Saturday, November 17, 2018

Top 5 things to do in Madrid

Every city in the world has its own tale. When we visited Barcelona on our Spain trip, loved its cosmopolitan and multicultural vibe, loved its gothic and contemporary Sagrada Familia and got mesmerized by Park Guell and got lost in the museum the Picasso. When we entered in Madrid, a whole new tale different from Barcelona awaited us. Bespoke yet dynamic, huge cultural heritage, flavorful food, art, street life, and shopping are some aspects of Madrid and a whole new way of rediscovering Spain.

Top five things in Madrid

Plaza Mayor:  Grandeur and pompous, nested in the heart of the city, Plaza Mayor is the most worth visiting the iconic landmark. Hustle and bustle this ancient market place is surrounded by full of artist, shops, and cafes. Taking a stroll and enjoying a cup of coffee or tea gives you a good insight into the lively Spanish culture. It could feel like you are in a time machine or enjoy your people watch..

Parque del Retiro: When we entered the park Retiro, it felt like the gentle breeze of air, while the city is busy and bustle. Here people are walking, jogging and doing yoga at their own pace. Paddle in the lake, visit the picturesque garden with numerous trees, sculptures, and pretty fountains and take an Instagram worthy photo in the glass castle or bask in the Sun. Nothing is less than awesome and easy breezy.

The Prado Museum: A Madrid trip can't complete without paying a visit to Prado, not just a visit but get marveled by some great artist and their surreal muse. Exhibits include  Francisco Goya to  Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez. The museum has a collection of  Art from different era and times and is considered Spain's main national art museum.

Puerta Del Sol:  The hustle and bustle and full of life this cool square offers shopping for every budget. Here you can also taste the local cuisine and enjoy the performance of local artists and get a sneak peek of the Spanish cultural dose.

Royal Palace of Madrid: This elegant and magnificent architecture is the official home of the Spanish Royal family since 1561. The impressive architecture attracts so many tourists every year.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Death

If you follow my blog, you might be expecting Diwali celebration post. Unfortunately, this Diwali week we mourn two death in my life, both are unexpected, one is even more unfortunate. My experience in form of a poem.

The Death
I come from mothers blessings, tiny tots twinkling fingers, and wife’s wishes.
I come from possibilities, and from impossibilities.
I come from the cold silence of the coffin and from the cheer of celebration.
I come knowingly and unknowingly.
I come from the leisurely afternoon tea and wee hours of the stressful day.
I can happen to you anywhere or everywhere or nowhere.
I am eternal, absolute and I am the truth.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

How to amp up your Diwali fashion

      The countdown has just begun and you are half a week away from the most celebrated festival of lights, the Diwali in India and the world. Along with cherishing and celebrating time with family, Diwali reminds me of the beautiful months of October and November, the stores filled with colorful accessories which you don't spot any other time of the year, especially jingles of the colorful bangles.

Let the accessories do the talking - Jazz up your look with some colorful accessories, be it a colorful mojris or a pair of good heels. Even such simple dressing that will surely elevate your overall look. Wear some colorful bangles and your ethnic or Indian look will surely take the front row.

Color me up please - I can't think of festivity without some bright lips or smokey or well-played eye makeup. You can do one or both. Nothing is over the top when it comes to the festivity.  But if you are doing both then tone down the outfit. The balance is the key.

The sizzles of the six-yard called saree - If you don't wear saree quite often this is the time of the year you wrap yourself up with some festive spirit with a saree. Floral or plain, traditional or contemporary go for it. If think festivity fed you quite a lot, here is the rescue called saree. Quite forgiving when it comes to paw your love handles.

Statement - I am all about statement pieces. A boho chic tribal earring or jhumkas or a great pair of a chandelier or a choker, a classy cocktail ring surely perks the festive look. Chose the right piece that gels well with your look.

Bottoms up - whether you are wearing straight kurta or Anarkali let the bottom take center stage with a sharara, palazzo, skirt or cigar.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Indian festival look #3

Indian festivity brings never-ending options and ways of dress up. The routes you want to take can be contemporary, classic, traditional or basics. This time I took the basic or classic route. When it comes to classic, gold, and red is the most quintessential color in Indian culture. Whether it is a wedding or festivity you will at least find one or two wearing red or gold or a combination, yet you can't deny it's timeless appeal. Here is my Indian festival look #3, a gold muga silk mekhela chadar and a red Assam silk blouse and rest of the look is simple basic gold neck piece, bangle and chain clutch. The look would be incomplete without red nails and red lips. Do let me know your take.

Indian festival look #1
Indian festival look #2

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Why you should visit Vermont in Fall

Vermont has it all what you ask for a leisurely vacation, gorgeously greeting green mountains with its breathtaking views, covered bridges, enormous farms lands, barn houses and to make it even more magical is the perk up foliage, the green color transforming into orange, crimson and golden brown. If you haven't seen Vermont in the fall you certainly missing something.  There are several things to do in fall in Vermont. Here is mine.

A view...whether you want to hike or lazy walk or a take a long drive in the car when Vermont celebrates the color of fall please do and please your eyes with the most stunning views of the changing colors of nature.

Eat local and encourage farmers...  Vermont is all about beautiful farms and locally grown produce. Your fall trip can also be a trip to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables. A few minutes of stop buy in the local farm can get you fresh veggies and fruits. They are relatively less expensive and I don't need to stress about the goodness of buying and eating locally grown.

 Meet some farm animal... Our fall trip to Vermont won't complete until our kids get to meet some farm animals. This is a good idea to entertain your kids if they are getting bored of sitting in the car and is a great chance to mingle with animals like the popular Vermont cow, donkey or turtle.

Mums the world... I love to visit Vermont in the fall where all farms ready to feast the festivity with the beauty of flowers. Most farms in Vermont beautify with mums.

For your Sweet tooth, the quintessential part of Vermont is maple syrup. If you haven't tried maple syrup in Vermont you probably don't know the real taste of maple syrup.
During the fall Vermont felicitate with the favors and the flavors of fall fudge, latter or candies, and more.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sagrada Familia a visual tour


Antonio Gaudio's grandeur, the larger than life Sagrada Familia is the most ethereal attraction in Barcelona. Started to build in 1882, and the construction is still on today's date, and it is listed in UNESCO heritage site. Iconic and impeccable Sagrada Familia is visited by more than 2 million people every year. This Gothic structure is famous for flamboyant architecture and enthralling interior.

Assimilation of art and religion, Sagrada Familia is an experience of its own. What you expect from a typical church visually, Sagrada Familia is truly an exception from it.

The colorful windows and lighting is a quintessential visual delight of Sagrada Familia. Each immaculate detail and the architectural ornamentation talks about Gaudi's awe-inspiring artistic ability and his affirmation for nature.