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A vibrant, electrifying city that has a plethora of things to offer, Bristol, England is an absolute must-visit.
Bristol, United Kingdom.
Experience splendid food, spectacular scenery, historic monuments, lush greenery, fun museums and a host of activities in this bustling British city, located three hours away from London.
Walk alongside the harbour, explore Clifton, try the various cuisines at Gloucester road, cycle cross the Clifton suspension bridge or get intrigued M shed, a fun museum, let your hair down at one of Bristol’s many pubs or hop on to a ferry across the water to SS Great Britain. We visited this magnetic city last month with Visit Bristol and absolutely loved our experience here.
A buzzing centre filled with shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels, a walk along Bristol’s charming waterside is a must!
Being one of England’s oldest trading ports, Bristol has a rich maritime history. Get engulfed in the hustle and bustle of activity at the harbourside or watch white swans beautifully glide over the water as you lounge on one of the many benches next to the Bristol Harbour.
Take a stroll down to Millennium square or grab a chilled beer at one of the many harbourside pubs offering spectacular views.
2. Visit the magnificent Brunel’s SS Great Britain:
Get transported to the Victorian era as you board the gigantic SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner that’s an engineering masterpiece.
Hop onto a ferry from the main harbourside to reach Bristol’s top attraction, an enthralling experience.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol.
All hands on deck!
Step back in time onboard this grand ship that also has an interactive museum that takes you on a journey through the vessel’s rich history.
You can also go underwater for a unique view of the ship from below a gigantic glass ceiling or walk across the SS Great Britain to get a taste of life on board in the early 1900s.
Complete with a nature conservation centre, children’s park and the famous Cabot tower, a stroll through this gem is a must do activity when in Bristol.
Don’t forget to catch a sunset view of the city from the top of Cabot tower!
4. Visit the historic Bristol Cathedral:
A blend of contemporary and archaic, Bristol has a host of majestic buildings like the historic Bristol Cathedral laden with eye-catching architecture. This age-old cathedral is one of Bristol’s prominent icons and is a must-visit.
5. Explore St Nicholas Market:
Shop, eat and experience the best of British produce at Bristol’s oldest market known as St Nicholas market founded in 1743.
Never too much pastry! At St Nicholas Market, Bristol.
St Nicholas Market, Bristol’s oldest market.
Bathed in beautiful Georgian architecture and bustling with cute shops, bakeries, independent food stalls and more the wonderful sights and smells of this market will make you want to never leave.
6. Delve into beautiful Clifton:
One of Bristol’s most affluent suburbs, Clifton is studded with colourful buildings, chic boutiques & iconic attractions such as the Clifton suspension bridge, Clifton Observatory, Bristol Zoo and Clifton village.
Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol.
Cycle/walk across the scenic Clifton suspension bridge for unmatched views of the massive Avon Gorge and surrounding countryside. You should also definitely indulge in a delicious meal at one of Clifton’s many themed restaurants, especially The Ivy Clifton Brasserie. This is the perfect place to spend your evenings in Bristol.
7. Embark on a food tour through Cargo Cantina:
Located on the upper deck of Whapping Wharf, right across M Shed, Cargo Cantina is a multi-level space with a host of independent eateries serving authentic food from all over the world.
An ultra-comfortable seat in World Traveller Plus along with an impeccable service, delicious gourmet dining, high-quality upholstery, exciting entertainment and a smooth check-in process made my experience with British Airways Boeing 787-9 flight, a memorable one.
British Airways Boeing 787-9.
This is British Airways centenary year, globally wherein the airline has taken various initiatives – one of them being significant investments in upgrading their aircrafts, bigger lounges, extra cabins and new destinations.
Travelling on board with British Airways World Traveller Pluswas a great experience. This premium economy cabin makes for an uber comfortable, relaxing long haul journey almost at par with Business/First class.
In fact, the upcoming upgrade in World Traveller Pluswill include an upgrade in the menu, allowing customers with a third meal choice along with an impressive amenity kit, adding comfort and a touch of luxury to your experience.
British Airways World Traveller Plus Cabin.
