Picturesque Prague

Kirsten is back, as promised and this time, with Prague!!

 

 

Dobry den! (that’s hello in Czech if you were wondering)I’m back! Hope you enjoyed seeing snapshots of my few days in Vienna. After our time there, we took a morning train to Prague. It was just a 4-hour train ride and quite affordable! It was also a wonderful way to see the Austrian and Czech countryside. Hope you enjoy the highlights from my time in one of the most historic cities in Europe!
Day 1
Since we arrived mid-day, we decided to take it pretty easy and just do some exploring. Prague was a bit more difficult to navigate than Vienna as less people speak English, you need cash for more things, and our hotel was located near a tram stop instead of a metro station. Therefore, we were on a bit of a learning curve the first day to figure out exactly how to navigate where we wanted to go, but we got the hang of it. Our legs definitely got in a good work out every day!
First, we headed to Old Town, which is beautiful but also crammed with tourists—much different than quaint Vienna. We stopped for lunch, where I had sausages with some fresh horse radish and mustard. I must say that Vienna and Prague do their mustard well!
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After a bite to eat, we set off to make our trek toward Wenceslas Square, which is also tourist-heavy but is a major shopping street with lots of restaurants and things going on. On our way back, we stopped to try a traditional Czech sweet called Trdelnik. It’s known for its sugary goodness.
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We had a couple hours before dinner, so we went back to Old Town to visit the Astronomical Clock Tower. It was installed in 1410 and is the oldest astronomical clock tower in the world that still works. You can climb the stairs to the top or pay to take an elevator, which was our choice, to see amazing views of the city.
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These were a couple of my favorite views!
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Below is a view of the old town square.
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We had worked up quite an appetite from our exploring, so we headed to dinner, where I had yet again, you guessed it: sausage! Notice the fresh horse radish and mustard… I just couldn’t get enough!
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Day 2
Our second day in Prague was much more sobering than our first. We planned a trip to an outside town called Terezin, where a prison camp and ghetto from the Holocaust are located. It was located in a beautiful, quiet, little town, but a haze remains over this town because of its horrific history. The prison camp was originally built as a fortress in dedication to Empress Maria Theresia of the Habsburg Dynasty, but it was eventually used as a prison during World War I. In fact the man who assassinated Franz Ferdinand, which began World War I, died at Terezin of tuberculosis. When Nazi Germany took over Czechoslovakia, they turned the fortress into a prison camp, where many Czechs who were in opposition to Nazi Germany were imprisoned. Needless to say, it was a sad, but also enlightening journey to explore the history in this town.
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We returned from our trip outside of Prague in the afternoon and rested—it was definitely needed. For dinner that evening, we took a walk across the Charles Bridge, which was constructed in 1357.
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For dinner, we enjoyed a medieval show at the second oldest restaurant in Prague. I wasn’t expecting the food to be great, as many places like that specialize more in entertainment. However, I was pleasantly surprised!

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Day 3
For our third day, we were up early to conquer the day. Our goal for the day was to visit the Prague Castle complex. Built in 870, it is the official residence and office of the president of the Czech Republic and includes a cathedral, basilica, and historic lane. We were so eager to see it, we were 30 minutes early, but first in line for tickets! The early bird gets the worm.
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And with it being the US Independence Day, of course I had to sport my red, white, and blue!
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Day 4
By our last day, we were pretty exhausted. We slept in and had a relaxing morning before heading to the Vltava River for a lunch cruise! It was a low-key and easy way to see the city from a different perspective.
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The customary travel selfie

The customary travel selfie

After our lunch cruise, we took a walk through the Jewish Quarter of the city, where there are many old synagogues and one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries left from WWII. We then took a walk through Mala Strana, one of the old historic districts in Prague and spent part of our afternoon relaxing on a bench, people watching. For dinner, we headed to a cute Mediterranean restaurant called Luka Lu. It was a great way to end our trip! Until next time…

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Majestic Vienna- by Kirsten

 

 

Kirsten lives in Delhi and is one of most awesome people you will ever meet. When one of our mutual friends showed me instagram pictures of her recent travels, I absolutely couldn’t resist asking her to blog for me and luckily for me she was gladly did so :)

 

Gutentag! My name is Kirsten, and I’m so excited to guest blog for my friend Mohana about my recent adventures in Austria. During the first week of July, my coworker, Morgan, and I took a weeklong trip through Vienna and Prague. Be looking for another post about Prague to come. Europe is such a delightful continent with its centuries of history and beautiful culture. Below are some highlights and details of my time in the majestic city of Vienna!
Day 1
We arrived in Vienna around 12 p.m. We were immediately amazed by the beauty of the city. It is one of the quietest and cleanest cities I’ve ever visited. Most people spoke English, and we felt that the Viennese were very friendly. Vienna is also extremely easy to navigate with a metro system that a child could use, and easy walking to any place you want to visit!
After settling into our hotel, we hopped on the metro to just 2 stops away to the city center called Stephansplatz. It’s named after the St. Stephen’s Cathedral that is located there. Just like many other European cities and countries, Vienna has many old cathedrals and churches to take in for their illustrious architecture. After visiting St. Stephen’s, we took a five minute walk to Petersplatz where the St. Peter’s Cathedral is located. Pictures cannot do these old, beautiful cathedrals justice. You’ll just have to see them for yourself! We finished the evening with a walk to an old brewery, where we tasted the famous Wiener Schnitzel. If you’re curious, it’s simply breaded meat.
That’s all there is to it! After dinner, we headed back early to get some rest for our big day that was to come.

