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As a traveller, each destination to me, holds a special place; but never have I wished to settle, retire and die in a place before as much as I did at this beautiful heaven on earth. I spent 3 days in this small country and wished for 3 decades here. Sharing a few of the glimpses from this Princely state.

Located between France and Spain, Andorra is a princely state known in the region for its ski slopes and beautiful walking trails. The place is also a known haven for youtubers and bloggers who utilize the country´s meditative landscape as an inspiration towards their work and also enjoy its progressive tax policies.

We had booked a cottage on the hills from Air B&B, this was the view that greeted us from this cottage.

The morning after reaching Andorra we decided to go on a hike. Climbing down from our cottage, we headed to a wooded area after crossing a small brook. The area all around was covered with dandelion, tulips, daffodils and the flower of Andorra. Cows and horses grazed lazily on the fields and the snow-clad mountains looked majestically down upon the valley. In the lap of pure nature, I found myself once again, happy-in peace and content to be there!

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I had read and researched about turkey a lot before heading out there. The Ottoman Empire Gad always held a keen inter at in my mind and I had utilized my first short trip to this country exploring the seat of the empire in Istanbul and soaking in the sites and flavors of this beautiful country.

For my second trip however, I wanted to explore something off the beaten path but most searches somehow or the other lead me to well known or well written places like Cappadocia, Izmir or Antalya. So, after some insistence from my friends Tarina and Papai I decided to head to their small town on the border of Turkey Bulgaria and Greece. Edirne, I was told, also boasted of the largest mosque of Turkey and one of the most beautiful as well.


Though tourists can rent taxis and cars to Edirne, I was told that the bus connectivity was equally as good. Overcoming the initial language barrier, I was able to grab the bus operated by Nilofer (Metro also runs an inter-city bus service). One thing to remember while doing bus tickets online to any place in turkey is, that you need a local ID for the same. I had to, therefore, request my friends to book the tickets for me. For online bookings you also need a local credit card, therefore, perhaps it is easier to go to purchase the ticket across a counter or use the services of a local travel agent.

Edirne, for the uninitiated, played a very important role in the Greeko Roman era and was also a strategic seat of power for the Moorish empire. Adrianopoulis as it was called in the bygone era, has seen its share of history and one can see remnants of that heritage at many points in the city.

A bright sunny and relatively warm day greeted me in Edirne and I my hosts insisted on a brunch visit to the far side of town on the border of Greece. Crossing the ancient bridge that once took all traffic to the neighbouring country, we reached erstwhile Highway that’s now lined with restaurants serving Turkish delicacies under an open canopy of fruit trees in their full blooms.

The beautiful sun, lovely weather and the most beautiful white canopy of blooming plum trees had a magical effect on me and I was already in love with the place. The preset brunch was soon laid before us and I found myself gawking in jaw dropping stupor at the phenomenal spread before us.
Cheese, marmalades , eggs, coffee, freshly baked breads and what not. I was like a kid in a foodie heaven.

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The 20 mile cruise between Europe and Asia along the strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara is often ignored by many (including myself) while charting an itinerary for Istanbul. A city that is steeped with historical monuments, the Bosphorus cruise is sometimes, the last choice of an activity.

During my last visit to Turkey, I made it a point to take the cruise just to experience it first hand and see what it was all about. A quick tram ride from Sultanahmet area (where I was staying) to Çemberlitaş brought me to the Bosphorus bridge from where these cruises take off.

There are many types of cruises ranging from 12TL to 70TL or more. Though each cruise pretty much takes you through the same route, the price difference is mainly because of the explanation provided during the trip, the services offered on board and any stops en route (If any). I chose the cheapest which offered no guided information nor any other services, but was a quieter slower ferry that gave me enough opportunity to shoot some interesting buildings on both the Asian and the European side. Sharing some of this experience with you here.


I chanced upon this spot on my first trip. After having done a random booking on one of the hotel sites I ended up in this dingy hotel with matchbox size rooms. The only thing that went for them was their location – Bang next to Hagia Sophia Capturing this eternal monument from the rooftop at sunset was an absolute dream. The second time around as I looked for this property, I discovered it had shut shop and closed under renovations with new owners. I went inside, requested to be allowed to click the same frame with a different camera and they graciously allowed. Sharing both the images. The first and the second. One with #Canon600Dand the other with #canon6dmarkii , you decide which is which!!

