Showing posts from August, 2015

Venice's Grand Canal

Travel Channel has recently shared one of my Grand Canal photos on their Instagram page: I have a couple more from the same vantage point - the Accademia bridge: And this one from Arsenale: #TravelChannel #Venice #GrandCanal

Paris: My Favourite Places in Paris (Je t'Aime)

For Flashback Friday, sharing here some snaps taken two summers ago in Paris. Sacre Coeur Urban sprawl - view from Sacre Coeur  the much talked about Seine River with a boatful of tourists! This side of Notre Dame - it celebrated its 800th year in 2013 when this was taken Somewhere in Saint Germain  My favourite bookstore. Kilometre 0 for Bibliophiles By chance, we stumbled into this interesting courtyard at Palais Royale One of those quiet gardens nearby The ticking of the clock at Musee D'Orsay Musee D'Orsay View from Musee D'Orsay Long queue at the Louvre...good thing I bought our tickets from the basement ticket vendor where there was no queue #Paris #Louvre #MuseeDorsay #NotreDame #SacreCoeur #ShakespeareAndCompany #Seine

Madrid: Things to Do in Summer

This year's summer is a real scorcher for Europe, with temperatures hitting a high of 40 degrees Celsius in many European capitals, including Madrid. That has not stopped me though from going out and exploring the Spanish capital during a recent visit. In the mornings when the temperature was tolerable I would visit outdoor attractions, but when the mercury started rising, I would duck into the air-conditioned museums. After all, Madrid is known for its wonderful museums, with the three major ones Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and Museo Thyssen representing the best in Spanish art and European collection, from pre-Renaissance to modern era. Museo del Prado hosts the classics while Reina Sofia houses modern collections including Spain's most famous export Guernica by Picasso. Thyssen is a private museum, with a vast and rich collection from across the ages. A bonus: it has a nice cafeteria, where I indulged on Spain's sinful coffee bombon, espr