Travel · United States

Pier 39, San Francisco: a plethora of fun, frolic and entertainment

It is often said your visit to the fog city aka San Francisco starts at The Pier.  A vivacious city that is often touted as the cultural and commercial capital of California, San Francisco has a unique character and vibe that is hard to miss.  With several iconic attractions including the Golden Gate bridge, Twin… Continue reading Pier 39, San Francisco: a plethora of fun, frolic and entertainment

Travel · United States

Naples, Florida: sunshine, sand and sea

Perfectly manicured lawns, sprawling golf courses, a vibrant downtown, quirky stores, plenty of sun, sand and sea are some of the first things you notice when you visit the eclectic city of Naples in Southwest Florida. Voted as the healthiest and happiest city in the US twice in a row according to the Gallup-Healthways State… Continue reading Naples, Florida: sunshine, sand and sea

Miscellaneous · Travel

Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

Given my love for indigenous textiles, I never miss an opportunity to visit handloom weaving centres during my travels.  In line with the country’s rich footprint of textiles, the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana are prominent torch bearers too.  Apart from the Ikkat, Kalamkari, Gadwal and Narayanpet, the elegant sarees of Mangalagiri have… Continue reading Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

Karnataka · Travel

Kallu Ganapati temple: Padumundu, Shiriyara: A photoessay

First off, here’s wishing all my readers a wonderful 2018! Hope your year is filled with joy, fun and of course many happy travels! Here is a quick post on the Kallu Ganapati temple which is a hidden gem near the town of Barkur in Udupi district.  Dedicated to the Lord of Beginnings or Lord… Continue reading Kallu Ganapati temple: Padumundu, Shiriyara: A photoessay

Karnataka · Travel

A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

“Welcome to the Land of Toys” says the green signboard as you drive down to Channapatna on the Mysore-Bengaluru highway.  Located about 60 km from Bengaluru, the town is also known as “Gombegala Ooru” in Kannada, which translates into toy town. The little town is synonymous with the production of wooden toys and lacware, which… Continue reading A toy story: wooden toys of Channapatna, Karnataka

Travel · United States

Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

Ornate sculptures, elaborate ceiling panels and magnificent portraits – while one would normally associate this decor with historical monuments and palaces, these are actually some of the first things that catch your attention as you enter the doors of the iconic Tampa Theatre. Standing tall in the city’s bustling downtown for over 90 years, Tampa… Continue reading Tampa Downtown: Turn back in Time in Tampa Theatre

Miscellaneous · Travel

A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

It is often said that ‘too many disappointments are usually a sign of too many expectations’.  Just like for most things in life, this quote is totally applicable to travel too.  Many a time I have visited places with preset expectations and have come out utterly disappointed.  This is when you realize the importance of traveling… Continue reading A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

Travel · United States

4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

The land of sunshine, sand and sea, Florida in the United states has a rich history going back thousands of years.  Human presence in this south eastern tropical state dates back at least 10000 to 12000 years.  The state boasts of a rich fauna and flora and even today is synonymous with alligators, crocodiles and manatees… Continue reading 4 museums to visit in and around Tampa for Floridian history, culture and nature

Travel · United Kingdom

In harmony with heritage: City of Bath, United Kingdom

If you are a lover of heritage and cultural tourism, Bath, located nearly 100 miles from London, is a place you must have on your bucket list. Roman ruins, Georgian architecture, legacy and tradition are aplenty in this city situated in the valley of the river Avon. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987,… Continue reading In harmony with heritage: City of Bath, United Kingdom

Travel · United States

The Revs Institute, Naples: a must visit for automobile aficionados

While Ferrari is synonymous with race cars, did you know that the Tipo 166 was the first Ferrari to win a major car race? Imagine standing next to the Mercedes 1923 Targa Florio, a unique masterpiece and one of only three that exist in the world today.  View the world’s most famous sports racing OSCA (Officine… Continue reading The Revs Institute, Naples: a must visit for automobile aficionados