Dropping off our bags, we went for a short orientation walk along the shore of the Arabian Sea! We were actually in Fort Kochi - quite beautiful - lots of greeery and palm trees. There were many, many families out as Sunday is a day of rest - a Catholic legacy. These family groups were walking leisurely along the waterfront and buying snacks, toys for the kids, etc. The current was quite strong, there were big waves and the ocean breeze felt really nice. Because of the waves this was definitely NOT a place for swimming. . . . maybe more for surfing ; -) The sand was not white and pristine, more of a grey.
Oh, remember the four women we mentioned earlier? Well, they were NOT with our group. Instead, we met five new members at our hotel -- four gals: Eve, Anna, Narley and Steph, all from the UK. The single guy stood out from the rest: very tall, muscular, shaved head. Bill went up to talk to him and found out Berlazs (Berlage) was from Hungary, a professor of literature who quit to travel. He was also writing his first novel and had an excellent command of English -- he had even done a lot of interpreting. Very interesting man.
Our new CEO, Sanjay, took us to Cochin Fort restaurant. Bill wanted fish 'n'chips (yeah, sometimes we just need a change from Indian even if we love it). Sue-On got to pick the live fish from a tank - a beautiful red snapper. The fish was grilled with garlic lemon butter and not battered in English style. It was really good. . . fresh, light, and so delicious eaten with fingers. We also shared a Prawn Mango Curry and naan.
The fish is sold by weight. The total, with a couple of beers and sodas was 1820.00 rupees, about 35.00 USD. It was our most expensive meal yet, but we really enjoyed it. After walking back to our hotel we were ready for bed.
To Fort Kochi Beach and the Chinese Fishing+ Nets
MEALTIME :: COCHIN FORT RESTAURANT
KOCHI ARRIVAL and WALKABOUT
1. Arrival :: 2. Evening Walkabout :: Outtakes
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