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Mysore, India – yogis’ asylum

This is my second trip to India. After visiting Rishikesh, Morjim (Goa) and Mumbai I am now in Mysore.

What brought me here? Again yoga. If you are an ashtangi at some point you may want to go to Mysore to study in the famous KPJAYI. It is the ashtanga yoga institute founded by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois – now run by his grandson Sharath Jois.

I will not go into details about applying and getting accepted. The fact is – I am here. I tried 3 times and finally I made it.

I stay in Gokulam 3rd Stage where the school is – It is quit nice district, maybe a little posh as for India.

I did some sightseeing finally (for the first time there was no rain for the whole day). Here are the places I visited. 🙂

1. Mysore Palace

Absolutely beautiful – I was amazed by this place. All the practical info at the official website. Entry is 50 rupees. At the entrance there is a stand with the information which audiobook you can download. I did that – was really cool to listen, many interesting facts about the palace – without audiobook it is kind of pointless. Unless you just want to take selfies. 😉 Oh and you walk barefoot. 😉

2. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya – museum

I went there by accident – I just went out of the Mysore Palace and walked around. It is really quiet place – no one was there at the time of my presence. Nice art, sculptures – not many pieces but it’s worth visiting. Entrance is free.

3. Food

Puri –  masala puri and bhelpuri are my favorite – all about puris you can watch in the video I posted in my article about Mumbai – Love big cities? Let’s meet one of the biggest cities in the world – Mumbai!

Gobi roll – Indian sandwich with cauliflower filling. Soooo good.

Masala chai – the best with a biscuit in a local chai place.

Masala dosa – the Best at Hotel Vinayaka Mylari (Shop No. 79, Nazarbad Main Road, Doora)

Absolutely amazing – crispy but at the same time puffy and light. Perfectly seasoned filling accompanied by coconut chutney.

I could eat only there.

Oh and it cost 40 rupies.

4. Karanji Kere Lake Park & Boating

Lots of birds, quiet – No Honking 😉, romantic – mainly couples. It is a Cool place to go if you want to enjoy nature and escape the loud Mysore.

4. Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery

While the building itself is not maintained Well the collection it hides is just stunning.

Beautiful oil paintings, chairs, hancrafted items, modern paintings.

Also they are working on an audiobook – which I could test! Lucky me.

More to come!

An update on where to go and What to see later this month.

Yoga mat perfect for ashtanga? I do have it.

First things first. My new yoga mat. 🙂

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JOY in me is a polish brand that produces mainly yoga mats. The mats are made of 100% biodegradable & recyclable tree rubber base and ultra-absorbent, soft suede top. Printed with water based inks.

I personally don’t like one-color mats, colorfull ones are my favourite. JOY in me has many beautiful prints – you will have a hard time choosing only one. 😉

I thought the mat will be a little slippery at the beginning but no. It has the perfect grip. The thickness is right also – my spine really appreciate it when I’m rolling.

What is really important for me is that you can wash it in a washing machine. 🙂

Here are some general information about the mat:

Length: 183 cm

Width: 63 cm

Thickness: 3 mm

Weight: 2.4 kg

Shop or get the details.

I aslo have their water bottle.

I made an experiment – I filled the bottle with hot water and left it for a night – in the morning water was still warm!!! The bottle is also really light.

Capacity – 500 ml. Made out of stainless steal. And also beautiful right?

If you like their products shop online and use the discount – 15% – just put ‘whynot’ in a discount code field.

Love big cities? Let’s meet one of the biggest cities in the world – Mumbai!

My first time in India. Trip planned. I was supposed to spend a month in Rishikesh and a month in Morjim, Goa. Yoga, yoga, yoga. No travelling, no sightseeing. But I ended up in Mumbai. Want to know how did that happen? 😉

So I decided to stay longer in Rishikesh and also in Goa – in the end I was in India 94 days in total. In my visa it was said I can stay only 90 days – but somehow I didn’t read that info. 😉

So at the airport I found out I will have to go to the Immigration Office in Mumbai. I thought I will go there and do it in an hour. I stayed 4 days. 😛 Best 4 days of my trip.

Public transport/ taxis

Trains are super cheap in Mumbai, I think it is 10 rupies one-way, taxis also – just remember to always go by the meter! I used Ola Taxi – really nice app, like Uber but more options and I think it’s a little cheaper.