What does one post about a country so rich in its culture and tradition, cradle of humanity and steeped in history. Picking out pictures worthy of this series has probably been my biggest challenge so far. However, that said, we cant begin this series without a panoramic view of the cit´s skyline and its minarets jutting out to reach the sky. This series is a combination of pictures taken over my different visits and interestingly enough, you will also get a glimpse of my photographic journey /evolution through these.
Hope you enjoy this ride as much as I did exploring it.
A greek orthodox church to a byzantine mosque to a Museum that it is now…Aya Sofia Or Hagia Sophia is probably the most enigmatic structure in the city of Istanbul. Located in the Sultanahmet area it is flanked at its back by the massive Topkapi Palace and in the front by the massive Blue Mosque. The internal areas of this mosque/museum are beautiful and are adorned by artwork from both the Christian and Muslim cultures. There is even a prominent display of verses of Quran on one side and a picture of Virgin Mary on the other. Seldom have I seen religions co exist so gracefully in a common space. Truly a study of unity in diversity despite its troubled past.
There may be many historically rich countries around the world, but none that could probably boast of being the cradle of two millennial cultures. Turkey has the distinction of having the best of both – Europe and Asia! The Bosphorus bridge connects the Asian and the European sides and one can see and admire the beauty of both while on the cruise. (and if you are lucky enough, you may also capture a fish jumping out of the water in mid frame, as I did). Over the next few days I shall be sharing a few building spotted on the Asia side during my Bosphorus Cruise. . .
If the European side´s skylines is full of full of minarets and mosques (see Pic 1 of the series), The Asian side is characterised by its colourful buildings and art deco style buildings that are a mix of both classical and modern schools of architecture.
During the #Bosphoruscruise you will often come across beautiful unnamed buildings that resonate of its rich culture and heritage, standing proudly – a testament of its rich past and of its current glory. I was particularly mesmerized by a few which I will be sharing hereon including this little mosque – white, pristine, one that stood serenely in the banks of the choppy shores of the sea!
Right in the middle of your cruise, you will see this uber opulent structure on the Asian side of the city. This is the Çiragan Palace which is now converted into a Kempinski hotel. The hotel dates back to the 17th century and first belonged to Admiral Kılıç Ali Pasha who used it as his summer house, this later passed on to Sultan Mahmut II. Such an interesting building, I am told that every room of this mansion speaks on opulence but surprisingly, this glory is not from its original form, Kempinski hotel renovated the entire structure post a big fire that destroyed everything and tried to recreate the luxuries of the erstwhile era. What an experience it must be to stay a night in this hotel…methinks!
Not only opulent grand castles, but the shores of this cruise witnessed some humbled old buildings that were equally as beautiful in their wake. I noticed many people standing in its shade….fishing and soaking in the warm winter sun. Oh the good life !!!
And then some exceptionally ornate buildings, The bosphorus cruise is indeed a gold mine for people who love to see ornate elegant buildings flanking its shores.
The Bosphorus cruise starts off from near the Grand Bazaar and goes all the way till the high seas while passing some very ornate and beautiful buildings on both sides. As one pulls back from the high seas towards the city again, one passes through an industrial polygon and right in the centre stands this very cute and tiny lighthouse, the likes of which I have not seen before. Standing alone – tiny, in the midst of the mighty sea, it is a testament of time and rough weather. Oh what I wouldnt do to spend a night in there, wouldnt you ?!
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The culinary landscape of the city of Mumbai is ever evolving, and in the last few years has seen the opening of some very unique and interesting options that have given Delhi a stiff competition. One very interesting trend over the last few months has been the opening of multiple restaurants under the same roof.

The trend was first started  by Riyaaz Amlani (if I am not wrong)  with his very interesting Flea Bazaar Café and now the maverick restauranteur Priyank Sukhija opens another one a couple of stories above Riyaaz´s restaurant, adds to it his style with panache and creates a beautiful dining place that screams class, style and taste – all at one go.

