A chat with a Sommelier over a glass of wine

What is in a glass of wine? It is either white or red, sometimes rose and if occasion calls for it a Champagne flute. Some sweet and sour and the rest just sour with a punch. Yet for connoisseurs of wine, it a whole new world with unique flavours from places they come from, be…

A slice of Sicily in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most colourful cities I have seen in Europe. It has a beautiful harbour and vibrant city centre with enough shops to keep you occupied for a day and more. For the first time in my life I actually followed a map, not Google map mind you, but a real map…

Meet the Punjabis of Rome

This is a story I would tell anyone I meet as soon as the topic veers off to travel and Europe. You cannot blame me, for it is the most interesting tidbit I learnt or rather I cared to learn when I was travelling in Rome for a week. It is the tale of Punjabis…

How a Dane explained Indian spirituality to me

Sometimes travel expose you to lot different things and change your perspectives, some obvious and many not so much. My trip to Denmark was one such kind. The kind of people I met in Denmark, during transit and at workplace gave me so much insight into the kind of world we live. Sounds philosophical? Let…

Pines trees and neverending roads of Bjerringbro, Denmark

I was travelling to Denmark sometime towards March end on a media tour to Denmark-headquartered pump-manufacturer Grundfos in Bjerringbro. It was my first official trip overseas and I was looking forward to what the visit can offer. I learnt a lot from the trip, but that is another story, one reserved for my publication. It…

Belgium’s Comic strip culture

When someone says they have been to Belgium, the first thing people ask is ‘Where are the chocolates?’ Or ‘So, did you try Belgian beer?’ More often than not a culture that lends unique flavour to the country is forgotten. It is the comics strip culture.

Nutcrackers of Germany

Buying souvenirs for your friends and family back home when you go overseas is always more confusing than planning the trip itself. At least while planning you know what you would need. But when are on vacation abroad and are on a budget, buying a gift that is unique to a country might not always workout. Getting Belgian…

Lost in Potsdam

Travelling solo means adapting to new environment, extreme weather and most importantly staying calm when things go out of control. But you could hardly do so when you are lost in the middle of nowhere right? It was travelling to Potsdam from Berlin. Potsdam is known for castles and since I have always been partial…

Playing samba in Ghent on Solstice

What sets apart a lesbian music group from other women-only bands that crop up in the city? Nothing. At least on the surface. The bands have only women, they hang out after practice and they may even mingle in the same social circle. They may stand for the same cause, hanker for acceptance and love…

A bachelorette party in Amsterdam

Amsterdam during the day is like any other European city – lively and crowded with tourists, thriving restaurants and cafes. It has its share of museums and cathedrals. Famous painters like Vincent Van gogh and Rembrandt were born in Netherlands. The river Amstel flows through the city and you can see boats for hire on…

A quaint little street in Rome that stole my heart

When I have little too much time on my hands, I tend to walk aimlessly. It was one such day when I visited Vatican. Having done with my visit to Vatican as early as 2 p.m. on a warm Tuesday morning, I did not want to retire to my lodge so early. So I took…

The legal walls of Belgium

Think Europe, and you think of neat buildings and clean roads, where everything works in an orderly fashion. And you would be right, mostly. But when I landed in Brussels on a rainy Saturday afternoon, it did not take me long to see colourful images and unfamiliar words splashed on buildings as my local train…