To do, or not to do… That was the question!
We oscillated back and forth on this one quite a bit, I’ll be honest, whilst planning our Vietnamese Vacation over the Christmas and New Year holidays last year!
I was pretty convinced I wanted to visit Halong Bay but Arjun was refusing to buy into the idea. He doesn’t like a very hectic pace when he travels, and the 3-hour journey from Hanoi just for spending one night on-board a boat in a bay full of limestone karsts simply wasn’t appealing to him. “Didn’t we already do that in Thailand?” he said! And then we met friends who had some pretty nasty experiences to share from their trip a few years ago, and he almost had me convinced to let this one pass.
But I can be a pretty stubborn little lady, and fortunate as it was for me, this was one time he actually thanked me for being as annoyingly headfast and stubborn as I am.
It’s a little strange that Amalfi hasn’t found itself on any list of Delhi’s most romantic restaurants. Sure, making a mark amongst heavyweights such as Olive Bar & Kitchen, Lodi – The Garden Restaurant, and Sevilla – The Claridges is no mean feat, but within minutes of stepping onto the cobbled stone terrace of this South Delhi Restaurant, its discerning appeal was undeniable.
If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog over the years, you would know that I’ve been on a bit of a personal quest… a way for me to try and travel as much as possible; to see as much of the world as I can!
But with a full-time job and VERY limited vacation time, it isn’t always easy, I can tell you that!
Vietnam is a country I had looked forward to visiting for years and on Christmas last year, the much awaited trip commenced. Arjun and I had planned a 10-day holiday around the country, and while we were both pretty darn excited, I reckon that neither one of us had anticipated this would turn out to be one of our most memorable holidays till date!
It’s quite fitting, I would think, that the first restaurant I visited in the New Year was one that had been the talk of the town for most of the previous year! Serving traditional Armenian cuisine right in the heart of the city, Lavaash By Saby has been garnering rave reviews ever since it opened a few months ago. To say that I was brimming over with curiosity to find out what the fuss was all about would be a gross understatement!
It was early evening by the time I reached Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport to catch my flight back to Delhi after a weekend in the wild. I was returning home after spending three days in a Luxury Eco-Resort on the outskirts of Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, in a place so far out in the wilderness that there was no sign of mobile or data connectivity for miles on end. But with the excursions in to the jungle, and the supreme comfort as well as remarkable hospitality extended to us by The Forsyth Lodge; I didn’t mind being disconnected from the world even for one second.
It’s the last day of the year, and while I’m eagerly looking forward to ringing in the New Year in a few hours, with the midnight firecrackers that Ho Chi Minh City is so acclaimed for lighting up the sky above me, I can’t help but pause to reminisce and reflect on the year that has just flown by!
2015 was such a lovely year for me in so many ways. I have already highlighted some of My Favourite Things from the past year in a previous post, but if I was to be completely honest, the year’s biggest disappointment for me has been on the blogging front. I fell back in many ways. I haven’t been able to post half as often as I would like as life in the real world took over. But this is one thing I am most certainly looking at rectifying in the coming year!
But let’s wrap up the current year shall we, before we can look forward? So here’s a quick look at the past couple of months, flashed back through Instagram.
2015 has been a great year for me, in so many ways…! A year of family celebrations, of personal discoveries & professional achievements; and of many beautiful memories. So, as we begin the countdown to the end of 2015 and before we begin looking towards what 2016 may bring; here’s a quick look back at some of my favourite things from this past year.
October – one of my favourite months in the year, and always the busiest!!!
This year, also the reason why things have been so utterly silent and forlorn here at Life On My Plate!