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Tivoli: The Enduring Park of Copenhagen and 16th Century Pleasure Garden

The notion of spending a day in a place as far away as possible from real life, has beckoned humankind for hundreds of years. Since the 1550’s, early day amusement parks known as “pleasure gardens”, have been a veritable source of joy and entertainment for man. Pleasure gardens, whose origins can be traced back to Ancient Rome were simply, gardens that were open to the public for recreation and Read more »

Pedal On: Copenhagen on Two Wheels

There is something about riding a bicycle that is synonymous with freedom – something that allows us to temporarily arrest our fears, worries, inhibitions and return to our blithe younger selves, where languid summer days and still nights meld into one.  That feeling of liberation and adventure reemerged last August while I was exploring the European city, often emphatically referred to as the “coolest Read more »

Artful Luxe Living at the Villa Republic Hotel (Sri Lanka)

Nothing evokes luxury more than a five star hotel that has expertly mastered the art of bespoke experiences, from wait staff who are armed with intimate knowledge of local culture and customs, to decadent spa treatments and in-house amenities that make you feel instantly special. Stepping onto the grounds of the five-star Villa Republic Hotel in Gintota, Sri Lanka, you are immediately assured that Read more »

Mezzing Around Cyprus

Undeniably, food is a significant part of any vacation and undisputedly, no gustatory trip to Cyprus would be complete without trying a mezze. Cyprus, the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, and often erroneously referred to as Greek’s little sister, specializes in the mezze. Mezze, which literally means small plates, is the Cypriot’s preferred way of “breaking bread” with friends and family. A Read more »

Who Knew?- Czech Out the Beer Capital of the World!!!

For anyone who knows my drinking proclivity, it has always been, champagne first, and all else follows. However, a visit to the beer drinking-est capital of the world-Prague, Czech Republic this past summer, warranted an adjustment to my usual drinking game. Although, I can’t claim to be a “cerveza-a-phile”, an aficionado of beers and ales, I have come to develop an increasing fondness for the Read more »

A Pearl in the South African Winelands

It was John Keats, the 18th century English romantic poet, who remarked, “Give me books, wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody that I do not know.” These were my precise sentiments when I embarked on my first journey to the South African winelands in April. Pour me a glass of an aromatic, bold red, a fragrant rosé, or an elegant and floral white, then I’m Read more »

The French Connection in Istanbul

Having lived in Paris for two years, an obsession of mine is to seek out all things French when traveling, be it bistros, cafes, literary haunts, and/or vistas. It has been become a standard ritual of mine to sit in drinking establishments that writers frequented, to dine in restaurants where artists supped, to mull about in places that attracted the likes of the Mary Cassatt’s, Picasso’s, Oscar Read more »

Fast and Fervid Fun at F1

Scoring a ticket to one of the world’s most coveted racing events is arguably no ordinary feat. Once you have missed the deadline for purchasing tickets, it undoubtedly becomes about who you know and strategically working your black book. You have to know someone, who knows “someone”, who knows “someone”. And having been dubbed a “newbie” in the UAE, I wasn’t quite sure how compelling Read more »

Odyssey to a Greek Isle: Hydra

The advantage of traveling with a local is that you become privy to information that you would ordinarily miss when traveling solo.  I was fortunate to have heeded my friend, Anastasia’s advice to venture outside Athens and do a three-day excursion to Hydra, one of mainland Greece’s 227 islands.  I just knew that I would be serendipitously discovering one of Greece’s gems. If your idea of Read more »

Leaving on the Night Train to Sapa (Vietnam)

I have always dreamt of traversing the great corridors of the world by train---tackling Lake Michigan, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore on one jaunt then the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Italian Dolomites in another. While riding the Orient Express still remains an ambitious goal on my “back in time” travel adventure list, my recent journey to Hanoi, Vietnam provided me with a Read more »