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F for Free Moscow Tour

It’s general human tendency to get attracted to anything which is free. When I was looking up for Moscow tours, I randomly happened to come across the Moscow Free tour website.

At first, I wondered as to why would someone offer a free tour. It didn’t make any sense from a monetary aspect. But then, I realized that these guys have been consistently certified by various tourists on TripAdvisor and offer a number of other tours as well. I really liked them so much so that I had also taken the Moscow Metro tour through them.

F for Free Moscow Tour

Church of All Saints

The tour starts at the Slavyanskaya Square opposite to which is the Church of All Saints. One of it’s standout features is the Leaning bell-tower.

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Kremlin

F for Free Moscow Tour

Walls of the Kremlin

F for Free Moscow Tour

Guards near the Lenin’s Mausoleum

The Moscow Free Tour covers areas in and around the Red Square and starts off with the Kremlin which is the official residence of the President of Russia. The Lenin’s Mausoleum, the resting place of the revolutionary Vladmir Lenin is located right outside the Kremlin Complex.

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E for Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

E for Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

Flying over the calm blue waters of the Aegean Sea minutes before landing

The ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ Airport also known as the Athens International Airport is the main international gateway to the historical city of Athens.

E for Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

On arrival, we were greeted to a calm clear winter day

Though the Greek economy has plummeted quite dramatically over the last few years, the increase in the number of passengers at the airport (~20 million) has coincided with more than 25 million tourists visiting Greece in 2016. This makes it one of them most visited destinations in Europe.

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D for Dubai International Airport

D for Dubai International Airport

A380: The queen of the skies

Dubai is something of a maximum city. With the tallest buildings, the longest bridges and tunnels, the highest restaurants, the glitziest malls and more, it has created quite a name for itself across the planet.

And so how can its airport stay behind? The world’s 3rd business by passenger traffic, 6th busiest by cargo traffic and the busiest operating both wide-body jets courtesy the flagship Emirates airline (B777s & A380s), Dubai International Airport is bursting at its seams. It’s like almost everyone on the planet arrives in Dubai more often than not either on transit or for business and / or pleasure.

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C for Coastal Highway from Sur to Muscat

Sur, a city of about 120,000 people is located around 150km from Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman. Sur is the capital of the Sharqiya region in this Jewel of Arabia.

C for Coastal Highway from Sur to Muscat

Sur – Muscat Coastal Highway

C for Coastal Highway from Sur to Muscat

The calm blue waters of the Arabian Sea

While Oman is famous for some of the best road trips on the planet, this coastal highway from Sur to Muscat is up there to rival the best.

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Taking a pit stop

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B for Beaches

Beaches are places where you can relax and unwind.

B for Beaches

Qurum Beach, Muscat

B for Beaches

Sentosa Island, Singapore

Beaches are places where you can rewind your thoughts and give meaning to them.

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Kovalam Beach, Kerala

B for Beaches

Marina Beach, Kuwait

Beaches are places where the sound of the sea waves hitting the sea shore provides a sense of tranquility far away from the big bad world out there.

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A for Acropolis & Agora

Acropolis and Agora

Parthenon at the Acropolis Complex

Acropolis is one of the greatest symbols of Greece. This complex with its more than 20 odd monuments is located on the top of a hill overlooking the historical city of Athens.

Acropolis and Agora

Acropolis and Agora

Parthenon

Acropolis and Agora

It’s amazing when you think that these monuments were constructed sometime in 5th century BC. They would have been architectural marvels during those days constructed by some of the best architects one could think of. And I am sure, the costs for the construction would have been mind – boggling as well.

Acropolis and Agora

Temple of Dionysus

Acropolis and Agora

Some of the most important buildings in the complex include the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Theatre of Dionysus among others.

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Guest Post: 5 Interesting Things To Do In Delhi

Know the time when you are so overwhelmed with your work, that you slip up on keeping tabs on the holiday calendar? Well, I recently had a first-hand experience of the same when I realised that work was almost finished, and I had a long unplanned weekend ahead. Now, inspired by the uber-digital generation of the 21st century, I googled around for happening places which my pocket could accommodate. And, guess what, Delhi trumped the deck!

So, that’s how I got to visit the capital, and learned a few of its secrets. The city is not merely confined to the grand monuments which grace its soils, but offers a number of different and interesting activities for the inquisitive traveller to explore. Here I mention a few of these, which left me with lifelong experiences to share.

1. Art Though ART?

Interesting things to do in Delhi: Delhi Art Gallery

Photo by Nomu420, CC BY-SA 3.0

The city of New Delhi has been patron to a host of virtuoso artists over the course of its richly-flavoured history. Unsurprisingly, the capital city finds itself front-row seats to a cultural renaissance of sorts in the 21st century as well – if the boom in art galleries serves as any indication.

My first expedition was at the Delhi Art Gallery, located in the village town of Hauz Khas, which is perhaps a staple joint of – well, everyone. This 24-year old space is renowned to have one of the most exhaustive collections of Modern Indian art, and I found myself surrounded by over 35,000 unique marvels of ingenuity from Modernists to early British spectrums, along with leading painters of date.

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Stockholm Diaries: Landing at Arlanda Airport

Landing at the Arlanda Airport

The Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark) have been in my bucket list since the time I can remember. The quality of life, the natural beauty, the helpful people have for long attracted millions of tourists as well as immigrants for years.

Landing at the Arlanda Airport

One would usually expect a lot of snow while landing in Stockholm in the peak of winter. But as is the case with the rest of the planet these days, (global warming et all), the day we landed it was just 0 degrees. From high up above, we could see patches of snow, but there was nothing to be too alarmed about.

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New Year 2014 in Singapore

New Year 2014 Singapore

Singapore is regarded as one of the most dynamic cities on the planet. It is at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. Despite its small size, Singapore has for long been a strong business and tourist hub. And so when I got a chance to experience the feeling of ringing in the New Year 2014 in Singapore with a lot of fireworks and celebrations, I was quite excited.

New Year 2014 Singapore: Louis Vuitton Showroom

While there are dance parties throughout Singapore, the area around Marina Bay Sands is where Singapore showcases it’s splendid fireworks.

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Ayodhya Day Trip

Ayodhya Day Trip: On National Highway 28

On National Highway 28 from Lucknow to Ayodhya

Ayodhya is regarded one of the holiest towns for Hindus. It is the birthplace of Lord Rama and the epic Ramayana was also based here. Though I had visited the town more than 20 years back, I didn’t really remember much And so, when another chance for a day trip to Ayodhya came along, I was quite excited.

Ayodhya is about 134km from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (one of India’s largest states) and can be reached in around 2.5 hours by the National Highway 28. Though its a highway, the roads have a lot of patchwork in many places and that’s quite a disappointment to be honest. While potholes in cities are the norm, I wasn’t expecting a bit of a rough ride on the National Highway of all the places.

Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi
Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Our first stop was the Hanuman Garhi which is a temple of Lord Hanuman. You need to climb about 70 steps to reach the top and so I am sure this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The temple’s architecture and the different colours used are wonderful.

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