Southern India 2019 – 5

Still catching up… After our late night at the Meenakshi ceremony we had an early alarm so as to be on the road at nine o’clock as we transfer to the Western Ghats in Kerala. Much of the day being spent in a car there’s really not that much to write about other than to…

Southern India – 4a

In the evening of our final day in Madurai we went back to the Meenakshi Temple to witness the procession of Lord Shiva to spend the night with his wife. First some background, and I confess that I do find some of the detail of the Hindu religion confusing but, to the best of my…

Southern India – 4

I’m now one day behind as we were very late back last night so I didn’t have the time nor inclination to blog then. So what have we been up to? In the morning we enjoyed an unhurried breakfast for a change and Bala collected us from the hotel; as this is his home town…

Southern India 2019 – 3

Today we transferred by car from Pondi to Madurai and this should have taken about seven hours but we managed it in just a little over six including a stop for lunch. I attribute this to the excellent roads in Tamil Nadu (compared to Rhajastan) and to the skill of our driver Bala. It turns…

Southern India 2019 – 2

After travelling from the UK overnight and then on by car from Chennai to Mallapuram and then going to see the Shore Temple and the wonderful carvings by the time we got to bed last night we were both absolutely worn out. I think we both fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the…

Southern India – 1

When we visited India in 2017 we really thought that it would be our last trip, then I started thinking about a trip to the Darjeeling area and then I saw a programme on television about the culture and temples of Southern India and suddenly we were going again. This probably WILL be the last…

To Rouen, in search of King Richard.

Curiously we left Poitiers in the rain, this is becoming a habit. It eventually cleared and we actually had sunshine for the last part of our journey. Knowing that our hotel in Rouen didn’t have any parking I phoned ahead for the location of the nearest public parking, Googled it for coordinates and let SatNav…