Friday, 3 March 2017

Destination Rome - The Colosseum

The second most visited spot in Italy, centrally situated in Rome - The inception of this structure can take you back to ancient Roman Empire and it's most preserved heritage. 

Initially, The Colosseum had a Latin name which was - Amphitheatrum Flavium in english it would mean Flavian Amphitheatre. As the same was constructed during Flavian Dystasy way back in 82 A.D. This Latin term is largely used to describe this structure. However, the same is world famous as the Colosseum.

There are several instances and it's successors' stories, which would definitely leave you wondering how old and ancient - is this beautiful structure: that stands alone withstanding all the nature's fury from the past several years.

The structure by itself  had the capacity to hold over 80,000 people with on an average more than 60,000 people for each show. The structure was used as an amphitheatre to display the dramas based on classical mythology, re-enactments of famous battles, gladiatorial contests, executions, animal hunts and so on.

The iconic symbol of Imperial Rome has definitely been damaged due to stone robbers and earthquakes in the past. But it's ancient roman connection makes it a favourite spot. Also, it is believed the significance with Roman Catholic Church too makes it a major tourist attraction. Every year, during Good Friday there is a torch lit 'Way of the Cross' procession led by the Pope near The Colosseum, Thus strengthening it's links more with Roman Catholic Crowd. 
Some of the structure, is still under restoration as it's a very big project to be completeled. However, the Colosseum stays open everyday to host a wide range of tourist coming from everyday from different parts of the world. 

  • According to the Guinness World Record, it still holds the record to be the world's largest amphitheatre.
  • If one has a closer look would clearly give you the Italian version of the five  cent euro coin. 



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Destination Germany - German Lake

A walk by the German Lake!!!
After arriving in Germany after a long flight, I decided to stroll in beautiful backyard of the hotel to avoid jet-lag situation. And to my amazement I wasn't at all disappointed to do so. As Germany is a very beautiful place, the serenity and peace that one experiences is one of the most loveliest feelings in the world.

Being a Western European country, it has over 2 millennia of history - very rich in terms of it's culture and heritage sites. It has many palaces, windmills and lush green fields with meadows grazing on the way which  It's landscapes, the river-life and the mountains ranges along with the North Sea beach makes it an ideal place to visit for a vacation - be it with friends/ family or just alone!

The 5th largest country in Europe is by and large a huge place with Berlin having the honour to be it's capital city ever since 1990. Earlier seven times the capital city was shifted till again it was decided that the capital will be Berlin. Here people do speak in  German language but as we known Indians are everywhere, you will not be amazed to see several Indians settled in this city. Also one interesting fact about this place is Berlin has more bridges than Venice.

Here the sunset happens always late, say at something at 7pm on the normal days while during summers, the sun takes it's own time to go down - it is as bright as 4pm in the afternoon at 9pm in this particular place.

Tip of the Day:
Go Cycling, exploring this lovely place. Normally, for any day - to - day work, people often either  use public mode of transport or cycles. If you are on a vacation to this place do not forget to book a cycle which you will get at a nominal price and ride through the long deep roads of the city, appreciating and enjoying the fields and small houses situated on the lovely hills of the Germany.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Burj al-Arab - Destination Dubai

 Burj al-Arab, Dubai
Snuggled over the beautiful blue waters of Jumeirah Beach, the architecturally rich Burj al-Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. It is one of it's kind placed in the beautiful city of Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

This beautiful hotel during its construction phrase was known to the people of Dubai and across the globe as Dubai Chicago Beach Hotel but it was then renamed to be Burj al - Arab by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and today this particular hotel is the world's 4th tallest hotel, the other 3 too being situated in Dubai, itself.

The name - Burj al- Arab what does it mean? Well, the name means - Tower of the Arabs. This luxury hotel can be considered to be as an artificial island connecting the Jumeirah beach to the mainland with the help of  a private curving bridge.

The foundation of this hotel was laid in 1994 and it was only in 1999 that this beautiful structure was created, leading to the grand opening of the same in December 1999. The Client wanted a building that would symbolize the style statement  main aim of the architect Tom Wright was to construct the same in lines of  symbolic statement such as

Pickpockers, they pick pockets any time of the day, so if you have precious belonging with yourself, you better be careful.

Visit the Jumeirah Beach, to get a picture perfect photograph of the Burj al - Arab. While enjoying the clicking and posing for photographs on the Arabian sand, you can simultaneously upload it online! As the beach has full free wi-fi facility. Also if your visit to the place is scheduled during the summer, you are kindly requested to carry a stoles or shawl along with self as dubai heat is terrible.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Republic Day of India

26th January 1950 as the sun raised from the shadow of the clouds, India saw a new beam of light on this particular day!

