2014 Voyage Highlights: Where To Go: In One Digest


We hope you enjoyed this little journey around the world with us! And if you are feeling really adventurous you can check out the upcoming posts – where we will share moments and emotions about our trips to Morocco, Plitvice national park in Croatia, all over Peru- Machu Picchu, Sacred valley, Cuzco and more.

Not a day, minute or second goes by that we’re not thankful for everything we’ve been able to experience. Thank you to everyone we met along the way, your kindness and generosity, everyone who stops Tanusree on the street to say hello and compliments on her outfit and looks, everyone who leaves me sweet motivating comments that I should leave my day job and start doing modelling;) We love you all!

In 2014, Team Onetimefashionista set voyage across 4 continents, 5 countries and 19 cities/locations to discover the diversity of this world, to share the joy with you that how addictive and enriching it would be to see the world by yourself with all your senses. This post today attempts to sum up all our experience in a nutshell to give you the best information, excitement and tips so that you can make travel plans for yourself for 2015. Onetimefashionista mantra for Voyage is “Miles to go before we sleep…yet dreaming with our open eyes”.

Country we went to: USA

Cities we visited:

San Francisco . Las Vegas . Los Angeles . The Grand Canyon 

Golden Gate San Francisco
Golden Gate San Francisco
Neon lights shine the Vegas Strip at night
Neon lights shine the Vegas Strip at night
The Grand Grand Canyon
The Grand Grand Canyon
2014 Voyage Highlights: Where To Go: In One Digest
Pacific Coast Highway Route 1-One of the best drives that we have ever made in a car. US 1 along the southern California coast is a stunning beauty and an engineering marvel.

Activity highlights

  • San Francisco: Obvious to the mind, just visit the Golden Bridge twice or more, at least once during day and once during night time.
  • San Francisco: Take a historic cable car ride on Powell/Hyde route
  • San Francisco: Hire a car to drive down the world famous Lombard Road, the most crooked road of the world
  • Las Vegas: Hotel hopping, check out the magical world inside each hotel along the Strip and the not seen elsewhere nightlife at Fremont street experience
  • Las Vegas: Watch David Copperfield Illusion Show at the MGM Grand and don’t miss the show – Cirque Du Soleil
  • Las Vegas: Goes without saying, gamble responsibly and for fun only
  • Las Vegas: A day long trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Los Angeles: Giggle like a child  on tour of Universal Studios and know a trick or two about Hollywood movie making
  • Los Angeles: Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway

Where to eat, drink, shop

San Francisco: Try any fish dish at The Franciscan Crab restaurant in the Fisherman’s Wharf. For  100% sustainable seafood, eat at the Fog Harbor Fish House at Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco: Enjoy a brunch date at Cliff House restaurant overlooking the Pacific waves

Las Vegas: ‘Noodles’ inside Bellagio, try the Pad Thai for dinner there. Le Cirque (Bellagio) for a special dinner date experience.

Los Angeles: Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, 208 Rodeo in Rodeo Drive

3 things to sum up

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Car Ride, Lombard- the curvy roads which go up and down!

Las Vegas: The Strip

Grand Canyon: It’s simply Grand and equally intimidating!

Los Angeles: Pacific Coast Highway, the affluent neighborhoods of Hollywood, Malibu, Beverley Hills, Universal Studios

Country we went to: CROATIA

Cities we visited:

Dubrovnik. Trogir . Split . Zagreb . Plitvice

Aerial view of Dubrovnik Old town from the southeast
Aerial view of Dubrovnik Old town from the southeast
Ruins of Salona in Trogir
Ruins of Salona in Trogir
View of the port-dotted town Split
View of the port-dotted town Split
Zagreb's iconic St. Marks Church
Zagreb’s iconic St. Marks Church
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia's most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction, was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979.

Activity highlights

  • Dubrovnik: Spend an entire day inside the old town, its mesmerising and will transport you back to a different time zone, walk along the city walls and don’t forget to have icecream.
  • Dubrovnik: Take a ferry ride to the Lokrum Island, take a splash and explore the islands flora and fauna, there are plenty of peacocks roaming around to keep you clicking the shutter.
  • Dubrovnik: Take a drive along the Dalmatian coast up north to Zagreb via Trogir and Split
  • Trogir: Again the old town here is beautiful, dreamy, out of fairytale books built with a character of its own
  • Split: The port-dotting city is overtly crowded in summer, we didn’t find the old town or the city as a whole very appealing. Drive for 30 minutes and visit the ruins of Salona nearby
  • Zagreb: Capital of Croatia, do visit the Museum of Love. Also rest of the attractions including St. Mark’s Church etc. can be viewed by walking all in one day if you start early.
  • Plitvice: The place which hosts the fabulous National Park. Dedicate two entire days to visit both sides of the park to fully immerse into its beauty. Must visit when in Croatia.

