Tuesday, August 31, 2010

C&C California Romper For Cheap!!

The other day, C&C California was having a great sale on their website.  Coupled with an additional 30% off code and a one-day free shipping offer, I grabbed their Bemberg Romper in faded black for only $31.43!!
I wasn't sure about sizing.  When I called up, customer service said that the romper ran true to size.  I ordered it in S, and it's slightly bigger than expected but I love the fact that that means the shorts are not too short.  And it's perfect for the current heat wave that we're experiencing!!

San Francisco vs. San Diego: Which is the better getaway?

Reporting from San Diego and San Francisco — Every year, millions of people find themselves craving a vacation from greater Los Angeles. Many of these people don't want to cross state lines or climb mountains or contend with deserts, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, redwoods, Gold Country or Mickey Mouse. Which leaves them facing this question: San Francisco or San Diego?
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San Francisco: The transit museum known as the F line


Reporting from San Francisco — The green-and-gold tram trundled down the road, a small Australian flag hanging out the driver's window. I stared in amazement, momentarily forgetting my morning coffee. As it rumbled past, I could see the words " Melbourne, Victoria, Australia" emblazoned on the side. But I was half a world away at an outdoor cafe in San Francisco.

I wasn't the only one excited. "Look, Daddy, it's a fashion train!" cried the little boy at the next table. I smiled; the term "fashion train" seemed apt. The other tram lines in San Francisco come in standard-issue silver and red. This line — the F — features historic streetcars from around the world in various shapes and colors. Each has its own look, stylishly reflecting the fashions of different eras and places.
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Ultimate Guide 2009

Travel has always been a rewarding experience. Preparing for it, however, is another matter. This is why we bring you the Ultimate Guide 2009, conveniently broken up into three parts: the Ultimate Guide to Cruising, the Ultimate Guide to California, the Ultimate Guide to the World.
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52 weekend getaways: a year's worth of escapes

We all need time to get away, whether that means to the shore, to the slots or to the slopes. Grab your favorites from these 52 nuggets -- one for every weekend of the year -- and start packing: a little R&R in Santa Cruz, adventure and fresh air atop Mt. Whitney or some good old Gold Rush history (and apple pie) in Julian.
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Next stop



Au revoir Nice! Dinner is waiting in St Tropez tonight.

Ajaccio

Some pics from Ajaccio last week.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Palacio de la Magdalena

SANTANDER - ESPAÑA

Situado en la Península de la Magdalena, frente a la isla de Mouro, en Santander, el Real Palacio de la Magdalena fue construido entre los años 1908 y 1912.

Fue obra de los arquitectos Gonzalo Bringas Vega y Javier González Riancho. Está enclavado en lo que antiguamente fue el fuerte de Santander, que protegía la entrada de la bahía.

No tiene un estilo definido, aunque está catalogado como “pintoresquismo ecléctico”, siendo una mezcla de estilos ingleses y franceses, incorporando elementos típicos de la arquitectura montañesca.

Fue amueblado y el 4 de agosto de 1913 pasó a ser la residencia de verano del rey Alfonso XIII y su familia, que lo ocuparon hasta la proclamación de la II República.

En 1914 se construyeron las caballerizas que emulan a un poblado inglés medieval, con tejados puntiagudos de vertientes pronunciadas, entramados de madera vista, obra de Javier González Richancho.

Los reyes estuvieron veraneando durante 17 años consecutivos en el Palacio, hasta 1930.

Un lugar frecuentado por la Familia Real eran las playas del Sardinero, que son famosas por sus "Baños de Ola" y donde estaba la caseta real "La Caracola".

Durante la Guerra Civil, hubo un gran paréntesis en las actividades del Palacio hasta el año 1949.

En 1977, el Ayuntamiento de Santander mediante convenio con el Conde de Barcelona, recuperó el Palacio y desde esa fecha permanece abierto al público, convirtiéndose en el sitio más emblemático de Santander y sobre todo, más visitado.