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Kirsten, herself :D

Kirsten, herself :D

Day 2

My coworker and I would not call ourselves the adventurous type, but we decided to go out on a limb and bike the 25 km trek through the Wachau Valley. It’s a valley formed by the Danube River, which is known for its historic wineries and where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in the town of Durstein. In fact, you can still hike up to the top of the mountain to visit the ruins of the castle where he was held. We first boarded a train from Vienna to Krems where we picked up the bikes. Then we began our journey. On our journey back to Krems, we stopped at a local heuriger and filled our stomachs with their scrumptous, traditional Viennese apple streudel!

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Day 3

With only one day left in Vienna, we had to take in all the beautiful sites that the city has to offer. We visited Belvedere Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Apartments. Belvedere consists of two baroque palaces and beautiful gardens, built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy in the late 17th century. Disappointingly, the interior of the palaces has not been well preserved and has mostly been stripped of everything. Now, it serves as an art museum.
The Hofburg Palace, on the other hand, was stunning. It has housed some of Austria’s most important people, and it was the winter home for the Habsburg rulers. It now serves as the residence for the president of Austria. The rooms have been preserved and are shown as they would have been in its golden age. However, my favorite palace of the day was Schonbrunn Palace. This was the summer home for the Habsburg dynasty. I have never seen such beautiful gardens and breathtaking architecture. It has been incredibly well-preserved and the interior decorating of the rooms makes you feel as if the Habsburgs are right there with you. Needless to say, by the end of the day, I felt like quite the princess.
To end our time in Vienna, we visited the famous Café Central, which was opened in 1876. It is known as an instrumental intellectual ground, and in January of 1913, Vladimir Lenin, Sigmund Freud, and Adolph Hitler were all customers of the historic cafe. It was my favorite meal in Vienna which consisted of sausage, fresh horseradish, and spicy mustard. Absolutely delicious! We also sampled the fried cheese and risotto, which was accompanied by a tomato sauce. It was quite the dish, as I had never tried anything like it and enjoyed every bite. To top it off, we had to indulge in some cheesecakes, as the café is famous for their desserts. Definitely a must-visit if you’re ever in Vienna!

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Morgan and Keeks, I love these girls :D

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Friendships, fun and Hard Rock Cafe, Pune

Abhik has already guest blogged for us once and it makes me really happy everytime my friends come back to become a part of TTL. His posts are short and precise, just what we all want to know and this boy sure does know his food and football.

Being from a city where there is no “Hard Rock Café’s “ (Editor’s note: He is from Calcutta or Kolkata), I was excited about visiting this particular place. So here I was with my junior & high school buddies, for my 1st ever visit to a Hard Rock Café in Pune.

The location is a bit away from the city’s main center, so one either needs to come by a car or need to walk about 10 mins from the main road to reach the place. Once you enter the place, you won’t complain about the fact that it is located on the outskirts.

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The place is a heaven on earth, if you are a classic rock fan, the ambiance makes you feel that you have entered into the museum of rockstars. They mostly played Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Coldplay, the playlist was perfect. We happen to go during the Fifa World Cup, & there was this giant TV, where one can enjoy the match, with the booze & the food. They mostly decorated like with different guitars, & outfits of legendary classic rock and pop singers. There is this elevated stage with musical instruments, where live concerts are being held, only on Thursdays. (unfortunately we didn’t go on a Thursday)

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What makes hard rock café out of the box from other pubs may be is the food. I was told the burgers are the specialty there, & is a must try. We ordered a tower of beer, and a jumbo combo snacks along with it. It had fried chickens, egg rolls, fried bacons, potato wedges, smashed potatoes, and salads. The food is probably among the most delicious appetizer I had, a perfect combination to go with your tower of beer. The other most popular appetizer there is the fish and chips.

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Overall it was an amazing experience at the hard rock café in Pune, if you happen to be in Pune do give Hard Rock Café a chance, you won’t be disappointed. Please try to attend on a Thursday if you are interested in the concerts.

I would rate a 9/10.

Thank you so much for the review Abhik, there is another HRC post lined up for you guys and I don’t think my love for the place needs a mention ;)

Cafe Delhi Heights and a very annoying movie

The Editor and I, decided to meet up for lunch and discuss few important things about the blog. Needless to say the “important discussion” was completely tossed out the moment food was placed infront of us.

This time round I nagged and pleaded to be taken to Promenade mall, Vasant Kunj, so I could do some window shopping before lunch. We had pre-decided upon Cafe Delhi Heights after hearing so much about the place.

