Suzdal, Russia

  Suzdal is an extremely picturesque village located a few hours train ride away from Moscow and is the crowning glory of the “Golden Ring” comprising of the ancient towns around Moscow. The main attraction of Suzdal for me was that it didn’t seem to be too popular with Western or non-Russian tourists, who seem…

From Russia, with love…

I am starting my Russia series with a phrase not too liked by me – “From Russia, with love” – a phrase repeated often on a Mumbai radio channel by an Indian imitating a Russian accent while speaking in Hindi. Doesn’t sound too exciting, but couldn’t be more apt. You will soon realise why. My…

Solo thoughts

I embarked on a solo trip for the first time. With some trepidation and a lot of excitement. After all, Croatia makes it to the top of the list when it comes to solo travel for women – so there was more cause for excitement than fear. It’s common to expect solo travel to either…

Off the beaten path in Greece: Zagori

A hidden gem behind the mountains: Zagori means the place or land behind the mountains. In this remote part of Greece, often called “Zagorohoria”, I fell in love with Greece. I am a history buff and having grown up reading Homeric verses and Greek myths, I thought Classical Greece would dominate my experience of Greece….

Legacies stolen, Legacies lost

Walking around the ancient monuments of Greece is a source of both joy and pain. The sites resonate with a strong sense of history – not just mythos as the greeks would say. I explore with awe and feel an ancient presence. Zeus, Apollo, Athina, Herakles, Artemis, Poseidon, Achilles – names made familiar by books,…