The eternal city of Rome (Pictorial)

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St Pauls Cathedral

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Vatican city

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On the way to the Colosseum

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THE Colosseum

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The Roman Forum

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Trevi fountain at night

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Night life!

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Pantheon

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Inside the Pantheon

 

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The famous Trevi fountain

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Change of guards outside Quirinal Palace

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Quirinal Palace

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The natural wonder called Plitvice Lakes

This nature’s wonderland called Plitvicka jezera in Croatian is a UNESCO world heritage site and rightly so. This breathtaking nature’s work of art needs to be protected!

We actually did not know that this place existed up until about 3 years back when one of our friends mentioned about it. He had said that it is amazingly beautiful and is a must see. So after being on our bucket list for the past 3 years, we finally ‘planned’ a ‘last minute trip’ to Croatia 🙂 haha I know you cant really plan a last minute trip but with me & Vin it always has to be a spontaneous decision about where and when we are headed to a new destination…

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After some research on price comparison sites, with our flight & hotel bookings done we flew out to Croatia from Gatwick early on a Thursday morning. I hate early morning flights as that means waking up early but it works out so well for us as we get almost an entire day to explore our new destination without wasting any time on travel.

So we arrived at Zagreb airport and hired a car from City rent a car and drove to Plitvice lakes which took around 3 hours with a stop for lunch. I will write about road trip in detail in another post. We had booked a room for one night in Hotel Jezero-http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g303827-d317295-Reviews-Hotel_Jezero-Plitvice_Lakes_National_Park_Central_Croatia.html

The hotel was located inside the national park and was right by the entrance to the lakes which was excellent as we could just walk 5 minutes and reach the entrance gate or the ticket booth. Also an added advantage was that if you stay at one of the 3 hotels inside the park you can buy a one day ticket and use it on 2 consecutive days. The cost for a one day ticket was 110 kuna & a two day ticket was 180 kuna so staying in the park hotel saved us some cash!

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Hotel Jezero

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The park was broadly divided into 2 sections – upper lakes & lower lakes. There are 16 lakes all in one place and at different levels and they overflow into each other creating beautiful waterfalls when they flow into the lower ones. As we had arrived at the park at around 3 pm, we decided we would do the upper lakes in the evening as we had around 4 hours until the park closed at 8 pm. We had to take the buggy ride to the top most lake from where we started our trek walking down one level at a time.

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As we continued walking on the wooden walkways created to blend in with the natural surroundings we were mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty that surrounded us. The water was crystal clear and the colour kept changing from blue to green to turquoise!

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IMG_8441It is quite warm there during august and you need to carry a few bottles of water and some snacks with you as it can be quite tiring…we finished the lower lakes and had to wait almost an hour for the ferry to take us back  to the main station point. The ferry point had restaurants and other facilities so you can have an ice-cream and chill out after a long trek around the park.

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This was such a satisfying and unique experience. Nature at its best!

London Olympics 2012

We got tickets!!

We got tickets!!

I know I am late in writing this post…but hey! Better late than never! This time I do not want to say I am back and stuff like that as no resolutions work for me- ever! My last post was a year ago and I have nothing else to blame other than my laziness…:( No excuses this time.

Anyway, I am back and what more interesting than the London Olympics. It was highly celebrated event of 2012 and through out the summer there was nothing else on people’s minds. After a lot of moaning and cursing the organizers for the poor way of ticket sales, I think we were the most loyal visitors to the official games website everyday. It took a lot of patience, perseverance and refreshing the page to finally get tickets!! yaeee- high-point of the summer for me:)

So on the 1st of Aug 2012, we disembarked the tube and walked towards the Wembley Arena for our session of Badminton. With a huge crowd walking in either direction and games volunteers cheering everyone up we knew we were in for a good time.

 

The badminton courts in Wembley Arena

Badminton courts in the Wembley Arena

As we were hoping to watch Saina in action when we bought the tickets we were on cloud nine when it actually came true 🙂 And to add to it she won that game with a lot of support from the Indian crowd that had come to watch her play!

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The Indian Star!

Go Saina go!!

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Chakde India!!

When the session was finally over, we waited outside the players exit door to try our luck hoping to meet some of them. But that didn’t happen and we were on our way back to the station to get home and who do we bump into!! Pullela Gopichand! He was such a sweet person who readily obliged for a photo and autograph.

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Autograph please…:)

Next, it was round 2! Time to get to the London OLYMPIC PARK. And this time for Paralympics. With the Olympics being a huge huge hit with GB fans and many of the team GB players winning medals there was no doubt that the Paralympics tickets will sell like hot cakes as well.

Again, lucky as we were got 2 tickets to see the athletics in action on the 5th of September in Stratford. The Olympic park was huge and spread over quite a few miles. Involved a lot of walking but was worth all the effort! Long jump, high jump, 400m, 100m, 4*100m relay was all on display and was spectacular to watch. The olympic flame burning in the centre of the stadium truly made us feel like we were a part of the Olympic spirit.

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The OLYMPIC STADIUM

 

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Team GB Fans!

 

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Athletics in action!

 

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Night lights…

A Life time Experience!!