Paris: My Favourites!

Shakespeare & Company features in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset

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!”

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Ultimate Experience 189 – Ultimate City Breaks: Paris, 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”

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Marie Antoinette Danced Here! – Augsburg, Germany

What is it about Marie Antoinette dancing that gets me so excited? I don’t know.

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.

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Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert had been on my bucket list since I was a kid. Last year I realized it had been a while since Iโ€™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.ย  Continue reading “Baotou: Taking a Train to the Gobi Desert”

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Ultimate Experience no. 1000 – Hottest Places in the World: Bangkok, Thailand

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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”

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How to eat your way through the Xiโ€™an Muslim Quarter in China

 

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. Thereโ€™s too much here to cover in one post, so Iโ€™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. ย ย ย  Continue reading “How to eat your way through the Xiโ€™an Muslim Quarter in China”

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Budget Stay Japan: Capsule hotel, Hostel and…..Bookcase?

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A trip to Japan will never be ordinary, and that includes your hotel options. So here are the 3 types of fairly budget accommodation I tried and, and believe me I was not disappointed. Honestly, once I was back home, I talked more about the hotels than the actual trip! Continue reading “Budget Stay Japan: Capsule hotel, Hostel and…..Bookcase?”

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Japan Top 10

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I love lists. I love making them, reading them and using them. I particularly love lists which are unusual. In this case, though, it was difficult since pretty much everything in Japan can seem unusual to even the most well seasoned traveler. So Iโ€™ll instead make a list of the 10 things I particularly loved about Japan, apart from the usual tourist fares such as Harajuku, etc. Here we go: Continue reading “Japan Top 10”

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