Wind and water erosion create magic in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.
Chiseled by thousands of years of non-stop pounding and grinding by the Forces of Nature, the Cappadocian landscape is dominated by rocky valleys of varied hues and towers shaped like mushrooms, cones and chimneys. What’s even more interesting is that some of these rock formations were (and a few still are) inhabited by people who carved into the towers and chimneys to create their unique dwellings, some above and some even below the ground. You could explore the region by foot with many easy-to-moderate hikes in the valleys (check out our hike in the Rose and Love Valleys here) or rent a scooter or even an ATV. Even better, take a hot air balloon ride at dawn to witness the unique landscape coming to light from the air. And definitely stay at one of the cave hotels around town, for your own experience of living it up like the Flintstones.
Earth or Moon? You decide.
(A segment of one of the Star Wars movies is claimed to be shot here – I wouldn’t be surprised)
There was a nip in the air as we stepped out of the bus from Munich.
Still slightly inebriated from the copious amounts of beer had earlier in the day, we scurried out of the bus to collect our luggage, apprehensive for some reason, that someone else might walk away with our bags by mistake or intention. The ride from Munich had been a very comfortable one – DB runs a double-decker bus service twice or thrice a day – takes you through the German countryside (rather scenic in the setting sun, I caught glimpses of it between snoozing) at an average speed of 100 km/h (that’s sort of impressive if, like me, you’re coming from a place like India, where buses rarely go above 50 km/h without toppling over). Continue reading Walking around Prague: In Photos
There are two reasons why I love Europe – Schengen visas and the trains. Both are key to traipsing with ease from country to country.
I’m also an overzealous planner, if there ever was one, when it comes stuffing my itineraries with places to see and things to do.
Put the two together and you have my itinerary for just over 2 weeks in Europe in the fall of 2014. This itinerary will give you an idea of how ground is possible to be covered and how; and if you’d like to take this pace or go a little slower. I’ll cover the places we saw and inter-city transport in this post (and how to book it). In the interest of brevity, why we chose these specific places and money matters will be addressed in dedicated posts.
Where we went:
Over 15 days of hectic travelling and lots of pounding over cobblestone streets, we saw / slept in all these places (more posts on these coming up soon!):
Biggest beer festival in the world
The spires of Tyn Cathedral
The view that everyone comes for
‘Salute to the Sun’ – a very cool art installation of hundreds of solar lights that come on after sunset
Plitvice Lakes on a cold, foggy day were still spectacular
Night lights, central town square
Bled is the stuff of fairy tales
The Campanile (bell tower) that collapsed unexplained a hundred years ago
The 2000-year old marvel that still stands and is actively used
The sunset that will make you fall for Florence
Hiking between Vernazza and Corniglia
Erm, well, since our day in Milan was eaten up by a 4-hour train delay
Continue reading Euro Tripping: How to Visit 12 Cities in 5 Countries in 15 Days (and bust your knees)