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May 9, 2019 - We are in the Arabian Sea, I have been corrected.

I am so overstimulated from the sights,sounds, smells, and shear mass of people in Mumbai I am finding it hard to communicate what the last hours have been filled with. Let me start with just a few facts. 1. The tide here shifts 18 feet every day. 2. Much of Mumbai is reclaimed land from the sea. 3. The Victorian train station has 5 million passengers a day. That is not a typo. 4. India has 29 states Mumbai is in the state of Maharashtra. 5. The population of Mumbai is 16 million. 6. They have beautiful beaches but the water is too polluted...

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May 7, 2019 - Good Morning 30 minutes early - part #2

Good morning from the Indian Ocean. I will complete yesterday even though it was another sea day and could put you to sleep since it is almost 10pm in Florida and 730am the next day in our floating hotel. Something I forgot to mention earlier was at the start of the second voyage 3 men in hazmat suits looking very much like ghost busters, showed up with equipment to sanitize our room from D’s earlier 24 hour room incarceration. It must be a secret sauce because we could not smell any disinfectant when we returned. At supper we were...

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May 7, 2019 - Time keeps moving forward.

First I will mention we are to turn our watches forward again for the third time but just 30 minutes. Last night we were given India immigration cards to fill out. This morning we were to arrive in the dining room with the aforementioned slips and our sea cards. Lined up to get our passports with original visa folded inside. Waited in 2nd line, handed an immigration officer our passport. Sea-card , and form. He in turn stamped a copy of original visa, and passport. Ship than took back the passport to return it ship safe for the third...

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Dec 14, 2018 - Mumbai

The flight from Udaipur was good but the landing in Mumbai was questionable as we seemed to change directions multiple times once we hit the tarmac. We were excited. Security before and after the flight was very heavy and a result of the terrorist attacks a few years ago when hundreds lost their lives. We always felt safe and appreciative of the checking points. The drive to our hotel was slow because of heavy traffic but unlike all other places we've visited horn blowing was minimal and things seemed like 'organised chaos'. Following the...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Mumbai – Elephanta Caves and Bollywood

Mumbai is the last stop in India. Toady’s tour is the Elephanta Caves, located on an island just off the coast of Mumbai. Actually, Mumbai started out seven islands that have gradually been joined together with landfill projects. Another Portuguese colony until sometime in the 1600’s when the Princess of Portugal married the King of England. Mumbai went to England as part of her dowry. It’s the Banking and Bollywood capital of India. Our guide told us the area where all the big banking skyscrapers are located was once a moat for the fort....

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Apr 7, 2018 - Mumbai (Bombay) India

History: Spread over seven islands, Mumbaii is a major capital of India. Started as a fishing village the region was transformed by the Portuguese then ceded to the British east India company about 100 years later. Bombay as it was known until 1995 is home to the Taj Mahal and Gateway of India. Can’t explain the living conditions barefoot is the shoe of the day, cows, rats and garbage rule the land. After traveling out and about have never taken so many showers in my life. No reason to ever visit this country ever again, view the...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Bombay

Last time we came to India, Mumbai was not included in our tour. Perhaps it was too far away from the other places we visited, but I was left with the impression that it was too big, polluted and crazy for Westerners to enjoy. I couldn’t have been more wrong. We loved our tour today; the great guide surely was a contributing factor and we would gladly come back again. Getting here at all was a challenge for our captain. He tip-toed through the murky humidity past vast quantities of commercial ships anchored hither and yon. Mumbai is also a...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Back in India - Mumbai

The morning starts with an overly complicated customs process. Wait till your number is called while you panic whether you will get processed before your tour starts. And then only once you have your yellow landing card you have to through 3 police check stops showing the card and passport copy. Finally we meet our guide Samil or Sam. He is a young college student working part time but very knowledgeable and great sense of humour. We start at the Gateway to India. Built by King George V in 1911 to commemorate the visit with his wife Queen...

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Jan 17, 2017 - Three days relaxation at Sea

Three days at sea now as we head south toward Mumbai. Interesting that as we pass through the Strait of Hormozgan I get a text welcoming me to the USA. Apparently American warships protect this waterway off the shores of Iran...so I guess I am on their plan. As we are at sea the morning begins in the gym. The gym here is good, lots of machines and space. After our workout and the breakfast buffet it is time to shower, get on the bathing suit and find some loungers up by the Mast Bar where are favourite server Barrington works. It is a...

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Oct 29, 2016 - Mumbai, Inde

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/jcPEFzMTrm3jMV4H8 Mumbai ou Bombay est la capitale de l'État indien du Maharashtra. La ville a porté le nom de Bombay officiellement jusqu'en 1995 et s'appelle depuis Mumbai. La métropole compte 12 478 447 habitants. Ville d'Inde la plus peuplée, elle forme avec ses villes satellites une agglomération de 18 414 288 habitants, soit la sixième plus peuplée au monde. Mumbai est la capitale commerciale de l'Inde et compte parmi les dix plus...

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Feb 11, 2016 - A few days in Bombay

I have to admit, we were dragging our feet a little on the way to Mumbai.. After spending a week lazing on the clean, quiet beaches of Goa, we were reluctant to jump back into the noisy crowds of the big city again! Fortunately, however, Mumbai ended up being a pleasant surprise! First of all, the air quality is much better than Delhi, thanks to the warm breeze off the Arabian Sea. Second, the sidewalks are mostly intact and wide enough to have some room to breathe that relatively fresh air! And last, the city has an interesting modern, yet...

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Feb 23, 2015 - Marriage en Inde

Nous voila réconcilies avec l'Inde. Et cela grace a l'invitation en Inde, a Pune, du marriage de Marie-Aude qui epouse Puneeth, un Indien. Un beau marriage traditionnel ou bien sur la mariée était splendide digne d'un conte des milles et une nuit. Bahia et Aloe sont tombees sous le charme de ce pays enchanteur aux couleurs flamboyantes, aux odeurs épicés (pour les odeurs, pas sure que ce soit ce qui ait charme Aloe:-)) Meme Marin a mis sa tenue de sultan pour assister a la ceremonie indienne. Et tout cela entoures des amis et de la famille...

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