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Apr 9, 2017 - Cochin

Indians are great at bureaucracy. This is the only country on our itinerary that required visas, pricey one at that. We have three government officials onboard for the next week whose job it is to check us in and out of each of the four provinces we will visit. We had a face to face encounter with them to stop here and had to carry tourist cards with our photographs on them. As we got back onboard we handed those tourist cards in and some fairies are going to bring us new ones for the next destination while we sleep tonight. Much ado about...

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Jan 20, 2017 - A peaceful day houseboating

A days rest has done wonders for me and I awake with an appetite today so glad that one day off has done the trick. Can’t say the same for Joanne and Pauline who continue to suffer. On our return Joanne does the smart thing and gets some medicine from the ships doctor that a goodnight sleep and a sea day tomorrow should help. We are in the state of Kerala they call ‘God’s own country’ and the town of Cochin or Kochi as the locals call it today. Kerala is a small state comparably accounting for only 2% of Indian’s land mass and primarily...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Cochin et les canaux d'Allepey (Backwaters) - Inde

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/PfBREgD2BFkRo3em9 Quel meilleur moyen de terminer notre 2 mois en Inde qu'une navigation douce & romantique des canaux d'Allepey sur notre propre bateau-maison pour 3 jours. MAGIQUE!!!! Allons-y! Découvrons les Backwaters du Kerala! Un vol de 2 heures nous emmène de Mumbai à Cochin dans l'état sud indien du Kerala. Une fois rendue, un sympathique chauffeur de taxi nous accompagne pour l'heure et demie qui sépare l'aéroport et notre point...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Temples and heroes

Madurai is famous for its huge, wildly decorative Meenakshi temple to Shiva, and as the city in which Gandhi adopted the simple peasant tunic as his mode of dress. Our hotel is The Nook, a business-oriented establishment not unlike the hotels we used as state workers on essential state business back in the day. The temple was interpreted for us by a local guide. She was new to the guiding business and was as enthusiastic as they come. Our questions were sometimes completely misunderstood, but the answers were always entertaining. There are...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Nature walks and like subjects

We have left the coast and are in the Keralian highlands. It's tea and timber country, much cooler and a touch less humid than the coast. Periyar is famous for elephants. We had a jungle walk in the local wildlife preserve, but alas no elephant sighting. We did see monkey, giant squirrel, and gour (an Indian wild cow). Elephant treatment is a controversial subject. Formally working animals, from war vehicles to forest management equipment, most elephants are now tourist attractions. Temples keep elephants because of demand. Most are well...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Fun bits we have not yet mentioned

Mo's camera works. The guys in the camera shop knew their stuff. We had our palms read by the best professional astrologer in Udaipur. He told both of us, sadly, that our love lines are weakening. The reason: no children in our future. Heck, we could have told him that. The astrologer did predict we'll live into our 80s or early 90s. Mo works hard, he said, and therefore has less luck. Jim came from good parents. We were given days on which to fast, lucky days, color of clothing to donate annually, and lucky stones among other advice. Mo...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Contnued pleasures and minor annoyances

Editor's notes. 1. We're not in Trivandum. The web map feature does not recognize the names of our villages and towns in this region. For the record, we are in Kochi, because we simply show up when and where instructed by our group leader. 2. Jim tried patiently to add a fun video for your viewing pleasure in this post. It did not work. He won't apologize for his failure, as he has already suffered mightily for your reading pleasure. Now back to our story. In Varkala we visited the Janardhana Temple, sacred to Hindus. We of course removed...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Same country, different worlds

After the usual horn-blaring near-miss traffic jam of a ride to the Delhi airport, we managed to find our way to Air India for our flight to Trivandum in the south. At the terminal, only passengers are allowed in. We had to produce proof of tickets and our passports. We got into the domestic flight line to check in, only to be redirected to the international line to check in for our domestic flight. Once boarding, we had to produce our boarding passes for two different armed security guards before we got to the end of the boarding ramp....

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Jan 2, 2016 - Back To Abu Dhabi Already?

Last night we tried to check-in on line. Being unsuccessful, we were ready for anything but didn’t know what until we arrived at the airport. Our tickets indicated our flight departed at 9:35am but the on line check-in showed our flight number departing at 11:05am. It was exactly one and a half hours behind India time which made us suspicious. Could it be that they had entered Abu Dhabi time instead? We decided to change our taxi pick up to follow the new departure time and hope for the best. Arrival at the Cochin airport was at 8am which...

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Jan 1, 2016 - The Parade is When?

Today is New Years Day, the start of the Rickshaw Run Event. From the roof top of our building we could feel the excitement building to the official start. All entrants seem pumped just to get going so when the signal was given, drumming of course, the Rickshaws began to jockey their way to the exit. One small accident already happened at the start gate as two bumped each other on the narrow way out to the street. The colours, the noise, and the excitement had numerous spectators see them off on their 2500 km journey. Good luck! The parade...

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Dec 31, 2015 - New Year's Eve in Cochin

New Year's Eve Day, we thought, had a scheduled parade at two in the afternoon. Everyone seemed to give different instructions but we did learn that the parade was NOT today but tomorrow on New Year's Day. Now, where to have lunch and dinner today was the big question. Who was going to be open and how crowded would it be? Late lunch at Kashi had us waiting to be seated and waiting to get our order. They were so very busy. When leaving we noticed a sign board in front indicating that the coffee house would be closed from 2:30 pm onward. I...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Jew Town Walk

I know, I know, the title of this entry seems entirely inappropriate and I have trouble verbalizing it but the area really is known as Jew Town to everyone here, even in the guide books. Elaine and Dick are still needing rest to get over their cough. Al and I venture out today to walk all the way to Jew Town in Mattancherry which is famous for its antique shops. The colonial buildings line the street. Every shop tries to sell to the tourists on this narrow street between Mattancherry Palace and the Jewish Synagogue. The tourist numbers...

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