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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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Oct 22, 2015 - Hello India

I had a dream...........we were in an old riad building, Peter Kuruvita was cooking us lunch, and we were there with friendly people that we had never met before. It seems that our Sri Lankan trip was surreal. A seed of Sri Lanka has been sown in our hearts. What an amazing experience we have had...... A last taste of a coconut rich tasting green soup, kola kenda, for breakfast. Followed by an egg hopper and curry sauce. Now the test will be to make our own hoppers. And that is possible as Jeremy gave us a hopper pot and special metal...

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Nov 6, 2013 - the modern part of town

Charles had us up early again, this time to meet with his Cochin motorcycle posse. These fine young men all had jobs to go to, but they agreed to meet us at 6:45am and take us on a ride through the city. The temperature was still reasonable and there was little traffic, so the ride was not as exciting as the ones we had in Madurai, but much more comfortable. The men all spoke English well and told us a bit about themselves and the scenery we rode past. we stopped at a temple that is so strictly run, non Hindus are not allowed past the front...

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Nov 5, 2013 - touring Cochin

The first learning and discovery lesson started at 6:30am before we had even eaten breakfast. Charles paid a total of $.60 for all of us to take a ferry and then $2 for all of us to take a bus to the fish market. This was a much bigger operation than we saw in Sri Lanka. Some of the fishermen stay at sea for weeks at a time and there was a frenzy of unloading the catch and bidding on it. I was glad to see lots of ice as some fish was loaded on trucks for trips as far away as Delhi and Bombay. We waded through the melting ice water mixed...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Kerala

Charles is always careful to warn us about the long drive ahead - 120 miles today. But we are never bored for a minute. As we drove out of the mountains we passed tea plantations and stopped to photograph the tea pluckers as he called them. The process is just the same as we learned in Sri Lanka, but the plants were in clusters rather than rows. Men were fertilizing and spreading pesticide. We came to rubber plantations at lower elevations. The trees are milked every day. A special knife is used to slice just beneath the bark and the sap...

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Oct 2, 2013 - 29 September - Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is known here, is a town of 1.4 million set on a harbour on the Malabar Coast of India. Traders have been coming here for over 600 years and it still has remnants of its Portuguese, Dutch and Jewish heritage. Over in Fort Cochin, the historic part of Cochin, there are many Catholic churches adjacent to Hindu and Jain temples and a Jewish synagogue. We took the ferry from our hotel to Fort Cochin and wandered round the streets. On the foreshore there were huge Chinese fishing nets which were introduced in the 1400's by...

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May 25, 2013 - Cochin, India

5/25 – 5/26 After a sea day we arrived in Cochin, India. We, along with about 30 other folks, had arranged a tour of the backwaters of Cochin. Our boat ride lasted for about two hours. Along the way we observed local fishermen, island homes, river ferry service, for-hire houseboats and fish nets. It was a beautiful trip. We had an excellent lunch served on a banana leaf including rice and four different vegetarian dishes. Yes, Ken not only ate it, he liked it. Oh, and by the way, no silverware – it was a right-handed meal. Afterwards we had...

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