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Our Infinity https://www.ourinfinity.com A Travel and Lifestyle Blog Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:22:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 https://www.ourinfinity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Favicon_Black-70x70.png Our Infinity https://www.ourinfinity.com 32 32 22142396 Fuji X100F – Street photography in India https://www.ourinfinity.com/fuji-x100f-in-india-2/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:39:29 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=2476

Over the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries and capture magnificent landmarks from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the bright blue domes in Santorini, but I always felt something was missing and that was capturing the quiet beauty of my hometown – Bangalore. There’s so much character and vibrancy to the city I was born in and I never got around to telling its story through my lens. However, that wish came true when I visited India this summer with my beloved Fuji X100F. I spent many mornings walking through the streets, bustling markets and quiet neighbourhoods to try and capture the true essence of the city. This was truly a homecoming of sorts and these pictures are an ode to my hometown. I post a mix of travel and lifestyle on my Instagram page shot on my Fuji X100F, follow along my journey.    

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Over the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries and capture magnificent landmarks from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the bright blue domes in Santorini, but I always felt something was missing and that was capturing the quiet beauty of my hometown – Bangalore. There’s so much character and vibrancy to the city I was born in and I never got around to telling its story through my lens. However, that wish came true when I visited India this summer with my beloved Fuji X100F. I spent many mornings walking through the streets, bustling markets and quiet neighbourhoods to try and capture the true essence of the city. This was truly a homecoming of sorts and these pictures are an ode to my hometown. I post a mix of travel and lifestyle on my Instagram page shot on my Fuji X100F, follow along my journey.  Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F street photography Fuji X100F street photography Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F in India Fuji X100F street photography Fuji X100F street photography

 

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A Perfect Weekend in Budapest https://www.ourinfinity.com/weekend-in-budapest/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/weekend-in-budapest/#respond Sat, 23 Dec 2017 21:43:33 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=2416 R was in Budapest for work, and I joined him to spend a perfect weekend in Budapest. With much to do and just a few days to explore the city, I hit the ground running as soon as I got out of the airport. After dropping off my bag at the hotel, I decided to visit the Vajdahunyad Castle, which, as luck would have it, was less than a fifteen-minute walk from our hotel. Set amidst a beautiful park and a lake, this medieval castle looks straight out of a fairytale – the gothic architecture looks simply magnificent. I was meeting R’s colleagues for dinner that evening, so after wandering around a bit, I made my way to the restaurant. R had chosen a Thai restaurant in downtown Budapest – a thriving district full of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Though the meal was average at best, the great company more than made up for it. After bidding adieu to his colleagues, R and I hopped onto the brightly lit Budapest Eye to enjoy the night view of the city. Day Two We began with breakfast at the palatial New York Café. This place is perpetually crowded, so I suggest getting there early […]

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R was in Budapest for work, and I joined him to spend a perfect weekend in Budapest. With much to do and just a few days to explore the city, I hit the ground running as soon as I got out of the airport. After dropping off my bag at the hotel, I decided to visit the Vajdahunyad Castle, which, as luck would have it, was less than a fifteen-minute walk from our hotel. Set amidst a beautiful park and a lake, this medieval castle looks straight out of a fairytale – the gothic architecture looks simply magnificent. I was meeting R’s colleagues for dinner that evening, so after wandering around a bit, I made my way to the restaurant. R had chosen a Thai restaurant in downtown Budapest – a thriving district full of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. Though the meal was average at best, the great company more than made up for it. After bidding adieu to his colleagues, R and I hopped onto the brightly lit Budapest Eye to enjoy the night view of the city.

Day Two

We began with breakfast at the palatial New York Café. This place is perpetually crowded, so I suggest getting there early if you want to get a table. Famous for its Renaissance-style architecture, this place is decked in glittering Venetian chandeliers and gold-plated stuccoes. Since R was at work, I got a table for myself, ordered some English breakfast and spent an hour getting lost in this book. My next stop was the imposing 13th-century marvel – Buda Castle, which sits on the southern tip of Castle Hill. You can either take the funicular (cable car) or trek up there, and I highly suggest doing that because you get to enjoy the spectacular views of the Chain Bridge and Danube River as you walk up. I’m not one for most tourist attractions, but this is simply not to be missed. I spent over two hours just basking in the beauty of this place

The sun had just begun to set, and the city was starting to come alive, so R and I made our way towards the Citadella, a fortification located on top of the Gellért Hill. Again, the trek up here is well worth it as you are rewarded with the most captivating view of the city. There’s seriously nothing more beautiful than the vastness of the city unrolling in front of your eyes. We had worked up an appetite with all the walking, so we ended the day with a lovely meal at a place called Búsuló Juhász Étterem, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Citadella. The main course of chicken breast with beluga lentils and beets was easily one of the nicest things I have ever eaten.