I am talking here of the recently opened triumvirate of “Lord of the Drinks, Plum by Bent Chair and Rocky Star”. Each property is separated from the other by transparent glass walls and therefore they give one the feeling of actually merging into one another. However, what sets each of them apart is their unique individuality, décor and conceptual menu.

I was recently invited at Plum by Bent Chair and my first impression of the very aesthetically decorated restaurant was that it was a classier, more stylish spin off of the Tasting Room by Good Earth. But as soon as the menu was presented, my misconceptions were clearly removed. The restaurant doubles up as a retail space and all the decors + accents displayed or used at the location can be purchased as well. The menu is Pan Asian and is helmed by the Chef Sagar Bajaj who has previously worked under Gordon Ramsay and the likes.

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During my travel assignments, many a times I encounter moments that reflect life in the most special way. As a part of my Life and moments series on my Instagram handle – www.instagram.com/supriobosetravels I featured a few of these clicks and the lesson I learnt from it. Each picture tells a story, each story teaches a lesson, each lesson makes life beautiful enough to be lived in its fullest, over and over again. Here is my ode to life, through my lens. I hope you like it. Would love to hear your thoughts on these. 

She walked passed the bubbles watching them bob up and down and eventually disintegrating into the pavement. She paused for a moment, reflected on the life gone by, proud at how she had led it, content at where it stood now. She smiled at the bursting bubbles and moved on knowing that all bubbles have a way of bursting or being deflated at the end. Life is nothing but a series of bubbles and its buoyancy depends on how you choose to lead it. Sitting at her near dilapidated corner of the market, she thought of how life had given her lemons and how she had turned it around  in her stride. A life that had seen its share of ups and downs, A life that had successfully fulfilled all the responsibilities. A life that was full, a life that was complete. One of my old favourites..Shot near Jama Masjid, Delhi, this man intrigued me !!
“Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?” , They Asked
“I am Hungry”, He Replied! The Three wise men
With their back to life
talking in whispers, their conversations rife
of politics, of love, of religion and pain
of living it well under the seasons rain
Life is precious, they know it well
Sitting in this huddle with stories to tell
To those who would listen, to those who would care
Of how to live it Large and not call it unfair. They both drove down the same road, one on sturdy steel- fast, brash and arrogant. The other on a slow and steady pace, taking his time, just to reach his destination on time- safe and sound.
They both left from the same point and yet their methods to reach their destination were so different. They both left to reach their goal and yet the priorities were different. Life! so complex and so beautiful ! I saw her sitting in a quiet corner in Landsdowne, being shooed away from place to place as she walked around asking for a piece of bread. We walked up to her, offered what we had and were offered a disarmingly charming smile in return. She patted our arm and blessed us sincerely and chatted freely about herself. I could see that all she needed was someone to talk to, nicely, we obliged. We spoke of many things under the sun, of life, of smiles, of happiness and of peace within. In that little space of time, in that little corner of that little town, we indulged in a big conversation with a soul of an equally big heart. 
Life is beautiful and so are its people….you only just need to listen. Let there be spaces in our togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between us. Let us love each other by not making it a bond of love but a moving sea between the shores of our soul. Let the harmony of our understanding balance the unevenness of our lives. Life and Love – as quoted by Khalil Gibran From Cheesy lines to cheesy moments,
love is a feeling that´s best described;
through thoughts and acts and touch and smile
Emotions, that we´ve forgotten to imbibe.
The warmth of a touch, the beauty of embrace
the gentle kiss and the mooney gaze
of deep deep sighs and moments rife
it is so true….Love sure is life! From Cheesy lines to cheesy moments,
love is a feeling that´s best described;
through thoughts and acts and touch and smile
Emotions, that we´ve forgotten to imbibe.
The warmth of a touch, the beauty of embrace
the gentle kiss and the mooney gaze
of deep deep sighs and moments rife
it is so true….Love sure is life! THE SEEKER
I sought for my happiness over the world,
Oh, eager and far was my quest;
I sought it on mountain and desert and sea,
I asked it of east and of west.
I sought it in beautiful cities of men,
On shores that were sunny and blue,
And laughter and lyric and pleasure were mine
In palaces wondrous to view;
Oh, the world gave me much to my plea and my prayer
But never I found aught of happiness there! 
Then I took my way back to a valley of old
And a little brown house by a rill,
Where the winds piped all day in the sentinel firs
That guarded the crest of the hill;
I went by the path that my childhood had known
Through the bracken and up by the glen,
And I paused at the gate of the garden to drink
The scent of sweet-briar again;
The homelight shone out through the dusk as of yore
And happiness waited for me at the door! 
Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Though I have been food blogging for several years, Travel blogging is a relatively new addition to my repertoire. Travel blogging happened to me out of need rather than passion and now has converted into a full fledged hobby.

