Overwhelming heat and humidity and underwhelming tour
17.05.2011 - 17.05.2011 37 °C
We hope all are well and keeping warm and dry. We on the other hand are hot and wet. We spent 4 hours ashore today in Cochin India and it was 38 degrees and 85% humidity and we needed to be wrung out on our return to paradise. We saw Jew Town and its 450 year old synagogue The Pardesi Synagogue which now caters to only 10 Jews in Cochin where there has been a jewish presence since about 45AD. Most Cochin jews left here in 1948 and are mostly settled in the Negev in israel. We also saw the famous Chinese fishing nets which are the symbol of Cochin. We saw the resting place of Vasco Da Gama and the Catherdal of St Francis which dates to about 1501. Even if we had time to shop it was too darn hot so we look forward to our day in Mumbai in 2 days time where we have decided to do our own thing rather than go on an organised tour. I will write again after Mumbai. Celina and Melinda were infuriated because jewtown which was the most fascinating place on the tour full of carvings fabrics and other attractions was almost insignificant as we whizzed past into our non-airconditioned coach. We got back to our cabin and after a refreshing shower and change of clothing had a buffet meal and saw a very entertaining show on board.