Where to eat, drink, shop

  • Dubrovnik: Dine at 360 Degrees Restaurant. Reservation required. Most expensive restaurant in all of Dubrovnik. You will know why as every penny is worth it. Reserve a seat on the semi-arc shape facing the port.
  • Dubrovnik: Go for lunch at the Panorama café up the mountain Srd. Either you can take the cable car or drive. Incase you are driving, never drive at night up there. The view from this place of the Old Town and island Lokrum will take your breathe away!
  • Dubrovnik: You can also have a meal at the Dubravka restaurant just near one of the entrances to the Old Town. They have good views.

3 things to sum up

  • Dubrovnik: Old town is mesmerising, make sure you walk along the walls to fully immerse into the ambience
  • Plitvice: The waterfalls here are straight from the sets of the Avatar, the movie. You have never seen crystal clear lakes such as these found here.
  • The drive: Drive from Dubrovnik up north to Zagreb via Split and Trogir, you will come across the 9 km Bosnian territory which was pretty amusing.

Country we went to: ARGENTINA

Cities we visited:

Buenos Aires . Puerto Iguazu

La Boca, the Buenos Aires' neighborhood famed for its colorful houses, its tango and its soccer team, is the one spot that makes every visitor's agenda.
La Boca, the Buenos Aires’ neighborhood famed for its colorful houses, its tango and its soccer team, is the one spot that makes every visitor’s agenda.
One of the planet's most awe-inspiring sights, the Iguazú Falls are simply astounding.
One of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights, the Iguazú Falls are simply astounding.
A helicopter ride amidst the beautiful airs of Buenos Aires
A helicopter ride amidst the beautiful airs of Buenos Aires

Activity highlights

  • Buenos Aires: Visit the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, Recoleta cemetery – the most beautiful cemetery in the world
  • Buenos Aires: No visit in this country is complete without enjoying a glamorous Tango show. Book your seat for a show and dinner at Senor Tango, the best in town.
  • Buenos Aires: We did a helicopter ride over the Argentine capital to celebrate Tanusree’s birthday, it was an enthralling experience to fly over the city of Maradona.
  • Puerto Iguazu: The city which hosts the might Iguazu falls. You have to take a flight from Buenos Aires to arrive here. One full day is enough to visit the gigantic falls on the Argentine side. You can also visit in this small town the point where the border of three countries i.e. Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are divided by two rivers.

Where to eat, drink, shop

  • Buenos Aires: The steaks of Argentina are the best in the world, once you have it, you will not like any steak anywhere in the world. We can guarantee that. Try out the steak at any of the food joints opposite the Recoleta Cemetery. Visit the London city restaurant for an authentic Argentine dinner with an English twist. Dine at Sottovoce in the Puerto Madero area overlooking Rio de la Plata and the dancing bridge.
  • Buenos Aires: Get your hands on the jersey of the Argentine national football team from the city center, preferably ‘Messi’ the number 10.
  • Buenos Aires: Dinner plus tango show at Senor Tango is simply awesome.

3 things to sum up

  • Buenos Aires: Argentina is the only country in South America which looks so European. Roadside cafes, people and the architecture have a striking resemblance to any European capital. That was very unique about Buenos Aires.
  • Iguazu Falls: Once you will see these mighty falls and the roar of the splashing white foam, you will not want to see any other waterfall in the world. Compared to Iguazu Falls even Niagara is just hyped and just because it is in North America it has got so much attention. Iguazu Falls deserve more of your love and awe.
  • Buenos Aires: Tango, Tango and more Tango. A tango show is the best way to immerse yourself in the rhythm of this South American capital.

Country we went to: PERU

Cities we visited:

Lima . Pacha Camac .  Cusco . Agua Calientes . Huacachina . Sacred Valley . Islas Ballestas . Machu Picchu

Mystic. Majestic. Mysterious. Machu Picchu
Mystic. Majestic. Mysterious. Machu Picchu
The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located within the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru
The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located within the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru
The temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru in the Valley of the Lurín River
The temple of Pachacamac is an archaeological site 40 km southeast of Lima, Peru in the Valley of the Lurín River
Located five hours south of Lima, the desert oasis Huacachina is home to an extraordinary adventure tour called the dune buggy and sandboarding tour
Located five hours south of Lima, the desert oasis Huacachina is home to an extraordinary adventure tour called the dune buggy and sandboarding tour
Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley) is truly sacred
Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley) is truly sacred
Maras salt pans, a fascinating system of platforms used since Inca times to extract salt from a natural mountain spring
Maras salt pans, a fascinating system of platforms used since Inca times to extract salt from a natural mountain spring
When Onetimefashionista dressed up like the Incas in Cuzco, Peru
When Onetimefashionista dressed up like the Incas in Cuzco, Peru

