May 30, 2015

Faces of India - 215

Young smart student at Gurukul of Sri Sri Ravishankar in Bangalore. 

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here.

May 28, 2015

Portugal Sights

Day 6 - The morning was well spent doing the walking tours in Evora. The highlight of the day was visit to Bone Cathedral in Evora. From Evora we drove to Lisbon, where everything was going as per plan. During the walks my husband got pickpocketed; somebody flicked his wallet. There will be a more detailed post on this later.

Day - 7 We continued our tour of Lisbon. It is a beautiful city otherwise. We visited the resting place of Vasco da Gama.

Day - 8 We left for Sintra, The Pena Palace here is colorfully mesmerizing! The remaining half of the day was spent visiting smaller towns like Alcobaca, Batlaha and finally we halted at Tomar.

Day - 9 The morning of Tomar was spent in the monastery and cathedral there, a 11th century HUGE building. From Tomar we drove to Coimbra, which has the oldest university of Portugal. The library was mighty impressive with its huge collection of old books. At evening we were in Porto.

Day 10 - I saw one of the most beautiful cathedral of Portugal in the outskirts of Braga. We ended our Portugal trip at Guimaraes, which has a beautiful castle, it is the birthplace of Portugal nation. With this ended our tour of Portugal, we drove to Salamnca in Spain after this.

Here are some pics from the tour.

Bone Cathedral, Evora

Tram in Lisbon

Manueline Window in Tomar Monastery

Bom Jesus Cathedral, Braga

In a square in Lisbon

May 23, 2015

Faces of India - 214

A happy co traveler after quenching his thirst caught doing some funny stunts for his friends. I stole a shot. 

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here

May 22, 2015

Spain Sights

Can't believe 5 days of my Spain travel is over! The days were hectic with lots of drives and sightseeing.

 Day 1 - Barcelona mesmerized us with its pleasant weather! The walking tour sapped us of our energy but not not our enthusiasm for the touristy sights. By the time we completed our dinner and hit the bed we didn't realise we were wake for whole 24hrs!

Day 2 - It was a long drive from Barcelona to Granada (>850kms) which was warmer by a few degrees comparatively but equally beautiful with spring flowers coloring up the roadsides.

Day - 3 Granada is GRAND! While the sights in streets and the cathedrals enthralled us, the interiors of Alhambra stunned us to silence. We drove to Seville that same night.

Day - 4 With Seville as base,we drove to Cordoba to see the Mezquita. I will never regret this hectic travel. Each site surpasses the other in terms of beauty and grandeur! And of course we had lots of local food. The same evening we returned to Seville and witnessed a live Flamenco dance. The grace and energy in their movements mesmerized us beyond words.

Day - 5 We drove to Merida, then to Elvas in Portugal. Elvas is a very quite town, the most striking factor the town is painted yellow. After spending 3 hours in Elves we drove to Evora, by then it was late in the evening. Sunset time here is 9PM, so woth so much daylight time we could do lots of walking tours.

May 17, 2015

Vacation in Spain and Portugal

I will be on a short vacation, holidaying in Spain and Portugal. 
16 days of travel planned for the countries, 
it is hard to do justice to the two countries in such a short span. 
As usual my itinerary is dotted with several world heritage sites. 

I will be updating details of my trip in pics as and when possible. 
I have planned some autoposts, 
please show some love for my blog in my absence else it will wilt away!