It would be fair to say that we prepared for our venture into Myanmar with just the faintest hint of apprehension. We were due to arrive only a week after an election that was widely thought to be a landmark in the country’s transition from military dictatorship to democracy. The results weren’t out but the … More Musings on Myanmar
In the last 2 weeks we’ve stayed in Delhi, Kolkata and Bangkok. It’s been a severe sensory overload! I’m not a big fan of cities so that wasn’t a good start, still grit your teeth I thought, these are iconic must see cities: Delhi We had met lots of people who had come into India … More I need to lie down in a darkened room for about 6 months!
Although between us we have visited India 10 times, for some reason we have never made it to Agra and the world’s most famous building. On the one hand it seemed a bit of an expensive tourist cliché, on the other when we had set out in that direction we had always got distracted and … More Karen gets Agra – essive! !
Finally after many weeks of procrastination Julian gets back on a bike! He has yet again chosen a bike that is too small for him and on this occasion there were mens bikes on offer but he chose a girls style?! Not sure why he does this. (You took the best bike again!) This is 6.30am … More Athlete back on bike.
Information is power and in India it can often be very difficult to get the information you need. Discovering how to get a ticket for Rathambhore National Park, certainly proved that. We were badly organised (just for a change) and wanted to get safari tickets a few day before we went. It should be easy to book online but … More The Tiger and the Ticket.
Bundi is a thoroughly Indian town. It has a palace, a lake, temples and ancient wells. Tiny narrow alleyways through ramshackle blue buildings, where milk in brass churns is delivered from the villages on motorbikes. It has monkeys, cows, pigs, and dogs wandering around and of course plastic litter. It also has a very good … More Beautiful Blue Bundi
We were in Jaipur the pink city this week. They painted it pink to make the cheaper quartzite sandstone look like the pink sandstone used in the building of places like Delhi (OK Andy?). They repainted it pink (traditionally the colour of hospitality) to welcome King Edward the VIII in 1876. But we were having … More Jaipur is Ginger or Jaipoorly? (We argued about the title!)
This week we took the iconic Rajasthan tourist trip. A camel safari in the desert. It had been so hot in Jaisalmer we could barely cope with walking around town, so quite why we thought it was a good idea to get on a camel and go into the desert I’m not sure! Julian’s got … More Lawrence of Arabia or Julie of Sheringham?
We were in Aurangabad to see the world heritage cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta. They were amazing. Caves doesn’t really do them justice. Hacked out over hundreds of years, these temples were carved out of solid rock by hand over many generations. They include Jain, Hindu and Buddhist temples. We spent 2 days … More Aurangabad and Ahmedabad.