Anuprita Avinash Kadam

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Anuprita Avinash Kadam

The Internet has removed the stumbling bloke, the Editor, to publishing. So now we, i.e. Charu and Avi run freely, if erratically, like in a three-legged race. Our wanderlust has taken us all over the world and I would like others to see this beautiful world of ours through our eyes.



South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro May 23rd 2011

Rio de Janeiro -- Day 2 The previous day, we had taken a stroll along the Ipanema Beach because our hotel was on the beach. Though we had read about the beach-culture in Rio, we were still aghast to see the guests of our hotel come to breakfast barefoot, in bikinis and swim-trunks, over which they had draped some flimsy shirts. This was still OK, but we were not prepared for the sight of the guests walking in through the door, dripping wet in their skimpy swim-wear. After the breakfast, we had gone to the Ipanema beach and I was absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of the beach. The fine, white sand, the aquamarine-blue sea, a plethora of small hills jutting out of the sea, the bright, azure-blue sky, the craggy islands just in front, the ... read more
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South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro May 22nd 2011

Rio de Janeiro -- the ‘Marvelous City’ We left Igaussu Falls behind with a yearning in the heart to visit it again and again and yet again, though we knew perfectly well that perhaps we will not be able to visit it again in this lifetime. It is not easy visiting it from Mumbai with long flights resulting in jet-lag, long hours spent waiting at airports for connections and long periods of sleeplessness resulting in long faces at the end of the journey. May be just our age is catching up with us because I remember I had traveled to Hawaii from Mumbai via Atlantic Ocean, once upon a time without much trouble. Igaussu Falls are absolutely wonderful, but now we were looking forward to enjoying Rio de Janeiro, which my cousin had described as ‘European ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada May 18th 2011

Granada (Spain) From touristic point of view, the city of Granada is synonymous with the palace-fortress-garden complex of Alhambra – the zenith of the Moorish architecture. Alhambra is no doubt one of the most beautiful palaces, but the setting of it even more beautiful. It is built in the foothills of Sierra Nevada Mountains of Spain (NOT USA) and so the background of the snow-capped mountains adds a special charm to the complex. Moreover, the lush green countryside surrounding the complex is a natural garden in which nestles the incomparable man-made garden of Generalife. The buildings, courtyards, walled gardens and water-fountains of Alhambra in these surroundings take the cake. I used to pronounce ‘Generalife’ as “General Life” which confused Avi no end. In fact when I told him that we were going to Granada for Alhambra ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Córdoba » A Mezquita May 17th 2011

Tourists go to Cordoba basically to see the ‘Mezquita-Cathedral’. Then, if time permits they will see other things like the Jewish Quarter, the Moorish Baths, The Alcazar and if they can, they visit ‘Medina Al Zahara’, a palace-complex about 7 kms away from Cordoba. The ‘Mezquita-Cathedral’ should actually be called ‘Roman Temple-Visigothic Church-Muslim Mezquita-Catholic Cathedral’. However, I am just going to call it ‘Mezquita’ for the sake for brevity. This is one building which has disparate, diverse elements from the Roman, Moorish and Christian eras and which have become combined into a handsome whole – by a lucky chance, I am afraid, not by any ingenious human design. Elsewhere in Andalucia, the Roman and Moorish ruins as well as Catholic churches occupy separate locations. Sometimes, the mosques have been just converted into churches with a lit ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda May 16th 2011

I had read about the famous Andalucían cities of Cordoba, Granada, Seville and Malaga but when our daughter and son-in-law told us that the next day we will be visiting Ronda, it came as a surprise. Till that time, I had not even heard the word ‘Ronda’. It was even more surprise to find that Ronda is such a beautiful town. Perhaps, I found it so beautiful because of the Spring season. The trees were in full bloom and purple Wisteria blossoms adorned the white walls. Seen from the top, the vales were green and gold below. Ronda is hardly 100 kms away from the sea-shores of Malaga, where we were staying but it is high up in the hills. The road winds up and up passing the lovely countryside and sometimes the ‘white towns’ perched ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga May 15th 2011

Malaga (Spain) Normally, before going on a vacation, I spend some time on The Net and do a lot of research about the region we are planning to visit. However, our Andalucía vacation was an exception, because my daughter had decided that we should spend some time with her family at a home-stay at Malaga. We were, of course, very willing. Who wouldn’t like to spend time with their grand-daughter, daughter and son-in-law? We also decided to visit Brazil as a side-trip from Malaga and as this was an afterthought, we had to juggle our flights and travel-plans quite a bit. This kept me rather too busy because now the focus had shifted from Spain to Brazil. Crazy? Yes, everybody called us that and we agreed but we DID finish this crazy itinerary ultimately. The only ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom April 30th 2011

Gibraltar Recently, we visited Andalucía, Spain with our daughter’s family. We had a wonderful time there. We were based at Malaga and visited Ronda, Cordoba and Granada as day-trips from there. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also visited Gibraltar. Avi could accompany them because he had a valid UK visa. I could not go to Gibraltar because I did not have a UK visa and did not find it necessary to acquire one for a single day’s visit. So, I can only upload ‘Gibraltar’ as a photo-blog. The photos were taken by Avi and they are self-explanatory. I will only mention in passing that the Rock of Gibraltar has more than a hundred caves. “St. Michel’s cave” is the most visited one by the tourists and the photos are from the interior of that cave. ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 30th 2011

Lalbaug Flower Show, Bengaluru The past week, while I was uploading my South Africa-Zimbabwe travelblogs on Sulekha from Mumbai, Avi was in Bengaluru, on office work. He managed to visit the annual Lalbaug Flower Show during one evening and take photos. Here is a treat for your eyes from his camera. ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Jog Falls January 25th 2011

Our Jog Falls Tour 9-1-2011 Jog Falls was The Destination of our trip from Belgaum but this was one trip where the Destination was thoroughly disappointing while the Journey itself was extremely pleasant, soul-satisfyingly enjoyable. I mean, we were told by friends that there is not much water in the Jog Falls now-a-day, but I did not expect it to be SO less. As is my habit, I had tried to gather as much information about the route to Jog Falls from Belgaum as possible. This was no easy task. As I told Avi, “It is much easier to plan to visit Victoria Falls than to plan to visit Jog Falls. After all, there are two International Airports to cater to the tourists to Victoria Falls, but there is not even one, itsy-bitsy, domestic airport serving ... read more
The De Luxe hotel, which is shut down
The Jog Falls runs through the pipes to the left

Asia » India » Karnataka » Belgaum January 23rd 2011

Belgaum and Sulga Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native land!" Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, As home his footsteps he hath turn’d, From wandering on a foreign strand! - Sir Walter Scott I remembered those lines when I started packing for our annual get-together of school-friends, which was at Belgaum, our own ‘native place’. The joy of revisiting Belgaum permeated my being. Well, Mumbai is not exactly a ‘foreign strand’ and we are quite ‘at home’ here, or so we thought. At our earlier get-togethers, there was great enjoyment in meeting the school-friends but this time, it was doubled by the venue, Belgaum. For ... read more
Our plantation
The well with nests of 'weaver' birds.
How green was my 'Tara'




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