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I Reached 80 World Heritage Sites

I started my World Heritage Sites project with 40 sites, back in mid 2012. With the addition of Ephesus by the committee just weeks ago, and my boat trip in Rhodes, I finally reached 80 sites! 81 sites in fact, with also the addition of Singapore Botanical Gardens. I thought I need to write a […]

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Colors and Melting Ice Cream – Works of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona

From UNESCO World Heritage Site: Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style which was given […]

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The Force is Strong in Sevilla

This is Plaza de España in Sevilla, Spain. A place where they shot Naboo palace in Star Wars! I did not know this when I visited this magnificent spot, and we stumbled upon it almost by mistake. (Looking at the map of Seville and oh there’s this place called Plaza de España. We still have […]

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How to Cross Continents Without Flying

Or How to See Africa from Europe with Naked Eyes (the other title I was considering for this post) Aren’t you excited about the opportunity to cross continents by sea? I’m oddly fascinated by crossing border between countries by land so the chance to cross continents made me giddy. There are only two areas in […]

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The Mad House of Dalí

When I was just a wee girl, I was wandering into a random poster store in a nondescript shopping mall, as you do. I saw a picture which at that point completely mesmerized me. It was a strange drawing of elephants with mosquito-like legs. I didn’t know what the picture was about or who the […]

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Border Love: Crossing the Heart of Pyrénées from Barcelona to Lourdes

Traveling to another country by plane is like boarding on a (flying) elevator. You go in, and poof, you’re in another place in another time zone. While I do that all the time too, for me the best way of traveling is by land, crossing the border of one country to another, and seeing how […]

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Stylized Jesus at La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

What happens when church and Jesus get highly stylized by an architect whose style is so out there they made an English word out of his name? Meet La Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudí. Barcelona was one of the place in Europe I was most excited about, purely because of Antoni Gaudí’s works. To say […]

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THAT Spain Road Trip – The Dirty Details

Since I posted about that Spain road trip, I have got a few emails asking me about more details of the trip. What’s my day to day itinerary, what places I wish I could’ve spent more time in or less time, the cost, and so on. All Indians and all is inspired by that Indian […]

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The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) in Valencia, Spain I’m not usually a huge fan of new buildings, so this time Mighty Mona was the one more excited about visiting this place when we reached Valencia. We’ve been seeing pictures of the buildings off the Internet, and we have […]

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Spain-Gibraltar-Morocco Road Trip: How Did We Go?

I just came back from 17 days road trip around Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco, as laid out 3 weeks ago in previous post. How did we go? Lots of Amazing Race moments! Almost losing passport, going to a wrong place and wasted hours of driving, looking for parking outside of a no-park-zone historical city for […]