Activity highlights

  • Lima: Larcomar area along the Pacific coast of the Peruvian capital is where all the fun is. Packed with restaurants and merry making people, you can comfortably spend half a day or more just relaxing here.
  • Lima: Larco museum in Lima is the largest personal collection by Larco Herrera and most importantly all its artefacts are open to public as well for viewing. The museum also hosts an interesting erotic museum where you can see how the ancient Peruvian inhabitants celebrated the erotic side of their lifestyles.
  • Lima: The church of San Francisco has an architecture so different from what you may have seen in Europe. In the basement the church also has a massive catacomb which was really rather frightening to visit.
  • Pachacamac: Just a couple of hours of drive from Lima, the Pachacamac temple is suitable for day trips outside Lima. Pachacamac was the main God of the Peruvian people before the conquest by the Incas. Worth a visit.
  • Islas Ballestas: Some 4 hour drive south of Lima. Don’t think of leaving Peru without seeing for yourself the mysterious Candelabra geoglyph. Also at the Islas Ballestas, you will see an infinite number of wild birds, seals, sea-gulls, penguins and their tireless cacophony.
  • Huacachina: While returning from Islas Ballestas, you have to spend half a day or more at the gorgeous golden sand dunes of the Huacachina desert. You can do sandboarding and buggy rides. Highly recommended to be there after lunch and take a buggy ride couple of hours before sunset. The ups and downs in the buggy will not only help you digest your ceviche lunch but it will throw you up and down to look at Peru under a completely new light!
  • Agua Calientes: The sleepy and cosy town which is the gateway to the majestic Machu Picchu. It is a traveller’s pilgrimage when in Peru. It is best connected by train from Ollantaytambo. From Agua Calientes, you have to take the daily morning buses to arrive at what you can never existed on the face of this earth – the majestic Machu Picchu.
  • Cusco: Best town to use as basecamp to explore Machu Picchu and the entire Sacred Valley. You can hire private cars to complete northern and southern sides of the entire Sacred Valley. Best reached by a short flight from Lima.
  • Machu Picchu: The mysterious majestic hidden city is truly a wonder of this world. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped on your way out. Its some 20 minutes by bus from Agua Calientes.

Where to eat, drink, shop

  • Lima: Peru is the food capital of South America. You have to try ceviche and Pisco sour most obviously. But do try any variety of fish especially if you are dining at a restaurant next to the ocean. For drinking, the Chicha Morada is an all time favourite and something we never tasted before, made of purple corn.
  • Sacred Valley: If you have to shop DON’T shop from Lima. While you are discovering the Sacred Valley, you can buy authentic, genuine Peruvian products straight from the manufacturers at the Pisac Markets. The artisan markets in Cuzco also offers you a wide varieties, make sure you put your negotiation skills in use. Highly recommended is the Pisac market in the Sacred Valley.

3 things to sum up

  • Huacachina: There is much more to Peru than just Machu Picchu, so do make your way down south of Lima to visit this ravishing golden sand dunes. Buggy ride highly recommended. One day trip is recommended coupled with Islas Ballestas.
  • Islas Ballestas: You have to see for yourself the Candelbara geoglyphs and the variety of birds, penguins and seals that are natural habitants of the islands of the Pacific coast of Paracas.
  • Cusco/Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu: Sacred Valley is a piece of heaven hidden in this world and nowhere else but in Peru. The drives amidst the tall-standing mounta in peaks, open prairies and clear blue skies just try to prove to you why the Incas and the people who lived in Peru before used to worship nature, why so many of their Gods are natural elements. Once you see for yourself, you will know why. Basically once you are in Cusco, you can visit Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in one sweep. Recommended 4-5 days or more.

Country we went to: MOROCCO

Cities we visited:

Chefchaouen . Casablanca . Marrakech . Ait Ben Haddou

Onetimefashionista beats the blues in blue at the blue town - Chefchaouen in Morocco
Onetimefashionista beats the blues in blue at the blue town – Chefchaouen in Morocco
Sunset of 2014 overlooking the bustling Jemma el Fna square, the heart of Marrakesh.
Watch the Sunset overlooking the bustling Jemma el Fna square, the heart of Marrakesh.
Kind Hassan II mosque is situated on the atlantic coast of the city Casablanca, listed as the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa and 7th largest in the world
Visit the King Hassan II mosque situated on the atlantic coast of the city Casablanca, listed as the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa and 7th largest in the world
Ait Ben Haddou- a UNESCO world heritage site where several films have been shot
A day trip or a night stay in Ait Ben Haddou- a UNESCO world heritage site where several films have been shot is a must when in Morocco

