Indian Wedding on the beach!

Picture this – brilliant red and gold on the backdrop of pale yellow and blue – just one word for that – beautiful!! We witnessed an Indian wedding in all its glory on the beautiful beaches of Málaga last weekend! Cristina, a friend of mine, got married to her long time boyfriend Indian businessman Anil. Cristina grew up in Spain and has all her family over here, while Anil’s family flew down from Delhi and Mumbai in India!

We caught up with the photographers, Flgroe Studios of Mumbai, who specialize in wedding photography and who kindly let us in on all the details. And while we are still waiting to have all the images from them, we couldn’t wait to blog more about it!

If you have ever attended an Indian wedding, you know that it is a riot of colors, a celebration of old and new and full of rituals and ceremonies. While traditionally Indian weddings are held in lavishly decorated indoors, new age brides and grooms are becoming more contemporary with their choices! Indian parents are also warming up to their children’s wishes, and we’d say who can really resist the charm of getting married on a beach in Spain!

An important factor they had to take into account was the special attire worn in Indian weddings. Traditionally the bride wears a ‘lehenga’, which is a long and heavy flared skirt with multiple layers, while other women in the family wear ‘saris’, a long cloth draped around the body. However, for this particular Indian wedding, Cristina and Anil chose more western outfits. Their Mumbai-based designers made a special gown for Cristina which had all the Indian touches! We can’t wait to show you pictures!

If you are getting married in the summer time a beach wedding may be one of the options that you may want to consider. Indian weddings allow you to get out and enjoy yourself during this very special time in your life. Why is a Beach Wedding the Option for Me? Beach weddings seem to be a hot wedding location in the warmer months and especially warmer Indian climates in cities like Mumbai and Delhi due to a multitude of reasons. Some of the reasons why you may want to consider a beach Indian wedding: They allow you to have the perfect photo opts. They allow you to have an outdoor wedding at a marvelous location. You have more of a variety as to where you wedding will take place due to the fact that beaches are located all over the world. They allow you to give your guests the opportunity to travel and relax. They allow your wedding day to be romantic and a life time memory!

Flgroe Studios’ expert tip on such weddings ” when you are deciding which beach to go with be sure to factor in the travel costs and hotel fees as well. Also, be sure to do some background research on the general area so you can see what other fun things will be accessible for your guests. Most importantly remember beach weddings are popular so this is not something you want to try and wait until the last minute to schedule. ”

Thank you so much Flgroe, Cristina, Anil and everyone else for inviting us to this beautiful wedding!

Spanish Delicacies!

Building upon the article from last week, and with inputs from my friends over at Barcelona – Adriana and Isabella – we have our next post!

A genuine Spanish dining establishment could give you with an eating encounter that you will certainly keep in mind for a very long time. If you are not familiar with the food, find out about the common foods prior to you go so you are prepared making the appropriate food selection options.

Tip: Check out some Spanish recipes to try today!

Tapas Prior to diving right into your dish, you may experiment with a couple of tapas. Tapas are appetisers or treats offered for order prior to the major dish. In Spain where locals usually consume their dish late in the night, individuals could treat on tapas in between the time they obtain off job and also the time they are all set for their dish.

Suppers A selection of meals are readily available in a Spanish dining establishment. Tortillas are an essential, offering as the primary active ingredient in burritos, soft tacos, or enchiladas.

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Spanish Food!

Thank you to our reader Adriana Garcia, we have our first collaboration article! Images have been sourced from Wikipedia.

Adriana is a huge foodie like me! We had met on my last trip to Barcelona where she lived right next door to my apartment with her cute little daughter Isabella! We spent a few evenings checking out all of her favorite restaurants in the vicinity! Best time I had in Barcelona I must say!

When you acquire an apartment in Spain, you will certainly not just be appreciating the sunlight as well as the easygoing Spanish way of life, yet will certainly additionally have the chance to discover the neighborhood food. The Spanish love their food and also beverage as well as take it extremely seriously. While it is absolutely feasible for Brits to delight in a complete English breakfast or conventional Sunday roast generally hotels, Spanish food continues to be extremely typical and also is among the satisfactions of residing in this attractive nation.

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What is food tourism?

I am very tempted to start a blog on food tourism! But first I will test the waters on this blog. Ha ha ha.

Food and also tourist play a bulk in the brand-new encounter economic situation. Food is a crucial part of all societies, a significant component of worldwide abstract heritage and also a significantly essential destination for vacationers. The affiliations in between food as well as tourist likewise supply a system for neighborhood financial property development, as well as food encounters assist to brand name and also market locations, along with assisting the regional society that is so appealing to visitors.

Food tourist is discovering foods of various areas be it near or much from your common address. It consists of the food carts as well as street vendors as high as the locals-only (gastro) bars, significant vineyards, or distinctive dining establishments. It is a distinct kinds of tourist preferred throughout the globe. In recent times food tourist has actually expanded significantly turneding into one of one of the most vibrant and also innovative sort of tourist. There is something for every person in the food tourist sector.

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City Lowdown: Coruña

To check out some Celtic and Roman heritage in Spain, head to Coruña.

