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My first introduction to European art or history was in the 8th standard in school. I was blessed like many others in my school to have a teacher and principal that felt so passionately about a topic totally off syllabus that she dedicated an entire year to teach us in her class. If you went to J. B Petit High School in Mumbai while Ms Shirin Darasha was the principal then you know exactly what I mean. At the time I was about 13 years old. I still remember watching slides in our classroom full of pictures of the Notre…

One of the most talked about cities in the world is Paris. Books, travel magazines, movies and even the internet have bombarded you with various images and stories of Paris. Nothing however, prepares you for the real thing. One would imagine it’s an over kill but the minute you step into this gorgeous city, you will fall in love. This year for my birthday I wanted nothing more than to be in this magical city. What do you know ? Two days after my birthday I landed up in Paris! I didn’t have a lot of time in the city…

After travelling all through the country on my Portugal Food Stories  adventure, I ended my trip in the capital city of Lisbon. While the rest of my group departed and went their separate ways, I decided to stay on and discover the city on my own. I stayed in Lisbon for 6 nights and had the time of my life discovering this gorgeous city and somewhere along the way, I fell in love. My first real Lisboa experience was when I stayed at the beautiful Bairro Alto Hotel in the heart of Lisbon and I honestly feel it is one of…

These photographs are taken in Portugal’s famous Douro Valley, which is the heart of Port Wine. After a beautiful drive and more stunning landscapes I visited a very well known winery in the region, got a quick tour of how they produce the wines and then was treated to a superb meal over looking the valley.  Then onto a small town called Trancoso which is famous of it’s castle ruins and their small but thriving Jewish population. I managed to do an interesting walk through the old Jewish quarters. The next day I visited a small farm which to me…

When you have the privilege of spending nearly a month travelling all over a country, exploring and discovering all it has to offer, it’s exceedingly difficult to edit your photos. While it’s exciting to write about my experiences I find it hard to not include as many photographs as I’d like. After visiting more than 20 destinations I decided for the very first time on the blog, I’d post a photo diary. These are the first set of pictures in this five part series, I hope you enjoy them and more than anything, I hope they inspire you to jump…

When someone thinks of visiting Portugal, the first thing they map out is their visit to Lisbon. The capitol city is beautiful and a must see but there is plenty more to discover and one of Portugal’s gems is the city of Porto. Lisbon and Porto seem to have this subtle sibling rivalry much like Mumbai and Delhi do but having been to both I can see how gorgeous each one is. Lisbon is a city people make the time to visit but I think if you miss Porto, you’re missing a lot. These are my top reasons why you…

I had spent more than two weeks travelling all over Portugal on my food tour and was now relaxing in Lisbon. I decided to extend my stay and ended up doing another 5 nights in Lisbon by myself. I think this is possibly the best decision I made because the time I spent on my own, eating, exploring and discovering is something I will treasure more than anything else. The main agenda for my time in Lisbon was to just see things at my own pace and eat at some great restaurants. Of course I furiously googled and read various…

There are times when I think ‘ someone pinch me I must be dreaming’ and on this recent Portuguese adventure, I must have thought this at least a hundred times. Everything about this country is beautiful, from their stunning beaches, quaint towns, bustling cities to wonderfully warm people. However I think the real treasure is their food. I went into this trip with a really open mind, I refused to read up too much about the cuisine because I find sometimes I make up my mind or have some sort of pre-conceived ideas about it so this time I decided…