25 European Music Festivals This Summer

It’s that time of the year, I mean its SUMMER! Finally, something to look forward to, while I was planning my trip this summer, and the one thing I was pretty sure about is adding a music fest to my itinerary but I wasn’t sure which one was it going to be, as Europe has so many festivals happening every summer.

Europe has one of the best electronic dance music cultures, and I am not surprised as 70% of the top 100 DJs in the world are European, this list would include Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Hardwell, Tiësto, Calvin Harris and many more. If you feel you’re missing out on big festivals like Tomorrowland and Glastonbury, don’t worry there are SO many other festivals on that scale that you could attend this summer.

  1. Sonar - barcelonaSónar
    Date: June 16th – 18th 2016
    Place: Barcelona, Spain
    Headliners: Richie Hawtin, James Blake, Fatboy Slim, James Rhode, Underground Resistance, A-Trak and many more
    Sónar was established in 1994, and is positioned very differently in the electronic dance by uniting established artists as well as emerging artists. Sónar has now travelled to 50 different parts of the world like Cape Town, Seoul, Frankfurt, New York, London, Boston and the list goes on. This festival will definitely have some new artists that you would discover.
  2. Glastonbury
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    Date: June 22nd – 26th 2016
    Place: Somerset, England
    Headliners: Coldplay, Muse, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Foals, Disclosure, Skepta and about 100 more artists performing over 5 days at Glastonbury.
    The festival goes back in the 70’s being started in 1971, it is a contemporary art festival, and a hippie culture is usually found at this gigantic 5 days party! Unfortunately this year all tickets are completely sold out, but hey! There is always next year right.
  3. Awakenings Festival
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    Date: June 25th – 26th 2016
    Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Headliners: Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Dave Clarke, Maya Jane Coles
    Awakenings is known as the Techo Festival and one of the important electronic event in Europe. This is one of the world’s largest outdoor techno festivals in the world. This would be a perfect fest to attend for any sunshine and techno lover!
  4. Hideout
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    Date: June 26th – 30th 2016
    Place: Island of Pag, Croatia
    Headliners: Skepta, Jamie XX, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Adam Beyer, Gorgon City and over 100 artists and underground DJs lined up over 5 days of complete madness.
    Hideout started in 2011, and the festival has been expanding year by year and 2016 is suppose to be the biggest with the festival, boat parties, after parties on the beach till wee in the morning. Plus, this festival is fairly affordable with tickets at 135 pounds and stay at 20 pounds a night. This surely sounds like a deal!
  5. Fusion Festival
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    Date: June 29th to July 3rd 2016
    Place: Lärz, Germany
    Headliners: To Be Announced
    The Fusion Festival is an underground electronic festival in an abandoned military base in the northeast of Germany, the festival does not release it’s line up in advance, which would leave you quite curious. This festival is now being known as the “Burning Man of Europe”. If you’re an electro underground fan, discovering this mystery would be interesting.
  6. Sensation Angles & Demons
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    Date: July 2nd 2016
    Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Headliners: Yellow Claw, Robin Schulz, Nicky Romero, Sam Feldt, David Guetta, Mr. White, Rob, Don Diablo
    Sensation is an indoor electronic dance festival originated in Netherlands and now traveling around the globe, the uniqueness of sensation is that it takes place in indoor Arenas and has some mind blowing live acts. My sensation experience last year was insane! Read about it more here.
    I would 100% recommend going for this festival.
  7. Balaton Sound
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    Date: July 6th – 10th 2016
    Place: Budapest, Hungary
    Headliners: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Chris Brown, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schulz, W&W, Nervo, Tyga, The Chainsmokers, Lost Frequencies, Steve Aoki, Alan Walker
    This year is going to be the 1oth edition of Balaton Sound held in Zamárdi. It is going to a banging summer beach party with this amazing line up and boat parties by the Lake Balaton. Isn’t the line up tempting enough to be at this fest?
  8. Electric Love
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    Date: July 7th – 9th 2016
    Place: Salzburg, Austria
