This is the third in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016.

The Czech countryside is pretty, yes. But the Austrian one is another league altogether. With verdant hills sloping lazily into the valley below and the road winding through sudden bursts of tulip fields, driving was literally hazardous. Because it was THAT pretty.

But I’ll let you in on a little secret… Vienna has all that you would expect of a decent MAIN city in Western Europe – the spectacular squares, the history, the culture, the aristocratic air, the opulence, the elegance- but it doesn’t have SPUNK. It will fulfill your strictly European vacation fantasy. But it won’t hit the nerve. Sure you’ll get to go to the best opera and have the creamiest gelato, but will it really feel you have really explored something unique? Nopes. You have been a tourist, not a traveler. Read More →

This is the second in a series of posts about a trip to Europe in the summer of 2016.


Next we drove to Prague. We never really crossed a proper ‘border’ into Germany because the GPS took us through tiny narrow back roads. We realized we entered the Czech Republic when the names of the roads became obviously ‘non-German’. We entered the city from a very industrial looking side, high rise apartments and massive billboards on highways etc. Not at all the Prague we imagined. And even though we were staying at Prague 3, it was at least a 20 minute bus ride from the city center where the Castle was situated. Read More →


There is very good reason I have been absent for the last two months. I know its professional suicide in the blogosphere to be missing for that long. But I have the best reason- I got my own domain. I am officially a DOTCOM! Feels good must say. Ok so that now that is out of the way and we are good, I haven’t forgotten my promise. Even though there were no live vacation posts I have decided to go ahead with a synopsis of each of the cities we visited. Read More →