Dessert shop display, Block Arcade Melbourne

If you are looking to lap up the real Australian culture, head to Melbourne.  Initially the city took us by surprise. We had heard SO much about it and our curiosity was quite piqued. As soon as we stepped off the Airport Skybus and out the station, we gulped in the city. It didn’t quite WOW. But we had been hasty. Melbourne is like that cup of tea with the tea bag slowly infusing flavor and each sip is better than the one before. Try not to drink it all in immediately. Let the city charm you. Melbourne has sneaky ways to make you fall in love with it. It will continue to charm you till you are totally smitten.

Things to do in the city with the little folk: Read More →

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

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I had honestly never heard of the city Bratislava, or even the country (Slovakia) until we were planning this road trip. It happened to lie between Hungary and Poland and hence a stop became a must. It rained most of the time we were there, which was about 22 hours in total so my memory of the place itself is dotted with downpours. But will I go there again? Yes! In a heartbeat. Read More →

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

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I have a very embarrassing admission to make. The first time I heard about Croatia was when I was 13. We were watching the Ms. World contest and a ‘Ms. Croatia’ was announced. Of course I feigned I had heard the word before, but I hadn’t. So now that you know I was one ignorant teen I can stop pretending I know much history or background about these countries I visited. Read More →

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

 

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It has to be said that Slovenia was our ‘rare find’ of this trip. It is a tiny country cuddled up between more well-known European nations, that is why one doesn’t hear the average tourist making a beeline for it. But the country, albeit tiny, has a lot to offer. It has a splendid little capital called Ljubljana. Read More →

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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 →