An Itinerary for Spain with Kids

“This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour nap in the afternoon, and at night go out and have that life. Go out and see your friends and eat tapas and drink red wine and be in a beautiful […]

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Google Maps is trying to kill me

Remember the launch of Apple Maps? Placing you at unknown destinations, instructing you to drive on non-existent roads, or through built-up structures? For our 7 year old, Google Maps in Crete got close to the infamy. Not inaccurate, but suboptimal. Close enough that at one point, overwhelmed by fear, frustration and disbelief, he screamed, “Google Maps is […]

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Blue Amsterdam

  Walking around the lanes of Amsterdam along the serene canals at blue hour offers a plethora of opportunities for photography. Plus, there are amazing restaurants hidden amongst the narrow streets and houses that are worth exploring. One such restaurant we found out by accident was The French Connection, tucked away in the basement of […]

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Narrow Nightmares

Cordoba, in the middle of winter. It was late (9pm) and the kids were hungry, the saving grace of an ice cream bar on the Roman Bridge having lost its charm by now. We started driving towards our hotel. As we entered the street that led to the hotel as per Sygic and Google Maps, the walls […]

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Interoperability and high availability

Camera bags all packed and double checked for the 10 hour flight to Amsterdam. The Canon 6D with the 16-35 f/2.8 and the 24-70 f/2.8, skipping the heavy and minimally used 70-300 f/4. First evening with the blue hour approaching, I take the camera out to charge up the batteries, and find them not fitting in […]

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4-lane 3-lane 2-lane Greek Highway

Driving in Europe has never been an issue for us so far, but has always resulted in unique stories, and the frequency of such stories is only increasing. In Greece, we had not one, not two, not three, but four such incidents. We experienced the first one on our way to Patras from Olympia, driving along the […]

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Superlative California

Familiarity breeds contempt. Well, in this case, familiarity definitely devalues. Having spent my last 25 years in the magnificent state of California, all it’s superlatives now seem cliche. But if you do step back and think about everything we have in this grand state, you cannot help but seem privileged to live here. A 2 […]

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Imerovigli

A jolt here and there, but nothing significant, as our flight from Thessaloniki glided to a smooth landing on the island of Santorini. Viraj (our 7 year old) was especially excited as the plane was landing on a volcano. We had decided to spend a night in Imerovigli, before shifting to 2 nights at Oia, […]

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The prettiest town in Greece

  Chania has been voted as one of the prettiest towns in Greece, and given our limited exploration of the country, we whole heartedly agree. It has also been one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Prehistoric settlement started almost 130,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. The Minoans arrived here around 4000 years […]

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Suspended in the Air (Meteora)

If there is a heaven on Earth, it is here. I could have easily penned those famous lines from Khusro while watching the sun go down behind the Pindos range across from Meteora. If I were stingy with my words in this age of callous uses of superlatives, I would still call this view Breathtaking. […]

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Slowing Down in Loire Valley

It has been 7 years since we drove through France’s Loire Valley in 2009, a fantasy land of fairy-tale chateaus big and small, ranging from the magnificent Chateau Chambord, the idyllic Azay le Rideau, the decorative Chenonceau, the magnificent gardens of Villandry, the evil queen inspired Sleeping-Beauty Usse, and the Haddock residence of Cheverny. Our younger one was […]

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Temple of Poseidon

If you had to build a Temple in honor of the God of Sea, Poseidon, there could be no better location than Cape Sounio, a rock face jutting out and plunging 300ft  into the Aegean Sea, with a view that which stretches all the way to the horizon interrupted by numerous Greek islands towards the east […]

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