Live with Karen my wife and Oscar my wire haired dachshund........he is sulking at home.
  • Day18

    Final day

    March 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Safe arrival back in Bedford and then Ketton after an overnight flight from Mumbai........



    Great trip
    Andrew x

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  • Day17

    Cooking lesson in Mumbai....

    March 12, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Final day in Mumbai, interesting trip to the northern suburbs to meet our cookery instructor Rina at her home. She was a colourful character who showed us how to cook : Tandoori chicken, butter chicken, naan, vegetable pulao, lentil daal, paneer, mixed veg curry. Lovely food, supplied with lots of hints and tips.Read more

  • Day16

    Full on tour Mumbai....

    March 11, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    5hr tour of the highlights of Mumbai. Encountered the dabbawala's who deliver 250,000 meals each day from workers homes to their offices.

    Watched the cricket games at the Oval.......

    Jain temple where the dead are left to be eaten by the vultures...... if they are short on dead people keep the birds topped up with buffalo meat.

    Market tour lots of sights and smells

    Sunset at the India Gate, thronged by locals. Linda very popular for selfies. Followed by cocktails at the Taj Mahal Palace then dinner at the awarding winning restaurant ' The Table ' ...... discovered kale & garlic salad yum yum.
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  • Day15

    MUMBAI......Trident Nariman Point

    March 10, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    First of our 3 days in Mumbai.....Mike fixed a few things to do, hopefully will use the complimentary limo ( mini ) to get us going. Great city view from 32nd floor. AW's shirt which he left at the Leela arrived safely...!

    Holi festival, Hindu celebration beginning of spring, colourful dye all over the place some great pics.
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  • Day14

    Boat, car, tuk tuk, train and plane!

    March 9, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Back to Mumbai today, catching the 14.35 Cannanore Express, from Alleppey to Aluva, platform 2 , coach c1 class ( air conditioned seat ) comfortable and relatively clean. The bio toilet a bit tricky even when static, a good aim is needed.

    Distance 77km will take 2 ours so not exactly express....ticket 1060 for 4.
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  • Day13

    Day 3 on the houseboat

    March 8, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Final day drifting along the backwaters..... amazing sites with everyone going about their daily lives; washing, swimming, fishing for tea. Passed several highly decorated Catholic churches.

    Another lovely lunch; Keralan thali served on a banana leaf.

    Passed an area famous for ducks, crowds of young ducklings darting in front of the boat..... one of them featured in an excellent ( rather bony) duck curry for our dinner.
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  • Day13

    CRUNCH time

    March 8, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Very worrying time Mike managed to fall / trip / swallow dive / horizontally piroett off the houseboat falling 5ft onto rough concrete steps, wedging himself between the boat and the concrete jetty.... a few expletives and several pints of blood later we managed to extricate him. Following a patch up on board and a threesome shower ( what happens on the boat stays on the boat ) we transferred Mike to a local hospital. He was expertly cared for by a team of Catholic nuns. Our faith in humanity was restored by the amazing kindness shown by all the staff, Babu & Jimmy who spent the whole night attending to Mike and one of the local residents who kindly transferred us to the hospital.

    Thankfully Mike survived despite copious cuts, bruises and rib fractures.

    Some people will do anything to get out of playing Scrabble
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  • Day12

    Houseboat day 2

    March 7, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Spent the might moored in the middle of nowhere, chef conjuring up some amazing meals, digestion seems to be surviving the 3 curries based meals per day.

    Linda & Karen hoping for another shopping opportunity, but it looks like we are drifting aimlessly around the backwaters...... struggling to relax as there are constant sights to see.

    Short stop and shop....refilled Tonic water, K&A bought Tiffin tins.

    Sundowner with copious Kingfisher Blue....made all the more authentic by sighting several kingfishers. Sun setting with gentle back ground music drifting from the nearby temple.
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  • Day11

    Houseboat first day.....

    March 6, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Arrived after a 4hr drive, interesting scenery.... a.c. houseboat.....straw and wood. Jimmy the driver, Babu front of house and the chef....Litten. Managed to get all the baggage across the wobbly gang plank ( well the staff did ), most importantly got the crate of Kingfisher Blue on board.Read more

  • Day10

    Dinner at the Bamboo

    March 5, 2020 in India ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Last meal in Periyar..... popped along to the bamboo restaurant...( term restaurant probably over states it a little, tin covered shack more appropriate ) Fish tikka, chicken tikka, fish sweet n sour, veg fried rice, manchurian cauliflower, cashew naan, 3 garlic naan ,extra curry sauce for aw, lemon rice. All agreed the best meal to date 2000 rupee in total, amazing value & staff knowledgeable and really helpful..... yum yum .Read more

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