5 Jan 2017

Smell The Coffee: Pondicherry

These are the best cafes in Pondicherry / Puducherry 

New Year, new series! 

Since I spend so much time in cafes when I travel, I thought I'd start cataloguing some of my favourites, city-wise. Starting this series off with the last place I visited - Pondicherry / Puducherry / Pondy. 

So if you're planning to visit Pondicherry, these are the places to go for your cuppa joe (and one place to avoid).

31 Dec 2016

In Photos: The Doors (& Windows) of Pondicherry

On this last day of 2016, here's looking ahead at the New Year, at the new doors of experiences it will open, and the windows of opportunity waiting for you. 

Capping off an incredible year of travel with a short visit to Pondicherry / Puducherry, where the French aesthetic still lingers on, best seen in the Gallic-inspired facades of houses that line the streets of the White Town or French Quarter. 

20 Dec 2016

In Photos: The dwarfs of Wroclaw

When I was researching where to go in Poland, one of the cities that really stood out to me was Wroclaw. Not because it was Poland's fourth largest city. 

Not because of its history in terms of being passed from the erstwhile Bohemia and Prussia to Germany, and finally to Poland. 

And not just because it was the European Capital of Culture for 2016. 

What caught my attention the most was the sheer number of dwarf statues dotting the city! At last count, there were 400 of these cheeky fellows all over. But who put them there, and why? 

Hipster Dwarf with laptop & coffee

15 Dec 2016

Eat Like A Local: Poland

Think Polish food and your most likely impression will be meat and potatoes. And it's not wrong!

Poland's culinary habits have been shaped by the twin burdens of WWII and Communism, which explains the relative austerity of Polish cuisine. When I travelled through Poland this summer, I got a taste of not just their food but also a history lesson at every step. 

Geography has also played an important role in shaping Polish cuisine, which drew influences from its neighbours in Central Europe, especially from Hungary, Austria and Russia.

8 Dec 2016

Where to stay in Goa this party season

December means party season, and for most of us in Mumbai that means only one thing - pack off to Goa! Whether you're heading to Goa for Christmas or New Year's Eve, or just like that, deciding where to stay is always the big question. 

Should you go North (Anjuna, Baga, Calangute) or head South (Colva, Varca, Palolem)? Each beach has its own charms and it really depends on what kind of experience you're looking for. 

Calangute is, of course, party central! It's the largest beach in North Goa and is a tourist magnet. Unsurprisingly, you will find many hotel options around here. And recently a new hotel has been added to the mix.

Image courtesy ibis Styles Calangute Goa
India's first ibis Styles opened near Calangute in September this year. The ibis brand (part of Accor Group) has been in India for several years now, but this is the first time the group is bringing its 'Styles' brand to the country.