Enchanting Tour of the historic Old Montreal

A visitor information centre is usually the right place to start, when planning to explore a new city. And that was our first stop. We looked around for guide maps and detailed brochures for our visit and picked up a few. Though we had the information in our hand, we spoke to one of the experts there – who really helped us in understanding the rough layout … Continue reading Enchanting Tour of the historic Old Montreal

Srirangapatna: Tipu Sultan’s Beautiful Summer Palace

Every wall narrates a story – bringing out scenes from the pages of history – sketched with great artistry of that time – the Dariya Daulat Palace is splashed with vivid paintings all around depicting Tipu Sultan’s army on battleground and their victories. On the way to Mysore from Bangalore, lies this beautiful summer palace of Tipu Sultan. Situated on an island called Srirangapatna, “it … Continue reading Srirangapatna: Tipu Sultan’s Beautiful Summer Palace

Mysore Palace: Finest Gem of the City of Palaces

Mysore Palace is one of the most beautiful Palaces of India. Completed in 1912, with a few additions in later years, it is exquisitely designed. Part of the day trip itinerary to Mysore, this time I traveled with my parents, sister & my one-year old niece. We reached the Palace around one, bought the tickets and entered the grounds. The first thing, we had to … Continue reading Mysore Palace: Finest Gem of the City of Palaces

Toronto: Magnificent Casa Loma

Casa Loma is one of the most beautiful castles in North America. “Sir Henry Pellatt was the dreamer behind this famous Toronto landmark and it took three years & 3.5 million dollars to build it”, according to the Casa Loma website. Majestically extended on a hill – it boasts of splendid architecture, lavish interiors, lush lawns & unobstructed views of the Toronto skyline. We visited the … Continue reading Toronto: Magnificent Casa Loma

San Francisco: Famous Cable car ride

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a ride on the famous cable car. That’s what everyone says and they are right ! But it all begins with a little hard work i.e. getting in a long line before you finally get to enjoy the bumpy ride. We waited for about half an hour, before we got our chance to take the seats on … Continue reading San Francisco: Famous Cable car ride

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

The ‘World’s first true penitentiary’ designed in a wagon-wheel style opened in 1829 and was built “to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal’s heart” (as per Eastern State Penitentiary website) It was the first and the most interesting attraction on our list of places to see in Philadelphia. And by eleven in the morning we were there to avoid the crowds later during the day. … Continue reading Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

Baltimore: Fort McHenry

A rainy day at the Fort McHenry. Baltimore is a beautiful city in Maryland and has the historic star-shaped Fort McHenry which is known for the War of 1812 and as the birthplace of the American National Anthem – ‘Star-Spangled Banner’. Our trip began with this important monument of American history. The exhibits displayed are impressive and the 10-minute orientation film gives detailed information about … Continue reading Baltimore: Fort McHenry

New Haven: Sprawling Yale Campus

A cool spring day in New Haven looks perfect on the beautiful Yale campus. One of our many spontaneous trips and we were at the Yale visitor Center before noon. We opted for the guided tour as it gives a better idea of the place and a university student was our guide for the day. With over 250 buildings, its a sprawling campus and we … Continue reading New Haven: Sprawling Yale Campus

Savannah: Historic River Street

‘Doesn’t she look like … Paula Deen?’, I asked. ‘Yeah, she does’. ‘Well, we are in …… Savannah’. That was the lady who greeted us at the reception in the hotel. Her face looked so familiar, that I couldn’t stop myself from asking. And co-incidentally, Paula Deen is also from Savannah and there are many ‘Paula Deen Tours’ available as well, which take you around … Continue reading Savannah: Historic River Street

Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

The Lalitha Palace (Mahal, in Hindi) is situated in Mysore – about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore, Karnataka in India. This dazzling palace is just second in terms of size after the grand Mysore Palace in the entire state. Designed by E.W. Fritchley and constructed in 1931 for the Mysore Dynasty’s guests – its a wonderful two story structure (as documented). However, in 1974, … Continue reading Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace