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Dec 16, 2006 - Agra/Cochin, India

We've had a great few days in Agra and have enjoyed the time to spend wandering the area and visiting the Taj Mahal. We went "shopping" yesterday at a centre that was approved by the cruise ship, which means that it is not much for an authentic market scene, but did find some nice tops and Linda Lee had a shirt made from material she chose which was brought to the hotel a few hours later. We were whining about not going to a real market and the bus driver and his assistant took us (only four of us in a whole bus) to a local market and...

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Dec 10, 2006 - Elephant and chips

Already it seems like I have been in India for months. After spending a few days in Kovalam I went up the cost a bit to Varkala. The main drag is set along the cliff edge and is a much more relaxed traveler scene than the tourist scene in Kovalam. I got a nice cozy bamboo hut and bobbed about in the ocean all day. I had an Ayurvedic massage which was very therapeutic but made me feel like a Glasgow chip. They cover you in warm oil from head to toe and then just when you think your going to slip right off the table they pour on some more. It...

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If not now, when?

Dec 1, 2006 - Back to mainland India - Chennai, Kochin and Goa

G'day all, sorry there's not been any vdo's for a while but the internet cafe's have broadband that equates to dial up when it comes to downloading the clips - and we have some great ones from the flight out of the Maldives mmmmmmmm - sorry did we mention how great the Maldives were.... So we flew back to mainland India to catch a train to Kochin in the SW of India. Kochin is the state where Kerala is and the backwaters are famous for there beauty - a bit like deliverance country (only a few people got that joke on the little punt that we...

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Get It INDIA!

Nov 20, 2006 - Cochin, Kerala

After an uneventful (except for the biting bed bugs) night train trip from Colva we arrived in Cochin - "The Queen of the Arabian Sea." We spent the day touring the city which is currently the commercial hub of Kerala. We saw the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555. This 'present' was intended to appease the Raja after Portuguese settlers destroyed one of the Raja's many mosques. We toured Jew Town and the 16th century synagogue at the center of it. Cochin was home to a number of Jewish...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Cochin

Our final stop, we had the choice of doing a 2 day trip out of here to a place where there are tea plantations, but my temprement has been worn right down over the past 6 weeks here, so Ive put the foot down and announced we would be staying put for 4 days and doing nothing. Actually, I didnt put the foot down, but more likely spat the dummy and just refused to move from the safety of our little peaceful area. Fort Cochin was a pretty good place, theres an old Jewtown for lots of antique furniture and art shops everywhere so it has a good...

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Nov 9, 2006 - Life on the Punting River!!

Hello All, Jodie and I have just arrived back from 2 days on the Backwaters of Kerala and aside from that weird (I'm still rocking backwards and forwards) feeling you get when you get off a boat I think we can both say we really enjoyed it! To say the word lazy would imply a level of exertion that is simply untrue... for 2 days we have watched our crew punt (no that's not a rude word), steer, cook, serve and clean for us - I have to admit this was fairly embarrassing at times and while (Princess) Jodie was quite happy on her sun drenched...

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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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