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There are a few countries of cities that have a stronger pull for me than most other places. I always say I’m happy to go anywhere and everywhere but if I’m being completely honest I have a few places where the urge to visit is far stronger. Berlin was one such city. I don’t know why, maybe it’s friends hyping it up, or the media portraying it as this uber cool destination but Berlin has been on my mind for ages and this summer I had a fleeting visit. Despite the lack of time, I managed to squeeze in a…

I seem to have very distinct thought and impressions about cities that I visit and most of the time they do not change. Munich was very different from any other city. I first visited last year and to call it a whirlwind 48 hours is an understatement. Most of my time was spent at a beer garden and then at a beer house drinking and eating and having the time of my life, not much time was spent actually walking about and exploring the city. As a result of which I thought Munich had nothing to offer, looked drab and…

It’s no secret that I love exploring different cuisines and dishes when I travel and I think it is imperative to eat local when you’re in a foreign country. Local cuisine is always full of surprises and sometimes very different from what you’re normally used to back home. Ten days in Germany and mostly time spent in the Southern region had me exploring a lot of German cuisine. Bavarian food is not for the faint hearted. It’s big, it’s hearty and most importantly it’s delicious. This high carb and high protein based culinary delight was one of the highlights during…

I had a great Euro adventure last year and one of the stops on this fun express was Germany. A quick trip to Munich and Heidelberg filled with beer, sausage and long nights of revelry was my first taste of this country. Great memories but not enough time to really explore or process much. The same time this year I managed to spend a significant amount of time in the country, mostly in Bavaria and it would seem I fell in love. This trip took me all over from smaller cities I hadn’t thought much of to the hustle and…

I don’t seem to be a very loyal traveler as I’m constantly falling in love with places I visit. People always ask me my ‘ top’ destinations and it’s always such a hard pick because in all honesty the world is beautiful and as clichéd as it might sound, it is just terrible to compare. However there will always be a few places that I seem to love a tad bit more than the others and Portugal as a country is one of them. I spent nearly 3 weeks travelling all over exploring their food and wine and just felt…

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did but Amsterdam turned out to be one of my favoruite cities in Europe. I thought it would just be party central and folks smoking pot everywhere or plenty of red light districts but was I in for a surprise. I think the city gets a lot of coverage because they are so liberal in everything they do and of course legalising certain contraband but if you look deeper, the city is much more than just drugs sex and alcohol. I find Amsterdam to be seeped in history much like…

It’s always funny when you expect to fall in love with a certain city or country but you don’t. You enjoy it of course but you don’t fall madly in love with it for some reason. Maybe the idea of that place was very different from the reality of what it ends up being. Then there are those cities or countries you didn’t think much of, maybe there wasn’t enough time to think about it or research it and before you know it, your heart feels heavy when you have to leave and your thoughts always wander back there, hoping…

Italy is one of those countries that is impossible to visit just once. Even in a single trip it is a task to try and and cram it all in. You can revisit a number of times and will have still only covered a small amount of what the country has to offer. The same goes for the city of Rome. Roma is stunning. It’s majestic but it is also over populated with locasl and tourists, it’s incredibly hot and sticky and it can get loud with all the traffic and enthusiastic Italians. It’s a combination of all this plus…

Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe. The city is incredibly tolerant and since most contraband is legal it tends to attract more than it’s fair share of folks. People come here to party and have a good time. It’s full of hotels and little b & b’s but if you want a certain level of comfort and elegance, you need to pick wisely. I spent a couple of days in the city and after staying a few nights in a tiny hotel next to the popular Dam Square, I decided I wanted to move to a…

If there is one city my family is obsessed with it is London. I think it’s a very Parsi thing. We like to think we’re oh so British! My cousins would make yearly trips, my late grandmother thought it was the only civilized place in the world and I have grand aunts that thought they might possibly be related to the queen. This summer I ended up visiting London for the very first time. I think my family over hyped it so much that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out that even a week in the city isn’t…