    Headliners: Yellow Claw, DVVBS, Hardwell, Jack Ü, Don Diablo, Nero, Kshmr, Darkraver, Angerfist, Coone
    Electric Love as the name says it is all about electric music and love, located in the mesmerizing Salzkammergut Lake District surrounded by the beautiful nature of Salzburg. If you want a picturesque and a nature covered location with electro beats, this would be the festival for you.
  9. Exit Magic
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    Date: July 7th – 10th 2016
    Place: Novi Sad, Serbia
    Headliners: Wiz Khalifa, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Richie Hawtin, Bastille, The Prodigy, Ellie Goulding, Robin Schulz and many more.
    Exit has won the award of the ‘Best Major European Festival’. Exit started as a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and has grown into one of biggest festivals in the world. For Exit being on such a big scale it costs as little as 107 Pounds and is held in one of the best locations in the world. I would surely not miss this if I were traveling around Serbia.
  1. Dour Festival
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    Date: July 13th – 17th 2016
    Place: Dour, Belgium
    Headliners: The Prodigy, Rudimental, Wiz Khalifa, Underworld, Pixies
    The Dour festival is the biggest and one of the most touristic destination for the French speaking part of Belgium. It is a 27 years old fest, getting bigger year by year having 9 stages, thousands of music lovers and a cozy camping site.
  2. Ultra Europe
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    Date: July 15th – 17th 2016
    Place: Split, Croatia
    Headliners: Above & Beyond, Adam Beyer, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, DeadMau5, Hardwell, Martin Garrix
    Ultra is a heavyweight EDM festival, having insane yacht parties, after parties and the festival comprises of 4 state-of-art stages with over 150 acts over 3 days, this festival has a maximum euphoric energy till sunrise. If you’re an EDM fanatic this is where you should be this summer!
  1. Melt Festival
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    Date: July 15th – 17th 2016
    Place: Ferropolis, Germany
    Headliners: Illes Noise, Oliver Koletzki, Acid Arab, Forest, Isolation Berlin
    Melt is a festival inviting new comers in the industry to perform and the big artists as well, and there are no boundaries in the genre, you would find EDM, hip-hop and indie. If you are into discovering new artists, this would be an apt festival for you.
  2. Secret Garden Party
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    Date: July 21st – 24th 2016
    Place: Abbots Ripton, England
    Headliners: Caribou, Air, Primal Scream, Lissie, Milky Chnace, Izzy Bizu
    This is a crazy creative party, spread over 220 acres of garden bordered by a lake and a river. These gardeners take their party seriously theming this years party as ‘The Gardeners Guide To The Galaxy’, it doesn’t only have so many artists performing over 15 stages but its filled with a lot of fun activities like water dance floors, mud fights, astronaut training, laser wars and a lot more.
  3. Tomorrowland
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    Date: July 22nd – 24th 2016
    Place: Boom, Belgium
    Headliners: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Adam Beyer, Alan Walker, David Guetta, DVBBS, R3hab, Tiësto, Axwell, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Lost Frequencies, The Chainsmokers, Dada Life, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, W&W, Yves V and many more.
    Tomorrowland the worlds’biggest EDM festival that is larger than life having people travelling from around the world for this three days fantasy, all the best artists from around the world come for this festival and make it a 3 days wonderland. I know tickets are SOLD OUT, but there is always next year! This year’s theme is ‘The Elixir Of Life’ with the best acts with all the world-renowned artists, it’s a once in a life time experience.
  4. Untold Festival
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    Date: August 4th – 7th 2016
    Place: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Headliners: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Tiësto, W&W, Nervo, Lost Frequencies and many more
    Untold is a festival in the city center in Romania, this is one of the newest EDM fest making it on the charts of one of ‘Best Major Festival in Europe’ with gaging an award in 2015. Untold is representing big EDM and House DJs and is creating a busting line up for this summer.
  5. Eastern Electric
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    Date: August 6th 2016
    Place: London, England
    Headliners: Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Richy Ahmed, Eats Everything
