2013/02/03 - Uncategorized

Kodanad

Early rise this morning. We left early to get in time to see the elephants bathe.

The elephants seemed to enjoy the intense scrubbing performed by the caretakers. Impressive animals.

2013/02/02 - Uncategorized

Tested for you: Ginger Lime Soda (and Ginger Lassi)

We found in Matancherry a place that had several ginger specialties. It wasn’t the time to eat, but we could certainly use something to drink. So we ordered one ginger lime soda and one ginger lassi.

Ginger lime soda recipe is easy: ginger (juice with some chunks), lime juice and soda water, with optional liquid sugar. Ginger lassi is probably as simple.

Verdict: it’s good. Ginger lime soda is refreshing, and compared to the simpler lime soda version we often find almost everywhere here, it gives you a little kick. As for the Ginger Lassi, the vitality from the ginger is there, it feels less refreshing, but we’d happily drink another again.

Kochi

Kochi has been a trade port since ancient times. It became the first European settlement in India under a Portuguese rule. Vasco de Gama was first buried there (later moved back to Portugal). Kochi then became subsequently a Dutch and British colony.

The Chinese fishing nets (said to be the only ones outside China) are one of the main attractions of Fort Kochi, the touristic part of Kochi.

On the same island but further west, we visited Mattanchery, most notably Matancherry Palace converted to a museum (no pictures allowed) and its jewish quarter.

2013/01/31 - Uncategorized

Goa

We stayed 3 days in Goa and it wasn’t enough. Goa is a state not a city. We stayed in the center of it, close to the capital Panaji, and we didn’t have time to go to the best beaches, which are either in the north or very far in the south. Well far is different in Goa. The traffic is dense and slow, and taxis/rickshaws are expensive by indian standards.

2013/01/30 - Uncategorized

Tested for you: Kingfisher beer

When in India (especially when you’ve just arrived), you need to be very careful with what you drink. So no tap water. There are reports that in some places in India they refill mineral water bottles with tap water and reseal. But we digress. One of the most common things you’ll find to drink on menus in Goa is Kingfisher Beer.

Verdict: it’s a Lager. We’re not beer specialists, it was warm, we enjoyed it.

2013/01/27 - Uncategorized

Tested for you: Unknown green shot

At the marina mall in Abu Dhabi, there’s a tower with a rotating restaurant at the top. It means that while you’re eating or drinking the view changes slowly. Before getting our (non-alcoholic) beverages, we were served an unknown green shot glass.

Verdict: It’s good. A variation on lime juice with sugar and ground mint leaves.

Bonus picture: a traditional boat from the area.

 

Tested for you: Camelicious

During our journey when we might find some local dish or specialty… and we might even taste it. If we do we’ll report it here.

First test will be camel milk, provided in 250ml plastic bottle of brand Camelicious, made in U.A.E. and bought at a Lulu supermarket in Abu Dhabi.

Verdict: it looks like cow milk, but the taste is a little off. I think it tastes a little bit saltier. Aline think it tastes like cardboard. It’s certainly drinkable, but we didn’t enjoy it very much.

2013/01/24 - Uncategorized

Dubai: mandatory Burj Khalifa shots

Well Burj Khalifa is probably one of Dubai’s most recognized landmark, and you can not escape taking pictures of it (and having pictures of you taken with it in the background), at least we didn’t.

Met with some friends (and former colleagues): one of them just moved in and was nice enough to invite us to sleep over (in exchange for not publishing photos of him with dogs… long story) , and attend his house-warming party.

2012/12/18 - Uncategorized

First Carbet Fall

After an unsuccessful first attempt to get to the first of Carbet Falls, and despite poor climate conditions, we attempted the hike again today. As we did at La Soufrière, the hike was done at relatively high pace (1 h and 6 mn to get up the, compared to the 1h 45 mn advertised, and then 56 mn to get back).

The weather got worse when we were getting back to the booth of the forest services, they were starting to advise visitors to turn back and come another day.

2012/12/17 - Uncategorized

Marie-Galante

Our day-trip to Marie-Galante started with a rainbow followed by one hour of ferry.

We started the visit (due to scheduling constraints) with the three rhum distilleries of the island: Père Labat (Poisson), Bielle and Bellevue. All three produce Rhum Agricole with 59% alcohol. The rest of the day was spent driving around this very rural island: sugar cane fields, old windmills, beaches, etc.

2012/12/15 - Uncategorized

La Soufrière

We were supposed to go to Marie-Galante today, but the ferrys were full. La Soufrière is usually covered in clouds, but this morning there were almost none. So we decided to hike “athletically” to the summit (getting to the top is advertised to 1 hour 45 minutes). Armed with one of my latest toys (Garmin 310XT GPS watch), I registered the hike: 2 hours and 21 minutes (1 hour 10 mn to get to the top, 15 mn walking around the summit, 55 mn to get back), 7.2 km, 561 m of elevation. The highest point is called “La Découverte” and sits at 1467 m.

We were lucky to have the weather hold while hiking (it got much cloudier a few hours later) and that gave us some really nice pictures.

After La Soufrière, we went to Basse-Terre (the city) and Vieux-Fort.

2012/12/14 - Uncategorized

Fishing in St François

We spent most of the day on a boat.

We did catch some Mahi-mahi. Aline caught the smaller one (5 kg, we brought home this one and ate it) and I the other one (8 kg). We also caught and released 2 barracudas.

We also went and did some snorkeling at Petite-Terre, close to the Terre-de-bas island. We saw many fishes (including an impressive 1.5 m barracuda) and turtles. The heavy current in the channel prevented us to swim to the other island, where baby sharks usually are.

 

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