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

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

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Check out from My Stays was effortless and we made the short walk to the station stopping off at Donq to pick up some breakfast to take on to the shinkansen with us. Train: Kagayaki 506 Kanazawa to TokyoDepart Kanazawa Station: 08:48Arrive Tokyo Station: 11:20Seats: Car 5, Seats 16D &16E (Standard Class)Train: E7 Series Shinkansen Maximum Speed 160mph (260 km/h) It was a calm and … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 11: Shrines, Soba, Shopping, Skyscrapers – We’re back in Tokyo!

Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains

We started the day with breakfast at the station from the ‘French’ bakery DONQ that we’d been eyeing up the night before. Whilst Anne-So went for some classic French options with her coffee I went for a more colourful collection of Japanese buns. Both food and drink were rather good and we made a note to return the following day. Before getting our coach I … Continue reading Eloping To Japan With A Little HEL On The Side Part 10: The Villages Of The Hida Mountains