    Eastern Electric is an English electronic festival lined up with a lot of budding local artists, it’s a 25 minutes train journey from London to Hatfield House. It’s a day full of dancing to electro beats across 9 stages, hoping around raving tents, VIP island paradise and to top it off high-quality food vendor. If you’re visiting London, this fun day could be added to your itinerary.
  6. Barrakud
    Barrakud Festival - Pag
    Date: August 8th – 15th 2016
    Place: Island of Pag, Croatia
    Headliners: Paul Kalkbrenner
    Barrakud is a perfect combination of music, partying and traveling. This festival takes place over 5 locations, and also includes a lot of boat and pool parties to commute to these various locations. This is a non-stop party on Zrce Beach for eight days straight.
  7. Sziget Festival
    Sziget - Budapest
    Date: August 10th – 17th 2016
    Place: Budapest, Hungary
    Headliners: Rihanna, Muse, Sia, The Chemical Brothers, Hardwell, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Travi$ Scott, Afrojack, DVBBS, Yves V, ZEDD
    From 1993 to now Sziget has grown into Europes largest music festival, with 60 stages, 400,000 visitors per day, thousands of international artists from various genres. Sziget has a lot to offer besides music, its got theatre, films, classical movies, fine arts, and performances all across one week. I would rate this as one of the best festivals where there is literally something for everyone. If you’re traveling in Eastern Europe make sure you attend this mega festival even if it’s for a day.
  8. Sonne Monde Sterne (SMS)
    SMS - Germany
    Date: August 12th to 14th 2016
    Place: Saalburg Beach, Germany
    Headliners: David Guetta, Paul Kalkbrenner, Rudimental, Robin Schulz, Dada Life, Knife Party, Nina Kraviz, Tiga, Sven Väth, Die Antwoord
    SMS is an open air EDM festival, this festival is all about Rave-Beach-Party-Repeat for 3 days non stop. This year the passes are already sold out sadly. But like always, there is next year!
  9. Pukkelpop
    Pukkelpop - Belgium
    Date: August 17th – 20th 2016
    Place: Hasselt, Belgium:
    Headliners: Bloc Party, Big Sean, The Chemical Brothers, DJ Snake, Izzy
    Bizu, Nina Kraviz, Rihanna, Lukas Graham, Twenty One Pilots, Greenday
    Pukkelpop began in 1985 by the ‘Young Humanist’. The line up here is selected with an alternative fringe, there will around 200 be current sensations, living legends and upcoming alternative artists performing across 8 stages over a span of 4 days. This would be a mix of all levels of artists that makes this festival so unique.
  10. Creamfields
    Creamfields - UK
    Date: August 25th – 28th 2016
    Place: Cheshire, England
    Headliners: Alesso, Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, Nervo, Kshmr, Sam Feldt, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, Nick Romero, Tiësto, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Robin Schulz, Adam Beyer and many more.
    Creamfields is held on the bank holiday weekend, one of the biggest dance music festivals in UK and winning awards for being ‘UK’s Best Dance Music Festival’. Having live acts by all superstar line-up, Creamfields has been traveling across the globe in the past years, but still this one is the best! No better way to spend a long four days weekend.
  11. Mysteryland
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    Date: August 27th – 28th 2016
    Place: Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
    Headliners: Afrojck, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Lost Frequencies, Don Diablo, Kshmr, Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, DVBBS, Dubfire, Alesso
    This is the longest running and the largest electronic music festival in the world and Netherlands, Mysteryland is known for being sustainable and creative with there set up and achieving its uniqueness amongst all the other fests, this to me is pretty dam impressive!
  12. Outlook Festival
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    Date: August 31st – September 4th 2016
    Place: Pula, Croatia
    Headliners: Andy C, Stormzy, Kano, Mala, Goldie MBE, Slum Village
    The European Summer coming to an end, Outlook takes place at a unique location with a breath taking view and a big party. Outlook has a lot of heavy reggae, dub step and drums n bass, besides this there are green garden areas that provide styling experience to the attendees, I would love that!
  13. Bestival
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    Date: September 8th – 11th 2016
    Place: Isle of Wight, England
    Headliners: The Cure, Major Lazer, Diplo, Years & Years, Skepta, Richie Hawtin, Bastille, Fatboy Slim, Katy B, Hot Chip and more
    Bestival is an award winning 4 days boutique festival set at Robin Hill. The founders of the festival have a creative vision which makes this festival special, they camping site is divided into sections like Cosmic Commune, The Bollywood Tent, Fancy dress emasse, Spaceport. If you’re into camping at festivals, maybe you should give this one a shot!
  14. Lollapaooza
    Lolla - Berlin