Weekend in Budapest Weekend in Budapest

 

Day Three

We covered as many places as we could on the last day of our trip. After a quick breakfast of buttery croissants and black coffee, we jaunted off to the bustling Great Market Hall. There were rows of delicatessen cheeses, cured meats, and freshly brewed palinka everywhere. I bought a bag of Hungarian paprika on a friend’s recommendation and my, oh my, it packs a serious punch. From there, we headed to the Fisherman’s Bastion before making a quick pit stop at the Gellért Thermal Bath. Since it was fully booked, we went to Széchenyi Thermal Bath, where we hopped from one pool to another for over three hours. Though we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, I wouldn’t recommend it, as the changing rooms are, well, a bit mouldy and dirty. Even if you do go there, be sure to book a private cabin, or you’ll have to share a shower with hundreds of strangers. We did a little more gallivanting before finding ourselves with delicious drinks and food at an Italian place called Perfetto (the name couldn’t have been more perfect). As this idyllic summer getaway drew to an end, R and I realised that we live for experiences such as these.

Weekend in Budapest Weekend in Budapest

 

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A Blissful Week in Santorini https://www.ourinfinity.com/a-week-in-santorini/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/a-week-in-santorini/#comments Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:59:07 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=2312

Last year R and I spent a blissful week in Santorini, and somehow I never got around to writing about it. The weather was perfectly warm, and since we were visiting during the shoulder months, the streets were marginally less crowded. Trip Duration: One week. Unlike most people who make their base as Oia, we spent the first few days in Fira and Imerovigli before finally making our way to Oia. By doing this, we felt like we explored the island properly. Where we stayed: R went all out and booked the best places to stay as we were celebrating our first anniversary. In Fira, we stayed at Villa Soula, a cosy B&B located near the main street. In Imerovigli, we stayed at Abyssanto Suites & Spa – a luxury hotel with a private jacuzzi and an infinity pool. The best thing about this place was that our room was on the upper level, and we could watch the sunrise from our bed. Saving the best for the last, R truly outdid himself when he booked an entire villa for ourselves in Oia. It was a beautifully furnished cave house called Canava View with a huge jacuzzi on the balcony. […]

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Last year R and I spent a blissful week in Santorini, and somehow I never got around to writing about it. The weather was perfectly warm, and since we were visiting during the shoulder months, the streets were marginally less crowded.

Trip Duration:

One week. Unlike most people who make their base as Oia, we spent the first few days in Fira and Imerovigli before finally making our way to Oia. By doing this, we felt like we explored the island properly.

Where we stayed:

R went all out and booked the best places to stay as we were celebrating our first anniversary. In Fira, we stayed at Villa Soula, a cosy B&B located near the main street. In Imerovigli, we stayed at Abyssanto Suites & Spa – a luxury hotel with a private jacuzzi and an infinity pool. The best thing about this place was that our room was on the upper level, and we could watch the sunrise from our bed. Saving the best for the last, R truly outdid himself when he booked an entire villa for ourselves in Oia. It was a beautifully furnished cave house called Canava View with a huge jacuzzi on the balcony. We spent every evening watching the sunset from our jacuzzi. Absolute bliss!

Things to do in Sunny Santorini

What we ate:

Gyros, souvlaki, Greek salad. Yum! While we mostly ate at small tavernas, we found some great restaurants. On our first night, we chanced upon a charming garden café in Fira called ‘Kipos‘, and we liked the food and ambience so much that we ate there two nights in a row. There’s nothing more perfect than dining amidst a garden with towering palm trees and twinkling fairy lights. They also offer a wine tasting session where you get to try local wines paired with Cycladic cheeses. Imerovigli Tavern, which overlooks the Caldera is a beautiful spot for a leisurely lunch. Ochre Wine Bistro in Oia offers an expertly curated wine list, and the food is exceptionally good too. Tranquilo in Perissa is a colourful, Carribean-themed beachside café, that’s perfect for a round of drinks and Mediterranean fare.

Getting Around:

The best way to get around the island is by renting a bike. We hired a quad-bike for the first few days and a scooter for the rest.

A Blissful Week in Santorini A Blissful Week in Santorini

 

Top things to do:

Akrotiri: Located at the southern tip of the island, Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement which was buried in a volcanic eruption. You can easily spend a day in here marvelling at the painstaking work that has gone into excavating this place.

Beaches: Of the Island beaches, we visited Red, Perissa and Kamari Beach. We spent an entire afternoon in Kamari lounging under the sun and sipping on cocktails.

Caldera-edge walk: If there’s one thing that we recommend doing, it’s walking along the caldera-edge pathway. It’s a long nine-kilometre walk, so don’t forget to carry a sun hat. The path is peppered with little cafés, antique shops and boutique hotels, so there’s plenty to explore. At sunset, make sure to climb up the Byzantine Castle Ruins, for magnificent views of the setting sun.

Volcano cruise: The boat cruise is a must-do as you get to trek the volcano-islet of Palia Kameni, which was last active in 1950. After that, you get to jump off the boat and swim to the hot springs.

Insta-worthy spots: The whole place! The whitewashed houses with blue domes; sunlounger-filled beaches, cobbled promenades, windmills. I particularly liked walking through the maze-like alleyways of Oia and stopping to snap pictures of all the houses shaded by the fuschia-hued bougainvillaea creepers.

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On My Plate: Oat Bran Pancakes + Berries Chia Jam https://www.ourinfinity.com/oat-bran-pancakes-with-berries/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/oat-bran-pancakes-with-berries/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:55:35 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=2190 I know the Internet is full of pancake recipes, and you don’t need another one, but my reason for writing this is purely because I found a way to turn my favourite breakfast porridge (oat bran bircher with berries) into something more indulgent and filling. So here’s presenting the protein-packed buckwheat & Oat bran pancakes with berries and coconut chia jam. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Also, it’s refined sugar-free, so you can happily eat these with gusto. Buckwheat & Oat Bran Pancakes Initially, I made the pancakes with just the oat bran, and they turned out quite soggy, so I added a cup of buckwheat flour to get the fluffy texture. You can easily substitute it with plain or wholemeal flour. I really like the nuttiness of buckwheat, and it amps up the flavour of the pancakes. Makes about 4 – 6 pancakes // ½ cup of oat bran, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup of soymilk, a pinch of salt and two tbsp of stevia (sugar substitute). Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and combine them together. Heat a pan with a dollop of butter or an oil spray, […]

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I know the Internet is full of pancake recipes, and you don’t need another one, but my reason for writing this is purely because I found a way to turn my favourite breakfast porridge (oat bran bircher with berries) into something more indulgent and filling. So here’s presenting the protein-packed buckwheat & Oat bran pancakes with berries and coconut chia jam. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Also, it’s refined sugar-free, so you can happily eat these with gusto.

Buckwheat & Oat Bran Pancakes

Initially, I made the pancakes with just the oat bran, and they turned out quite soggy, so I added a cup of buckwheat flour to get the fluffy texture. You can easily substitute it with plain or wholemeal flour. I really like the nuttiness of buckwheat, and it amps up the flavour of the pancakes.

Makes about 4 – 6 pancakes // ½ cup of oat bran, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup of soymilk, a pinch of salt and two tbsp of stevia (sugar substitute).

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and combine them together. Heat a pan with a dollop of butter or an oil spray, and scoop out a ladle of batter onto the pan. Cook until browned evenly.

Berries & Coconut Chia Jam

I stumbled upon this recipe while trawling Ohsheglows website for healthy dessert options. I’ve put my own twist to it by including desiccated coconut and stevia to make it slightly healthier. It’s not cloyingly sweet and has the same consistency of a jam. It stores well and is super delish.

100g of mixed berries (I used blueberries & raspberries), 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut, 4 tbsp of chia seeds and stevia

Place all the berries in a saucepan with the stevia and allow them to cook for about ten minutes until they are nice and soft. Then add in desiccated coconut and chia seeds and cook for another five minutes until all the water is absorbed.

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Top Things to do in Dubrovnik https://www.ourinfinity.com/things-to-do-in-dubrovnik/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/things-to-do-in-dubrovnik/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:47:38 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=2156

To help with your planning we’ve highlighted our top things to do in Dubrovnik Why visit: Crystal clear water, uninhabited virgin islands, fresh seafood and Mediterranean weather. Where to stay: We stayed at Neptun Hotel in Babin Kuk, which is just 15 minutes away from the Old Port. This upscale hotel has a spa, four swimming pools and three in-house restaurants serving delicious local cuisines. The seafront room we stayed in was literally ten feet from the Adriatic and it doesn’t get better than that. What to Do: 1) City Walls: All the guidebooks tell you that the City Walls is a must-do – and it’s true. If you hike up the serpentine staircases of these historic walls, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sea, changing in hue from azure to emerald by the shadows cast by the clouds above. There’s nothing quite like the joy that accompanies the sight of the endless horizon. 2) Hidden Coves: If you want to escape the heaving crowds, then this is the perfect thing to do. We found several secluded coves around the city, but the one next to the Nautika Restaurant is breathtaking, to say the least. A beautiful […]

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To help with your planning we’ve highlighted our top things to do in Dubrovnik

Why visit: Crystal clear water, uninhabited virgin islands, fresh seafood and Mediterranean weather.

Where to stay: We stayed at Neptun Hotel in Babin Kuk, which is just 15 minutes away from the Old Port. This upscale hotel has a spa, four swimming pools and three in-house restaurants serving delicious local cuisines. The seafront room we stayed in was literally ten feet from the Adriatic and it doesn’t get better than that.

What to Do:

1) City Walls: All the guidebooks tell you that the City Walls is a must-do – and it’s true. If you hike up the serpentine staircases of these historic walls, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sea, changing in hue from azure to emerald by the shadows cast by the clouds above. There’s nothing quite like the joy that accompanies the sight of the endless horizon.

2) Hidden Coves: If you want to escape the heaving crowds, then this is the perfect thing to do. We found several secluded coves around the city, but the one next to the Nautika Restaurant is breathtaking, to say the least. A beautiful idyll that feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. There’s a dizzying flight of stairs with a metal railing that leads you all the way up to the vantage point. We spent the day swimming in the crystal-clear waters and basking in the beauty of this hidden gem.

3) Island Hopping: Dubrovnik offers plenty to explore, a day trip to the neighbouring islands is an experience unlike any other. Roughly 15 minutes from the city, Lokrum is ideal for snorkelling or hiking up the vertiginously sloping paths. This uninhabited island is home to pines and cypress trees, which fills the air with a lilting scent. There’s an idyllic salt-rich lake that’s perfect for those of us who are not brave enough to swim in the sea.

4) Cable Car: While the cable car ride is all too brief, the view is nothing short of sublime. We booked a table at the Panorama Restaurant and watched the sky turn hues of gold and amber as the sun went down. The food, the ambience and the pavonine sky made it a surreal affair. It was a magical experience. Anything I say would be too little, so I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.

5) Boat/Ferry/Yacht Ride: You can opt for a private yacht tour or hop onto a boat cruise to go island-hopping. We visited Elaphite Islands, which is a small archipelago consisting of several islands. We made quick pit stops at Šipan, Koločep and Lopud – although they aren’t very different from each other, they are beautiful nonetheless. The highlight of the cruise was the freshly cooked meal we had aboard while basking in the sun.

6) Cliff Bar: Nestled in the tiny bylanes of the old walled city, Buza Bar provides sweeping views of the Adriatic sea. Buzzy music, local beer and friendly staff make this place an absolute must-visit. This hole-in-the-wall dive bar is perpetually crowded, so get there early if you want a table with a view. Or can grab a drink and sit on the cliff to watch the waves roll in against the sunset.

7) Game of Thrones tour: This walking tour takes you to many filming locations of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Some of the guides appeared as extras in the show and they bring the whole thing to life with first-hand experiences and juicy anecdotes.

What to pack: Hiking shoes, summery dresses and a chic pair of sunglasses. You can read about what I packed here.

Where To Take A Great Instagram: There are plenty gram-worthy spots, but my top two recommendations are the charming stone alleys of Old Dubrovnik and the rock staircase carved through the cliff near Brsalje.

 

 

 

 

 

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The FujiFilm X100F – Not A Review https://www.ourinfinity.com/fujifilm-x100f-not-a-review/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/fujifilm-x100f-not-a-review/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:37:51 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=1869

I’ve recently upgraded to the FujiFilm X100F and if you’ve been following this blog closely, you’d know by now that my first camera was the Sony a6000. Having thoroughly enjoyed it for over two years, I started to feel like I was stuck in a photography rut, so I decided it was time to move on. If you’re looking for a technical review, unfortunately, this isn’t going to cut it for you as I’m only going to talk about what worked and what didn’t for me. When Fuji announced the X-T20 and X100F, I was initially inclined to get my hands on the X-T20 but then the idea of one camera with one lens began to appeal to me as not having to think about what lens to use can be quite liberating. After spending a month with the camera, here’s my take on it Likes Exposure compensation dial – Being a first time Fuji user I cannot tell you how much I appreciate a dedicated dial to tweak exposure and the placement of this is spot on. Furthermore, the dial has a C mode, which lets you adjust from -5/+5 by turning the front function dial, nice touch. The Joystick – To be able to select the focus […]

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I’ve recently upgraded to the FujiFilm X100F and if you’ve been following this blog closely, you’d know by now that my first camera was the Sony a6000. Having thoroughly enjoyed it for over two years, I started to feel like I was stuck in a photography rut, so I decided it was time to move on. If you’re looking for a technical review, unfortunately, this isn’t going to cut it for you as I’m only going to talk about what worked and what didn’t for me. When Fuji announced the X-T20 and X100F, I was initially inclined to get my hands on the X-T20 but then the idea of one camera with one lens began to appeal to me as not having to think about what lens to use can be quite liberating.

After spending a month with the camera, here’s my take on it

Likes

  • Exposure compensation dial – Being a first time Fuji user I cannot tell you how much I appreciate a dedicated dial to tweak exposure and the placement of this is spot on. Furthermore, the dial has a C mode, which lets you adjust from -5/+5 by turning the front function dial, nice touch.
  • The Joystick – To be able to select the focus point accurately without taking my eye away from the EVF/OVF helps me navigate with ease from one area to another depending on the scene.
  • Viewfinder – Having the option to switch between OVF and EVF clearly gives the best of both worlds however the hybrid mode shows an optical view with an EVF at the lower-right corner, allowing you to digitally determine the exposure and focus. Pure genius!
  • Film Simulation modes – This has been an extremely popular option in Fujifilm cameras and with the addition of ACROS film simulation for beautiful monochrome images, it now feels like a complete package. The resulting images from Classic Chrome and Acros are jaw-dropping, to say the least.
  • Customisation – The ability to personalise your camera to your own taste is such a boon and Fuji hits the ball out of the park here, sure you need to spend some time doing this but once you’ve programmed the various function buttons to suit your needs you’re set for good.
  • Image Quality – Nothing to add, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Dislikes

  • Placement of the Q button – I didn’t think much of it initially but I’ve had my share of hiccups with this when I’ve accidentally hit this button and missed some shots.
  • Battery – Everyone’s been talking about the bigger battery, personally I think it’s just average. It could be due to the fact that I have the high-performance setting turned on but I seriously feel the need for a backup
  • Weather Sealing – This was probably one of the biggest disappointments for me. To be able to wear the crown for the best “documentary style” camera, this is a must-have feature and not having weather sealing will leave a big void, but then again maybe you should be casting your eyes on the X-T2 or X-Pro2.

All images are shot as jpegs, which I’ve tweaked in Lightroom. I’ve tried to include a variety of images to give you an idea of what the camera is capable of.

PS: Head over to this post to check out the images I shot with the X100F in Dubrovnik, Croatia

FujiFilm X100F_London_Underground

(Desaturated Effect, f/13, 1/25, ISO 1600)

FujiFilm X100F_StreetPhotography

FujiFilm X100F_BoxPark

Desaturated Effect (f/2.8, 1/125th, ISO 800)

FujiFilm X100F_Street Photography

Desaturated Effect (f/2.8, 1/280th, ISO 400)

FujiFilm X100F_Street

Desaturated Effect (f/2.8, 1/250th, ISO 1000)

FujiFilm X100F_Angel

Classic Chrome (f/10, 1/125th, ISO 1250)

FujiFilm X100F_BoxPark Velvia

Velvia (f/2.8, 1/125th, ISO 500)

FujiFilm X100F_The Shard Provia

Provia (f/8, 1/160th, ISO 400)

FujiFilm X100F_Angel_Classic Chrome

Classic Chrome (f/11, 1/17th, ISO 6400)

FujiFilm X100F Classic Chrome

Classic Chrome (f/8.0, 1/125th, ISO 3200)

FujiFilm X100F Croydon Velvia

Velvia (f/2.5, 1/150th, ISO 400)

FujiFilm X100F_BoxPark

Velvia cropped to a 1:1 aspect ratio (f/2.8, 1/210th, ISO 400)

FujiFilm_X100F Velvia

Velvia cropped to a 1:1 aspect ratio (f/2.8, 1/125th, ISO 640)

FujiFilm X100F_Kings Cross

Provia (f/16, 1/15th, ISO 1600)

FujiFilm X100F_Kings Cross_Acros

Acros (f/13, 1/20th, ISO 1600)

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Three days in Paris – An Itinerary for first time visitors https://www.ourinfinity.com/three-days-in-paris-itinerary/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/three-days-in-paris-itinerary/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:35:16 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=1792

Here’s our three days in Paris Itinerary, do bear in mind as this was our second visit to Paris we skipped Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées. To discover some cool Instagram worthy spots in Paris head over to the first part of our post Day 1 Checked into Hotel Eiffel Turrene Eiffel Tower aka The Iron Lady Grand Palais / Petit Palais Musée d’Orsay Day 2 Montmartre Wall of Love Sacré-Cœur Basilica  Montparnasse Tower Day 3 Musée du Louvre Home Sweet Home

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Here’s our three days in Paris Itinerary, do bear in mind as this was our second visit to Paris we skipped Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées. To discover some cool Instagram worthy spots in Paris head over to the first part of our post

Day 1

Checked into Hotel Eiffel Turrene

Eiffel Tower aka The Iron Lady

Grand Palais / Petit Palais

Musée d’Orsay

Day 2

Montmartre

Wall of Love

Sacré-Cœur Basilica 

Montparnasse Tower

Day 3

Musée du Louvre

Home Sweet Home

Eiffel Turenne

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Instagram Worthy Spots in Paris https://www.ourinfinity.com/instagram-worthy-spots-in-paris/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/instagram-worthy-spots-in-paris/#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:47:46 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=1774

Even though we’ve visited Paris before, the city never ceases to amaze us with its unrelenting beauty. Even the incessant rain and bone-chilling winds couldn’t dampen our moods. R and I planned this impromptu trip to celebrate our second anniversary – what better place than Paris we thought! We spent the last weekend in absolute harmony with the city of love serving as the perfect backdrop. We sauntered through the cobbled streets, devoured buttery croissants every morning and marvelled at the city’s innumerable architectural masterpieces. No matter what you do, the city inevitably draws you into its charming aura. Let us take you on a photo journey of the most Instagram worthy spots in Paris 1 Musee D’Orsay: Located in the bustling sixth arrondissement, Musee D’Orsay houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world. You can spend hours in here marvelling at everything from Realism to Impressionist art. But the hidden gem is the majestic black and gold clock located on the fifth floor. This place tends to get quite busy, so our suggestion is to head there first and work your way from there. 2 Louvre: This is an obvious choice but hey, no list is complete […]

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Even though we’ve visited Paris before, the city never ceases to amaze us with its unrelenting beauty. Even the incessant rain and bone-chilling winds couldn’t dampen our moods. R and I planned this impromptu trip to celebrate our second anniversary – what better place than Paris we thought! We spent the last weekend in absolute harmony with the city of love serving as the perfect backdrop. We sauntered through the cobbled streets, devoured buttery croissants every morning and marvelled at the city’s innumerable architectural masterpieces. No matter what you do, the city inevitably draws you into its charming aura. Let us take you on a photo journey of the most Instagram worthy spots in Paris

1 Musee D’Orsay:

Located in the bustling sixth arrondissement, Musee D’Orsay houses one of the most impressive art collections in the world. You can spend hours in here marvelling at everything from Realism to Impressionist art. But the hidden gem is the majestic black and gold clock located on the fifth floor. This place tends to get quite busy, so our suggestion is to head there first and work your way from there. Instagram worthy spots in Paris-1 Musée d'Orsay

2 Louvre:

This is an obvious choice but hey, no list is complete without the mention of this iconic landmark. The beautiful arches, the winding stairs and seminal works of art all make for a great picture. If you want to get away from the jostling crowds, then the Tuileries Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment.The Louvre Instagram worthy spots in Paris Louvre

3 Montmartre:

A few feet from the Abbesses metro station is the famous love wall – a work of art conceived by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. The wall is inscribed with the phrase ‘I love you’ in more than 300 languages. Another picture-worthy spot is the Sacré-Coeur – you can sit on the steps and take in the breathtaking panorama of the city. Montmartre, Paris

4 Eiffel Tower:

You can’t go to Paree and not pay a visit to this gargantuan treasure. We snuck away to the park next to the tower to enjoy the view all to ourselves. This charming tree-lined park is the most idyllic spot to take in the expansiveness of the Eiffel Tower. Instagram worthy spots in Paris Eiffel Tower

5 Montparnasse Tower:

You get to see the Eiffel Tower from another perspective. The dreamy view of the city from the tallest building is breathtaking to say the least. Watching the sun go down with the sky turning hues of amber and gold was one of the top highlights of our trip.Montparnasse Tower

6 Petit Palais:

While we missed seeing the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais more than made up for it. What stole our hearts was the serene courtyard tucked away near the entrance of the Palais. You can enjoy a hot cuppa amidst an oasis of greenery. The marble countertops, wrought iron chairs and mosaic flooring is all whimsical and equally beautiful.

Enjoying a moment as life whizzes past7 Ladurée:

The pastel décor, divine macarons and the charming café make for a picture-perfect setting. There’s nothing more heavenly than sinking your teeth into these pastel-hued delights. They are light, airy and utterly delicious. R froze for a few seconds after he devoured the rose macarons because they were just too good to be true.

PS: For a detailed itinerary and more images head over to this post here
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Welcome Home https://www.ourinfinity.com/welcome-home/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/welcome-home/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:19:38 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=1652

This post is dedicated to R for having immense faith in me; for believing in my writing capabilities and for letting me turn our home into an urban jungle. Happy Birthday, my dear husband! There’s something so satisfying about setting up your own home. It’s like carefully piecing together a puzzle, and watching it unravel in front of your eyes. When we moved into our previous apartment, it was already furnished and needed very little sprucing. While I loved the place, I felt it lacked a personal touch – we hadn’t meticulously handpicked the furniture or spent an inordinate amount of time trawling the internet to find the perfect mirror for my dresser. No, we did none of that. We just added a few photo frames, plants and other knick knacks for a home-away-from-home touch. While that was good enough, I wasn’t entirely happy. I wanted to create a welcoming cocoon that was a reflection of our personalities. I longed for a place where I could feel at home without being constantly reminded that it was a rented property. Around December last year, my wish came true in the form a moderately spacious and well-lit apartment that is at a […]

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This post is dedicated to R for having immense faith in me; for believing in my writing capabilities and for letting me turn our home into an urban jungle. Happy Birthday, my dear husband!

There’s something so satisfying about setting up your own home. It’s like carefully piecing together a puzzle, and watching it unravel in front of your eyes. When we moved into our previous apartment, it was already furnished and needed very little sprucing. While I loved the place, I felt it lacked a personal touch – we hadn’t meticulously handpicked the furniture or spent an inordinate amount of time trawling the internet to find the perfect mirror for my dresser. No, we did none of that. We just added a few photo frames, plants and other knick knacks for a home-away-from-home touch. While that was good enough, I wasn’t entirely happy. I wanted to create a welcoming cocoon that was a reflection of our personalities. I longed for a place where I could feel at home without being constantly reminded that it was a rented property.

Around December last year, my wish came true in the form a moderately spacious and well-lit apartment that is at a walking distance to the train station. Hallelujah! Since the house was partly furnished, it gave us a chance to set it up the way we wanted to. We had a huge laundry list of things we wanted for the house and our first purchase was a beautiful wooden bookshelf (Good spot, R) to complement the black and red colour palette of our open kitchen. Then came the chest of drawers, floor lamps, rugs and plants…my beloved plants that add so much colour and life to our apartment. It’s taken us over two months to decorate the whole place and the puzzle now looks complete.

