have an unlimited spending budget, here are some great things to eat, see and do while you’re in India’s Garden City:
This February, I spent some time in Bangalore. Intending to delve into the city’s past, I made a trip to the iconic Bangalore Palace, the seat of the Wadiyar (or Wodeyar) dynasty. It may sound like an incredibly touristy thing to do, but if you’re a history buff like me, then exploring old museums and monuments is always a fun way to get to know a city better.
I had heard a lot of mixed reviews, but decided to keep an open mind and no expectations. Paying about Rs. 200-something for the entry ticket (it’s more for foreign nationals), with an audio guide included was fine, but being compelled to pay an additional Rs. 500 to be able to take photographs with my smartphone was not something I saw coming! It’s quite a heavy fee, but one I also imagine is necessary in order to maintain the huge costs that the Palace and grounds must be incurring for the basic general upkeep.
Picking up from where I left off in my last post – Eat, See, Do: Toronto Part I; here are some more things to do if you’re ever in Canada’s largest city. Some of these may not seem that unconventional, but they have been included in this list because of my personal experience – and trust me, they’re worth doing.
Having spent some time in Toronto this past October, I got to experience a lot more than I had initially thought. Besides being a cultural mosaic, Toronto is also Canada’s largest city (the 4th largest in North America) and has been consistently named one of the world’s ‘most livable cities‘. Apart from exploring the world’s #1 Food Market – St. Lawrence – and re-discovering my love for Thai food at local favourite PAI, I did manage to soak in as much of Toronto’s attractions as I could, thanks to my friends.