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Tourist Locations and Delights Of Alappuzha May 09

Alappuzha, better known as the Venice of the East is an important tourist location in India; in fact a pearl in India’s tourist map. Rich in cultural history, Alappuzha even had trade relations with Greece and Rome in BC and in the Middle Ages. A land that veins itself with stretches of backwaters fringed by coconut palms; labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers makes it an exotic tourist location.

The most delightful experience at Alappuzha is of course it houseboat cruises. The houseboats moving silent, un-disturbing the waters are the ones that evolved from the Kettuvallams of the olden times. The Kettuvallams (boats with knots) are nothing but boats held together with coir knots, they were used as rice barges capable to carry tonnes of rice or spices.

But now, these traditional barges have transformed to peaceful water-habitats with all the creature comforts of a nature inspired hotel that floats on water with facilities including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, kitchen and balcony for angling.

Boating on these houseboats, one can enjoy a peaceful voyage along Kerala’s famed palm-lined backwaters through the quiet, water-bound villages and the state’s lush rice bowl, Kuttanad, is a peaceful dip along the simple lifestyle of the people here which is far cry away the busy crowds of the people in the cities of India. Top tourist attraction is the annual boat race, Nehru Trophy Boat Race featuring snake boats racing each other in the Punnamada lake. Read the rest of this entry »

6 of the Healthiest Fish you Should be Eating Mar 20

Fish remains to be very healthy protein source and people are encouraged to eat it at least twice a week for the healthy benefits that it has to offer. Oily fish especially comes with healthy brain and heart benefits thanks to the Omega 3 fats they contain. There is however fish that are not as healthy as some contain toxins and hence many people will be asking which fish types are healthiest to eat. Six of the best and most healthy fish to eat include:

1. Tuna; in this case it should be albacore tuna considering that many tuna are known to contain high levels of mercury which can be harmful to your health. Albacore tuna is usually small in size and therefore contains lower levels of the mercury making it very healthy. It has lower levels of contaminants considering that it is pole caught from the colder waters on the north. Read the rest of this entry »

Which Hobby is Right for Me? Sep 17

It’s the classic question that somehow trips us all up in conversations with new people, job interviews and first dates: “So, do you have any hobbies?” Few of us are willing to admit that we don’t really do anything specific with our time, so we mutter something about our love of music or interest in films or cooking. This is all well and good, but sometimes a hobby can be a fantastic talking point and teach you new skills you never thought you could master. To get the ball rolling, here is some inspiration for some new activities to get involved in… Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Sea Discovery Feb 03

Overall the river cruise was excellent, if rather hectic at times in order to cram all the excursions in, and we met lots of very nice fellow travellers from different parts of the world.  Food and service was very good, as were the organised tours. The standard of local guides was generally good.  What struck us, having been on similar cruises, was how quiet and free from vibration the ship, MS Tranquillity, was.  This was most important as most of the cruising was done at night.

Danube in Budapest
Vitters Nirvana

The optional Folklore Dinner in Budapest was excellent, and in stark contrast to that in Bucharest (see below).

There were some downsides:

– The dining and bar lounge areas were quite cramped even though we were told the ship was not full.

– The optional Folklore Dinner in Bucharest was a bit of a disaster – poor service, very average food and the wine tasting suffered from a lack of wine!

There was also a scarcity of wine with the meal.

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