    Date: September 10th – 11th 2016
    Place: Berlin, Germany
    Headliners: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Major Lazer, Paul Kalkbrenner, Lost Frequencies, The Chain Smokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, ZEDD, Alan Walker, Years & Years, G-Easy and more.
    This will be Lolla’s first European edition and what you can expect is a lor of dance, hip-hop, rock and even country. This is going to be an artsy affair as Lollapaooza is known to be artistic and colorful, representing a giant lollipop! This would surely be a surreal experience and the best way to bid summer goodbye by welcoming a new fest in Europe.These are most of the amazing festivals in Europe this summer from indoor and outdoor festivals to beach parties. This should help you’ll have a raving and a banging summer if you’re traveling around Europe also add a new experience.
    Please comment below and let me know if you have been to any of the festivals above or are planning to go, I would love to know about your experiences and plans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Facts About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital city of Netherlands, there are few amazing and surprising facts about Amsterdam that I discovered while visiting this city.

So, I found myself getting lost and losing my way around the canals since they’re all identical. This made me very curious and I wanted to just get to know about how many canals existed in Amsterdam, things just kept getting interesting and I discovered a lot more than the number of canals.

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Get to know Amsterdam better with these not so basic facts:

– There are 165 canals which are more canals than Venice, quite surprising isn’t it? That’s a good enough reason why I was losing my way around the canals.

– If you have been to Amsterdam, I’m sure you must’ve come across endless people cycling around the city. Amsterdam’s bike path is almost 400km with more bikes in the city than people. Woaah, reason why everyone’s fit maybe!

881,000 bikes > 811,100 people

– Something I was quite impressed with was that most people in Amsterdam knew English! Man, that’s something you can’t find it European cities. So, I discovered that English was the 2nd most spoken language that means most people will be able to talk in English, if not they’ll definitely understand what you’re saying.

– Amsterdam is known for its museums, but can you guess how many of them are there? Let me surprise you’ll, there are 75 museums in Amsterdam! You can just imagine what this city has to offer.

– We all know about the popular red light district, in most countries a district like this would be considered ‘shady’ or ‘unsafe’. Ironically the red light district is one of the safest parts of the city. It’s a something you shouldn’t miss out on seeing,

– People believe that the London stock exchange is the oldest, well that’s not entirely correct. The world’s oldest stock exchange is in Amsterdam established in 1602.

– I discovered this fact while talking to a local about the health services provided in the city. In Amsterdam anyone could avail free STD treatment, I am not quite surprised to be honest.

– While I was on the canal cruise I noticed the houses in Amsterdam are weirdly narrow, I was quite intrigued by this and asked someone on the cruise if they knew the reason behind this, turns out that people would be taxed based on the width of their frontier.

I discovered these little strange things while moving around the city by myself, interacting with locals and of course questioning a lot people! I’m glad to take back these unknown facts. I wouldn’t deny that people in Amsterdam are extremely friendly, fun and full of information

*comment below for any other cities fun facts you’d like to know*

10 Tips to get around Istanbul

Istanbul is one of my favorite cities, its got the perfect balance for a cultural experience and to ball out! This city is a fusion of Asia and Europe as it’s the one city in the world spread over two continents, which makes it even more interesting. I personally think it’s a modern Islamic country, even compared to Dubai, I feel Istanbul was culturally forward. For instance, I was walking down Taksim square while the evening prayers were on, I walked a little further from the mosque and see a street filled with loud, vibrant bars and pubs. That’s when it occurred to me that Istanbul is culturally forward, a reason why it attracted more tourism. But, like every big city Istanbul has its pros and cons, out of my personal experiences a few tips to get around Istanbul.

