Rush hour on Inle Lake

We all live in cities where we experience rush hour traffic every day – sometimes right through the day. But that is on the roads. What about rush hour traffic on the water? So, there we were, floating peacefully on Inle Lake, after visits to a monastery complex, a silk weaving centre and a floating…

The streets of Amritsar

A few interesting, intriguing signboards we found while wandering the streets of Amritsar recently. Here, for your viewing pleasure… Some bouncy flowers for you? Hair today, gone tomorrow A tale of two brothers Maxsore masala dosa served at a Bengal Ceramony

The monkeys swim here!

We huffed and puffed our way up to the fabulous Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu – reaching the top to see those watchful eyes look benevolently over the city. And on our way down, we took a shorter and easier route and discovered this swimming pool for monkeys. A group of them swinging from trees, somersaulting…

Friday photo: Streets of London

If you park here, I will kill your car… So the streets of London may or may not be paved with gold (not, as we know and Dick Whittington found out), they are filled with funny, quirky, interesting things. Also see: Friday photo series…

Happy 125th, Eiffel Tower!

Paris’ most recognisable landmark, the structure that graces a million postcards, recently turned 125. The Eiffel Tower. Love it or hate it. You cannot ignore it. When you walk through that part of Paris, it feels that any corner you turn, there it is. What is so charming about a tall tower of metal, that…

Lock your hearts and throw the keys away

I have been seeing love padlocks on bridges everywhere I go, especially in Europe. Of course, Paris is the most famous for these love locks but I spotted them recently in Ljubljana and Venice (anyone seen any in India?) So couples affix locks to railings on bridges – I think they write their names on…

Why Amsterdam rocks

Because it embraces silliness… and positively encourages silliness. There is something in the air there that makes people do such things… (Yes, that’s me) (No, I don’t even know her) There is a reason Amsterdam is one of my all time favourite cities.

Turning towels into works of art

A remarkably quirky article from Gadling on how Hospitality Employees Waste 1.7 Million Hours Annually Creating Towel Origami From the story – Employees at hotels, aboard cruise ships and at spas spend entire shifts at their places of business folding, rolling and tucking towels to resemble local and exotic wildlife. The study suggests that employee…