Friday photo: Big Five

This Friday, a memory from South Africa. A bit of quirky souvenir shopping (when I travel, I never ever shop for anything else) – this cute menagerie. I wrote about this for the ‘Souvenirs’ section of this month’s Outlook Traveller – read Trophy Hunting here…

Copenhagen’s street food heaven

When we headed to Papiroen one afternoon to what is known as Copenhagen’s street food heaven, I didn’t have high expectations. really, what could I expect from such a place in Copenhagen? But when we went there, it was bustling with locals, out to enjoy their day in the summer sunshine. This mat welcomed us…

Antwerpian Extravagance

Temple to chocolates, diamonds and high fashion (Published in the July issue of Jet Wings International…) Antwerp has been positioned by Flanders Tourism as the “so cool it’s hot” city. And rightly so. Visitors to Belgium largely ignore this town, which is overshadowed by the more picturesque Bruges and Ghent. The next time though, be…

Bargaining at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Istanbuls’ Grand Bazaar, or Kapalıçarşı (meaning ‘covered market’) speaks directly to every Indian’s heart. Over 550 years old, this market has over 3000 shops inside a large covered area. Everything that a tourist needs – or doesn’t really need but will buy anyway at great cost – is to be found here. Carpets, silver jewellery,…

Shopping in Florence

Florence must be one of the loveliest cities I have ever visited. Sadly, I had only a few hours to wander around its cobblestone streets, where each turn held a delightful surprise. The best I can do here is to put together a few photographs to showcase the town’s beauty and the grandeur of the…

Mumbai’s poster boys

It was Haji Abu’s grandfather, and then his father, who passed on their love for Hindi cinema to him. Mr. Abu turned his hobby into his profession, opening the Poster Shop some time in the early 1990s. Twenty or so years later, his tiny shop at Chor Bazaar (91-98704-40970) is crammed with thousands of old…

Bon marché: the markets of Provence

When you are visiting the Provence villages, try to combine your visits with the local market day to get the most out of your experience. Provençals take their markets (marché) very seriously. These are not just places to buy the freshest produce of the day but significant social hubs. Locals exchange news and gossip with…

Everything you want at Crawford Market

It is not easy to imagine this in today’s Mumbai, but it wasn’t long ago that anything considered “foreign goods” was hard to come by in the city’s markets. An exception that continues today is Crawford Market, in South Mumbai, where residents and visitors alike can find Western items like Camay soap, Kraft cheese, Fa…