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Oct 28, 2006 - Cochin

What a long train journey down to Cochin. It was supposed to arrive at 3.45am but didnt get there until 6am, so it was a case of Ed curling up on the platform chairs and having a kip, next to all the other local hobos who live at the station. But it wasnt to bad , as we had splurged and got an airconditined carriage for the trip. Cochin is back to the busy, horn blasting cities that Ive come to love!! We are only here for the night, and have dropped Eds shopping bags off and heading on a local bus down the coast to do a boat trip down the...

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Aug 10, 2006 - Starting Point In Kerala: Cochi

Despres de quasi 15 h entre avions i esperes el gran moment ha arribat i ens hem trobta tots 4 ( Xavi, Jessica, Jose i Txell) en una guest house a Fort Cochi una peninsula al sud de la India completament dedicada a la pesca amb reds xines, als mercats del peix ..... Despres d'un descans a l'Ann's residency i un bon esmorcar de ma comenca l'aventura de viatjar els 4 plegats .

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Aquest any India

May 5, 2006 - Jimmy gets shaved Sona and Lolo get hennaed

Since I'm waiting for breakfast to appear, I thought I' write a quick entry. We're having Dosa Marsala for breakfast in Bangalore, before heading out, so this is the first of many retrospectives. No Busted today, but a very loud TV next door. ... tbc.

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May 4, 2006 - Kerala at last (updated 20May)

Well we finally arrived, but there was more stress nevertheless. We got to the airport in Bangalore again last night (having rebooked on Air Deccan in the morning), and discovered that the flight was again delayed for 4 hours. (For those of you joining us for the first time, read yesterday's entry). We decided to talk to Jet Airways about whether they would let us on to their flight to Cochin, which was to depart in 35 minutes, and they agreed for a small sum, finally handing us tickets 20 minutes before take off. Jet was very impressive -...

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Mar 27, 2006 - Posting from Cochin, India

Monday, March 27, 2006 Cochin (or Kochi), India We arrived late, due to our late departure from Sri Lanka. Most of our departures have been late, waiting for tours to get back or even independent passengers. The ship is very liberal in that sense. Most cruise lines wait for 20 to 30 min and then leave your passport at the dock and sail without you. It is understandable that they are waiting for their own tours, which often run late due to the horrendous traffic in these cities. But to wait for independent passengers is highly unusual. We...

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Norma's World Cruise

Mar 24, 2006 - Fort Cochin

It was all Fish, Khatakali and the damn best breakfast/coffee I have had in India...Yum, Yum!! Oh and we partnered with a Tuk Tuk driver to take us all over the area...only hitch was we had to stop at three Handicraft/Carpet shops, so he got his 20 Rupees for bringing RICH Gringo tourists into there shops! We saw how ginger is made into tea, how the old chinese fishing nets work, discovered that we can not afford a silk handloomed area rug ( say it with me stidwell!) but I did get a free palm reading by an old guy at one of the Carpet...

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Come Away With Me...

Mar 22, 2006 - India - Kochi

Another long train journey. Not as long as the last one but it did it's best to equal it. 2 hours late on arrival at 'Canacona' station (just outside Palolem), we lost another 4 hours somewhere along the way. I was slumming it in third class this time (although to be fair I still had a/c). We finally arrived in Kerala in one of the many confusingly renamed towns and cities. In this case 'Cochin' or now as it is Ernakulam/Fort Cochin. I met up with an English couple 'Steve and Leah' that I'd met on the platform back in Canacona. They'd also...

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Mar 9, 2006 - Fort Cochin

From Goa we caught an overnight sleeper train to Fort Cochin, where we visited the Matancherry palace, met the fishermen desperately trying to make a living from the meagre catch of their cantilevered fishing nets and Simon joined a neighbourhood cricket match.

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Feb 19, 2006 - Cochin Chill

Fort Cochi was not something I expected to find in India. It's a small town anchoring the end of a penninsula, and remnants of its time as a former Portuguese colony are still evident. Large trees shade the winding roads (spotless by India's standards), and centuries old Chinese fishing nets canvas the harbour gate. But the real surprise came from an underlying sophistication. Sleek, stylish restaurants and hotels (not mine) that rivaled anything found in any cosmpolitian berg. One day was spent wandering along dusty roads, stopping to try...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Cochin

COCHIN On the 12th Feb we flew from Udaipur via Mumbai (Bombay) to Cochin in Southern India and arrived at the Taj Malabar Hotel with a great room / view overlooking the mouth of the harbour and out on the Arabian Sea. We took a sunset cruise on a "Rice Boat" the style of the rice hauling boats used on the inland lakes and waterways and saw the local fishing nets (Chinese Style) strung out along the beaches. They use rocks as counterweights to lower them into the water up to 150 times per day and catch the fish when the tides are...

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Jan 29, 2006 - Madurai & Fort Kochi

India is growing on us everyday! We finally know how to find nice hotels and are having a blast eating delicious Indian feast everyday. During the past week we have seen several places in Southern India with different historical and cultural importances. The pace of life is still fast, but not nearly as frantic as Calcutta. We have seen old colonial fortresses and 5 star hotels in Chennai, formerly known as Madras before the name was changed a decade or so ago. There we visited the cathedral for Thomas, one of the apostles of Christ that...

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S&D's Asia Tour

Jan 9, 2006 - To Cochin

9th January 2006 Our objective of a safe breakfast of boiled eggs- untouched by human hands, butter-less toast and black tea ended up with boiled eggs carefully peeled and cut into halves, buttered toast and a wonderful aromatic cup of strong Indian tea mixed with sugar and milk. Squeezed the five of us plus driver into the five seater bus and off to the domestic airport which is new , 50' ceilings , marble tiled and one had to produce an air ticket to get into the building. We travelled Jet Airways to Cochin (Kochi) and arrived at the...

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