Alacati – A Hideaway on Turkey’s Aegean Coast

cafes and street in Alacati

The 90’s hits mix the cab driver played transported us to memories of our childhood. We danced in our seats to ‘My heart goes shala la la la’ and my heart was literally going sha la la at the gorgeous sunset. It felt like we were heading towards a bright peach sunset at the road’s end. The canyons […]

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Jam Appetite – Memories from Alacati

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A week after the Herb Festival, the streets of Alacati are empty of tourists. The Herb Festival is a celebration of locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables endemic to the region. It is a way to protect and promote the regional species. It happens at the start of spring, with cold breezes and sunshine throughout […]

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Inside the Victoria Terminus/CSTM : In Photos

CSTM unesco heritage site

I’ve been to the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus over a dozen times.  While I really admire the architecture, I never noticed that there was a rail heritage museum just beside the entry/exit gate which could allow me to go upstairs and witness the charismatic colonial interiors. Of course there was a meusem; it’s a UNESCO world heritage […]

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Serene & Pristine beaches around the world with almost no tourists

Ilica Beach – Alacati, Turkey Month Visited: April It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I’d never seen a calmer or more peaceful beach than Ilica. A week after the Herb and Vegetable Festival, Alacati is empty. The locals are waiting for summer to start and tourist to come in. The weather is already […]

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In Turkey, Away from the First Cities – Denizli & Pamukkale

There is no denying that the major cities of any country hold a lot of attraction. People often visit the major cities and capital cities of any country they go to and build impressions about the entire country from them. However, going away from these cities and staying in the smaller cities of Turkey really gave us a […]

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Bombay to Barcelona – From sleeping in the streets to starting a cafe

  The Bombay to Barcelona Library Café has recently become one my favourite spots in Mumbai. I fondly recollect hearing about this cafe from my host in Paris. When I told her that I was from India, all I expected her to know was the Taj Mahal (I’d seen a photo of hers with the Taj Mahal […]

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Hostel – A backpacker’s Best Friend

Have you ever had a one-pot meal? In my country, it takes the form of the ubiquitous ‘kichidi’- You put in rice, pulses, veggies along with every other thing under the sun and it magically happens to taste good! For me, as a traveller, hostels are those one-pot meals which I savour throughout my journey- I […]

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A Cruise to Remember

It was one of those beautiful bright evenings on a cruise boat. I wanted to see the city of Paris from the waters and settled down at the end of the upper deck. The wind blew softly as the cruise started. It was a lively scene on both sides of the river- a girl was […]

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It’s London baby

The temperature outside was announced to be 0֯ C by the flight crew as the flight landed in Heathrow airport, London. A cold breeze welcomed me as I stepped out of the airport. Though it was 0֯ C, the sun shone brightly, caressing me with its warm rays. A female cab driver (yayy!), Jaslin Kaur, came to pickme […]

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Nine Things to Experience in Amsterdam

1. Go on a free walking tour Go to Dam Square and find people with red umbrellas. They are SANDEMANs NEW Europe volunteers who can organize a free tour for you (you can tip them if you really like the tour). They can also get you decent discounts on other regular tours. 2. Rent a bike […]

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