World’s tallest free-standing totem pole!

A  few miles north of the Drive Thru Chandlier Tree is another tourist attraction literally nestled among  Redwood Trees of North California — a place called Confusion Hill (in Piercy, California). What drew us there was a structure that made it to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not list as the tallest … Read>>

Capitola’s own Venice

I have to do justice to the ‘little Italy’ part of my previous post Capitola Village and its little Italy. So here’s posting some pictures of the Capitola Venetian, the Mediterranean-style hotel that I said I couldn’t take my eyes off. I haven’t given up the idea of spending an … Read>>

Universal studios – Hollywood’s backstage

When you have just two days to spend in Los Angeles, there’s a lot you’ll have to miss out on. I’m just so pleased that, that didn’t include Universal Studios. When I let me rewind to the day we spent there, what I recall most of all is the 2-hour … Read>>

Hip and Happening Hollywood Boulevard

It was a Friday. The Friday after Thanksgiving; Yes, Black Friday! While most of USA shopped, we decided to hang out at one of the most happening places on the west coast of the United States – Hollywood Boulevard. It was a sudden trip; an almost last minute one with … Read>>

Breathtaking ‘Gateway to Wayanad’

On the Western Ghats in southern India is a little green heaven called Wayanad. Cut out of the Northeastern part of Kerala, this district is one of the new hot-spots for travellers to South India. Of the many far flung attractions here, there is one thing you should not miss if you like scenic drives. … Read>>

Chained here is a restless spirit

The Chain Tree in Wayanad is a stop for many a curious traveller on the Kozhikode-Wayanad* route. The chain hanging from it was not put there by accident neither was it meant to be decoration. This tree has a story to tell. This story dates back to the time when India … Read>>

Postcard perfect: Seven Sisters or the Painted Ladies

Call them Seven Sisters or the Painted Ladies; these seven beautiful ladies add a dash of unequaled charm to the city called San Francisco. We all know that San Francisco cannot  quite be separated from its Victorian architecture but the Seven Sisters make a picture that will remain imprinted in one’s mind forever. I remember noticing these attractive homes in … Read>>

Lombard the crookedest

It is called the crookedest street in the world. Situated in San Francisco, Lombard Street gets its nickname from the 8 closely placed hair-pin bends that make driving here quite an adventure. Actually Lombard Street runs through 12 blocks but it owes its fame to a quarter mile stretch on Russian … Read>>