London was brilliant - both from a place to visit perspective as well as a photography perspective. Here are a few glimpses from my visit there.
Hampi is the modern town that sits by the ruins of the City of Victory, Vijayanagara, capital of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire. Local tradition also says that it is the site of the Kingdom of Monkeys, Kishkinda, and birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god. In fact, every guide will tell you that the landscape of broken rocks is nothing but what is left after the terrible battle between brothers Vali and Sugreeva over the kinship of Kishkinda.
This is also typical of the Indian habit of conflating history and mythology, making Hampi the perfect Indian destination where the past lives on.
Dan Brown can hardly be called the most inspired or the most inspiring of authors. However, his books are my guilty pleasure (Angels and Demons are in my top ten list. Yes. I am not ashamed to admit it.), and Inferno’s Florence parts were so well written, Vidya and I knew we had to go and see it for ourselves. Our time in Florence, therefore, was for all intents and purposes, in the amazing Dante Alighieri’s footsteps, inspired by Dan Brown’s Inferno.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
We stayed in the historic town centre of Florence in a b&b that was within shouting distance of the Florence Cathedral, ordinarily called Il Duomo, the sprawling medieval building that dominates the town. The historic centre of Florence itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and represents the best of Renaissance architecture. The Duomo sits, huge and sprawling and beautiful and majestic and dominating, in the centre of Florence. There is no escaping it – wherever you go, there is some part of the Duomo you see. Even when you are facing completely away from it, the reflections of the Duomo look back at you mockingly. So you don’t try to escape it, Instead you learn, very quickly, to accept it and revel in its massive benign presence. You make a game of it – trying to spot it from wherever you are.
Edinburgh was for us a stop-off point for the Jacobite Express and a Scottish Highlands tour. Read all about the places we went to and our wonderfully amazing guide, James Stewart, But wait - where is the Jacobite Express? You'll have to wait a few more days for that I'm afraid!
Back in 2014, we spent a couple of days among the beautiful Ligurian villages of Cinque Terre. Here's a short account and a bunch of pictures - there's not much that can be said about the place that the pictures can beat!
I went and met a bunch of bloggers some time back, and as a result, got into this challenge of writing everyday for a month. What happened next will shock you! No, really, it will - read on to find out what exciting (or is it shocking?) thing I'm up to now!
Kolkata, as no doubt every single piece written about the city repeats, is full of tasty food, on the street and off it. Here are ten places we ate at, and our impressions of the experience. Overall, be prepared to add a few places to your "definitely to visit in this lifetime" list.