We loved the quirk factor that the place seems to be flooded with. From their beautiful graphic menus to the presentation everything was awesome apart from the service. The waiters seemed to be living in their happy blissful world of dementia. Whatever we asked for had to repeated atleast twice to different people before it reached us. Our drinks made way in the end and we dolefully sipped it before heading out.

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The breadsticks with herbed butter that reached us first were actually really fine accompaniments.

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For starters Mannu decided to go with some sort of grilled chicken dish tossed in hot garlic and mild peri-peri. We could not locate its name on the menu displayed by zomato and we were too hungry to take notes at lunch. Blogger fail :(

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For the mains, being a rice lover, I decided to go with the Chennai Gilli Biryani. We could not really understand why it has been associated with Chennai. It tasted like a regular meat pulao- spicy and beautifully flavoured nonetheless.

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Our drinks reached us in the end and we had no choice but to quickly gulp it down. I couldn’t do the same with mine though. I had asked for the Cranberry Coconut colada. It tasted like ill made coconut lassi, please give it a miss and Mannu had some sort of Aam Panna which he probably liked.

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After this bittersweet lunch we headed off to watch the edge of tomorrow, biggest mistake ever. It was one of the most exasperating movies I ever had to watch. Tom Cruise kept waking up and it wasn’t even hot anymore. The only perk was we got to end our date with me buying Fault in our stars, the book (I loved it and the movie too) and we got to go to Starbucks. Whoopie.

The Corner Courtyard- Kolkata

Abhik, a foodie hailing from Kolkata who speaks Football decided to give in and do a post for TTL after much of my nagging and crying. Short and sweet, the review is perfect for someone living in Kolkata hunting for yet another new place to eat in the much loved food capital of the eastern zone of India. The place is called city of joy for this major reason.

 

 

This was my first visit to this, archaic multi-cuisine south kolkata restaurant. The place will bring a feeling of the old British rule in the city, with long windows & antique articulated furniture, and antique stuff. They mostly played an old country western music, the ambiance overall was enjoyable, one can say a good place to hang out with friends you probably haven’t met in a long time.
I ordered a summer barbecue style chicken with smashed potatoes with rum barbecue sauce, and one roasted mozzarella stuffed Mediterranean chicken. The quality of the food was excellent, with beautifully decorated, though it won’t be enough for someone who has a very large appetite, (I was with my mother, who has a very small appetite, so it was just fine for me :P ).

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For the desserts the options were very little, but I did enjoy the chocolate trouffle slice.

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Meal for 2 will approximately cost you around 1800 bucks, but its worth the money.

 

If you are from Kolkata, which is your favorite joint?

Shopping at Red-Fort with my girls!

People go shopping at a variety of places, malls, thrift stores, flee markets, where not, but we decided to give meena bazar from the front of Red Fort, Delhi, a shot!

We heard so much about their cheap traditional jewellery and stuff that we HAD to go check them out! Delhites and well, me, now almost a Delhite-this being my fourth year here, we have already done our historical scavenging a huge number of times, with parents, relatives, their friends, cousins, and god knows who else! So why not go there simply for the thrill of shopping?!

And these are what we came across!

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Love them? Go try out your own shopping experience there, its cheaper than the rest of the places!

 

P.S. This is quite an old post.

Throwback Comic Con

This happened a really really long time ago, in February; but hey, no time is late enough to sprinkle some comic love.

I am slightly in the obsessive zone regarding all things Batman and I think he is the greatest thing ever created (thank you DC!). And festivals like this is like an euphoric enigma to me.

So let me present to you, Comic Con, Delhi, through pictures!

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Almost crossed the enemy line here. oops.

 

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Sherlocked. And ummm.. Modi Sarkar :P

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For the bollywood diva in you.

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My birthday is almost here, who is gifting me this?

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Bazinga!

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Look what made its way to my mouth.
Okay truth be told the cupcake tasted average but as long as I was swallowing the batman sign, nothing else mattered. uncanny?

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Spotted: Mark Waid, comic book writer.
One of the most adorable human beings I ever witnessed.

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With the supervillain of all times. He is so evil that he makes me fall in love with him.

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Harvey Dent (Two Face) and Dr Harleen (Harley Quinn).
Which villain should I be next year? Or maybe I can crossover to enemy line and be black widow?

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Cant wait!!!

 

That’s all folks.

 

Photowalk: Meherchand Market

Its true, we all love Meherchand Market and I could not help but post some pictures of the place.

Being one of the most love markets in Lodhi colony among the young and hip crowd looking for something a little different and more spacious than Hauz Khas Village or less complicated than Shahpur Jat.

Located near Indian Habitat Centre, Meherchand is a hub for all foodies (home to Chez Nini) and shopaholics searching for quirky home decor items or gifts or maybe even home-made cosmetics.

So here is the pictographic representation of the place!

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That’s all till I look for some more lanes to post :)

P.S.- the pictures were taken last year, a lot more things have come up since then.