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Photo of the week: Roaming on bikes in Pondicherry

So, what do you do to escape the heat when roaming around on bikes under hot mid-day sun during the hottest season (which is basically the entire year) in Pondicherry in India?

How about this:

Bike-roaming in Pondicherry

My friends and their ingenious ‘sunscreen’

The teeny tiny red house in Stockhom

This house is said to be the smallest house in Stockholm!

The tiny red house in Stockholm

The smallest and the cutest house in Stockholm!

I came across it while strolling around in Sodermalm area of the city. This is an area of the city you are less likely to visit if you stick to the touristy things. However, it is also one of the prettiest areas and you’ll get the chilled out laid-back and happy-with-things feel of the city.

Have you visited Stockholm before? Which hidden treasure did you find? :)

Photo of the week: Finding love and warmth on a cold Christmas night in Antwerp

Love in Antwerp!

An intriguing restaurant in Rome: La Parolaccia

What could be so special or interesting about a restaurant?

La Parolaccia Restaurant, Rome

La Parolaccia Restaurant, Rome

I’ll give you a hint. In Italian, La Parolaccia means ‘The Swearword’.

So, the basic idea is: You go into the restaurant, and you get cursed at and verbally abused by the waiters. And this is done in no small measure. You get a verbal thrashing. And language’s no bar: Even if you know no Italian at all, I’ve heard the waiters will make sure you get the point. And probably some juicy new words added to your vocabulary.

I haven’t been to the restaurant, but just crossed it, while strolling around the charming locality of Trastevere in Rome. Food-wise, I’ve not heard great reviews. It is mostly popular with tourist who go there for the novelty of being hurled abuses at. Well, to each his own! :)

I’d recommend exploring more of this quaint neighbourhood of Trastevere. It’s really pretty and feels ‘very Italian’! :)

Just another pretty street in Trastevere, Rome

Just another pretty street in Trastevere, Rome

I love old Europe!

I love old Europe!

Jaisalmer: Gadisar lake

I’ll be honest with you: I’ve seen a few different names for this lake: Gadisar, Gadsisar, Gadisagar and so on..

But what’s in the name! This oasis (only symbolically, it’s actually a water conversation tank, contrary to what you might expect) of greenish blue waters is a welcome break from the craziness of the crowds of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India.

Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

It’s a refreshing change of colours in midst of the vast expanse of desert all around!

 

Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

Temples around the lake

Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

You’ll often see migratory birds enjoying the lake too!

Due to proximity to Bharatpur bird sanctuary, migratory birds also often flock to this lake. So, taking binoculars with you may not be a bad idea!

Location: Near ‘Tillon ki Gate’ in Jaisalmer
How to reach: Take an auto rickshaw.

Photo of the week: Looking out from a window of La Pedrera, Barcelona

Looking out from a window of La Pedrera, Barcelona

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder – am I talking about Gaudi or the photographer?

London: The Monument

I think of ‘The Monument‘ as one of the best forgotten tourist spots of London. It was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, 1666. Not only it’s a beautiful column, but it also provides one of the more offbeat (and inexpensive) vantage points for looking at the city’s beautiful skyline. Have a look for yourself!

The Monument

The Monument

The Monument

The Monument

The Monument

The Monument

London business district skyline from The Monument

London business district skyline from The Monument

The Shard from The Monument

The Shard from The Monument

Tower Bridge from The Monument

Tower Bridge from The Monument

p.s. They even give away certificates which certify that you have just climbed this majestic 61m tall stone Roman Doric column. So, a great outing for the kids too!

Directions: The Monument is located at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill, 61 metres from where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. To reach The Monument by tube, use Monument tube station on the District and Circle lines or London Bridge station on the Northern and Jubilee lines.

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