En el año 1982 fue declarado "monumento histórico-artístico".

Entre 1993 y 1995 el Ayuntamiento de Santander lo rehabilitó, con un ambicioso proyecto de Luis de la Fuente. El Palacio fue modernizado, permitiendo su uso continuado durante todo el año. Aquella rehabilitación le dio más prestigio internacional a la ciudad y al Palacio, siendo a partir de ese momento una de las imágenes más difundidas de Santander, manteniendo como filosofía el equilibrio entre la tradición y la modernidad.

A la finalización de las obras, Sus Majestades Don Juan Carlos y Doña Sofía, inauguraron el Palacio el 14 de junio de 1995.

Miguel de Unamuno; empieza hablando del lugar: «Contemplando desde aquí, desde esta atalaya del peñón costero de la Magdalena, Santander». Sus amigos recopilaron treinta y dos de sus poemas en un libro titulado Cuadernos de la Magdalena, compuestos mientras estaba en la Universidad Internacional de Verano.

En la actualidad se utiliza como Palacio de Congresos y Reuniones.

Horarios

De junio a septiembre: de 9:00 h. a 22:00 h.

De octubre a mayo: de 9:00 h. a 8:30 h.

Servicios al público

Visitas guiadas


EL TINTERO - El mejor de los chiringuitos

MALAGA - ESPAÑA

El Tintero es un establecimiento especializado en Mariscos y Pescaito Frito malagueño, espetos, arroces variados y carne.

Es uno de los lugares más emblemáticos de Málaga, muy famoso y popular además de inimitable por la forma en la que te sirven los platos, cantados por los camareros como si cada uno de ellos fuera una subasta.

Lo primero es que son kilos y kilos de marisco y pescaito los que se sirven en el restaurante en cualquier día de año, no importan fechas, por lo que su calidad es inmejorable.


Espetos de sardinas
Son 90 camareros y sacan bandejas por ejemplo con "espetos" (plato típico malagueño de sardinas asadas especialmente), entonces van cantando que sacan espetos y los comensales que están en la mesa tienen que avisar al camarero levantando la mano para que les deje un plato. Así con todos.

Los precios son muy asequibles, ya que cuestan 7,50 euros cada uno, lleven lo que lleven, lo mismo gambas rojas que ensalada. Después hay unas bandejitas que son más grandes que los platos y entonces el precio varía.

Pues a divertirse toca! y ¿por qué? pues porque son muchísimas mesas las que hay en "El Tintero", primero coge sitio y cuando salen los camareros, tienes que estar muy pendiente para que no se te escape ese plato que tanto te apetece. Después sacan más, son muchísimos los platos variados, además de que van repitiendo continuamente, pero ¿y si se agota?

Después, van los camareros cantando "Yo soy el que cobra!! y a mí nadie me quiere!!!"... y entonces levantas la mano, van a tu mesa y cuentan los platos, para calcular lo que te has gastado.

Por si esa diversión fuera poca, normalmente pasan muchos artistas por las mesas que van amenizando... así que si te pones en situación, los camareros cantando los platos, el que cobra.. cantando y algún que otro artista, inimitable.

Platos de pescaíto frito: adobo, boquerones, calamares, calamaritos, chopitos, salmonetes, pescadillas o mariscos como: almejas, bogavantes, cigalas, navajas, mejillones, las famosas conchas finas. Pescados a la brasa como dorados, lenguados, pargos, lubinas, sargos, el malagueño rape, rodaballo y mucho más.

Se encuentra en primera línea de playa en "El Palo", en la Playa del Dedo. No tiene pérdida, ya que si vas por la carretera hacia "El Palo", te lo encuentras y sobre todo te das cuenta porque de repente hay un montón de coches aparcados por todos los sitios, indudablemente.. es "El Tintero".

