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A little corner of Cymru in Wales

October 02, 2016

Dolgellau is a little market town in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park in northwest Wales; that was our base as my daughter and I set out exploring this beautiful corner of the country....

Romantic Loire Valley

July 24, 2016

The beautiful Loire Valley, with its romantic chateaus and vineyards, the flowing river and beautiful bridges, cobblestones and church spires, and the picturesque countryside with its walking and biking trails....

The Heart of Lisbon

June 05, 2016

I did not know quite what to expect in Lisbon... Sunshine, pasteis da Nata (the famous custard tart) and a vibe which says "nothing ever really happens in Lisbon" got me into an excited and happy place as I explored the "Heart of Lisbon"....

My coffee cup in Saigon

March 01, 2016

My idea of fun is to whiz around the back of a Vespa, on the crazy streets of Saigon to taste some fantastic food in District 3 and then do coffee bar hopping!...

7 must-try street foods in Hanoi

February 22, 2016

Star apple, mandarins, bananas, sweet potato fritters,weasel coffee...the food is endless in the streets of Old Quarter, Hanoi....

The Dragons Are Descending - In Ha Long Bay

February 04, 2016

The legend behind Ha Long Bay is one of dragons descending from heaven to help Vietnam fight its invaders. The gigantic limestone karsts were created by the dragons for protection and eventually the dragons decided to live peacefully in the Bay of descending dragons....

A Village on Lake Vembanad in Kumarakom, Kerala

January 19, 2016

The view from our beautiful heritage resort on the banks of the Lake Vembanad was almost unreal; birds flying into the glorious sunset over a never-ending lake dotted with traditional houseboats....

Sea Fort Galle

December 25, 2015

My chat with Juliet Coombe, author and an experiential guide to Galle got me very excited about exploring Galle Fort. Juliet is an Englishwoman who has made Sri Lanka her home; she, her husband, and his family are an inextricable part of Galle Fort's history....

Weligama - a gem on Sri Lanka's southern coast

November 25, 2015

If I had to put a pin on the world map for the first country I ever traveled to, it would be Sri Lanka. I have now been there many times but feel the same sense of excitement and wonder each time as when I first visited this island nation....

Sunny days and a Cloudy Bay in New Zealand

November 04, 2015

I discovered my love for Sauvignon Blanc when I first tasted a wine called Cloudy Bay and instantly put a visit to that winery on my bucket list....

Alpine Lakes Trail – yes, it’s in Kashmir!

October 18, 2015

The Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO Heritage site and wildlife conservation success story. The biodiversity the park affords is astounding...

On the Bagel trail in the Big Apple

July 20, 2015

I love bagels - anytime! I first tasted a bagel many, many years ago in a little place on Sixth Avenue and have been hooked ever since....

In the Happiness Kingdom - Bhutan - Climbing the Taktsang and Paro

June 04, 2015

When I tell people that I just came back from Bhutan invariably the first question is: Did you climb Taktsang?...

In the Happiness Kingdom - Beautiful Bhutan - Thimphu and Punakha

May 29, 2015

Paro in Bhutan is one of the most beautiful airports in the world- ringed by snow-capped mountains, which offer a stark contrast to the imposing red and white traditional structures dotting the mountainside....

Lyme Regis - Why should I go there?

April 04, 2015

I was looking to explore someplace new on the south coast of England for a couple of days while I was in London for a wedding, when somebody suggested Lyme Regis....

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I am a banker by profession, traveller by passion.

I have found time to trot the globe, live in two countries (well, three, if Scotland ever does becomes one!) and six cities during my career in finance. I was a diplomat first and started in the Indian Foreign Service with my first posting being Paris – the City of Light. Here began my lifelong love of travel and coffee! An MBA followed and I've been in finance since.

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