• Cordoba – Court Of The Caliphs.

    The Romans found Cordoba, one of the greatest cities of the medieval world. Cordoba witnessed the greatest glory during Islam’s Golden Age when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus (Islamic Spain). In the 10th century, Cordoba prospered through the coexistence of cultures between Muslims, Christians and Jews where literature, poetry and architecture flourished. Next to Puerta de Almodovar, stands a statue of the Cordobán philosopher-playwright Seneca, reminding us the intellectualism of this great city of knowledge. read more

  • A WALKABOUT ALONG ‘THE WALL’ – Exploring The East Side Gallery of Berlin

    Berlin is a city that simultaneously frustrates and fascinates you. A glorious enigma inhibits this charming city, making it one of the most photographed tourist destinations in Germany.

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  • A Day Trip To Den Haag.

    I recall my father sharing my great grandfather’s travelogues on his trip to Amsterdam and Hague’s Madurodam in the late 70s. I found the word Madurodam surprisingly familiar and funny because it sounded so much like a water reservoir in Sri Lanka. Little did I know that Madurodam was a famous miniature park in the Netherlands which has been attracting tens and thousands of people every year, since 1952.

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  • à Paris – In The City of Love & Lights

    ‘PARIS’ conjures up images of love. It’s a city that strikes as a place where Joie de Vivre is everywhere. This love transcends beyond the Tumblr-perfect moments of meandering walks along the River Seine. Hollywood movies idealised Paris as the epicentre of the Romanticism. Yes, the city can seduce us with its sensual ambience. There’s a certain allure to this aesthetically charming capital, which makes it one of the most sought-after destinations for honeymoons by couples from all corners of the world. Parisians have a constant fascination, sometimes a fixation with their fine vin, fromage, fashion and architecture. But the contemporary Paris doesn’t live up to its overrated clichés. You would seldom spot men in striped shirts and berets, sitting around all day in a terasse with a coffee and cigarette in hand, discussing politics or art. In this densely populated city, the average Parisian can either be white or black, unemployed or a man with a moneyed lifestyle.

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  • 24 hours in Belgium – Tasting the Brussels way of life with TinTin.

    On 22 March 2016, twin blasts struck the Zaventem International Airport and the Maelbeek metro station in the Bruxelles city centre, killing at least 32 people. Two Tuesdays before this day of terror, I was holidaying in Belgium. The Intercity-Express (ICE) train departed from Cologne HBF and reached Brussels-Centraal in 2 hours. Although, it was not the most scenic train routes in Europe, after crossing borders of 7 countries on air, it was a relief to enjoy a train journey with ample sprawl space and peace.

    Brussels was never meant to be on my European itinerary. But, it turned out to be one of the serendipitous discoveries of my tour that resulted in a haphazard travel arrangement. With no set destination or map in hand, I set forth to explore this wonderful city with a medieval flair. All I had was 24 hours to taste the Brussels way of life.

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  • The Story of Andalusian Oranges in Spain

    When I first caught a glimpse of the orange trees that lined the streets of Granada, a good old sinhala rhyme resonated inside my head. It’s sung by a little boy who sees a sweet orange tree that is abundant with fruits.

    Me gasé boho

    Pani doodang thibé

    Pahila, Idhila, Bimata Namila

    Barawela Athu…

    I was seated by the window, gazing in dismay at the ripe oranges fallen on the piazzas, waiting to be swept away by the street cleaners. The story that I am going to tell is sadly not about any pani dodang (sweet oranges).

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  • “Parangis on Three-wheelers” – A tuk-tuk connection between Ceylon and Portugal.

    When the Portuguese were ousted by the Dutch in 1658, they left a significant cultural imprint that changed and enriched many spheres of Ceylonese culture. Beginning from the 16th century, The European colonial powers made an impact in many aspects of the life of the Islanders. The Portuguese, unlike the later Dutch and British integrated well with the locals. They intermarried with the daughters of the land, birthed a a new language, Sri Lanka Portuguese Creole, which flourished as a lingua franca in the island for over three and a half centuries. read more

  • Bursa – A Journey To The Birthplace Of Ottoman Empire

    Towards the North Western coast of Marmara Sea, lies a trade destination that linked East to the West once upon a time. Being Turkey’s fourth largest city and the first capital of Ottoman Empire, Bursa bears striking similarities to its’s megalopolis sister, Constantinople. The city has witnessed the rise and fall of states having significance throughout the Byzantine Empire. Today, Bursa is at the core of the automotive industry in Turkey and bustles with a prosperous economy. It’s close proximity to Istanbul and popularity for being known as the silk centre of excellence attracts the curious traveller to this mesmerising city in search of a fascinating sight-seeing adventure.

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  • Cappadocia – The City of Fairy Chimneys

    Couple of months ago, Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharais from Game of Thrones) posted a few of his onset instagrams which were hash-tagged as #ShootingInCappadocia. Seeing one of the actors whom I admire the most in one of my favourite places on earth left me awestruck, making “Mountains and Stones” a movie worth looking forward to next year.

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  • Vulcans Of The Black Sea Region

    From the vantage points of Karabük Province, Safranbolu may seem like a fortress aged village  which is being constructed in Age of Empires, where mighty minarets stand tall watching over the clusters of Ottoman houses. We were curious to explore this historic city which hosted many civilisations including; the Romans, Byzantines, Seljuk’s and Ottoman Empires.
    The old town of Safranbolu exudes less of a touristic vibe. It is so different from its fellow prosperous cities Bursa and Istanbul, yet presents a wealth of fascinating details loaded to the brim with unadulterated Ottoman beauty.

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