View from my room at Le Meridien Beach Plaza, Monaco

Le Méridien Monte Carlo is the only beach resort in Monte Carlo with its own private beach directly connected to the hotel. It’s a huge, comfortable, beautiful hotel ‘minutes away from Monaco’s key attractions’ as the website says (hey, but then any hotel in Monaco would be close to key attractions, considering that the principality is just 2 sq km or so!). The Med cuisine at their signature restaurant is out of this world, thanks to Chef Emmanuel Lehrer, and I am not saying this just because the hotel hosted me. A bus stop is located right across the street. Best to get a day pass for just 3 Euros. DSC_0095

A pretty street in Crieff, Scotland

Crieff is the second largest town in Perthshire, Scotland. I am sure it is second to none in beauty, though. It has been a holiday resort since the 1600s and once you’re here, it is easy to see why.  

To reach Crieff from Glasgow and Edinburgh, make for main Stirling motorway. At Stirling follow A9 direction to Perth and branch off at Braco (A823). Follow signposts to Crieff. From other parts of Scotland, simply follow the A 85 motorway.

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The sign that had me salivating!

I have a thing for clicking signboards. This pic was taken somewhere in Scotland, I’m pretty sure; one of those click-as-you-go sort of shots which you come back and wonder about. One thing is for sure. When I look at it now, I want to become a biker or have a hangover and go back to wherever this was and enjoy their ‘fab cakes and hangover shakes!’ If any of you can identify the place for me, I’d be grateful!

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This is what you see when flying from Paris to Nice.

These snow-flecked mountains are called ‘pre-Alps’. Because they are not very high, they are nicknamed ‘cow mountains’. I travelled to France in the month of February. I wonder if the snow melts off in the summer months. It would be interesting to gaze down my plane window then, and see how nature repaints her canvas with the changing seasons.  DSC_0005

A beautiful book store in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland Book ShopEdinburgh is easily one of the most elegant and enchanting cities I have been to. Walking down Victoria Street, I came across this gem of a bookstore, which houses books, maps, prints and etchings dating back from the 1650s. The tall lady you see in the picture is Johanna Campell, who drove me around some of Scotland’s most stunning countryside. Together with her writer husband Gilbert, she runs customised tours across Scotland.  Interested? Get their details on 

An Irresistible glimpse of Ireland

What can I say that this picture does not?! But when it comes to Ireland, words are hard to resist. The scenery makes you want to paint, write poetry, or just sigh. This pic was clicked on my way to the Giant Causeway. Carncastle, or Cairncastle, means ‘castle on the mound’. It is a small village in the Antrim county of Northern Ireland. In 2001, the population of this village was: 66! Even if that number has doubled now, and I somehow doubt it, you can imagine the peace and beauty of this crowd-free spot.  Town 2