¿Por qué cantan los platos?. En el primer tintero, abierto hace 47 años, la madre del actual dueño no sabía escribir y entonces no podía coger las comandas, así que comenzaron a cantarlas y así no tenían que apuntarlas.
Ahora  "El Tintero II", porque cambiaron su ubicación hace unos años, pero siguen siendo los mismos. Disponen de zona de juegos para niños, restaurante interior y exterior con carpa, el sitio es bastante grande.

Desde sus mesas puedes disfrutar de las vistas al mar y algo muy importante, el personal del restaurante se gana al público por el cariño y amabilidad con el que te atienden, además del salero!. Lo pasas en grande y sobre todo, te vas de allí con la satisfacción de haber probado productos de alta calidad y con una elaboración inmejorable, con medio siglo de experiencia.


Si vas al "Tintero", jamás lo olvidarás y te lo digo por propia experiencia. Aunque sea malagueña, llevo desde muy pequeña viviendo en Alicante, pero no pierdo oportunidad de ir a mi tierra y cuando lo hago, el Tintero es uno de mis sitios fijos para visitar de tantos que hay en la "Costa del Sol" - Málaga.

Altamente recomendable, curioso, peculiar, divertido y único. Para cualquier fecha del año, aunque en verano se puede disfrutar de la playa.

If I Could Only Fit Into This Qi-Pao (aka Cheongsam)...

Every year or so, I bring out my mom's old qi-pao (aka cheongsam) and just sigh.  They don't make them like this one anymore:


I'm not fat but I'm not super tiny like her.  While I can fit into this dress, I cannot zip it up to my everlasting frustration!!  And yes, every time I bring it out, I try it on in hopes that the dress has miraculously gotten bigger or that I have miraculously shrunk enough so that I can zip it up.  Did I mention that I had a tailor undo the darts in the dress as well??  Pathetic, I know.  But they just don't do embroidery for qi-paos like this anymore.  And this dress is even lovelier IRL!!

Freedom


What an absurdly luxurious thing it is, to live on a boat. When the winds finally decided to cool down outside of the bay of Girolato and we decided to leave Corsica, we asked each other 'So, where are we heading next?' 'France, but where?' 'Let's wait with St Tropez for a while and let's start a bit more up North and take it on the way home?' 'I know there is a really good anchorage in Cap Ferrat, Nice - should we go for that one? 'Why not!' So we left the bay, pointed the gps towards Nice, trimmed the sails and kicked back to enjoy one more beautiful, sunny day on sea. With a book in hand, a peaceful lunch, watching the dolphins jump around the boat and later on we had an early dinner in front of the waning sun's final meltdown in the Mediterranean sea. 19 hours and a quick sleep later we got closer to the French coast where the Riviera was laid in front of us like miniature cities in the horizon, leaving us with the last chance to choose our landfall destination.

And here we are now, having a very French lunch in the marina of Cap Ferrat and thanking each other, for the day we decided to move aboard and gave ourselves the wonderful opportunity to have the whole world as our beautiful home and garden..

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Yumi Kim Sample Sale Loot!!

I wasn't planning on going to the Yumi Kim Sample Sale this past week, but I needed to go to Crate & Barrel and since the sample sale was only a few doors down...I couldn't resist!!

And I ended up with 5 dresses and 1 top.  And I was restraining myself!!  Silk dresses were $30 and silk tops were $20.  I arrived promptly when the sample sale began at 12:00 pm and by the time I left at 1:00 pm, it was a madhouse.  It was really hard to leave because they kept on bringing new items into the room. Alas, I couldn't stay there all day (and I only had so much cash - it was a cash only sale), so I left with the following:
  • Love Dress in vine:  I'm usually not a fan of prints but the ones that I am a fan of are usually those from Yumi Kim.  This dress has me dreaming of Hawaii.  The flutter sleeves flutter sweetly around my arms.