Check-In and Baggage:
On entering the Mumbai Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, the British Airways Check-In counters are right in front of you. I had already done a web check-in on their website a day prior and I was courteously escorted to the check-in counter. Within 15 minutes, my bags were ready to go, and I had my boarding pass scanned and ready.
Smooth Check-in at Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.
I love the fact that as a World Traveller Plus passenger, you can carry up to two checked in bags, one cabin and one laptop bag, perfect for a long vacation.
Ample Baggage on British Airways World Traveller Plus.
Boarding and Seats:
A major benefit of World Traveller Plus is the abundant legroom space on extremely comfortable seats in the cabin, offering more privacy than economy.
After a timely and effortless boarding, with the help of friendly staff, I was directed to my window seat in the premium economy cabin. The seat came with a greater recline, lumbar support, soft head rest and wide footrest with ample room to stretch out.
Ultra Comfortable Seats in British Airways World Traveller Plus.
The snug seat comes with an advanced flat TV touch screen, a useful amenity kit, soft quilt and cushions as well as noise cancelling headphones.
I had a good night’s sleep and barely noticed as the hours flew by. There was enough space to curl up and get the much-needed rest.
Flying over the clouds in comfort with British Airways.
You’d usually expect an amenity kit only in Business/First Class but the upgraded British Airways World Traveller Plus will come with its own stylish amenity kit consisting of a dental set, woollen socks, eye mask, lip balm, pen and earplugs, basically all you need.
The seats, service, in flight entertainment, leg space, food and more made for a delightful flight experience.
Dining & Entertainment:
Pamper your taste buds with the delicious handcrafted food served on board British Airways World Traveller Plus. You can choose two scrumptious hot meals with drinks of your choice.
There is a wide variety of cuisines and dietary preferences to choose from on the in-flight menu.
Meals can be customized on prior request and I loved the vegetarian along with vegan options on board too.
Delicious In-Flight Dining with British Airways World Traveller Plus.
Gourmet dining menu with two hot meals on British Airways World Traveller Plus.
The meals were well balanced, made with high-quality ingredients, exquisitely presented and served with fine cutlery.
Impeccable Service onboard British Airways World Traveller Plus.
You can pair your meal with one of the many cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks or alcoholic drink options on the menu. Their range of international liqueurs and beverages along with British tea was quite impressive.
A hidden gem packed with biodiverse rainforests, crystal clear beaches, tall mountains, lush greenery and a modern capital, Sabah, on the tip of Borneo is an absolute must visit destination.
Sunsets in Sabah, Malaysia.
A small area on the world’s third largest island which is part of Malaysia, Sabah will leave you spellbound by its sheer diversity of things to see & do. Go diving in the Indian Ocean or hike up Mt Kinabalu, watch fireflies create magic in a rainforest or explore the bustling capital of Kota Kinabalu.
We flew from Mumbai-Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu via Malaysia Airlinesthat came with comfortable seats, delicious in-flight food and easy transfers. Kota Kinabalu can be reached via a 2.5-hour flight over the Indian Ocean from Kuala Lumpur with multiple flights available all day.
Before the convention, we explored Kota Kinabalu and some spectacular excursions with Exotic Asian Explorer (Surego Borneo) toursthat is one of Sabah’s best tour operators. We got to experience local food, culture and lovely places with a comfortable coach and an even better local guide.
Things to do in Sabah/ Sabah Malaysia Travel Guide :
1. Visit Sepanggar Island :
Hop onto a speedboat from Kota Kinabalu to get to the beautiful coral studded Sepanggar Island. The fine sandy beach, turquoise blue waters and a host of fun activities will make you fall in love with this aquatic paradise.
Sepanggar Island, Sabah, Malaysia.
Go parasailing or take a lazy snorkel in the transparent waters, learn scuba diving or hire a kayak, take a swim or enjoy some fresh sweet coconut water at the majestic Sepanggar Island, Sabah, Malaysia.
Sepanggar Island, Sabah is a paradise!
We went right down to the biodiverse coral bed with Exotic Asian Explorer (Surego Borneo) tours as part of the Underwater sea walk.