A Coruña (Spanish: La Coruña) is a Galician city in the province of A Coruña, in the autonomous region of Galicia, Spain. It covers 37.83 sq km (14.61 sq mi) and has a population of 246,000 people (2012 estimate). A Coruña is the Galician name of the city while in English it is often known as Corunna.

Today however, it appears more commonly as A Coruña or La Coruña, even in English. Perhaps the most famous tourist sight in A Coruña is the Tower of Hercules, a lighthouse that dates back to the Roman period. It is today nearly two thousand years old, and has been in continuous use. No wonder that it is today inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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City Lowdown: Almería

Back with more! In this post we take a look at the beautiful Almería! Located southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

Almería is a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southern Spain. It is the capital of the province of the same name. Almería covers 295 sq km (114 sq mi) and has a population of 190,000 people (2012 estimate).

Almería was founded in AD 955 by Calipha Abd-ar-Rahman III of Cordova, when the area was under Moorish rule. Over the centuries, it saw many sieges as rival Moorish emirs contested to rule the city. Into this mix came attacks by Christians attempting to wrest control of the area from Muslims. Almería eventually fell into Christian rule on 26 December, 1489, when the Moors surrendered the city to King Ferdinand II of Aragón and Queen Isabella I of Castile.

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CN Recommends: Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Oh, there isn’t another building in the world I am more keen on to see complete!

Sagrada Familia, although it is still an unfinished building is already a symbol of Barcelona and one of the most iconic sights in the world for a city. Atonement Temple of the Holy Family or Sagrada Familia was briefly the idea of a book dealer, Josep Maria Bocabella, a very devout man of letters who in 1866 founded the Spiritual Association of the followers of St. Joseph. Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Barcelona. Building construction is expected to last at least until 2041, but already has become perhaps the most representative landmarks of the city.

Do visit their official website for information on opening hours, tickets etc.

Antoni Gaudi took work as chief architect at the age of 31 years; by then, Gaudi dedicated his entire life building the church. He did not respect the original design, but he chose to change it in a very radical way. Neo-Gothic building designed by Gaudi to build his masterpiece is based on forms that are found in nature. When Gaudi died in 1926, only a facade, tower and crypt were completed.

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City Lowdown: Torrevieja

How can you boast of having travelled Spain, if you haven’t spent any time on the beautiful Costa Blanca?

The city of Torrevieja (“Old Tower”) is located at the southern end of the Valencian community, approximately 50 km (30 miles) from Alicante. Thanks to Alicante’s international airport you can have an easy access to Costa Blanca and Torrevieja area, one of the most popular vacation destination of the spanish coast, so we can find all tourist facilities you may need. What to do: Torrevieja is well known for its role in the salt trade since the Roman times, and it still exports salt worlwide.

The city is surrounded by two famous huge salt lakes (Torrevieja and La Mata). The lagoons ara a national park, where you can find more than 250 bird species. You can also take mud baths at the designated mud-bathing areas, highly recommended for their healing properties. And if you want to learn more about salt, you can also visit the Museum of Sea and Salt.

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CN Recommends: Montjuic, Barcelona

While I add more andr more cities to my City Lowdown series, I want to begin a new series of my special favorites titled “CN Recommends”! Of course, there is no place I do not recommend going to but these are my favorites for reasons outlined!

Barcelona Montjuic is a hill that must-see if you are on vacation in Barcelona. Barcelona beats in Chapter parks almost any city in Europe. Parc Guell, Ciutadella, and Montjuic are just a few of them. Montjuic Park is on top of a small mountain at the edge of town. Barcelona is surrounded by mountains and hills, some quite remote, but it is high on the edge of the old city . Unique positioning of Montjuic Park provides beautiful view of the city.

The best way to get in Montjuic park is underground. In the park you can admire the gardens, a castle , Olympic Village of the 1992 Olympics and more. You can also use the funicular to get to Montjuic, which you can get right off the Barceloneta beach. For about 20 euros you can visit all the museums in Montjuic, you can rent a bike or swim in the Olympic pool. Also in this price enter and use the funicular and train for tourists.

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City Lowdown: Palamós

Next up is Palamós from the Costa Brava! Have you been to Palamós?

Palamós is located in the heart of the Costa Brava, in the middle of a golden sand bay. Formerly a fishing village, today Palamós is a nice town well equipped for tourism and leisure, and specially for luxury facilities. What to see: The origin of Palamós is the port and the historic centre. Old town you can enjoy charming medieval streets and discover many interesting monuments, like the churches of Santa Eugenia de Villarromá or Santa María del Mar. From there, you can visit Plaza Murada and the Plaza de El Pedró, two of Palamós viewpoints. And if you like history, you can aslo visit the castle of Sant Esteve, located on La Fosca beach. The fishing port, beside the historic centre, is the most important part of the town. Here the yachts are replaced by fishing boats which return every day with freshly caught fish.

We recommend to visit the Palamós Fish Market, where all kind sea products are auctioned. And not just fishing boats, you can also enjoy yachts (and many luxury yachts) all along the port. And, of course, you have to enjoy Palamós beaches, a good example of Costa Brava beaches. Clear waters and fine sand combine with all kind of tourist facilities. We recommend beaches as the Gran Playa (the most symbolic Palamós beach), the Playa de la Fosca and the Playa del Castell.

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