  • Goddess Dress in navy:  I adore the shape of this dress...hence my purchase of this dress in three different colors/prints.  The pockets clinched the deal for me.
  • Goddess Dress in purple:  Purple is my favorite color, so how could I pass this up?
  • Devon Dress in blue juniper:  This is a super comfy everyday dress.  It's much more flattering on  the body than on the hanger.  The only thing that would make it better would be pockets!!
  • Goddess Dress in violet leaf:  Yes, I already have a dress almost exactly like this one but the print is slightly different.  If you look carefully, you notice that this one has a background polka dot print.
  • Joey Top in violet leaf:  I loved the print of this fabric so much that I purchased this flowy/blousy top in it!!

Western Group of Temples, Khajuraho

The Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho (State: Madhya Pradesh) are one of the most magnificent and architecturally marvelous temples of India. This is the largest of the three groups of temples in Khajuraho. Out of the 22 surviving temples 12 of them belong to this group. (Click on the image for bigger view)

Built in the 11th century by Chandela rulers, each of these temple stands on a raised platform, above which rises the main structure.

Some of the important temples are:
The tour of these temples can be done either by hiring an audio headset from the ticket counter or with the help of a guide. We shall attempt to cover these temples in some detail in the subsequent posts.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Frames of Freedom

This was taken at Mysore Zoo located at Mysore (State: Karnataka).

(Click on the images for bigger picture)

Am I really free?

Actually all of us are free like this only. What do you think?


Girolata


We're stuck in Girolata. A small fisherman's town located in the North Western parts of Corsica. We found here a very well protected mooring on 27 Euros/buoy and night. Our plans to leave towards the French Riviera before heading back home, had to be changed due to the mistral that is blowing hard outside of this bay. Last night we had winds up to 29 knots inside the bay and there was a steady F 9 with 4 meter waves, just outside. They're expecting the wind to increase even more for tonight, so we will pretty much stay here until the winds decides to cool down a bit. And why not, Girolata appeared to be the best place we have seen so far in Corsica. Pics coming soon. As we're stuck here, and I'm able to connect to a wifi from the marina (even though an incredibly slow one) I guess I will be bombarding you with some of the 3000+ photos we have produced in the last couple of weeks. Stay tuned. /Taru

Quick & Easy (& Cheap) Way to Your Organize Necklace(s)!

I love organizing (though from the current state of my bedroom, you wouldn't know it).  And I'm always searching for new ways to organize my life's possessions.  It was a happy accident that I found this current method of holding necklaces.  Well, actually, just 2 of my necklaces.

Like make-up, I like to collect jewelry but not use it all.  Unlike make-up, it's not that I'm inept.  I'm just somewhat lazy.  I tend to wear my diamond studs (which I don't take off) and 2 necklaces with jade pendants (which I do take off) everyday.  The only thing I actively change are my rings.

Usually, I'll take off my necklaces before showering and leave them on the bathroom countertop.  However, I'm always afraid of chipping/breaking the jade pendants.  I'd put them on a towel but let's be real, there have been occasions when I've almost forgotten them and they've almost gone flying.  Lot's of heart pounding during those moments.

I needed a hook for my shower puff, so I purchased two suction hooks for $4.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Since I only needed one hook, I was left with one extra hook.  What to do with it?  I was pretty sure if I stored it somewhere, it would be forgotten and lost.  Hmm....

I placed the extra hook on the mirror in my bathroom, and presto!  Instant necklace hook!!


I wouldn't put a lot of necklaces (especially the chunky/heavy ones) on this hook, but one or two delicate/lights ones work fine.  And I'm thinking I could place a ring or two on the hook as well.  Let me just stress that this is NOT meant to act as a way to store your necklaces!!  The humidity in the bathroom would kill your jewelry (especially cheap(er) jewelry).  But this is a quick and easy and cheap way to place your necklaces (and bracelets and rings) while you're doing your ablutions or your make-up.  Why didn't I think of this earlier???

Friday, August 27, 2010

Grab Your Google Voice Phone Number For Gmail Calls!!

