To be invited on a press trip to Holland to enjoy the amazing Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam and Haarlem was an immense pleasure for me. I wrote of it for Platform 505 and now of course the spring is over and the garden is dug over…. until the next time when Keukenhof will flower anew with a different set of bulbs and colour schemes.
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.
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.
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
This powerful film we were privileged to see in a private view on Tuesday 3rd December in Glasgow. I recommend it strongly to everyone.
My 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.
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.
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.