Welcome to Cochin, India.  We arrived with a warm and welcome greeting!
Our guides took us on a wonderful excusion through this great city in the South of India.
All the trucks you see here are decorated.  It's a standard practice!
Don't expect to see air conditioning here!
This part of India has a lot of Christians.  Here is a very old church.  It's actually made of mud, and has been standing for hundreds of years.  Imagine that.
You see these "auto rickshaws" everywhere.  And, I mean EVERYWHERE.
Let's see what's here at this open air market
The Outdoor Market
Don't have a stall?  No problem.  Just plunk yourself down on the sidewalk and take out your goods.  Sooner or later, you will sell some.
Cochin - India
How would you like your cow cut up?  This man will do it.  Beef is readily available in this part of India, unlike other parts where beef is not eaten.
I wonder if he knows what a New York Cut is?
Ralph compares notes with other people from the ship, who we bumped into.
Cochin - India Market
Cochin - India Market
I think they must get great gas mileage.
We had a great car with great air conditioning.  Thank god for that!
Give this guy a buck, hand him a bag of laundry, and come back at 5pm.  You will have the most-amazing hand laundry, ready to be worn.
A simple, yet effective laundry facility.  Everything is done by hand.
Who's next?
Ralph is wondering if he should drop off his Prada clothing for a quick wash.
So, here is how it works.  This guy takes your clothes, soaks them, rings then, and then slaps them against a washing stone.  Then, he rings them out again, and like magic, they are clean.
After a good washing, your clothing is hung to dry.  It only takes 30 minutes.
After drying, this guy takes the laundry down, folds it, then brings it to you house.  Better lock the doors.
I am glad we had a private car!
Here's a couple in love, just out for a Saturday drive
I was waiting for her to jump on the bike.  Alas, I think the bike belonged to someone else.
Ready To See Some Fishing Action?
Cochin is know around the world for this unique fishing method, whereby they drop nets on huge teak hinges into the water, let the fish swim in, and then lift the nets out...then looking for the booty.
Even the locals gather for a peek
Caution!  Goat Crossing Ahead!
Cochin - India
We were treated to a local festival.  The parade route was marked by the orange and white banners you see here.
The kids came out to see alll the action
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
Yes, here we are.  We were the only non-locals here, and yet, we were welcomed with open arms
The colors are incredible.  Color is everywhere.
The Local Hindu Festival
This guy looks really excited to be here!
Everyone came out to have a good festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
So, here is something that you really need to see.  These guys pierce their cheeks, and pass a 10-foot long rod through it.  It's a pendance, of sorts, done for this religious festival.
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
I wonder if it hurts
Ralph at The Festival
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
Mark Looks on As The Locals Celebrate
Look Ma!  No Hands!
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
Cochin - India
Cochin - India
We purchased this amazing elephant.  It is an antique, carved out of a single piece of rosewood, and painted with 9 carat gold dust.  It came from a family collection, but is now headed to Miami!
We capped off our day with a five star lunch at the Taj Malabar Hote.
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Day 72 - Cochin, India
Mark and Ralph Around The World
Author: Mark and Ralph Around The World (ID: 14182)
Posted: 2011-03-19 12:35 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 29.28 km
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Cochin - India
Welcome to Cochin, India. We arrived with a warm and welcome greeting!
Cochin - India
Our guides took us on a wonderful excusion through this great city in the South of India.
Fancy Trucks
All the trucks you see here are decorated. It's a standard practice!
The Hot Bus!
Don't expect to see air conditioning here!
San Sebastian Church
This part of India has a lot of Christians. Here is a very old church. It's actually made of mud, and has been standing for hundreds of years. Imagine that.
The Cool Way To Get Around
You see these "auto rickshaws" everywhere. And, I mean EVERYWHERE.
It's Market Time!
Let's see what's here at this open air market
The Outdoor Market
The Outdoor Market
Don't have a stall? No problem. Just plunk yourself down on the sidewalk and take out your goods. Sooner or later, you will sell some.
Cochin - India
The Chochin Butcher
How would you like your cow cut up? This man will do it. Beef is readily available in this part of India, unlike other parts where beef is not eaten.
The Bucher's Assistant
I wonder if he knows what a New York Cut is?
Comparing Notes
Ralph compares notes with other people from the ship, who we bumped into.
Cochin - India Market
Cochin - India Market
Simple, Yet Stylish
I think they must get great gas mileage.
Our Guide For The Day
We had a great car with great air conditioning. Thank god for that!
The Cochin Laundry
Give this guy a buck, hand him a bag of laundry, and come back at 5pm. You will have the most-amazing hand laundry, ready to be worn.
The Cochin Laundry
A simple, yet effective laundry facility. Everything is done by hand.
The Cochin Laundry
Who's next?
The Cochin Laundry
Ralph is wondering if he should drop off his Prada clothing for a quick wash.
The Cochin Laundry
So, here is how it works. This guy takes your clothes, soaks them, rings then, and then slaps them against a washing stone. Then, he rings them out again, and like magic, they are clean.
The Cochin Laundry
After a good washing, your clothing is hung to dry. It only takes 30 minutes.
The Cochin Laundry
After drying, this guy takes the laundry down, folds it, then brings it to you house. Better lock the doors.
Bus Action
I am glad we had a private car!
A Saturday Drive
Here's a couple in love, just out for a Saturday drive
Harley Mama
I was waiting for her to jump on the bike. Alas, I think the bike belonged to someone else.
Ready To See Some Fishing Action?
The Cochin Chinese Nets
Cochin is know around the world for this unique fishing method, whereby they drop nets on huge teak hinges into the water, let the fish swim in, and then lift the nets out...then looking for the booty.
The Cochin Chinese Nets
Even the locals gather for a peek
Caution! Goat Crossing Ahead!
Cochin - India
The Local Hindu Festival
We were treated to a local festival. The parade route was marked by the orange and white banners you see here.
The Local Hindu Festival
The kids came out to see alll the action
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
Yes, here we are. We were the only non-locals here, and yet, we were welcomed with open arms
The Local Hindu Festival
The colors are incredible. Color is everywhere.
The Local Hindu Festival
Yippie! Festival! Festival!
This guy looks really excited to be here!
The Local Hindu Festival
Everyone came out to have a good festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Local Hindu Festival
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
So, here is something that you really need to see. These guys pierce their cheeks, and pass a 10-foot long rod through it. It's a pendance, of sorts, done for this religious festival.
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
I wonder if it hurts
Ralph at The Festival
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
Mark Looks on As The Locals Celebrate
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
Look Ma! No Hands!
The Pin Boys - at The Hindu Festival
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
The Faces of Cochin, India
Cochin - India
Cochin - India
The Elephant
We purchased this amazing elephant. It is an antique, carved out of a single piece of rosewood, and painted with 9 carat gold dust. It came from a family collection, but is now headed to Miami!
Taj Malabar Hotel
We capped off our day with a five star lunch at the Taj Malabar Hote.
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
Taj Malabar Hotel
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