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Use Public Transport
Try using public transport over taxis, I have had couple of awful experiences with taxi drivers in Istanbul. From being ripped off and paying double the fare, to not getting my change of 80 Lira back, well I did get it back but I literally had to threaten the driver saying I would call the police if I didn’t get my change. Ugghh, to avoid this I would suggest of trying public transport like their trams and metros. If you want to take the cab make sure you pay according the meter.

Walking is the key
Walk, walk, walk! So when you’re around the city doing the touristy bit, walking is essential, everything is not too far away especially the historical places like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Archeology museum are all within a miles radius.

Take the Bosphorus Cruise
If you want to go explore the Asian side of Istanbul, the fasted and a fun way to get there would be by taking the Bosphorus cruise which will take you to the other end of the of the river towards the Asian side. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go explore that part of the city, but from what I have been told a lot of gypsies reside on the Asian side and its like the suburbs of the big city.

Live Centrally 
While deciding on where to stay, there are two central locations you could stay in, Taksim is more of a young, vibrant, party and shopping area with a lot of hotels located around there, easy transport. Apart from this, the other central location would be Sulatanahemad, which is right by the historic and tourist attraction.

Ignore the stares
Istanbul is pretty safe, but it’s not an ideal destination for solo female travels in my opinion. Turkish men are attractive, I won’t deny that BUT they can get creepy with constant stares and shamelessly rolling their eyes up and down. I would suggest have a friend along to go with in Istanbul or just ignore those eyes rolling up and down if you’re traveling alone.

Use the local currency Lira
While shopping, eating at a café or even for taxi fares you may encounter people asking you to pay in Euros, Pounds or Dollars. DO NOT pay them in any of those currencies, use the local currency Lira for anything. It’s cheaper and there are fewer chances of being cheated.

Get evil eye souviners
Ladies, get your self the most exotic evil eye jewellery from Turkey, they do it the best, its affordable and looks beautiful. It’s probably the best souvenir you would take back from your trip. I was broke and yet managed to bargain a good deal for my evil eyes. Besides this, you will be lost in the grand bazaar seeing beautiful turkish lamps and cutlury.

Indulge in Turkish Teas & Delights 
So if you’re a staple espresso or a latte drinker, I would suggest on skipping Turkish coffee, its thick, dense and a muddy texture. Rather indulge in Turkish teas, they’re aromatic and rich in flavor. My personal favorite was the jasmine, rose and peppermint teas.

Early Sunday shopping
On a Sunday most places would shut down a bit early than usual, around 7 most local stores would be calling it a day, if you have shopping plans on a Sunday evening going start early, plus during early hours of the day you could bargain a good deal for yourself.

Arrive early at the Blue Mosque
For most people the first thing to do one their list in Istanbul is visit the Blue Mosque, I don’t blame you its beautiful. Tips for the blue mosque would be, its open from 9am to 4pm only, there is no entry fee, but go early as there is always an hour-long queue. For girls avoid wearing shorts or leggings while visiting the Mosque, they will give scarfs to cover your head and if yours in shorts a long cloth to drape yourself. There are chances they may refuse entering the Mosque if you are inappropriately dressed, so keep this in mind before going to the Mosque.

Milan Shopping Guide

Milan is every shopper’s paradise, you will literally drop till you shop! Of course the downside can your wallet bear the cost? Well, don’t worry there something for everyone in Milano. From every possible luxury brand to the best high street fashion, Milan has something to offer for everyone. So, not to worry you will go back home with your bag full of goodies.

First lets talk about luxury, high-end fashion in Milan, as we all are aware of Milan being a fashion capital. You will find literally every brand here, and what’s even better is these brands have their biggest outlets in Milan, which will give you a more affordable price for that’s probably been on your wish list for a while.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The first stop you need to hit is – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II located right by the Duomo. This is the oldest shopping mall in the world opened in 1867. Here, you will find all your Italian designers have their stores, the Galleria is a must to visit even if you may not be shopping here. The intricate marble flooring and long glass panels along with gothic architecture is a beauty.