One of my best life experiences was walking along the colourful coral bed with dazzling fish swimming around you, the corals dancing to the tunes of the water.
Underwater Sea Walk, Sepanggar, Sabah.
This felt absolutely magical! Seeing Sabah’s enticing sea creatures so up close and personal is an experience I’ll never forget.
After a full day snorkelling, swimming and walking across the beach, we headed back to Kota Kinabalu to get some rest at Hotel Avangio by Accor, a comfortable, well located 4-star property.
2. Explore Mari Mari Cultural Village :
Engulf yourself in Sabah’s rich culture with a trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village, an interesting showcase of old tribal houses, rainforests, cultural shows & local food.
Walk through lush greenery, across flowing forest streams as you’re introduced to ancient Sabah tribes & their way of living.
Mari Mari Cultural Village, Sabah, Malaysia.
Learn how to light a fire with bamboo or sample some delicious rice wine, master tribal survival tricks or get married the Sabahan way, jump on a bamboo trampoline or watch the locals dance to fascinating moves, Mari Mari is a cultural paradise! Loved our visit here.
Sampling local rice wine at Mari Mari Cultural Village, Sabah.
Meet the amazing tribals at Mari Mari Cultural Village, Sabah.
After lunch, drive to the unique Stone Age Spa Park that is definitely a spiritually enriching experience. The world’s only park of its kind, this rare park has ancient rocks from Sabah which give out positive energy. Rest on one of these healing rocks with the rainforest above you as you soak in the positivity of the rock into your body. I felt completely rejuvenated.
3. Traverse through Kota Kinabalu :
Sabah’s electrifying capital has a lot to offer too and must be explored!
Watch one of the most divine sunsets from the waterfront or visit the spectacular floating mosque, shop your heart out at one of KK’s many malls or sample local street food at one of the bustling markets, walk alongside Manukan island or let your hair down at one of Kota Kinabalu’s waterfront bars.
Sunsets at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, Malaysia.
Fresh Coconut Water at Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu.
There are a lot of exciting things to do in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
After 3 days of exploring gorgeous Sabah, I was utterly and completely in love! We then attended the Travel.Earth Digital Travel Influencers Convention & Earthy Awards at Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa which was full of learning, networking and fun.
Shangri La Rasa Ria is a spectacular, well laid out property offering spacious rooms, a private beach, a huge golf course, pool and more.
Goa is a lot about beaches and beautiful sunsets but it’s also about crazy parties and an electrifying nightlife!
Big Daddy Casino, Asia’s largest offshore casino is now open at Panjim, Goa. Experience luxury gaming on board Big Daddy Casino located on the waters of Mandovi river.
Big Daddy Casino, Goa.
Get set for an evening full of glamour, excitement and fun as you get mesmerized by the sheer beauty of this spectacular vessel.
This 3 Level mega cruise has everything from specious gaming areas to multiple restaurants to private rooms to kids play areas and a sheesha lounge too. Its the largest casino in Goa.
Try your hand at blackjack, take a spin on roulette, or take a shot on their electronic gaming machines.
Gaming Floor at Big Daddy Casino, Goa.
There’s more. Place your bets in a game of Big Daddy Roulette, Black Jack, Baccarat, Andar Bahar, Mang Patta, Poker and others. Feel the energy of the casino floor, filled with more than 40 gaming tables and 40 slot machines. Whatever you play, you’re sure to walk away feeling like a winner.
Big Daddy has a host of games, for beginners like me to experienced professionals. Always play responsibly.
Get your excitement levels high at their Multigame Station Stadium that hosts 20 terminals where you could play Live and Virtual Baccarat, Live and Electronic Roulette all on 1 Terminal. Besides this Big Daddy also has the 12-terminal station wherein you could play American Roulette and Sic-bo, all on one terminal.
Trying my luck at Roulette, Big Daddy Goa.
Walking into this floating casino makes for an enchanting experience. Once you’re done placing your bets, head up to their Sheesha Lounge called ‘Hazoor’ to feel like middle eastern royalty! The well-stocked bar, cosy upholstery and gigantic sheeshas will transport you to the Sultans palaces!
Hazoor Sheesha Lounge, Big Daddy Goa.
