Weekend Getaway to Italy!

Hey Guys!

Last Sunday, some colleagues and I decided to take a short trip to Lavasa outside of Pune. According to Wikipedia, Lavasa “is a private, planned city being built near Pune. It is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town”. Compared to bustling and crowded Pune, the quiet and cozy Lavasa really does feel more European than Indian, without losing its “Indianess” completely. The weird mixture of Indian and artificially European influences does give the town its very own unique, even absurd, charme 🙂 It really looks like what you’d imagine an Indian city built to look like an Italian city would look like.

We left very early in the morning, reaching Lavasa around 9, and were avidly looking forward for a hearty breakfast at the “All American Diner”. Alas, for some reason they only served a breakfast buffet that morning, consisting solely of Indian breakfast, and so off we went to have breakfast at CCD before returning to the American Diner for lunch 😉 The diner alone is reason enough to go to Lavasa, so you’ll probably see more pics from there than anywhere else in Lavasa 😀

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Lavasa impressions
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The All American Diner!
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Mosaic at the Lavasa promenade
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They even have an “olde” English pub here!
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Lavasa hills

After Lavasa, we still took a short detour to Lonavla, to uy some of the famous Chikki and Fudge from there and have dinner. Right next to the restaurant where we were eating, they had built a new Hotel/Resort, with the rooms being actual TREEHOUSES!!! How awesome is that? Unfortunately, their rates are also quite awe-inspiring, so I guess I’ll have to make do with the short room tour we got there.

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Evening snack in Lonavla (I later realized that eating something with lots of ice cubes from questionable origin was maybe not a good idea. Everything was alright though ;))
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Rumourss Skyvilla Resort in Lonavla!

Tomorrow, it is finally time for the Pune Oktoberfest! Unfortunately, cell phones aren’t allowed at the race course, so I won’t be able to take any pictures 😦 (I might try to smuggle my phone in though :D) Otherwise, I hope to back with a new post rather soon anyway, probably a short book review 🙂

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