Thursday Hops #20

Last week, we went to Bangalore to visit my sister. This was our first flight since the lockdown. I must say airlines are doing their best to maintain social distancing and sanitization norms. No contact check-in and boarding, alternate seating near boarding gates, gowns for the middle seat passengers, face shield, mask and sanitizer forContinue reading “Thursday Hops #20”

Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett

We did it! We took a super-mini vacation for the first time since Covid 19 struck. Many of those needing a break from the Covid-induced, stay-at-home routine have started opting for mine-breaks at resorts within driving distance of their homes. If you are travelling in your own car, it is quite safe. No risk ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett”

Gibson’s Steps

Previous – The Razorback Our driver guide said that the Loch Ard Gorge–Island Arch–Razorback location was usually the last stop in the Great Ocean Road Bus Tour but since we still had time, he took us over to Gibson’s Steps. It was just a short, 5-6 minute drive from the gorge. In fact, Gibson’s steps isContinue reading “Gibson’s Steps”

The Twelve Apostles of Australia

Previous – Apollo Bay | Next – Loch Ard Gorge Although the Great Ocean Road in Australia stretches from the city of Torquay to Allansford in Victoria, most bus tours starting from Melbourne only go up till the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne via an inland route. I guess no more is possible inContinue reading “The Twelve Apostles of Australia”

When Your Home Is Alone

Last week, I returned home after five long months. All this time, my home had been alone and locked up. Though HarpiyTravel‘s post on returning home after five months kind of reassured me that things won’t be that bad, I was still on tenterhooks till the time I actually stepped into my house. After all,Continue reading “When Your Home Is Alone”

Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0

I’d been in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand for the entire Covid-19 lock-down period and then some. There were several reasons for staying there beyond the lockdown period but the main thing that stopped us was transport. We had our dog with us so trains were not an option, even if they had been running. We needed toContinue reading “Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0”

A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay

Previous – Kennet River Apollo Bay is a picturesque seafood village along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Tranquil beaches with great surfing options are the highlights of this coastal town. Though quieter and smaller than nearby Lorne, Apollo Bay is now a popular tourist place as most Great Ocean Road tour buses, likeContinue reading “A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay”

At Kennet River

Previous – Anglesea | Next – Apollo Bay After our stop at Anglesea for coffee, the next stop was about an hour later at Kafe Koala, Kennet River. Our driver guide said that we are bound to spot a koala or two here so we set out after him along a side path near KafeContinue reading “At Kennet River”

Coffee at Anglesea

Angelsea is a small, picturesque town in Victoria, Australia. Located on the Great Ocean Road, it is usually the first stop for those on the Grand Ocean Road bus tour. As Anglesea is about 1.5-hour’s drive from Melbourne, it comes up at just about the right time for you to get out of the bus,Continue reading “Coffee at Anglesea”

A Memorial for a Memorial?

I have seen a lot of memorials. In Delhi, it is difficult to walk a kilometre without stumbling upon a memorial or two. But a memorial for a memorial? Overkill, isn’t it? But when you get to know the circumstances, it seems quite justified. The Great Ocean Road, a 234-kilometre long road along the south-eastern coastContinue reading “A Memorial for a Memorial?”