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 …

Walking on cotton in Pamukkale

Pamukkale had been in my bucket list for many years.  It’s taken us a while to visit because unlike other Turkish destinations in our list (i.e. Istanbul, Cappadocia), planning a trip to Pamukkale had been a bit more on the challenging side.  Its location, for example, is not as convenient as Istanbul which gets direct …

Jodhpur Diary: 6 Things to See & Do

Jodhpur was the first stop in our whirlwind trip to India. Although we spent over three weeks in the country, we really only had a few days to travel around as the rest of our time was demanded by spent with loving family. I confess that I took a back seat in the planning and …

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 …

7 ways to enjoy beer-free Munich

This year’s Oktoberfest wrapped up two weeks ago and was nothing short of legendary. According to the festival’s official website, the fair brought 6.4 million guests on a beer pilgrimage to Munich from all over the world. The pilgirms consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves, and 6.7 million liters of beer—an average of over a liter …

Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 2)

Continuing the list of 20 things that made me adore Berlin, you’ll see a good mix of magnificent monuments, poignant reminders of Germany’s dark past, a bit of comedy, plus lots and lots of chocolate. Just like Part 1 (numbers 1 to 10), every single Berlin spot in this list was measured against my five-point …

Berlin: 20 best spots (Part 1)

After a weekend in Berlin, I can easily recommend 20 of the best spots to visit for someone who’s visiting for the first time. Here’s the first of a two-part series: I did not care to see Berlin. GASP! I can almost hear the world wide web convulsively catching its breath in shock after that …

Back-to-back: From Bavaria to Romania

We are back from a four-day trip to Bavaria.  It was a very special trip for me as I got another item checked off from my bucket list: to see Cinderella’s castle a.k.a. Neuschwanstein Castle.  And somewhere in the Bavarian Alps , my husband and I fell in love with the Linderhof Palace.  With our pinkies …

Cost of chasing the aurora borealis

Checking off the line item “see the northern lights” from our bucket list cost quite a bit but is absolutely worth every penny. Below is a rough breakdown of our budget so you can estimate how much yours can potentially cost, so you can start planning for it: ITEM COST A few things to note: …