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My advice, window shop here, get a feel about what’s buzzing in the fashion world, decide what you would be interested in investing, sip on caffé (Italian espresso) at a cute little café and enjoy the beauty. There after hit the outlet stores to find what you have your mind on, and get it for a better price. Bingo!

Sounds like a deal, doesn’t it?

Quadrilatero d’Oro della moda

Then there is Milan’s golden shopping triangle, Quadrilatero d’Oro della moda also known as the fashion quadrilateral. The district is cornered by four streets – Via Monte Napoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia, hence called Quadrilatero.

Walking pass these streets is a mere eye candy as the visual merchandising and the store displays are probably one of best I have seen by far. As you walk, you smell and fee luxury, pampering and haute couture of the classic designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Versace, Prada, Chanel, Valentino, Cartier, Gianfranco Ferré, Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton and every other brand and designer that crosses your mind.

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Obviously shopping here does not fit every pocket, but just seeing the displays and probably going to Armani’s coffee shop is a small luxury you could treat yourself with.

Enough of window shopping, now you want to go splurge, and here are the perfect places where you will be able to get yourself something to take back home.

Outlet Stores in Milan

 The quest in finding the wish-list handbag was still on, but lucky for you while you are in Milan there are ample of outlet stores having designer goodies at affordable prices, with discounts anywhere between 30 % to 70%. I myself managed to get three bags and couple of polo t-shirts at steal deal prices from these outlet stores, I highly recommend you go there and find yourself something. The best outlets in Milan are:

  • Il Salvagente
  • 10 Corso Como Outlet (my personal favourite)
  • Dmagazine Outlet
  • Le Sac Outlet
  • Outlet Matia’s

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These outlets are located close to each other, about 20 minutes away from the Duomo. If you have an extra day in Milan, you could also drive an hour away from the city and discover outlet villages to shop at such as Serravalle Designer Outlet, Vicolungo Style Outlet, Franciacorta Outlet Village and Fidenza Village. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have enough time to visit any of these, but a few of my local friends recommend going to at least one of them if you’re on a super shopping spree.

Corso Bueno Aires

Corso Bueno Aires is the biggest high street shopping street in the city and in Europe as well, here there are about 350 international brands having their flagship stores lined up one after another. You better put your sneakers on while shopping here, its quite a walk to complete the entire stretch.

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Here, you’ll find all your Zara’s, H&M, Top Shop, Nike, Puma and local Italian high street brands and boutiques.It’s quite reasonable to shop here at the same time there is SO much variety cause of the number of stores that are there.

This is summing up Milan shopping, I hope there is something for everyone here and this little shopping guide is helpful for all my fellow shopaholics out there.

P.S Happy Shopping xx

*comment below if there is anything more you’d like to know about shopping in Milan*

 

The Sensation Experience 

 
I’m missing my summer already, I want to share my fun summer moments with all you lovelies. I am a little crazy about music festivals, I love the vibe and the electrifying feeling. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my tomorrowland passes (as always, they were sold out so fast) so I decided to go for a not so commercial festival “Sensation White”. It turns out it was their 15 year anniversary this year, the show was bigger than ever.

The opening act is something you cannot miss, Baker Mat played the opening set accompanied by performances. It’s not your standard EDM festival. This is a show, you have to live and feel the moment. Trapeze performances, the lights and the music. And obviously the most awaited performance of Mr.White was just incredible and crazy!

 
By the end of 7 hours you are yet alive, and will find yourself dancing to sun rise, it was an exceptional experience where we couldn’t feel our feet after a the night was over.


This isn’t an ordinary music festival, it comes along with a dress code you have to follow. You better be dressed in WHITE or go home! Every person you’d see inside would be dresses in white, seeing a uniformity in the crowd and when it lights flash, it’s just an unimaginable sight. You got to see it, to believe it.