Activity highlights

  • Chefchaouen: The magical blue town up north of Morocco is some 10 hours drive away from Marrakech. This is one of the places which you have to visit before you die. The whole town painted in blue and white by the Jewish migrants in the 1930s is a labyrinth of blue maze.
  • Casablanca: The popular city boasts the Grand Hassan II Mosque which is the largest in North Africa and the seventh largest in the whole world. Make some time to contemplate at its grandeur.
  • Marrakech: The Jewel in the Crown of Morocco. The bustling Medina and the traditional Riads are all there for you to experience. It is possible and naturally recommended that you get lost in the Medina, another UNESCO heritage site. Sipping a mint tea while enjoying the sunset looking over the busy and noisy Medina is one of the best ways to enjoy the full charm of Marrakech.
  • Marrakech: Before you leave Morocco, you have to enjoy a Royal Hammam at La Maison Arabe, the ambience, the service and the whole experience are so powerful that it will transform you into a zone of luxury and bliss. Reservations recommended.
  • Marrakech: The Moroccan experience will not be completed if you don’t dine at Chez Ali. The place is the Moroccan version of Arabian Nights mixed with Cirque du Soleil and everything possible in between. Situated very near to Marrakech, Chez Ali boasts of open spaces with Berber tents and a rectangular performance area where you have post-dinner shows including fireworks, horsemen firing guns, belly dancers and traditional artists making your experience worth its while. Must visit.
  • Ait Ben Haddou: While many tourists visit Marrakech and leave Morocco, the savvy ones head to the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou. Some 7 hours drive from Marrakech towards Ourzazate. This old fort had been used numerous times as the location for shooting many a Hollywood films. Situated right at the heart of the Berber territory and traditions, its so remote and natural that in our opinion this is one of the most undiscovered side of Morocco which is waiting silently for your visit.

Where to eat, drink, shop

  • Marrakech: Moroccan couscous, tagine and mint tea at Café de France at the Medina.
  • Chefchaouen: Overlooking the Kasbah, there is the Aladdin Restaurant which serves authentic Moroccan food overlooking the Kasbah.
  • Marrakech: The dinner at Chez Ali (VIP Package) is an abundance of food, bordering near waste which may make you feel sad. If you are a couple, you will be overwhelmed to see the copious amount of food that will be served at your honour. Very naturally, you can only settle with a few nibbles. Enjoy 24/7 Moroccan tea literally at anywhere and everywhere you go when in Morocco. Cafe France and restaurant Taj’in situated in the centre of Jemma El Fna square offers good sunset view, so make sure you find a table on their second or third floor terrace to enjoy a cup of Moroccan mint tea watching the Sun going down. Dinner at Comptoir Darna Marrakech and drinks at La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech are a must.
    3 things to sum up
  • Chefchaouen: Again, Morocco is not Marrakech and going to Marrakech means you haven’t seen what Morocco really has to unveil. The blue town of Chefchaoeun is something which you haven’t ever seen anywhere in the world
  • Marrakech: Buzzing with tourists and locals, a true melange of culture, heritage and chaos.
  • Ait Ben Haddou: The Kasbah at this place is the gem of the Atlas mountains, which stand high through the very heart of Morocco. Again, having a car to drive around Morocco is very strongly recommended.

We conclude here the summary blogpost on Voyage for 2014. Let us give you a sneak peak of what to expect from us this year in 2015. As you may have already noticed if you have been loving us long enough, that we try to plan our voyage around important dates of our lives. For example last time we went to Argentina and Peru to celebrate Tanusree’s birthday. We believe this is the best gift we can give to each other – the memory and experience in the company of each other.

In 2015 we intend to return to an exotic location on the other side of the Big Pond i.e. USA, not only because we have a very long term visa and we want to make use of that but also because of the fact that USA rocks – simple. I also proposed this time to set our footprints in the exquisite land of the Northern Lights i.e. Norway because it is within Europe and easier for us to venture into.  We also have good friends there (Lars and Jan) who we haven’t seen in a long time. Then to celebrate Tanusree’s birthday later in the year, we plan to make a maiden voyage to Russia where we will catch up with our famous journalist friend Marina. It will tick the box of visiting the biggest country in the world map, isn’t it awesome?

Image source: Google search
Image source: Google search

Finally we intend to close the year with a return to our favourite destination of South America as there is simply so much to savour, so much to discover. So Brazil and Chile stay tuned there! We will share our voyage experiences as usual in the coming months. Until then – you stay tuned, stay stunned!

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