Despite, the fact India received it's Independence from the British rule in the year 1947, the Constitution of India wasn't form. And this particular day, went on the beautiful books of the history as it was this day - 26th January, 1950 - that was honored as the day that brought the Constitution of India into force.

Earlier the country was under the Government of India Act (1935). Now, through the formation of the Constitution of India - it lays down a framework of structures, procedures, powers, duties of government institutions and also sets out  fundamental rights, directive principles and duties of the citizens. The Constitution several laws such as freedom of speech, expression and several other laws came into effect. Thus, making our Republic Day - a day that holds a great significance in the life of every Indian.

I still remember that way back during my school days, this was one of the most awaited days - not because we had a holiday (this is one of the three national holidays in India - other being the Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanthi.) but because of the wonderful cultural programme that we had post the flag hoisting. Programmes like these helped us in growing more and more patriotic towards our country.

Here's wishing every Indian across the globe, a very happy republic day! Let's all promise to unite and help one and another to make India a better place to live in.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Golden Roof at Innsbruck

Good Morning Everyone, I once read this somewhere I don't really know who said this but whoever did, it sounded very apt. If you want to visit a place which you cannot afford, read about it! And the job of the writer is to do nothing but to take you to that place without you physically visiting the same.
Today let's together embark on this journey of exploring the Golden Roof of Innsbruck! The title of this monument sounds interesting right? Well, I would say it was this very title of the place that attracted me to visit the lovely place of Innsbruck, in Austria. The place Innsbruck is known for it's historic importance and it is this very place where this beautiful Golden roof is present. This is also known as Goldenes Dachl.

It is believed, that this most city famous symbol was completed in 1500 with roughly 2738 fire glided copper tiles to mark the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza. It was then widely used by the couple to observe festivals, events that took place in the square below. Well, today if one takes a closer look at this monument, it is become a photo square and a world famous attraction, people from different parts of the world explore the legacy of this place.

So if you're planning an a holiday to Europe, don't forget to visit the city of Innsbruck which holds this beautiful monument in the heart of this country.


If you are planning you're holiday in the month of October, do carry a bunch of warm clothes as it does tend to get very windy at times during this time of the year. In case, you want to visit the place and enjoy the snow, well visit it during December to February! Happy Travelling!


Friday, 13 January 2017

The Dubai Artwork

Holidaying at Dubai is always fun!!! It's abstract and innovative ideas leave you  amazed with nothing but a wow feeling. I was on a tour to the underwater massive creation where I came across this beautiful ceiling painting, which altogether took me in another space. The painting was so beautiful that I think I stood there watching the same and admiring the beauty by clicking for photographs of the same for a long time.

Thursday, 12 January 2017


As I was strolling through the beach at Miramar one evening - I stood there for a minute, thinking about how beautiful this entire scenic view is! And while I was doing this, a thought came to me, if we treat the life like a beach, the waves could be considered to be the various opportunities/ situations that encounter us every single day! It up to us how to react to each, some we defend, while in some we allow the waves to take control. The thought is surely deep but if one takes a closer look everything falls in perspective. Also, I read this somewhere and found it very apt - b.e.a.c.h - best escape anyone can have - truly no matter how tired and annoyed you are, a stroll at the beach admiring the beauty of the place, rejuvenates your mind and soul.

Tip of the day - Life is like a beach, learn to enjoy the waves!!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The Our Lady of Piety Statue

 The Our Lady of Piety Statue at St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.
Recently, I attended a sermon at the St. Inez Church in Panjim. And during the sermon, the priest spoke about the statue of Michaelangelo, which made me rewind my memory to the day that I visited the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Here’s Michaelangelo’s finest sculpture – the Our lady of Piety statue – most commonly referred to as Pieta. This indeed launched his career making him successful than the work he did previously.

Taking a closer look at the history, as to why this statue was created. Well, it was way back in 1497 when a cardinal Jean de Billheres commissioned Michaelangelo to create a sculture that would be placed in the side of the chapel in Rome, which later went on to become world famous and shifted to the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.  When Michaelangelo was assigned the work to create a sculpture, he was told he had to create "the most beautiful work of marble in Rome, one that no living artist could better."

Well keeping in mind that, he went on to create this marble sculpture of – Pieta, well it has several wow factors attached to it. The marble used to carve this sculpture was Carrara marble, one of the favorite of the sculptors back then in the ancient Rome. The sculpture depicts the tragic moment of the Virgin Mary holding her son in her arms after Jesus was brought down from the cross. And this is the only artwork of his which he had ever signed.

Even though his sculpture came under several criticism he gracefully accepted them all. And today, everyone regards him as world famous for his this piece of art.

Tip of the Day - Listen to criticism gracefully, but let your work speak for yourself.