Sparkle #190: What Should I Read Next?

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Say you discover a great book in a genre which you haven’t really explored in the past. You would naturally be curious to find and read more books from the same genre once you are done reading the current one. What if a website… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 11)

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are my top picks from the web for this week, what have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Aura photography | Paris through another lens | Do this yoga squat everyday | Daylight saving and surviving the… Continue Reading

Sparkle #173: Travel Wishlist – India Edition

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It is so much fun to create a travel wishlist for the year. Last year, Paris was right at the top of my list, and I was so thrilled when that trip actually happened! So there is definitely some merit in thinking about where you want… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

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Hello my lovelies! It’s the end of the year, so I am taking a break to relax, introspect and come back with new goals for 2016. Thank you for being a part of Pumpernickel Pixie and visiting regularly, I am so grateful for you!… Continue Reading

GoogleBun Fridays: Week 50 Favorites

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Happy Friday folks! Below are my top picks from the web for this week. What have you been reading? Have a good weekend! December romances. Whimsical Christmas decor. The year in #hashtags. New calendars for 2016. London Christmas Markets. Travel themed wedding.… Continue Reading

Sparkle #163: Travel with the Holiday Magazine

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I recently came across some illustrated covers for the Holiday Magazine, and was curious to know more about their content and readership. The Holiday Magazine was first published in the US between 1946 – 1977, and it introduced a new… Continue Reading

Sparkle #159: Illustrated Travel Calendars

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For me, 2015 was full of travel – both big and small. There is not a single thing I would change about any of my trips, except for wishing that they continue in 2016 and beyond! Discovering new places, people and cultures is fascinating… Continue Reading

GoogleBun Fridays: Week 48 Favorites

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Happy Friday folks! Below are my top picks from the web for this week. This round-up is probably my favorite out of all the Friday posts I have done so far. What have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Being grateful in tough… Continue Reading

Sparkle #139: Minimalist Travel Tattoos

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I don’t think I will ever get a tattoo – it seems too permanent! What if I don’t like what I got a couple of years down the line? I also have super sensitive skin with a low pain threshold, so the idea of… Continue Reading

Sparkle #135: Amazing Waffles at Virginia Beach

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I have mentioned a couple of times how much I love fall and winter. I am also equally fond of spring! However, I don’t like the hot season much. But the one thing I do love about summer is the beach. If you… Continue Reading

Take a break!

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Happy Monday people! 2015 has been a busy year, I cannot believe October is around the corner. The next three months are going to be even busier, as we round up the year and get set for the holidays. So this week, I… Continue Reading

Sparkle #131: Fall Travel Checklist

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Travel doesn’t always mean packing your bags and heading to far and distant places! Even short excursions to nearby attractions can offer a good break from the monotony of daily life and help clear one’s mind. This week on the blog is about… Continue Reading

Sparkle #127: Travel Words To Love

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Sometimes travel inspiration can strike anywhere, even when reading a word! There are some unique words in English and other languages which beautifully capture the emotions of a wandering soul. If your travel vocabulary starts at adventure and ends at wanderlust, then you might want… Continue Reading

Sparkle #123: Last few days at the Beach

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Summer is quickly making way for fall, and while I cannot wait for the air to get cooler and the days to get shorter, I will definitely miss one thing about summer – the lovely, lazy, long days spent at the beach! The… Continue Reading

Sparkle #119: Chocolate Around the World

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Would you travel for Chocolate? I know I would! Science says chocolate is a definite happiness booster, and I couldn’t agree more! It easily fits in with most menus or cuisines, is available in a variety of forms and flavors and often tops the list of comforting,… Continue Reading

Week 34: Train Tales

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Title: Train Tales  Location: Jaipur, India Date: 22 August 2015 “…Manzil se behtar lagane lage hain ye raste…”. Translation: the roads seem better than the destination. This photograph was clicked on a hastily planned train journey last weekend. Sometimes, it’s a good… Continue Reading

Sparkle #115: Illustrated Travel Maps

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We are celebrating illustrated art on the blog this week, and for today’s post I wanted to share my favorite type of travel illustrations – illustrated travel maps! An illustrated map comes in handy when you want to know the character… Continue Reading

Sparkle #111: Take part in La Tomatina

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It’s August, which means we are nearing the end of summer! As the season slows down, take some time off from your hectic schedule for one last summer break! And what better place to celebrate summer than Spain? Every year, on the… Continue Reading

Trip of a Lifetime: Kashmir, Leh, Ladakh: Part 1

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Hello wonderful people and happy Sunday! I woke up feeling real good this morning. It could be because it’s Sunday, or because we have amazing (rainy) weather, or simply because today is the anniversary of my maiden trip to Kashmir, Leh, Ladakh in 2013. If I… Continue Reading

Sparkle #103: Travel global, Eat local!

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Hello happy travelers! What is that one activity which you love to engage in when you travel? All of us explore different interests during our trips – sightseeing tours, adventure sports, extravagant shopping or local shows and entertainment. But there is one travel experience which everyone loves – the excitement… Continue Reading

Sparkle #99: Travel Illustrations Of Famous Cities

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Travel inspiration can strike anywhere – over a conversation, in a movie, through a book or from the internet! I recently stumbled across these delightful city illustrations from the Tokyo Illustrators Society and am craving a trip to New York again! Japanese artist Kondo Yoshie put… Continue Reading

Week 21, 22 & 23: Around the World in 14 Days!

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And I am back! Aloha folks, how has summer started for all of you? I cannot believe I have been away for only two weeks, it seems like forever to me! It is wonderful to be back. I love traveling and… Continue Reading