Sunday, 26 October 2014

3 days in Rome- Day 2

It was only the second day but our feet were already hurting by all the walking we did on Day 1. However the excitement to visit the Colosseum kept us going. We had a heavy breakfast in our hotel and ventured out into the city. BTW in the first picture I am standing in front of the door of our hotel, which is interestingly named Mimosa!

For the first half of the day, we soaked in the beauty of Colosseum along with the rays of warm October sun. It's a massive structure that has a capacity to fit in more than 60,000 people and so beautiful that I didn't want to leave. We were told that October was the best time to go to Rome as it is not as busy as in the summer, as well as the temperature is mild.

After enjoying the grandeur of Colosseum, we went to the Roman Forum which is a remainder of the classical Rome. Then we spent the remaining afternoon doing what we love the most, exploring the city in an offbeat way. We walked around the by lanes, found some family owned pizza and coffee shops. One such find was Bottega Rocchi, I had an egg, artichoke,olives and mushroom pizza on my first visit to the shop. It was pretty inexpensive and tasted amazing. If anyone is going to Rome anytime in future, make sure to visit this place.

With satisfied tummies, we wandered around some more streets and did some people watching. I love people watching when I travel, I like observing tourists and locals, their dressing, body language and absorb everything in.

Later in the evening, we went for a romantic dinner. We found this restaurant called  Vecchia Locanda in an alley way, just by chance. The place was so beautiful that we decided to go there immediately. Thankfully the food was amazing too! Highly recommend it!

I am wearing:

Sunglasses: Rayban
Top: Oasis
Skirt: River Island
Bag: Zara
Footwear: New Look
Ring: YSL
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

Thursday, 23 October 2014

3 days in Rome- Day 1

Couple of weeks ago, I posted on Instagram, a picture of mine at the British Citizenship ceremony. Now we are British citizens and we have our new passports. We are quite excited as this is an opportunity for us to travel to more than 170 countries without a visa. It makes the whole process of planning for a holiday/travel, less stressful and less expensive. 

This being said, we are definitely going to miss our Indian passports as they were the reminder of the dates and places we have been to. I remember spending time with my husband, with Indian passport in hand, going through each page, each visa stamp and getting nostalgic about the place we went to, I am going to miss those times!!!

Now coming back to the topic of our new British passports- we decided to celebrate the occasion by going on a short break to Rome because it was still around 25 degrees there.  (This time we zoomed through the immigration).  As the trip was short (3 days), we decided to make most if it. We wanted to cover the famous monuments/places, as well as the side lanes, as we believe that side lanes offer the best food, views and culture of a city with a good opportunity to mingle with the locals. 

We decided to stay in a hotel that was in the city centre so that we could reach to any place easily. The places that we went to were: 

1) Pantheon: - It is a Roman Catholic church known as Santa Maria Rotanda. I believe that this is my favourite building in Rome, especially the dome, which is open from the top and natural light comes in through it. There is an internal drainage system that takes care of the rain as well.

2) Piazza Venezia:- We didn't go inside the building just walked around it and took some pictures. 

3) Trevi Fountain:- Yes, there are no pictures of it on my post because, unfortunately, it was closed and had scaffolding around it. I have heard that it's one of the most beautiful monuments in Rome, so maybe next time...

4) Lunch:- Picked up a nice restaurant on the side alley way near to Trevi fountain. I had a garlic and chilli Spaghetti and it was out of this world. After that we went to a Gelato place called Valentino. Trip advisor has given it a very high rating but we felt that it was pretty mediocre.

5) Vatican City: It is recommended to pre book a guided tour to Vatican to avoid the long queues under the sun. We took a cab to Vatican from Rome and met our tour guide at the entrance. There were 10 people with us. I have to say, our guide was brilliant and explained everything really well. We spent more than 6 hours in Vatican and it was well worth it.

6) Dinner: We returned to Rome for dinner and booked a table at a restaurant with a view of Pantheon, in the square. All I have to say is that view was brilliant, food was crap.

We were tired by the end of day 1 but were looking forward to the next day with enthusiasm!

I am wearing:

Dress: &Other Stories
Sunglasses: Prada
Handbag: Fab India (Styled differently here)
Bangle and sandals: India
Lipstick: Bourjois matt lipgloss in Framboise
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

 Beautiful streets of Rome


 Piazza Venezia

 St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Birthday celebrations & Cotswolds

Apologies for delay in posting this article. It was my birthday couple of weeks ago and I was fortunate enough to celebrate it with my entire family i.e my parents and husband.

We've been to Cotswolds before and fell in love with it instantly and I had immediately made a note to self to take my parents there on their visit to the UK. That's why on my birthday we made a plan to go on a day trip to Cotswolds again!

As expected my parents thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the day was perfect in every way including the weather. Here are some pictures from the day!

Jumpsuit: Next
Clutch: & Other Stories
Necklace and cardigan: H&M
Sunglasses: Rayban's (Birthday gift from my husband) 
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Early Autumn Outfit

Autumn has arrived early this season!!! Last weekend was officially the end of summer however it's been unusually cold for this time of the year. The weather was not going to stop me from going out, so all I did was to make my summer clothes appropriate for early autumn.

I paired my skort with a pair of black opaque tights and wore a layer of boyfriend blazer on top of my T-shirt to keep me warm and of course loads of coffee and warm hugs from my husband were keeping me even warmer!

These pictures were taken in Canterbury.

I wore:

Blazer: New Look
T -shirt: Warehouse
Skort: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Celine
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: W (India)
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Day out in Mayfield lavender farms

Some of you may already know that my parents are here with me in London and we are on a mission to keep them entertained by taking them on day trips every weekend. During their previous visit to London, they visited the touristy bits of London and places around it. This time we are taking them to offbeat places like Shoreditch for the wall art, lavender fields and berry picking. I will keep you all updated about the other places we visit in near future.

Wearing this top was a conscious decision. I knew that we were going to take millions of pictures in the lavender coloured background so wore this paint print top to add contrasting colour to the pictures.

Hope you all enjoy the pics xx.

Top: Zara
Shorts: Zara
Bag: Topshop (Also seen here and here)
Shoes: New Look
Sunglasses: Rayban (Borrowed from mom)
Bangles: India
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

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