The best way to ruin your trip is by trying to squeeze everything Paris has to offer into it. Plan only a couple of things per day, and concede that you probably won’t get to see each and every one of them anyway. Continue reading “Paris: My Favourites!”
The ultimate symbol of Paris is just as grand and breathtaking as I’d always imagined. But I decided to take Anthony Bourdain’s advice and “skip it” – or at least, skip climbing it. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience 203 – Most Iconic Engineered Structures: Eiffel Tower, France”
A most curious thing happened as M and I were polishing down a sumptuous Oeuf au plat Champignons and Carpaccio de Boeuf at L’Avant Comptoir, a hip little hors d’oeuvres bar located in the heart of Paris. A young woman, presumably American, walked up to the bar and asked the server, “Do you have the menu in English?”; to this he blankly replied, “Quoi?” She repeated the question, this time stressing menu and English. He shrugged and pointed at the ceiling, where the entire menu hangs, in French, on small illustrated placards. M and I exchanged looks, puzzled. Why was the server, who only moments ago was chatting with us in fluent English, pretending not to understand her? I think I may have figured out why. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, France”
The stop in Augsburg during our Bavarian road-trip was motivated mostly by the easy-to-miss Schaezlerpalais. We walked by the palace a couple of times during our search till we finally found its discreet, unassuming entrance. As we happily discovered though, the interiors are as gorgeous as the exterior is modest.
While visitors clog up the touristy parts of The Great Wall near Beijing, one could travel much further into China to find quieter parts of it to admire. Yulin, in Shaanxi, provides this and a lot more. Continue reading “The Great Wall at Yulin: The Road Less Traveled”
The Gobi Desert had been on my bucket list since I was a kid. Last year I realized it had been a while since I’d been to a desert, so when my parents invited me to join them on a trip to China, which would involve stopping at the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia, I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading “Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert”
Between my best friend’s wedding and some much-needed beach-bumming we had scheduled for later, we had about three days in this vibrant, sprawling city. Here’s what we did. Continue reading “Ultimate Experience no. 1000 – Hottest Places in the World: Bangkok, Thailand”
China is huge, so regional variations in cuisine are not only to be expected, but also delighted in. While Xian is more popularly known for the Terracotta Warriors, its Muslim Quarter dedicated to street food is a wonder in itself. There’s too much here to cover in one post, so I’ll just include visual snippets from our visit (such as the giant flower shaped candy floss pictured above). At night the Bell Tower and Drum Tower light up, there are people EVERYWHERE, and yet it is still the food that continues to be the star of the show. The greatest challenge for any visitor is deciding on which gastronomic delights to indulge in- there really are too many. Continue reading “How to eat your way through the Xi’an Muslim Quarter in China”
Hi there, I put together a really basic ‘stay-eat-see’ overview of a wonderful trip to Bhutan I took with my family a couple of months back. Here we go! Continue reading “Bhutan: A Quick Guide”
The highlight of our very short trip to Mongolia (only 2 days) was most certainly a night spent in a traditional Ger (pictured above). But before we get to that, let me start at the beginning of our beautiful journey to Gorkhi Terelj National Park.