A First Class Indian Adventure Part 6: Selling Sea Shells By The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

For the next leg of our Indian adventure we flew from West to East, for a luxurious stay at the sleepy beach town of Mamallapuram with its stunning Shore Temple and exquisite stone carvings. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 6: Selling Sea Shells By The Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

They say that true luxury is doing the simple things well. To some that may mean a marble bathroom, high thread counts or Michelin starred cuisine and whilst I love all these things this was not the luxury on offer at Our Land. Instead we were surrounded by nature on our own little island in the Alleppey backwaters where three times a day we’d be served the most exquisite freshly cooked and caught South Indian food. All simple and executed to perfection. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 5: A Bandit’s Retreat On The Backwaters Of Alleppey

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

Whilst we had a bit of a nightmare stay at the Aloft, being able to get online again was invaluable as not only did we discover the preventable reason for the hotel messing up our station pick up, but more importantly we were able to check up on our train departures. Booking the leg from Coimbatore to Kochi had been a bit of a nightmare … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 4: Fishing Nets And Food Poisoning In Fort Cochin

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 3: Steam And Surprise From The Hill Fort Of Ooty

After the madness of Mumbai we made a hasty retreat to the hill fort of Ooty. Arriving at the airport I was shocked to see my in-laws waiting for us with a handmade sign. After a day of relaxing in the lush hills we departed in style on a steam train, ready for the next part of our adventure. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 3: Steam And Surprise From The Hill Fort Of Ooty

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 2: An Executive Wake Up Call for the Markets of Mumbai

We arrived in Mumbai in the middle of the night and our gentle drive left us unprepared for what followed. Our short stay felt like like travelling through 150 years of history in just 24 hours: A luxurious gaze over the Queen’s Necklace from our spacious hotel suite gave way to the manual industry and thrift of Chor Bazaar, the Gothic Colonial past of Churchgate and its final retreat at the Gateway to India in Colaba. The decaying Art Deco Modernism of Marine Drive or a stroll by the green and brown tufted grass of the Oval Maiden. We realised we had barely scratched the surface and still found a city containing a multitude of surprises, beliefs and ways of life. Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 2: An Executive Wake Up Call for the Markets of Mumbai

A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Introduction, Context and Planning Although I took this trip back in 2014, 2020 marks 10 years since my first visit to India and if it weren’t for the current pandemic I’d be in the process of planning another Indian adventure as we speak! I started the planning for the journey that follows at the beginning of 2011 not long after we returned from our initial … Continue reading A First Class Indian Adventure Part 1: London to Mumbai Our First, First

Friday 13th Part 2: Three Birthdays From The End Of The World

Not learning my lesson we had booked another getaway that included a Friday 13th. Join us for birthday celebrations, delicious food, the roar of the crowd and the absolute fear of being away from home when the world around you changes beyond all recognition. Continue reading Friday 13th Part 2: Three Birthdays From The End Of The World

Friday 13th Part 1: ‘Twas The Strike Before Christmas…

With the world against us how could we make Christmas a success? Strikes be damned we were going to make it no matter what! Follow our travels by plane, train and even luge as we travelled from London to Manchester, Lyon to Genoble, Ardeche to Annecy as we do our best to stop politics ruining our Christmas spirit. Continue reading Friday 13th Part 1: ‘Twas The Strike Before Christmas…

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home

It was time to say farewell to Japan and begin our close to 36 hour trip home. Even if we were flying directly back to London it would have taken around 18-19 hours from the hotel lobby to opening the door to our flat. Instead we had 18 hours spread over two flights in the world’s best business class and three hours in Y back … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 12: The 36 Hour Trip Home