It makes me immensely happy to see how a seemingly small space has transformed into a warm and inviting cocoon that breathes life into our everyday activities.
Welcome home, guys!
Home Sweet Home
Home is where the heart is

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French Riviera Travel Guide and Tips https://www.ourinfinity.com/french-riviera-things-to-do/ https://www.ourinfinity.com/french-riviera-things-to-do/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:00:22 +0000 http://www.ourinfinity.com/?p=1582

Day 1 Nice, the capital of the French Riviera was love at first sight for us. The undulating Promenade des Anglais, lanes dotted with quaint chapels and boulangeries teeming with people are all an inordinately beautiful sight. On our first day, we sauntered through the entire stretch of the promenade while relishing a gelato and thinking c’est la vie! One of the best places to enjoy the view is to climb up the winding stairs of Le château de Nice (Castle hill).  There are various entrances, or you can even take the free lift. This medieval castle is a maze of greenery that offers stunning views of the old town and the port. We spent the entire day wandering around and exploring this place. We even chanced upon a waterfall that was built during the 18th century. As the evening light started to set in, we walked over to the beach to bask in the warm glow. Day 2 Eze Village The next morning, we took a bus to Eze Village – make sure you sit on the right side of the bus to enjoy the plentiful vistas. Following a quick breakfast of buttery croissants and black coffee, we headed to explore the fortified […]

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Day 1

Nice, the capital of the French Riviera was love at first sight for us. The undulating Promenade des Anglais, lanes dotted with quaint chapels and boulangeries teeming with people are all an inordinately beautiful sight. On our first day, we sauntered through the entire stretch of the promenade while relishing a gelato and thinking c’est la vie! One of the best places to enjoy the view is to climb up the winding stairs of Le château de Nice (Castle hill) There are various entrances, or you can even take the free lift. This medieval castle is a maze of greenery that offers stunning views of the old town and the port. We spent the entire day wandering around and exploring this place. We even chanced upon a waterfall that was built during the 18th century. As the evening light started to set in, we walked over to the beach to bask in the warm glow.

French RivieraDay 2

Eze Village

The next morning, we took a bus to Eze Village – make sure you sit on the right side of the bus to enjoy the plentiful vistas. Following a quick breakfast of buttery croissants and black coffee, we headed to explore the fortified village. Perched on a rocky peak, this village offers an outstanding view of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. Dotted with quaint boutiques and bougainvillaea-covered villas, this place has maze-like streets that lead to beautiful courtyards and hidden alleys. Next, we climbed up to the Jardin Exotique, where an abundance of succulent plants surrounds the castle ruins. Perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment.

Monaco

After spending three hours in Eze, we took another bus to Monaco. On reaching, we headed to a restaurant overlooking the harbour to devour dried cod cooked in tomato sauce and pasta with Mediterranean vegetables. The wide variety of museums and sites reflects the importance of art, history and culture in Monaco. We walked around the harbour for a while enjoying the sight of docked yachts dancing around in the water. Post that, we walked to the Oceanographic Museum from the old port. Although it’s quite a walk, the view is breathtaking! We highly suggest you do this instead of taking a bus or a cab. The Oceanographic Museum is a neoclassical building that houses over 6000 species in a spectacular underwater environment. The shark lagoon is a must-visit, it will surely blow your mind. In the same vicinity, you’ll also find the magnificent Prince’s Palace, the white stone Cathedral and the Chapel of Mercy. Instead of walking all the way back to the old port, there’s an exit next to the palace that’ll take you back into the city.

French Riviera

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Cannes

Pronounced as ‘can’, this place is all about glitz and glamour. From taking pictures on the red carpet to dining at upscale restaurants, you can do it all. While there’s nothing much to see apart from the razzle-dazzle, there are a few places that are worth a visit. Head over to Forville Market to taste the local delight – Socca (chickpea crepes), walk through the charming neighbourhood of Le Suquet or shop for vintage knick-knacks at Rue Meynadier. If you have time we would surely recommend taking a ferry to Ile Sainte-Marguerite – a beautiful island with a fort and maritime museum.

While Eze still remains the best part about our trip, the French Riviera certainly did steal our hearts forever.


ile sainte marguerite french rivieraSoccaHandy Tips

1. We booked an Uber from the airport to Nice using the wifi available at the airport and it cost us 19€, an alternative is to use the express bus which costs 6€ per person. Note that when you pull up your list of available wifi networks at the airport, you will probably see ‘FreeWifi’: this is NOT free, ‘Free’ is a network provider and it’s only free… if you pay!

2. We chose Nice as our base and travelled to Eze, Monaco and Cannes

3. Buy these handy Foldable water bottles as you will need it while exploring the city plus you can easily clip it to your bag.

4. When you get on the train to Cannes, the stop you need to get off is Cannes Voyagers, not Cannes la Bocca.

5. Nice has 3 stops Riquier, St Augustine and Nice Ville figure out which station your Hotel is the  closest to

6. Validate your ticket in the little yellow machines before getting on to the train, if you’re on a tram you can do this once you get in.

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