Corfu: Not just another Greek Island

Corfu: Not just another Greek Island

Corfu is ‘Garden Isle’ of Greece, with lots of wild flower and shrubs. The island is dotted with pristine blue beaches. The magic of corfu is very subtle, it grows on you. Island’s historic past definitely has a part to play in it’s charm. Due to it’s strategic location Corfu has changed hands between Ventian, French and British monarchs and resisted multiple attempts of seize from Ottoman kings, that’s why it’s one of the most fortified island. Corfu… its Greece or…

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Black Forest: Where story books come alive

Black Forest: Where story books come alive

Did you always want to save the Red Riding Hood from wolves but wondered which forest she is in, well it’s the Black Forest in Germany. While you are doing that, you can also warn Hansel and Greta about the nasty witch dressed up as an old lady 🙂 Black Forest has not only inspired these childhood classics but is also famed for cuckoo clocks, pretty tiny villages, half timbered houses, spa and hikes. It takes it name from the dark…

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A tryst with Fado: The Portuguese version of blues

A tryst with Fado: The Portuguese version of blues

Fado is the Portuguese version of blues. Portuguese word “Saudade”, which means “longing for something lost” loosely describes it.The music originated in Lisbon around 1820’s but what inspired it is far from agreed. According to some it was inspired by sailors setting the sail and going to unknown and for some it was due to the Moorish influence.  It’s said fado lives in heart of every Lisboeta. Fado has imprints of Lisbon’s history, culture and that’s the reason no visit to Lisbon could be…

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Algarve: Sunny side up

Algarve: Sunny side up

Algarve is one of my favourite beach destinations. It has a magnetic coastline with miles and miles of welcoming golden sand stretched as far as eyes can see. When you add the dramatic cliffs to the picture, it looks like an artist’s hand is at work. Further add to this the cloudless blue sky, October’s perfect temperature and you get bliss!! Incidentally, the Algarve trip has been the least planned holiday for me, getting to know about the destination at…

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Alberobello: Stepping into a Story Book

Alberobello: Stepping into a Story Book

If ‘Snow White and Seven Dwarfs’ was to be based in Italy, Alberobello’s Zona dei Trulli would have been the ideal place. White-washed, conical-roofed houses aka ‘Trulli’ look like they have been purpose built for our special characters. Stories behind the Trulli are no less interesting. While lack of timber for construction and abundance of limestone in the region are the ones frequently cited, the one that takes the cake is about the design being a way to wriggle around…

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