PB Travel Journal: Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia

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An annual trip with her husband and in-laws landed our CEO, Shuchi in Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. It isn’t happenstance that she is a huge fan of Game of Thrones and these are the exact places where a good portion of the series was shot. She convinced them to visit Eastern Europe (particularly the Balkan region) to experience an absolutely gorgeous Fall weather with lesser crowds and fewer waiting lines because they’d have no “ygrittes” going to Croatia (This one’s only for the GoT lovers, everyone else can roll their eyes) :).

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What to look out for?

Plitvice Lakes are one of the most spectacular sights – pristine blue waters and gushing waterfalls make for picture-perfect scenery. Dubrovnik is an all-time favorite. Being a walled city, and still having about 2000 inhabitants living in the inner city, old Dubrovnik town has a charm that can put you back about 800 years in time. That, combined with modern bars, and live music emerging from small alleyways, made for a perfect combination of old and new. You will burn a good number of calories climbing stairs and the outer walled forts. Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia which are Slavic souvenirs were all once part of the great Yugoslavia, and remnants of soviet culture can still be seen in older parts of the town.

Where to stay?

In most places you can Airbnb your way through, which is perfect if you are travelling with friends/ family. Airbnb offers nice apartments with space so you can totally chill. Rixos Hotel in Dubrovnik is a fantabulous place to stay too.

Where to shop?

Ljubljana in Slovenia is a charming old city full of artists, museums and galleries. There is a nice string of shops on Mestni trg 6, Čopova Street and the Old town.

Where to eat?

Nautika in Dubrovnik is as close to a Michelin star restaurant that you can get. Insanely good food, even for vegetarians! Pizza in Ljubljana is really good and so are the falafels and bureks. Vigo Ice cream in the heart of Ljubliana is also uh-mazing!

PB Travel Journal: The Cotswolds

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Road trips may usually refer to a bunch of friends immersing themselves in the beautiful roads of distant lands, but that’s not the case with Ashna. Our enthusiastic team member takes a yearly road trip with her parents and her destination this time was The Cotswolds. A two hour drive away from London, this place is populated with historical towns and medieval stone-built villages which were erected using the famed golden coloured Cotswold stone. Right out of a fairytale, this country side area welcomes you with its quaint creeks and picture perfect rapeseed farms.

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What to look out for?

Picturesque market towns selling fresh local produce are an absolute must-go. Colossal manors and castles decorate the area making it poetic. Sudeley castle is beautiful and filled with antiquities recreating a bygone era. The area is also flocked by small chapels and pretty creeks. Cotswold is nearby Shakespeare’s birthplace, Avon so we definitely know where the greatest writer in the English language got his inspiration from. Another scenic place to visit is Arlington Row at Bibury which is considered as the prettiest village in all of England!

Where to stay?

Cheltenham town can be a good base to travel all around the Cotswold area. Oxford and Bath are two cities which are also nearby just in case you are planning to drive there. It is enriched with Georgian architecture and local Airbnb homes turn out to be pleasant homestays. They come with kitchens and you can also cook your own meal with fresh produce from cutesy kitchen gardens to your bequest 🙂

Where to shop?

As it is a rich country side area, you can always get farm fresh produce. Local honey, cheese and mouthwatering fruits seem rejuvenating buys. Daylesford is an award winning organic farm which offers a lot of things that you would want to take back home.

Where to eat?

There are a lot of tea rooms in the area but Huffkins in Cheltenham and Lucy’s in Stow-on-the-Wold top it all. Pretty flowers decorate the structure of these tea rooms and you can have an ideal English high-tea with cakes, tarts, scones & THE BEST clotted cream!

Definitely treat yourself to an authentic British Sunday Roast that consists of roasted meat with Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and gravy. Do try the Pimm’s Cup at Turf Tavern. It is the oldest pub in Oxford and has been visited by Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton and the list continues.

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Ashna flaunts her karma bangles with her tickets indicating she had a gala time at this trip.