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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Weekend in Bruges

Last weekend we decided to go on an impromptu road trip to Bruges(Belgium) and it was the best weekend getaway everrrr! We drove to Bruges via France, we used the Euro tunnel to cross the channel and within 3 and a half hours we were in Belgium. The weather was perfect. As I have uploaded a lot of pictures, I'll keep the words in this post to minimal and let the pictures do the talking!

1st outfit:

Jumper: Ghost
Jeans: h&m
Boots: John Rocha
Bag: Chanel

2nd Outfit:
Scarf: Ralph Lauren
Jeans: h&m
Boots: John Rocha

Photography: Dinesh Reddy

Monday, 3 November 2014

3 days in Rome-Day 3

Here comes the 3rd day in Rome! We had a very satisfying first two days and were ready to take on the city again on the last day. We visited Spanish Steps on final day. To be honest, I didn't understand the hype behind the steps. You can find these sort of steps anywhere in France, no wonder it was built by a French diplomat. It doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the steps, I sat on the steps under the sun and did loads of people watching. The silver lining was that there was a Sephora right opposite the steps and I did some damage to my pocket there. You can see what I bought at Sephora in this video here.

Afterwards we went back to Bottega Rocchi again and grabbed some delicious pizza and grilled vegetable salad. We sat in front of a beautiful church and had our lunch. After lunch and some more walking around the streets, it was time for us to go back to our hotel to go the airport. On our way back, once again we visited Pantheon. I am still in awe of the amazing architecture. 

This concludes our 3 days trip to Rome and we are in love with the city, can't wait to go back. Until next time...ciao!!!

Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Topshop Leigh jeans
Footwear: New Look
Clutch: & Other Stories
Sunglasses: Rayban
Watch: Michael Kors
Ring: Eina Ahluwalia
Photography: Dinesh Reddy

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

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