I remember that in my previous blog, my closing sentence was “I won’t go to Venice or Milan unless someone pays for my ticket”. Guess what, we got the chance to visit Venice for a “Study trip”. Currently, I’m attending a summer school in Italy at the University of Trento, which Includes a study trip as well, and luckily, the plant that we were supposed to visit was just 30 minutes away from Venice. I will skip the details of “Study visit” part of the day for obvious reasons.
Venice in Pictures
Venice is a totally unique place, I have been to places deemed as “Venice of the East”, “Venice of the north” and I used to proudly flaunt about those as well, but believe me “Venice is Venice”, irreplaceable. No matter how many times you have seen it in Casino Royale or The Italian Job, the real thing is totally dreamlike. Everyplace where one could imagine a road, lies a canal, with water all around. An island that looks like a fish on the map houses a plethora of colorful houses, cafés, and shops. There are a lot of magnificent churches as well, roaming around directionless in those narrow alleyways is a wondrous feeling in itself.
There is one ubiquitous thing about all big cities in Europe, no matter how beautiful they are, there would always be a hidden treasure, somewhere in the vicinity of that place and that would surely be an unspoiled and less crowded place. Sigtuna is an example of this around Stockholm.
I thought of making most of my time by exploring such places around Barcelona. With one side of Barcelona surrounded by sea, there are three other directions to explore, if you go north, you get to explore the pristine beaches of Costa Brava, If you go south, you’ll again reach the amazing beaches of Sitges and many more towns to follow, but if you go opposite to the sea, you’ll end up on majestic mountains of Montserrat. Let’s start exploring from Montserrat itself. Continue reading “Sun • Sand • Spain: #2 More than just Barcelona”→
After my previous trip to Prague got screwed up, I had a couple of lessons, first was not to plan short trips and second was to see the weather forecast very carefully. On top of that, I realized that it doesn’t make much sense if I just go for a weekend to a place and complete a touristy checklist in a day or two and come back. I need to stay longer to soak in the beauty of any place. That’s why, this time, I planned a weeklong stay in Barcelona, most importantly, to satiate my craving for Sun.
I read it somewhere, “Barcelona assaults the senses in every possible way” (of course not the bad ways), and I found it to be absolutely true, the place is so enthralling that even a week after returning to Stockholm I find my mind wandering on the Catalonian beaches every now and then. Continue reading “Sun • Sand • Spain : #1 Barcelona”→
NOTE: For some reason, all the images of this post disappeared from my blog. I am trying to fix them ASAP. Meanwhile, please read the other posts
Plans and Screwed up plans
No matter how well you plan a trip, there are two things you can’t fight, bad weather and bad health. When it came to this trip, both these things were against me.
What I planned: I booked tickets to travel to Prague on my birthday and thought on to go further to Vienna from there before returning to Stockholm 4 days later.
What actually happened: I got sick just a day before I was supposed to go, and the flu was at its peak just the night before I had to go there, so I had to skip that flight and stay in Stockholm. Continue reading “A mucked up trip to Prague”→
Sigtuna is Sweden’s first town, founded in the 10th century. It’s a small-scale and pedestrian-friendly place, with charming wooden buildings by Lake Mälaren. This place has a good selection of stores, cafés, restaurants, and hotels, plus an interesting museum. To the fascination of history buffs, the district is rich in rune stones. Sigtuna can be reached by train, bus, or boat from the center of Stockholm and is merely an hour outside of Stockholm. The best part is if you have an SL-Card (Stockholm’s Travel Card), you can reach there without paying anything extra.
Sigtuna can be reached by train, bus, or boat from the center of Stockholm and is merely an hour outside of Stockholm. The best part is if you have an SL-Card (Stockholm’s Travel Card), you can reach there without paying anything extra. It is one of the most picturesque places to be and you can spend hours taking pictures and relaxing by the lake. Continue reading “Sigtuna: Exploring the Swedish Roots”→
I have an old habit of wandering off as soon as my exams are over. This time, that habit took me on a trip to Paris.
It’s not easy to explore a place like Paris in a single day, especially when you’re visiting the place the first time. Luckily, One of my friend who lives in Paris had promised to show me the city, she saved me all the trouble of looking for places in maps and wasting time in getting lost.