Istria: The Postcard-Perfect Rovinj

In our previous post, we mentioned that we did not really like the city of Pula since it lacked the charm associated with Istrian towns. When we reached Rovinj, it seemed like the town was compensating for Pula’s lack of charm. In fact, it might have even compensated for a few more places. It is not hard to see why Rovinj is fast becoming one of … Continue reading Istria: The Postcard-Perfect Rovinj

Istria: Stepping Back into the Roman Era at Pula

Imagine a place where one evening you are watching the sun setting behind lush green hills while the next evening you are watching the sun disappear beneath a vast but tranquil sea in a blaze of colours.   Imagine a place where one day you are roaming in the most scenic of coastal towns feeling the cool sea breeze on your face while the next … Continue reading Istria: Stepping Back into the Roman Era at Pula

Varaždin: A 20 Year Capital

Some cities have their histories inextricably linked with natural disasters. Sometimes these disasters engulf and destroy those cities while other times they shape them for better. Varaždin definitely belongs to the latter category. In 1756, as Zagreb was reeling from the effects of battles with Turks along with frequent fires and plagues, the Croatian government relocated its capital from that troubled city to Varaždin in … Continue reading Varaždin: A 20 Year Capital

Zagreb: The Sights of Gornji Grad

In the 11th century, two settlements emerged on the neighbouring hills of Kaptol and Gradec –the former, religious in nature, consisting of a cathedral and residence of the bishop and the latter secular in nature, inhabited by common people. After a long history of frequent battles and occasional truce, Kaptol and Gradec were officially united in 1850 and today comprise Gornji Grad – the historic … Continue reading Zagreb: The Sights of Gornji Grad

Croatia: A few FAQs

In our previous post we wrote about how we planned our Croatian trip and the things we did before arriving in Croatia. In this post we will share some tips and answer some questions about Croatia based on our experiences in the country.  Is it worth visiting Croatia? Oh yes, absolutely! Croatia is a beautiful country. In terms of beaches and coasts, it is second … Continue reading Croatia: A few FAQs

Orchha: A Medieval Town Frozen in Time

It was on the second day of our stay in Orchha, while standing atop a palatial complex with the whole town spread out in front of us, when it occurred to me that this is a town which is frozen in time. If we could somehow remove the modern settlements, the shops and vehicles, clean the old buildings and redecorate and refurnish the interiors then … Continue reading Orchha: A Medieval Town Frozen in Time

MADRID– One Final Stop

After being exhilarated by the Italian capital and being slightly disappointed by the French capital, it was the turn of the Spanish capital – Madrid. Though in all honesty we did not have high hopes from the city as it doesn’t feature in any of the Europe’s must see itineraries and if we didn’t have to catch our return flight from Madrid then we would … Continue reading MADRID– One Final Stop

ANDALUSIA – Seville (Part 2)

SEVILLE CATHEDRAL In almost all ages and cultures, if there was one place that was afforded even more importance in matters of architecture and opulence than the palaces of the rulers, it was the place of worship. The Moors of Seville were no different in this regard and they too built a grand mosque just across the square from their magnificent palace Alcázar. We have … Continue reading ANDALUSIA – Seville (Part 2)

ROME: The Eternal City

Rome: I don’t think there is any word as synonymous with history and ancient civilization as this single four lettered word. There is no city in the world which connects you to the past as Rome does. With its magnificently preserved architecture, huge piazzas bustling with activity and the stunning Vatican art, Rome absolutely lives up to its hype. But wait, let us not get … Continue reading ROME: The Eternal City