A Visit to Emperor Wu Zetian’s Palace

Wu Zetian, the first and only female emperor in China. Born into a wealthy family, she was privileged to have read aplenty and received quality education. Wu was taken to be Emperor Taizong’s concubine at the age of 19 but was never a favourite. Now this is the ridiculous part – after Taizong’s death she remarried, …

Waterfalls in Iceland

It is the land of waterfalls. There are more than 25 waterfalls on this tiny island, some mighty and formidable, some graceful and transcendent. All picturesque. The 3 most famous waterfalls along the Golden Circle route are: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You might have already guessed it by now – “foss” is an Icelandic word for …

Iceland Golden Circle – Thingvellir National Park

Iceland decided to lash out its merciless winter harsh as a welcoming gesture (or the lack of it) to her foreign visitors from the sunny tropical island. The Thingvellir (locals spell it as Þingvellir) National Park was our first stop along the Golden Circle route – one of the most famous tourist routes in Southern Iceland, looping from Reykjavik (capital …

Swan Affair

Here’s a short post on my equally short stint in London before heading off to Iceland for my Aurora Hunt part 2. Instead of hardcore tourist activities, I headed down the leisure path. So, there I was, cycling my sunny and lazy afternoon away in the London Hyde Park with a rented a public bike …