Clearly, this was the best part of my summer.
But if you feel like there’s something you’ve missed out on, don’t worry. Sensation takes place at various destinations throughout the year and the upcoming ones are, “Ocean Of White” in Dubai on 30th October 2015 and “Innerspace” in Monterrey on 7th November 2015.
If not theses, there’s always next year!

Turkey Trails 

 A spontaneous holiday turns out to be one of the best holidays. If you’re holiday criteria is having a balance between culture and partying, Istanbul would be a perfect fit. It’s a city building a bridge between two continents, Asia and Europe divided by the Bosphorus river, a cultural afternoon to a wild night. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, often mistake to be the capital. This city oozes exquisiteness of history and civilisation and a thriving edge to modern developments. To explore the city entirely could take you couple of days, but is definitely worthwhile as you’ll find multiple layers of history and character where this is an Arab and European influence making this destination unique. Unlike other Islamic cities, Istanbul is very modern and international, attracting tons of tourists each year. There’s a story to every place in the city, starting from The Hagia Sophia to the 500 years old grand bazaar or the spice market. And of course, the blue mosque cannot be missed, however there’ll always be an hour long wait to get into the mosque.


On a bright sunny day, taking the Bosphorus cruise would be ideal, getting a glimpse of the Asian and European side.


For a cheap but a fun night out, Taksim square, is the perfect place to be at. A long street with lots of bar lined up one after another, good music and a chilled vibe to the place is the best way to end a long day in Istanbul.


Turkish delights, the dark muddy coffee (something I didn’t personally like) but l loved the Turkish teas, baklava filled with pistachios and topped with fresh cream was my favourite, for all the meat lovers you’re in for a treat when it comes for Turkish food.


Well, there is a downside to Istanbul, the weather being quite chilly and unpredictable rain, but that shouldn’t be stopping anyone from exploring this iconic city. Besides this, taxi drivers in Turkey are big a scam, they’d charge exorbitant prices for the shorter distance, rig their meters, or play with currencies (fool tourists with Liras and Euros). Hence, always try and use public transport available, or insist on the taxi driver to keep the meter on and pay that price only.


Overall, Istanbul is a beautiful city, with a vibrant atmosphere and so much to explore. I’m already planning my next trip to Istanbul, get started and plan your next holiday!

Street Eats Under A Pound 

It seems unreal doesn’t it? When I moved to London, and if anyone asked me what was the one thing I missed from back home, undoubtedly it was the street food, it’s literally been my appetite saviour for so many years now. If there’s some boring lunch/dinner cooked at home, just run down and have a lot of options to choose from without making a hole in my pocket. However unbelievable it may sound, street eats in Mumbai start at as cheap as 10p. And it’s full of flavours and freshness, obviously it’s not the healthiest option, but hey, it’s better than have your dominos pizza.
If you’re visiting Mumbai, something that you cannot miss out on is the street food, to be warned you’ve got to have a good immune system and a spice tolerance to handle these local Mumbai delicacies.

1. Vada Pav

My all time favourite, Vada Pav is a potato patty with a hint of coriander, garlic and a lot of spices and masala put in a bun with the best garlic chutney (Indian sauces) and green chillies, even known as the “Indian Burger”. It cost as little as 10p for a vada Pav in Mumbai and you’ll find a Vada Pav-wala in every nook and corner of the city. But the best ones I’ve come across by far are the ones in worli and flora fountain, people being queued up and waiting to get that piping hot Vada Pav.


2. Bhel

Bhel is made out puffed rice, finely chopped onions, tomatoes and boiled potatoes, and the binding substance, the three chutneys– tamarind chutney, mint chutney and garlic. You can alter your bhel according to your palette. Weather you’d like it spicy or sweet or something in between. Bhel is a perfect evening snack to have something light but not too filling. And again, Bhel costs about 20p only and my staple places I have bhel is Hari Om Bhel in Fort.

