Istanbul Top Pick: The Basilica Cistern

Of the many, many places to see in Istanbul, The Basilica Cistern (or Yerebatan Sarnıcı in Turkish) is my favourite.  It’s the largest of the several hundred ancient sub-terranean cisterns in Istanbul, and I absolutely love how it’s so different from all other top attractions in Istanbul. Unlike the grand mosques with minarets that soar …

Jodhpur Diary: Postcards from Mehrangarh Fort

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Europe anymore”—this was pretty much what I told myself as we made our way up to Mehrangarh Fort. Our auto driver mentioned that he’s taking us to a beautiful palace yet what I saw was this bare, almost austere structure looming as we approached. No quintessential medieval spires …

A Photographer’s Guide to Rome at Night

Without a shadow of a doubt, Rome is a beautiful city. With the perfect combination of elaborate monuments and ancient ruins, it’s one of the most photogenic places in the world. But when the sun goes down and the city is illuminated by a soft yellow light, it turns into something almost divine. Capturing Rome …

8 Reasons to stay at The Grand Hotel Toplice

“Your room comes with a boat,” said the lady at the front desk. Upon hearing this, my husband’s eyes lit up like headlights and the scowl he’s politely been trying to hide from the hotel staff upturned to a big, beaming smile. It was late in the afternoon when we reached Grand Hotel Toplice in …

Best photography moments in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Picture this:   A calm lake surrounded by the soft slopes of alpine mountains. A small island in the middle, just big enough for an old, white church—the sound of bells ringing from its clock tower. Couples paddle away on their wooden row boats making ripples on the otherwise still water. White swans parade close …

Slowing down in Dubrovnik

Leisurely and unhurried—that’s exactly how we planned to see Dubrovnik. When I was researching about how to spend our four days in Croatia, I was surprised by the amount of people who suggested that Dubrovnik should be treated as a day trip. ‘Don’t spend too much time’ was a popular advice—go in, spend a few …

Clear skies and the brightest northern lights

And just like that, it’s April.  For most cities clutched by the relentless grip of winter, April is always met with welcoming smiles and relieved sighs.  April is that dear friend you haven’t seen for a while; it takes one look and all the fond memories come flooding in—longer days, warmer temperatures, that first patio …