1. Fort district

Just walk around the district and admire the beautiful architecture. JJ School of Fine Arts, Victoria station, The Gateway of India.

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Victoria station and the building just opposite are beautifully lightened in the evening.

2. Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (now CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA)

The Museum is stunning – just look at the building! The entry is 500 rupies, if you want to take pictures with your phone you need to pay extra 50.

It is really complex – you can find wildlife section, tibetan, sculptures, japaneese art and many many more. I spent there 2 hours and it wasn’t enough. Worth visitting for sure.

Amazing place! #incredibleindia #india #travel #museum #yogitravels #nofilter

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3. Dhobi Ghat- open-air laundry 

As I couldn’t take any pictures inside please visit this website – lots of beautiful photos. Dhobi Ghat is an interesting place – you can go inside, have a chat with the workers who are super friendly and nice.

4. Kala Ghoda Cafe and Cafe Basilico

I would say these are Western style cafes – Western prices too. 😉 So if you want to drink good coffee, eat delicious belgian waffles – these are the places to do so.

5. Marine Drive

You will not swim there – I mean I wouldn’t. 😉 You can watch the sunset though and just have a walk on the beach.

6. Street food

I was too busy eating and I didn’t take any pictures, sorry. 😛 But I found this great video that introduces you to Mumbai’s street food.

I personally recommend: vada pav, bhelpuri, sev puri and pani puri.

Enjoy!

 

Mumbai is so friendly, live, colorful and vibrant city. I loved it and if I have the chance I will visit it again. 🙂

Thailand – Sukhotai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai with the most beautiful temple I’ve ever seen

I visited Thailand over 2 years ago. I was there 3 weeks and it is for sure not enough to see all the beautiful places Thailand has to offer. This post is about three of them in central and northern part of the country.

Let’s start with the first place 😉

Sukhotai Historical Park

Well maybe Sukhotai the city is nice but to tell you the truth we spent there one night only just to go to the Historical Park near the city. It was November and there were No people at all (which you can see on the pictures)! I loved it.

We rented bikes and we were just driving around, taking pictures, having ice coffee.

How to get there? We took a domestic flight from Bangkok.

More details about fees and opening hours from TripAdvisor.

Chiang Mai

From Sukhotai we headed north to Chiang Mai – by bus. Was cheap and quite comfortable. The city itself is calm. What we did was going to the adventure park called Eagle Track zip lining. They have three options for you and they offer Pick up from your hotel. The guides are funny and the nature you see is beuatiful. I liked it.

Chiang Rai – The White Temple

From Chiang Mai we took a bus (6-hour drive) to Chiang Rai. Just to see The White Temple and go back. It was the most beautiful temple I have ever seen in my life – just amazing. I don’t know What to say more – just look at the pictures.

Book the ticket and go. 😉

More posts about Thailand are coming.

Paris – architecture, food, fashion …. I want to go there one more time!

Paris is absolutely stunning – yes, It’s crowded, yes, there is lots of tourists but! It’s also beautiful, full of amazing architecture, great restaurants, museums and many many more.

Couple of days in Paris is pretty enough to have fun and come again to see more. 😉

THE SIGHTSEEING

Well The Eiffel Tower is a must and in my opinion it is worth to stand in a queue for 4 hours. The view over the city is mesmerizing.

We didn’t have much time so we decided not to visit Louvre but to go to Pompidou Centre which has the best gift shop ever. I would buy everything there! Also the collection of art there is also great – It’s not that crowded and you can Really Enjoy walking around the centre.

Next stop is Notre-Dame which we admired only from outside. This is truly a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. If you want to learn more about the monument, visit its page Official website of Notre-Dame.

Pompidou Centre
Louvre

Notre Dame


THE FOOD

For the first time in my life I tried snails – Well they didn’t taste anything specific but where to Try them if not in Paris ;).

Creme brulee and coffee in some small coffee shop was a must for me.

Mules at Leon de Bruxelles were very tasty.

But there was one thing I came to Paris to try! Eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie.

It was ma birthday so they were my birthday cake. 🤗🤗🤗 The most delicious dessert I ever tasted!