Currently, I am dialing everyone that I know via Gmail Call.  It sounds pretty good and unlike Skype, you can call ANY phone number in the US (and Canada) for free (for now)!!  The cost of international calls depends on the country that you're calling.  The sound quality it a little tinny but for a free service, I'm pretty darn impressed.

You can get a phone number assigned to your Gmail account via Google Voice!  Just drop in your area code (or town/city name) and available phone numbers will appear.  For you NY'rs, forget "212" or "917" or even "646".  If you input "New York City" (or is it simply "New York"?), you're given a plethora of "347" numbers.  Grab one you like before it's gone!!

I'm still trying to figure out exactly how receiving calls works (along with everything else)...but dialing is a breeze!!

I didn't want you to miss out on getting a good phone number.  :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Corsican delicacies


Ok it's not entirely Corsican what we have indulged in, lately. It's more that the French produce are easier to get hold on here than in Spain and we can't get enough of the cheese (Camembert, Brie, Roquefort etc..), the pate's, the french butter, freshly baked baguettes, blettes, yoghurts, the wine and so on...

What is Corsican though, is the delightful little Canistrellis (more or less like Italian Biscotti) and the smoked wild boar meat (even though the meat they call sanglier, in fact is 30% boar, 70% pork)

If you ever wondered how we can be so fit, after all we're eating. Well... I can tell you that those well shaped days are now officially over! /T

Jack's 99 Cent Store: I'm Like a Kid In a Candy Store

Have you been to Jack's 99 Cent Store?  If not, you're missing out on one of the best deals in the city!  I'll say this upfront: you won't be buying any goods there for 99 cents.  But you will be buying goods there for cheap!

It's like a Loehmann's or T.J. Maxx for household items and frozen/canned food.  I don't think I've ever purchased food from there but I've purchased plenty of other things from Jack's...especially kitchen-related products.  Small kitchen appliances (e.g., electric can opener, simple toaster, etc) are always a good deal.  But I'm not looking for the super fancy ones that you would find at Williams-Sonoma.  KWIM?

As great as the prices may seem, don't forget to do comparison shopping.  Always know the approximate cost of something before you buy. It may be cheap-er but it may not be a bargain.

Big Buddha swears by Jack's when it's comes to party-related items.  I'll second that.  You won't find better priced plastic cups (flip-cups, anyone?), plates and utensils anywhere else.  And if you're looking for easy and cheap holiday decorations (especially for Halloween and Christmas), Jack's is the place to go!

I believe that there are three Jack's stores but I go to the main one at 110 W 32 St (b/w 6th & 7th Ave), NY, NY.  It's 3 floors of random goods.  This equates to about an hour of browsing for me!

Be forewarned: this place is usually packed and there is no customer service.

Happy shopping!

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

Built in 1659, the Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah of the Adil Shahi dynasty who ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur (State: Karnataka).

This is a massive structure with a square chamber measuring nearly 50 m on each side and is covered by a huge dome 43.3 m in diameter and attains the height of 27.4 m from a circular platform. There are four octagonal towers one in each corner of the chamber. Each tower consists of seven storeys and the upper floor of each opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. If I remember correctly there are 150 steps to climb. In the center of the chamber are the tombs of Muhammad Adil Shah II and his relations.

Apart from his sheer size another most interesting aspect of the enclosed place is acoustics. At the top inside the dome it is a whispering gallery where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gumbaz. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed around 7 times. Anything whispered from one corner of the gallery can be heard clearly on the diagonally opposite side.

This Dome is the second largest one in the world which is unsupported by any pillars.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Campomoro



















It is a wonderful feeling, to stroll around on the streets and towns of Corsica. The gentle, aromatic scent of rock roses grabs a tight grip of your lungs wherever you go. The fragrance is different, the air is different, the colors, the sounds, the shades of the water... While Alex spent many of his childhood summers in Corsica, it is for me the first time around here - and I must say, I have fallen in love. It is such a colorful, rustic, romantic and delightfully adorable island which I would recommend for anyone to visit. /T