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Feb 3, 2019 - Tour Cochin

Tour of Jew Town, St Francis Church and the Chines Fishing Nets. The synagogue built in 1568, rebuilt in 1664. St Francis Church 1503, first European Church in India built by the Portuguese Admiral Albuquerque. Chinese Fishing nets line N shore of Fort Kochi, gaceful sight suspended from their arched poles. Possible excursions: Dhobi Ghats Kathakali Dance studio.

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Feb 2, 2019 - Coonoor to Coimbatore. Train to Ernakulam, Kochi.

Drive to Coimbatore, second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Rail journey on Ernakulam Express to Ernakulam. Cochin (Kochi): spread across islands between the Arabian Sea and the Keralan backwaters. Evidence of Portuguese, Dutch, British settlers and the Chines (fishing nets). Staying in Eighth Bastion, set in the heart of Fort Kochi. The ancient streets are home to the Mattancherry Palace, the old spice warehouses, the Jewish Synagogue and many churches.

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin – Church, Palace and seashore stroll

The Sapphire Princess with 2,600 passengers is in port with us this morning and the locals are setting up merchandise tents on the pier. Yippee, local shopping. Mel's says I cannot buy anyone scarfs. But they are so beautiful! I ended up with a pair of pants with elephants on them. The Princess group looks mostly Americans and about 15 years younger than us, on average. Must be a shorter cruise. Maybe even a few 40 somethings!!! Immigration is just a tab bit easier. First you present your landing permit to the guy at the end of the...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Cochin India

History: Known as the “Queen of the Arabia sea “ Cochin has been a bustling port for more than 1,000 years. Today it is regarded as the worlds leading producer of pepper. So far seen two of four cities on our India stops, Chennai and Cochin, dirty, filthy areas, people rude and don’t wear shoes and appear to avoid bathing. Jury’s still out.

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Feb 6, 2018 - India Part Two Mettapulyam to Cochin

India Part Two— Mettapulyam to Alleppy, Kochin and Home. And so we move to the final leg of our journey on the West Coast of India into Kerala which I know little about other than catching the odd snippet of the chef Rick Stein cooking in Kerala. We left the Ooty train and the narrow gauge railway at Mettapulyam to overnight in a hotel In Coimbatore ready to catch the train to Kochin sometimes spelt Cochin on the East coast, so completing our journey from the West to the East side of Southern India. Our taxi driver picked us up at the hotel...

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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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