I am fond of photography and would often share my best pictures on my personal Facebook page with a small caption. One day, a friend pointed out that I could string those posts and captions together and put them in a blog. Suddenly I had found the best way to share my travel adventure and photography and thus was born “Suprio Bose Travels”

Over the years, the blog has taken a beautiful shape and has given me the opportunity to showcase my photography and travels in the way I have always wanted. It is massively gratifying to see this being noticed by some esteemed publications and naming it among few of the top in the country.

Holidify Named us as one of the TOP Travel and LifeStyle Blogs of India. You can check out their listing by clicking on the following link:-

https://www.holidify.com/blog/top-travel-bloggers-india/

Feedspot named us as one of the TOP 100 Travel Blogs to watch out for in 2018. You can check out their listing by clicking on the following link :-

blog.feedspot.com/travel_blogs/

Recently another feather was added to this list when we won the runners up award for the best Travel based Instagram handle of India at the FBAI awards:-

#IFBA2017 Winners!

We sincerely appreciate and humbly thank each one of you for having shown your support and following my work. Your constant suggestions and comments are the fodder that I need to keep improving my content. Please keep them coming.

This is a post to sincerely thank you for all of the above!

Please dont forget to follow my Instagram handle at www.instagram.com/supriobosetravels and the global food platform www.thenomadfoodie.com 

The post The Top Travel blogs to follow in 2018 – Suprio Bose Travels makes the cut! appeared first on Suprio Bose Travels.

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It´s not often that you get to attend a festival that´s packed with laughter, happiness and in a lot of ways resembles your favourite festival from your country-Holi, and yet has a unique identity of its own.

Every year during the month of May, the little agricultural town of Lleida in Spain converts into a festival zone wherein each weekend there is different festival. One weekend is the festival of folk music, the other a medieval themed festival and then another with contemporary music concerts but the grandest of them all is most undoubtedly the Batall de Flors during the Festa Major celebrations.

How to get there:-

Lleida is a small town located to the northwest of the city of Barcelona and is very well connected with High speed trains that leave right from the airport itself. One can also go by self driven cars which take around 2 hours to reach.

Located at the base of the Pyrenees mountains, the town is a major agricultural hub and one can enjoy Farm to Fork dishes which proudly highlight the quality of the product from the region.

The Batalla de les Flors:

Literally translated to “The Battle of Flowers” this festival is celebrated over the second weekend of May. Most of the major farm houses, schools, clubs and organizations get together, construct colourful thematic floats and take them around the main street of the city marching to the beat of peppy music.

The parade moves around the oval shaped street till the entire block of the street is full of floats, musicians, jugglers, clowns, stilt walkers and kids and at a given point all these performers/participants dig into their bags/pockets/floats and pull out fistfuls of confetti which they throw on the crowds standing around.

For the first round, while the parade moved around, I was wondering what was so great about the floats and the music and the drums, it could be a carnival anywhere….but then when the confetti started being thrown around, the entire atmosphere was suddenly full of giggles from hundreds of children who had gathered around, people were throwing multi coloured confetti on each other, strangers running after other strangers dousing them with confetti and sharing a hearty laugh together- clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, people in fun constumes, all engaging with the crowd around. Suddenly the entire plaza was one wild party where everyone was a target and everyone was a shooter.

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