Take the Plunge

By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Travel Diaries; Paris, France

I don’t think there is anything I can say which can describe Paris. Nor do the pictures I have actually do justice to some parts of the city. I feel some things I won’t be able to express and others I you might not agree with, so instead decided to leave you with a few images and few quotes which maybe describe Paris. Here is a Photo essay,part one of my Week dedicated to Paris

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life-Thomas Jefferson

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Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White

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Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obssesions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes- Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

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You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden- Allen Ginsberg

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When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. -Henry Miller

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I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace-Natalie Lloyd

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Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris- Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study, for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can’t paint in Paris, you’d better give up and marry the boss’s daughter―Alan Jay Lerner

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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina

Travel Diaries: Lisbon, Portugal

Walking through the streets of Portugal is like being transferred back into an old historical town straight out of a classic novel. Some of the world’s greatest explorers originated from Portugal and as you walk through this picturesque town of Lisbon, time stands still; you are met with vintage trams, medieval village like areas and really old restaurants and buildings. Here is a photo-essay of my recent trip to this charming European capital.

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A view of the city from the City centre, along with street art (the couple is painted as bronze statues) and cyclists riding through the city.

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Cafe ‘A Brasileira’  terrace in Lisbon (Rua Garrett 120) with statue of Poet Fernando Pessoa who was once regular customer. His table in bronze was created by Lagoa Henriques. Also the cobbled streets at Rossio Square look like waves, even though they are straight.

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One of the nicest shops I have seen in the longest time is A Vida Portuguesa. I loved this charming store where they have searched through the country for products created and fabricated in Portugal. Products that have been handed down through generations and retain the same original, beautiful and naïve packaging. This is exactly how I imagine StyleCity store to be like, so my definite Style Pick.

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Another store which I really liked was the Porcelain store Vista Alegre Atlantis which besides some Portuguese products also had the Christian Lacroix porcelain collection.

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Ajuda palace which was never completed as planned due to exile of the royal family but is yet filled with extravagant decorative art, furniture, statues and chandeliers. It also hosts various exhibits and I managed to get visit the exhibition by Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos, which was held at Versailles before this and I had mentioned earlier. Then of course Jerónimos Monastery, final resting place of Vasco Da Gama and the wide variety of museums.

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Finally A taste of Portuguese Sweet Tradition “Pasteis de Belem” which started in n1837 as a secret recipe from the monastery and continues unchanged till present day.