3. Road-side Sandwich

This is nothing like the cold Tesco sandwich you’d have here. These sandwiches are freshly made infront of you, fresh veggies and cheese put in generous portions, grilled and given to you with a tangy ketchup. And wondering how much this would cost, it would be around 25p but the prices vary depending on your sandwich fillings. This is a must have accordingly to me. One of the best sandwich-wala is at Nariman Point.

4. Dosa

Dosa is an Indian pancake made out of rice flour and you can literally have upto 100 kind of different fillings in it. Dosa is one of the healthier options. It’s known as a South Indian delicacy but everyone in Mumbai love it! Dosa is normally served with a coconut chutney and sambhar (a tomato gravy). The best places to have dosa in Mumbai would be Babulnath Dosa and Ramarshray Dosa in Mantuga where people are waiting in lines from 5 in the morning. Dosa start from 40p and vary according to the fillings. This is a perfect filling lunch meal.

5. Bhutta

Bhutta is a corn cob roasted on charcoal, there is nothing fancy about it. It’s fresh corn being cooked and then topping it up with butter, lemon and some spice. This is everyone monsoon favourite food. Having Bhutta in the chilly monsoon is one of the things everyone in Mumbai does. Right opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel at Gateway you’d find these friendly Bhutta-wala enjoying the rains, roasting golden corn cobs and serving it to you in your cars. These roasted corn cobs cost only 15p and are normally big in sizes.

I think, besides the food being so cheap. It’s fresh and made right infront of you, these guys who are making this food get the joy of feeding people and love being appreciated for what they make. They might not make big profits but yet serve the best food in generous portions which everyone can afford. Now, these streets are a must have when you visit Mumbai.

Fall Colors – The 2 B’s 

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and the summer wardrobe. The 2 colors your wardrobe should have this fall are burgundy and beige, that’s my favourite color scheme for this season.

Burgundy compliments every skin tone, extenuates all body types. It’s a must to invest in either a lovely burgundy coat, dress or a pair of booties this season. Burgundy adds elegance to the whole look. It’s a perfect color to be worn for a night out or being casual by teaming up a plain jumper with a pair of boyfriend jeans. Accessorise a plain burgundy dress with a pair of rose gold earrings, and you’ve got your look for the night instead of a repetitive black dress.
My personal favourite is the Burberry ponchos, which can be used as perfect outwear with a pair of burgundy booties. Here are my looks, show casing how to style a look for every occasion using burgundy.

Well, fall doesn’t have to be only about dark colors, style your looks with lighter colors as well. Beige is the perfect color for someone who prefers wearing lighter shades, it’s not pop bright summery color but fits perfectly for fall. Combine beige and gold, and there’s nothing more you’ll need to look glam. My other favourite combination is navy and beige, it creates a subtle look. Having beige in your wardrobe is essential, it’s a brilliant contrast to every other color.

Delusional British Weather 

Delusional British Weather Moving to London the biggest change for me was dealing with the erratic weather conditions here.
You may wake up to sun shining in your face through the blinds and the moment you step out and decide to go for a run and enjoy the pleasant weather. You’ll see how the clouds come around, the skies getting darker and the Suns disappeared before you know it!
It doesn’t stop there, then you’ll discover yourself being attacked by the cold rain and have cold wind gushing through your jumper.
It’s strange how you might see the sun shining and yet find yourself walking in a puddle, it surprises me how it can be cold, rainy and sunny at once! The weather gods are clearly hating on England.
After this weather experience I’ve always left my house well equipped with a scarf or wearing a hoodie to save my blow dried hair!

Picturesque London On A Rainy Day

Living in London, made me realise the reason behind the Brits not being the most friendly people is the weather that reflects everyone’s mood. I’ve seen that change in myself rather, on a gloomy day I find myself being more irritable and restless and not in the mood to socialise, the only thing appealing to me would be making myself cosy under my duvet and watch Netflix.

But somehow London ends up looking beautiful even on a gloomy day! That’s the best part about this city, it never loses its charm irrespective of anything!
I have to say, London is probably the loveliest cities making the weather an exception.