Indulge in some live entertainment by one of the many International artists performing on board Big Daddy or devour a delicious multi cuisine buffet at Aish-O-Rum all day diner & bar. The food is craft fully made and represents almost every corner of the world.
Big Daddy also has a VIP floor with special luxury rooms an gaming areas for high stake players.
Overall, Big Daddy Casino is an absolute must visit entertainment destination when in Goa.
One of India’s favourite snacks Pani Puri is super easy to make. You can choose to make puris at home with Maida & Rava but they are readily available in the market. This is my moms 30 year old recipe that gets you the perfect Pani! Tangy, spicy and absolutely delicious this will be a hit with your guests.
Preparation time: 5 mins. Level: Easy. Serves: 2.
Pani Puri Recipe.
8-10 crisp puris
100 gms moong (soaked overnight and boiled).
100 gms channa (soaked overnight and boiled).
100 gms boiled potatoes (finely chopped).
100 gms sweet khajoor imli chutney,
100 gms soaked boondi.
For the Pani Puri Pani :
150 gms Phudina.Mint Leaves.
100 gms fresh coriander/dhania.
5-6 curry leaves/Kadi Patta.
2 green chillies.
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds.
1 tsp Black Salt/Sanchal Powder.
1 tsp Hing/Asafoetida.
1 tsp sugar.
2 tsp Everest Pani Puri Masala.
1 tsp lemon juice.
Salt to taste.
200 ML water/as needed.
For the Pani Puri Pani Recipe :
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl together with the water and then grind together. Consistency is thin. You can variate the quantities of ingredients depending on your quantity and taste preferences.
For the Pani Puri :
Stuff crisp puris with the chana, moong, potatoes & tamarind (imli) chutney. Dip in boondi filled water and enjoy.
Watch the video here :
Pani Puri Recipe at Home. Quick Indian Chaat Recipe. - YouTube
Recipe serves 2.
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Let your hair down and groove to the music at Nashik’s swankiest party destination, Playboy Lounge at Express Inn Nasik.
With tastefully done interiors, electrifying cocktails & delicious food, Playboy Lounge is a must visit.
Playboy Lounge, Express Inn Nashik.
The signature red playboy door opens up to an enchanting club bejewelled by plush upholstery and a state-of-the-art club.
Spectacular Interiors, Playboy Lounge, Express Inn Nashik.
The bar itself is made with the finest quality Italian marble and studded with the world’s most popular liqueurs & drinks. From a fine old scotch to the smoothest vodka to delicious signature cocktails, get your spirits high at Playboy Lounge Nashik.
Well stocked Bar, Playboy Lounge Nashik.
Walk onto the starlit skyway onto the quieter, open section of Playboy Lounge complete with high tables, plush mauve chairs, a spectacular wall and a long bar.
Iconic Playboy Wall.
The beautiful extended area of Playboy Lounge, Express Inn Nashik.
Overlooking the green Express Inn Lawns this is the place to be to enjoy some drinks over light music with your friends.
With a specially curated menu by celebrity Chef Rakesh Talwar, the food at Playboy is a feast to the soul. From Pan Asian to Indian to International favourites, this food is a sheer indulgence. We loved their Peri Peri Cheese Fries & Nachos. These go perfectly with some of their signature cocktails like the Playboy LIIT.
Delicious food at Playboy Lounge, Express Inn Nashik.
Electrifying Cocktails at Playboy Lounge Nashik.
As the night gets darker and you get into the party mood, cross over to the club section for an amazing experience.
The club comes alive at night as you groove to the music beats and sip on your cocktails. Every weekend is a fun party with a host of International and Indian DJ’s pumping up the evening.
The glamorous show lights add to the fun as you enjoy your Saturdays with loved ones at Playboy.
Club Area, Playboy Lounge Nashik.
Encapsulating the trademark Playboy charm, Playboy Lounge at Express Inn Nashik makes for a splendid way to spend your weekends.
Where: Playboy Lounge, Express Inn Nashik, Mumbai-Agra National Highway, Prashant Nagar, Pathardi Phata, Nashik, Maharashtra: 422010.
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