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Aline’s Indian Journey Diary in early 2015

  • Posted on: 11 April 2015
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We spent seven weeks in India this year starting by flying into Chennai on 16th January.  We spent a pleasant couple of days on arrival at the Radisson Blu airport hotel where we were made very welcome.  I recommend it as a quick efficient transfer if one visits Chennai.  Then we spent a short but delightful time at the ITC Grand Chola.  This huge hotel we first encountered in 2013 so it was great to see how it had matured…the various restaurants are of a very high calibre and we had three superb meals, Indian, Pan Asian and then Fusion. 

IONIAN IDYLL SAILING AMONGST THE GREEK ISLANDS

  • Posted on: 1 November 2014
  • By: Aline Dobbie

In early October Graham and I flew out to Preveza from Manchester to arrive at Nidri where we had arranged to sail for a week.  The Thomson Airlines flight was trouble free and we transferred to Nidri which is a town on the coast of the island of Lefkada or Lefkas in the Ionian group of Greek Islands.

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA AND A PEEK AT MONTENEGRO

  • Posted on: 31 October 2014
  • By: Aline Dobbie
Dubrovnik is a city that captured my imagination way back when I was very young.  It had the same sense of romance and history that it shares with Venice, Prague, Krakow and places like Lucca in Italy.  That it was designated a World Heritage Site is a great relief because in our living memory the city and its citizens had experienced severe challenges….which thankfully are now well behind them all.
 

The XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

  • Posted on: 5 August 2014
  • By: Aline Dobbie

Sitting waiting on a gloriously hot evening in Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was an interesting experience.  I am accredited as press to these Games because I am on the editorial board of a magazine called India Link International and you can immediately see the relevance of me being able to cover the Games for the Indian Diaspora.  However, I do not see myself as a journalist so it was a new experience being amongst the international press.  Graham my husband was sitting down in another part of the stadium within visual distanc

The Fall of Singapore

  • Posted on: 19 January 2014
  • By: Aline Dobbie

The Railway Man is a powerful and poignant film showing the extreme cruelty of the Japanese after the surrender of the British and Indian Forces fighting in the Malayan Peninsula and retreating down into Singapore.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

  • Posted on: 6 December 2013
  • By: Aline Dobbie

This powerful film we were privileged to see in a private view on Tuesday 3rd December in Glasgow.  I recommend it strongly to everyone.

Nelson MandelaMy most favourite film is Gandhi…..because of my birth and life in India and Gandhiji was a great influence on Mandela and now this film, thankfully out in his lifetime, shows Nelson Mandela and his strength of purpose, resolve and commitment to gaining democratic freedom for his African brothers and sisters.

The Imperial Hotel New Delhi

  • Posted on: 26 November 2013
  • By: Aline Dobbie

When I was at World Travel Market I of course met up with the General Manager and Vice President of The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi.   The Imperial has elegance, prestige, heritage, comfort and choices for those who would visit Delhi in style and luxury.  In this last year the hotel has been presented with a number of prestige travel awards, all too numerous to mention and they are deserved.  There is an attention to detail which discerning travellers find attractive.

World Travel Market London at Excel 2013

  • Posted on: 26 November 2013
  • By: Aline Dobbie

As we do annually we caught the ‘red eye’ down to London’s City airport to attend two frenetic days at WTM 2013 at Excel.  City Airport is right next door on the banks of the old river Thames and it is all so convenient for us.  50,000 people from around the world converge for the four days of this vitally important travel mart annually.  It is always inspiring and now that the UK is coming out of the financial depression there was a real air of optimism this year.

Kumarakom Lake Resort on Lake Vembanad in Kerala

  • Posted on: 13 October 2013
  • By: Aline Dobbie

I visited Kumarakom Lake Resort in February 2011 at the very end of a wonderful trip on the Golden chariot luxury train.  The trip had started in Bengaloru and we had indeed stayed at The Paul which is a charming very new hotel also owned by the same people as Kumarakom Lake Resort.   It was a really enjoyable but brief experience and so it was entirely fitting that the end of the luxury train journey should end for us as guests at Kumarakom Lake.  The speedboat was sent to collect us from the end of the rail journey’s happ

The Samodes….So special so smooth so Samode!

  • Posted on: 24 July 2013
  • By: Aline Dobbie

I had long wanted to visit the Samode properties in Rajasthan and then someone distinguished raved about their newish safari lodge at Bandhavgarh.  That was the stimulus I needed and we arrived in mid February to stay at Samode Haveli in Jaipur.  We travelled by Shatabdhi train from Delhi where we had stayed with pleasure yet again at The Imperial.  The train journey is fast and efficient and one arrived in good time for lunch.

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