Monday, September 8, 2014

The Old World Charm of Fontainhas


I first came across Fontainhas when I did an online search for self-guided walks in Goa. Located in Panaji, the capital of Goa, and also known as the Old Latin Quarter, Fontainhas is famous for its pretty and colourful Portuguese-style private residences. I was charmed by the description and the many images of Fontainhas available online convinced me that I should visit the area while in Goa.
So after a day spent at Old Goa, I decide to head towards Fontainhas. There’s only one problem: my cab driver has no idea where it is with the result that we spend quite a bit of time in asking around and locating Fontainhas.
It is an hour before sunset when we finally arrive at the Panjim People’s Inn, a landmark in the area and now an art gallery. I would have loved to see the exhibits at the gallery, but have to give it a miss as otherwise I will not be able to take advantage of the remaining daylight to see Fontainhas.


A walk through Fontainhas reveals an old world charm in old, colourful houses with tiled roofs, narrow curving streets, vintage house signs, children playing football, a vintage car or two, gift shops selling souvenirs … The only thing that does not have a splash of colour is the local St. Sebastian’s Church; it’s whitewashed, neo-classical, single-towered fa├žade is in stark contrast to the colored houses all around.
In spite of the evening time, it’s quiet and peaceful and it’s easy to imagine a bygone era. If not for all the modern cars around me, I would probably have thought that I had travelled back in time.
I wish I could have spent some more time at Fontainhas, but daylight is fading fast and there is nothing more that I can see. I drop into Marcou’s Artefacts to pick up some gifts for friends and family before I leave.


My last view of Fontainhas is from the steps of the nearby Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Or rather it’s an imagined view as I can’t really see any of the buildings of Fontainhas and can only imagine them hidden behind the trees and out of sight. A colourful blue building with red windows opposite the church is a reminder of the wonderful evening that I have just spent at Fontainhas.







Sudha is one of the founders of #TSBC (or The Sunday Book Club), a traveller, a bookworm, an editor, a communications consultant, an amateur photographer, a Classical music (Indian, Western, and Arabic) lover, a mythology enthusiast, a closet graphic designer... She claims that she is a nerd who is chained to her office desk during the day, reads books and listens to music in the evenings, and dreams of travelling to faraway lands at night. In between all this, she finds time to blog a bit. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Walk of Stars, Broad Street, Birmingham


Did you know there was a Walk of Stars in Birmingham, UK? It might not be as grand as the Walk of Fame in the US, but nevertheless this little tribute to the local artists is something that should be celebrated.


You won’t find tourists or locals getting down on their knees to take photos with the “stars”, but this little initiative from the Broad Street businesses does pay homage to the various “celebrities”, mostly from the fields of TV, Cinema, Sports, Music, and other such arts, who have strong linkage to Birmingham or the surrounding areas, and those who have made prominent contributions to their respective fields.

The first in the series of the stars than can be found along the length of Broad Street at different locations, was presented to Ozzy Osbourne on 6th July 2007. Since then there have been 27 more stars that have been added including influencers like Chris Tarrant, Beverly Knight, Julie Walters, Frank Skinner, Noddy Holder, Jasper Carrot and the likes.  


Since the stars are placed without any real order and are not marked, it does make for a nice trip as you walk along Broad Street to try and find your favourite local artist. On the other hand, without any guide one can miss out on a number of these. Another reason why the Walk of Stars is not as popular as its counterparts is that it features local artists and thus overseas tourists might not be aware of most of them.


Nevertheless, the Walk of Stars remains a well appreciated initiative that does make a first timer stop and look and if they are familiar with the celebrity, maybe even smile and take a photo of/with the star.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Competition - WIN! Travel related Music CDs & Books.

WINNER - ISHITA SOOD. 


To be in for a chance of winning the above pictured stuff you need to follow the blog (via email or by clicking the Follow/Join the Site button on the right). Please note that following on Bloglovin does not count. Also, if you follow via email please make sure that you activate your subscription. Inactive subscriptions will not be counted.

If you are on twitter, you can get brownie points by following @raghavmodi 

You can even get more brownie points by tweeting the following;

"If you want to #WIN some awesome Travel Books and CDs, follow @raghavmodi and enter his #Competition at www.travelingticker.blogspot.com"

Once you have done the above, simply comment below stating you are taking part and also how you have followed the blog so that I can check just before I pick the winner on June 12, 2014.

Your participation entitles you be in the draw for winning;

1.     5 Travel inspired Music CDs
2.     Tuscany for Beginners by Imogen Edwards-Jones: a light and funny holiday read, one of my personal favourites.
3.     Delhi 101 by Ajay Jain: a book that gives you an insight into the best (hidden) places to visit in Delhi.
4.     The CD of the movie Road signed by the star Antra Mali

Although it won’t make any difference but Ticker is also on Facebook. I always appreciate a follow with the promise that I shall not spam your timeline.


Now for some other T&C's
This competition is valid in India only
The prizes will be delivered to an Indian address.
Incomplete entries will not be considered.
The final decision lies with the blog owner.
No cash alternatives will be given.
The prize will be sent via post and we are not accountable for late/lost/damaged/stolen prizes.
The prize cannot be substituted or refunded.
Only one entry per household will be considered.
Competition ends on June 12, 2014 at midnight.
Winner will be contacted via Twitter or by a mention on the blog post. If you do not contact back within a week, a new winner will be selected.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Competition - A Chance to WIN 2 Travel Books

WINNER : ISHITA SOOD (Please contact me with your mailing/mobile details positively by 25th May 2014 so the books can be sent to you.)

Yes, another one (I have ongoing competitions on my film and book/personal blogs as well)

So, let's get down to it. All you have to do, to be in for a chance of winning both the below mentioned excellent travel books, is follow the blog (via email or by clicking the Follow/Join the Site button on the right. Please note that following on Bloglovin does not count) and if you are on twitter, you can get brownie points by following @raghavmodi. While following the blog is essential, the twitter aspect is just an added bonus for you and for me.

Once you have done the above, simply comment below stating that you are taking part and also if you have followed on twitter so that I can check just before I pick the winner on May 19, 2014.

Review of the book can be found here
Your participation entitles you be in the draw for winning a paperback edition of my favourite Learning to Bow by Bruce Feiler along with a paperback edition of the must have travelogue if you plan to ever visit Ladakh, Ajay Jain's Postcards from Ladakh. 





Although it won’t make any difference but Ticker is also on Facebook. I always appreciate a follow with the promise that I shall not spam your timeline.


Now for some other T&C's
This competition is valid in India only
The prizes will be delivered to an Indian address.
Incomplete entries will not be considered.
The final decision lies with the blog owner.
No cash alternatives will be given.
The prize will be sent via post and we are not accountable for late/lost/damaged/stolen prizes.
The prize cannot be substituted or refunded.
Only one entry per household will be considered.
Competition ends on Sunday, 18th May 2014 at midnight.
Winner will be contacted via Twitter or by a mention on the blog post. If you do not contact back within a week (25th May 2014) , a new winner will be selected.