ANDALUSIA – The White Village of Ronda

Andalusia is renowned for its stunning monuments and the sunny beach resorts but one of the highlights of the region is its pueblo blancos or the white villages. These villages located in glorious backdrops, with most of their buildings painted white present a spectacular sight. Ronda is probably the most famous and most visited of these white villages though it is certainly more of a … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – The White Village of Ronda

ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 2)

THE ALHAMBRA In our first blog on Andalusia we had mentioned that this region was ruled by Moors for close to eight centuries till 1492. Granada, the last Moorish kingdom to fall, was ruled by the Nasrid dynasty during the final two centuries of Moorish rule. It was at this time when one of the finest legacies of the Moors was built – the Alhambra. … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 2)

ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 1)

Our first day trip in Andalusia was to the city of Granada since it was relatively close to Málaga and had the most visited Spanish monument – The Alhambra. We took a bus to Granada from the Malaga bus station which was situated right behind the Málaga María Zambrano station. Our bus dropped us at the Granada bus station two hours later. As the Granada … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – A Day Trip to Granada (Part 1)

ANDALUSIA – The Southern End of Spain

While planning our euro trip we knew that after spending 25 hectic days travelling across Europe, we would be fairly tired and require some place where we could relax a little. And for that what could be better than the sunny beaches of South Spain! Thus, our next destination after Barcelona was Andalusia – a region in South Spain where we spent five days. During … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – The Southern End of Spain

BARCELONA: The Two Icons

BASÍLICA DE LA SAGRADA FAMÍLIA There are some creations that grant you the status of ‘good’; there are some creations that grant you the status of ‘great’ and then there are some creations that grant you the status of ‘legendary’. With the casas and the other buildings that he had built, Gaudi had already achieved the status of ‘great’ but Sagrada Família was the project which … Continue reading BARCELONA: The Two Icons

BARCELONA: Gaudi’s Gift to Mankind

Most of the cities, no matter how ancient or how big or how important, keep going through small changes which alter the face of the city little by little. But it is rare for an ancient city to get altered so significantly that it becomes associated with someone or something. Barcelona is a quite an old city, tracing its history back to the Roman era, but in 1852 a man named Antoni Gaudi was born who changed the face of the city forever, thus, giving it a place among the top modern cities of the world.

We had had our fill of ancient Roman monuments and wondrous medieval structures in the cities and towns of Italy and France but now, in Barcelona, it was time to enjoy some of the modern marvels. Continue reading BARCELONA: Gaudi’s Gift to Mankind

PROVENCE: A Glimpse of Medieval France at Les Baux

One of our many takeaways from this trip was that no matter how much you plan ahead, sometimes you are guided only by luck. Pont du Gard was something which we desperately wanted to see during our stay in Provence. Twice we made plans to visit it and twice we failed, all due to an ill-timed bus strike. But those missed chances opened two other … Continue reading PROVENCE: A Glimpse of Medieval France at Les Baux

PROVENCE: Antique Theatre of Orange

Orange is a Roman town located about 20 km north of our base city of Avignon. The town has just one major monument – the antique theatre – but that monument certainly justifies and, dare I say, demands a visit to Orange. Well, who were we to ignore such a demand! Thus, on our fifth day in Provence, we scheduled a visit to Orange. After … Continue reading PROVENCE: Antique Theatre of Orange

PROVENCE: Nîmes and the Excavations of Glanum

The title of this blog is not entirely accurate since Nîmes lies in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and not in the Provence region but once we got to know of another ancient Roman city in the vicinity of Avignon, there was no way we were going to miss it. So we set ourselves for another early start, took a train from Avignon Centre Railway Station and reached Nîmes … Continue reading PROVENCE: Nîmes and the Excavations of Glanum

PROVENCE: Arles and Palace of the Popes

Our previous day is Provence was so underwhelming that we needed something really good to restore our faith in Provence and vindicate our decision of visiting the region. And Arles was the perfect little city which did exactly that. Well not really little as technically Arles is the largest city in mainland France in terms of area. With its Roman monuments, churches, crypts, burial grounds, squares … Continue reading PROVENCE: Arles and Palace of the Popes