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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
The French leg of our journey began with its capital city Paris, and I would like to mention it in the beginning itself that the four days we spent in Paris were not among our favourite. It’s not that the city isn’t beautiful or doesn’t have some marvellous sights but maybe it has been hyped up to such an extent that it couldn’t meet our expectations; … Continue reading Bonjour PARIS!
It had been just two days in Interlaken and we had already been to the top of Europe, had seen a unique waterfall and had walked in the green meadows. Now on our third and final day in Interlaken we were going to observe the beauty of Interlaken from the water and from the sky. A BOAT TRIP Interlaken is situated between two beautiful lakes … Continue reading INTERLAKEN: Up in the Sky
One of the highlights for anyone travelling to Switzerland is the visit to Jungfraujoch. Located between the mountains Monch and Jungfrau, Jungfraujoch has the highest railway station in Europe. The station connects to a building which comprises of an observatory that offers panoramic views of the snowy world all-around and has many other interesting attractions. We had bought our tickets to Jungfraujoch the previous evening … Continue reading INTERLAKEN: Journey to the top of Europe