Monthly Archives: December 2017

Resolution for 2018: Keep Calm and Smell the Roses

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My resolution in 2017 was to commit acts of rebellion, great and small, as frequently as I can. I have to say that’s almost all I’ve been doing this year, professionally, at least. I’ve succeeded in taking the museum in … Continue reading

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Le Colonial, Fort Cochin

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Fort Cochin doesn’t have a grand hotel in the tradition of the Grand Tour of the East, but it does have a quaint little gem of a boutique heritage hotel by way of Le Colonial. Nominally managed by the Neemrana … Continue reading

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Around Fort Cochin…the Islands and the Palaces

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This third visual tour of the city takes in the islands around Fort Cochin, and the city of Ernakulam on the mainland. Setting sail from Fort Cochin, we first make landfall on Vypin island, just across from Fort Cochin. From … Continue reading

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Mattancherry, Cochin

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Mattancherry is Cochin’s ancient trade and commercial hub. Since before the Europeans arrived, this has been a place trading vessels would come to for spices. And certainly it has remained the bustling commercial centre of Cochin through the colonial period … Continue reading

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A Stroll through Fort Cochin

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The first visual tour of Cochin takes us through the heart of Fort Cochin. This was the site of the original Portuguese fortified settlement here, which was subsequently expanded by the Dutch, and then taken over by the British. This … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-7: Cochin (Kochi)…Verdant Gem

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Leaving Colombo, we head north, rounding the tip of the Indian Subcontinent to attain what was once known as the Malabar Coast – the south-western coast of the peninsula, facing the Indian Ocean. For millennia, the Malabar Coast has seen … Continue reading

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