Bollywood Meets the North-East

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Seeing as The Spires Serviced Apartments is based in Aberdeen, we thought it made a rather fitting start to begin our Bollywood series by focusing on the connection between our favourite Granite City and Bollywood.

It was a rather surprising fact to us here at The Spires that not only have numerous Bollywood movies been filmed in Scotland, but one was actually filmed in our very own city of Aberdeen. We tell no lies, Aberdeen city centre briefly featured in Main Solah Baras Ki, a 1998 film directed by Dev Anand about a director looking for the perfect star for his feature movie leading him to embark on a romantic adventure that takes him all the way to Scotland; and Aberdeen! Sites featured in the movie include everyone’s favourite high street, Union Street (points if you recognised it in the photo posted below!), as well as Back Wynd Stairs, Union Bridge and St. Nicholas Centre.

Main Solah Baras Ki also was filmed at Loch Ness; Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit: Nessieland. Further filming also took place at the Inverness castle/esplanade where famous Bollywood actress Sabrina, the leading lady, sang on a bench and on the high street. Another Bollywood movie to feature Inverness and Loch Ness was the contemporary thriller Three: Love Lies Betrayal which filmed at similar sites as Main Solah Baras Ki well as Inverness Town House. Jacobite cruises also made an appearance with the main characters sailing across the lake.

If you fancy living some of the action and romance from Main Solah Baras Ki, why not make a trip out of it! Stay with us, The Spires Serviced Apartments, for the Aberdeen venture of the journey and we can help you source accommodation while you carry out the Inverness leg. While you are here in Aberdeen, why not take a one-hour daytrip to Montrose and its coast which was featured in Cape Karma, a 2007 Bollywood thriller focused on the turmoil of a men who fell in love with a married woman? The Indian Cottage and the George hotel, as well as some of the Dunninald Estate, acted as backdrops to the thrills.

Similarly, take day-trips to Dundee where further action in Cape Karma unfolded. Alternatively, venture out to Edzell, where Aarzoo, a 1999 movie, used The Glenesk Lodge and Inglis Memorial Hall as the setting for the lead character’s home, played by no other than acclaimed Bollywood star; Madhuri Dixit.

Whilst in Aberdeen, why not add to the Bollywood experience by sampling some of the Indian cuisine that Aberdeen has to offer? Shri Beemas Indian Restaurant Bridge of Don is rated #3 out of 517 restaurants in Aberdeen and two other Indian offerings in the top ten are Monsoona Healthy Indian cuisine (#8) and Cumin Tandoori (#10). With 40 different restaurants, there is no shortage of options!

Get started on your Bollywood 2015 adventure now with The Spires Serviced Apartment.

Travelling with teens can be fun!

Berger & Wyse 13 Sep

We are still stuck in the dreary dark winter months – so it’s often the time when thoughts turn to booking the family summer holiday. As a mother of teenagers I listen enviously to the newer parents in the office discussing their plans with babies and younger children. Yes toddlers can be a handful but I’d swap travelling with a tot for travelling with a disgruntled teenager any day!

Making the right choices for your holiday can make all the difference though – get it right and a successful holiday with your teenagers is fantastic. There’s nothing better than discovering that away from the daily pressures of school, work, friends etc. that you do still really enjoy each other’s company. My boys wouldn’t be seen dead shopping with me in our home town but put us in another city and it’s a guaranteed success!

So what makes for the perfect break with teens? – Obviously it will depend to an extent on the individual preferences and interests of everyone on the trip. There always needs to be a little give and take on all sides. But generally one of the fundamentals is Wifi. If you’ve ever been stuck without Wifi on a cruise ship with a 16 year old you’ll know where I’m coming from with this one! Make sure that not only is Wifi available but that it’s going to be reliable. Lots of hotels offer free wifi but this may be patchy at best. Generally those imposing a small charge offer a more guaranteed level of service.

Most teens prefer physical activities to more passive sightseeing. Trailing round city landmarks wouldn’t normally get a teenagers vote but done on a Segway this can become one of the highlights of your holiday. Best to plan ahead as much as possible – this doesn’t mean that every minute of each day needs to be scheduled but if a Segway trip in Aberdeen was a great success then find a Segway operator for your next trip to Birmingham, Edinburgh or wherever.

One of the most important decisions on any holiday is where to stay. Your choice of accommodation can make or break the trip and that’s where serviced apartments really hit the mark. Teenagers love privacy so having their own bedroom and possibly even their own bathroom will make all the difference. Hotel breakfasts are normally only served until 10am – insisting your teen makes it down for this is a sure fire way of getting the day off on the wrong foot! Having the convenience of your own kitchen means breakfast can be at any time of day and not having to dress for breakfast is more relaxing for everyone. Keeping a fridge full of drinks and snacks will save you a fortune too.

Writing this I’m realising that I only travel with one teen now – the elder son now being 21. He still chooses to come on holiday with us whenever he can albeit usually with his girlfriend in tow now too. Think that means we’ve done something right?