Tango – The Dance of Love

It is not a trip to Argentina without experiencing Tango. It is the national dance and an amazing experience to watch. Tango originated and was popularized in the lower-class barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevide in the 1890s, packed with European immigrants, primarily Italians. A partner dance, it has influences from European and African culture,…

Puerto Madero

One evening, in San Telmo, we were looking for one of Buenos Aires’s ubiquitous rainbow colored play grounds but could not find one. Someone had given us directions toward a park, but we ended up in the wrong direction and at Puerto Madero. After walking back and forth across the river with two anxious and…

Shaniwar Wada Fort

When you have kids, everyone in India suggest you go to the local sound and light show.  That is the thing to do with kids.  So when our trip to Pune came up, the hotel concierge said, “See the sound and lights show at Shaniwar Wada, your son will love it”.  I finally decided to…

Tribal Museum of Pune

When researching our trip to Pune, I read about a quirky little museum that is listed as a “must-see” in Lonely Planet India. A small out-of-the-way building, the Tribal Museum of Pune is dedicated to the history and artifacts of the native tribes of Maharashtra.  Front exhibit rooms have several pieces of everyday artifacts (bowls,…

Aga Khan Palace

We did a short stint in Pune our last week in India, and our very first stop (after the hotel) was Aga Khan Palace. Aga Khan Palace is a large estate built in 1892 by Sultan Muhammad Shah as an act of charity for the poor hit by famine in the area.  However its most…

Hanging Gardens

When searching TripAdvisor for popular sites in Mumbai for families, we came across a listing for the Hanging Gardens (Ferozeshah Mehta), in the center of downtown.  I asked to take the car for the afternoon so we could see the gardens. The drive downtown was surprisingly quick, but finding the gardens turned out to be more…