Roman House Reconstructed

If you’ve ever been to Pompeii or Herculaneum or any of the other ancient Roman sites you would have come across ruins of individual houses. Some are big like the house of Faun in Pompeii, some are extremely small. Some are well preserved and some are not. But in most cases it is often difficult…

Pannonia Inferior- the Hadrian Connection

Quick quiz question On visiting an erstwhile frontier town from the ancient Roman empire, the emperor you are most likely to encounter or who beat you to that town nearly 1900 years ago is likely to be (a) Hadrian (b) Hadrian (c) Hadrian (d) All of the above Hadrian is (maybe after Augustus) one of…

5 things to do in Copenhagen

When you don’t have a lot of time or don’t have the inclination to run around too much. Every website and blog about Copenhagen will tell you it is a very walk-able city and this is true. However, there are walks and there are slightly longer walks and then you could even rent a bike…

Crisscrossing Contrails and Danish royal names

I have seen jet contrails intersect before but never so perfectly in a cross. I took the opportunity to take a photograph with the statue of Victory in the foreground. Frederik V of Denmark also seems quite stunned by the crisscrossing contrails 🙂 This statue is in the square just outside Amalienborg Palace which is…

Cool Copenhagen

I was about to introduce the post saying Copenhagen is the furthest north I have ever traveled, but just then I remembered that about 10 years ago I spent close to a week going around Scotland- I guess I’ll have to wait until I head to Norway or even Iceland before I make that comment….

Munich Diaries

It is a rare privilege to be able to visit a distant city across continents twice. Just over 10 years ago, I had a cold and miserable stopover of a few hours in the biting cold of Munich in winter. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to visit Munich (this time for work)….

Paradise Redux- Beachcomber St Anne, Seychelles

A few years ago I visited a resort at Langkawi which until now remained the best beach hotel I had ever visited. In the middle of February I made my first visit to Seychelles. Out there I spent a few nights at the Beachcomber hotel at St Anne island. I think my choice of hotels…

Madagascan Red Fody

It’s a rainy day here in Dubai. A few days ago on another rainy occasion I managed to snap a photograph of a beautiful little red bird called the Madagascan Red Fody (it is native to Madagascar but has been introduced to other Indian ocean islands like Seychelles and Mauritius). It was drenched in the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

Hi there folks! This week’s photo challenge is all about harmony. The request is to post a photo that depicts a satisfying pairing from my life.  Just last week I visited Seychelles- an amazing group of islands in the Indian ocean where blue skies meet the blue ocean and where the white sandy beaches meet…

Merry Christmas- A Blast from the Past

It’s Christmas- yet again we’re at that time of the year when we reflect and take stock of everything that has happened over the last 350 odd days. With everything winding down, people look towards the coming days with hope. It’s that time of the year when we make resolutions. Again. Thinking of Christmas yesterday…