THE SHOPPING 

On the outskirts of Paris there is an outlet shopping centre La Vallee Village – with brands like Furla, Tissot, Chloe, Burberry, Celine, Jimmy Choo and many more. Prices are very attractive. I paid only 120€ for my Furla bag. To check the Best way to get there check their page.

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Typical French experience for me was to have a picnic. We bought cheese, wine, grapes and many more and went to the nearest park and just enjoyed ourselves. Like many other people around us. 🙂

By accident we came Across open Air cinema at La Villette Park. Hundreds of people with blankets, wine, food. Huge screen. Loved it!

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Ayia Napa (Cyprus) – to go or not to go?

Ayia Napa is full of drunk teenagers and Russian tourist – not always polite (just stating the fact, almost everyone was rude). I don’t want to give you the wrong impression – I once was a teenager and drank a lot, I’m just not a big fan of watching them when I’m on vacation and tolerating rude people around me.

Ayia Napa is a typical tourist spot in Cyprus. But! if you try not to go when everyone else is going you will discover the other Ayia Napa and you will love it! And you will forget the things you don’t like.

Here are some rules to like this place. 😉 Okay let’s start.

Rule no 1

Go on your own and book some hotel in the city (by the beach will be crowdy and loud ;p)

Rule no 2

You will see lots of fast food restaurants – KFC, etc. Many people go there and this is good for you – you know why? Because you will be one of just a few guests in the best Greek restaurant – Tony’s Taverna – a place with lemon trees inside, a place where the owner thanks you for visit and as a thank you gift gives you flowers – and these flowers are fresh basil leaves. Do I have to say more? I love such places!!!

Rule no 3

Go on a tour!

Cape Greco

There is a public bus going there, from the bus stop you need to walk a little but the view is just stunning. Just look.

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Paralimni

The nearest city with huge supermarket where you can do some shopping. We bought lots of food there, which we had for breakfast and took some home. If you like cheese you need to try my favourite cheese – halloumi. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 😀

Ayia Napa architecture

Not much to see but worth it. Just walk around the city.

 

Cyprus is perfect for relaxing at the beach. Nissi beach is crowded but sooo beautiful, go to Makronissos Beach and other near Nissi. Sun is really strong there – sunscreen 50 SPF unless you want to get burn on a very first day!

Rule no 4

Drink ice coffee – locals do not drink beer in that heat, it’s ice coffee. And it’s delicious. 😀

 

Only one sandy beach and you still want to go there – Madeira!

Madeira is a small Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, also called Island of Eternal Spring or Pearl of the Atlantic.

Madeira is situated north of Canary Islands, it’s of volcanic origin with great climate which enables you to go there the whole year round.

Getting around – in almost every travel guide or a blog you will read that you will definitely need to rent a car. Well I have to disagree, not only because I don’t like people telling me what to do ;p but also because the public transport is cheap and you can get anywhere you want. Not to mention those hairpin bends all over the island which made me dizzy just in a bus – I don’t think I would feel good driving a car on these roads. ;p

Cabo Girão

Cabo Girão is famous for 580 meter cliff with a glass floor. Standing there is one thing but the other is riding a bus there – I couldn’t sit by the window!

 

Porto Moniz

Absolutely amazing natural lava pools! oSoo cool and if I remember correctly it cost only 1.5€ – yes exactly!

More details at the official website of Porto Moniz.

Ponta de São Lourenço

I know I often use the word amazing in this post by seriously – Madeira is amazing! Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a walking trail. There are some steep inclinations and no shade so a cup and proper walking shoes required. This is a challenging walk but totally worth it! The views of blue ocean, brown soil and black cliffs make something truly beautiful. You can get to the beginning of a walking trail by bus.

Eat and drink local 😀

I had my favourite place in Funchal with nice service and delicious food and drinks – Madeira Tapas & Wine. I recommend you the octopus sandwich and of course poncha de Madeira –  traditional alcoholic drink made with aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind and with different fruit juices according to the version of poncha. With less % I drank local beer – Coral. 🙂 When it came to breakfast we did it like locals – cafezinho (small coffee) with pastel.

 Levadas

levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct and  in Madeira. There are more than 2,000 km of levadas and they provide a network of walking paths. I walked one – 11 km – check the views.

 

At the end I will add some more picture which may convince you to visit this gorgeous island.