An itinerary for traveling to Greece

A sample family travel itinerary for Greece for about 15 days. We took this journey with kids through mainland Greece and 2 islands out of the 3000+ that Greece has. The primary purpose was to delve systematically through Greece’s 4000+ year old history and see the significant sights in that timeline. Over 15 days in […]

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The Crow and the Egret

There are 3 premier castles in Japan – all UNESCO World Heritage sites – Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto. From what we had seen in Google Maps, Google Images and 500px, the two castles definitely worth visiting were the Crow and the Egret – that is, the Matsumoto and Himeji Castles, respectively. And in our opinion, the […]

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Every camera failed me

Kyoto on a cold winter evening. Add to that, torrential rain. The usually cold, silent, brooding dark alleys become even more mysterious, suspiciously reflecting the red lights of the paper lamps that line these alleys, welcoming passers-by to peer into the curtained doors of the restaurants and tea-houses that are scattered all throughout Gion, one of the oldest neighborhoods […]

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Traveling to Japan for the first time – An itinerary

How long For our first visit to Japan, we wanted to target the highlights but still seek out a few culturally and historically significant locations which initially seemed a bit out of the way for a first timer. We spent a total of 10 days, including the days lost to travel, and as with every […]

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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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