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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 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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Dec 29, 2015 - Alleppy to Fort Cochin

Our driver took us along the ocean road, which turned out to be way more scenic than the highway. We really appreciated glimpses of the ocean and beach along the way. Fish and prawn farms are evident everywhere. The best part of the trip was the stop at a small bridge where the Chinese fishing nets, a very clever system of catching fish, were working non-stop while we took numerous video clips and photos of the scene. Even our driver was impressed by his luck as he had never seen them in action either. Spectacular unplanned moments are...

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Dec 19, 2015 - Four Days in Fort Cochin

Every morning breakfast of coffee or tea, any type of eggs you desire with toast, jam, and fruit dish is served in a common dining area for guests staying at the homestay. Elaine, Dick, Al and I would typically meet for breakfast around nine am. Elaine and Dick know this area of India very well so introduced us to the area by taking us for a walk around town to get our bearings. We managed to walk a bit along the water, see the locals selling small items and fish. It wasn't long before a fancy hotel had us seated for a nice drink by the...

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Dec 18, 2015 - Incredible India Indeed

With Al's visa in hand we head to the airport by 10:30 am for our 2:15 flight. I'm sure the airport will be busy with Christmas travelers but we quickly wisk through Etihad Airlines check-in counter and have time to relax, have a bite of lunch and shop before we depart. We are impressed with the airline once again. Providing us with a nice dinner for a three and a half hour flight is unexpected but appreciated. Arriving in Fort Cochin on time, the passport security check is without line ups. Al had to stand in a different line than me since...

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Nov 25, 2015 - "Fort Kochi isn't really India..."

What a world of difference between north and south India! Or more specifically, at least between the majority of places we visited in northern India (e.g., Varanasi, Agra, Khajaraho, Delhi and Amritsar) and Kerala. We found the locals so much more friendly and laid back, the verdant, hilly views of tea plantations much more picturesque and cleaner, and the food even more delicious for us seafood lovers. In fact, one traveler told us that someone said that Fort Kochi wasn't really India! I beg to differ. The buses still refuse to maintain...

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Oct 23, 2015 - Jew Street

We wake early to a cacophany of sounds, cargo ship horns, the call to prayer, mangy dogs barking mixed with crows, carhorns, motorbike toots as they approach any corner in the network of little streets, a rogue Harley Davidson, tuktuks, and other bird calls. So much better with daylight, when you arrive in a new city. Our hotel in located near the Kochi Naval Base. The Eighth Bastion hotel is a dutch colonial hotel in the ancient Dutch quarter of Fort Kochi. Original Delft tiles adorn the walls, along with framed antique maps of...

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