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The Heart of India is MADHYA PRADESH

  • Posted on: 21 March 2016
  • By: Aline Dobbie

On 2nd January we flew to Nagpur for the start of our official visit as guests of the MP State Tourism department. We were met with a warm welcome and were able to have tea with our good friend Aditya Dhanwatay whose family own the excellent Tiger Trails at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.  We had visited there last year and it is an easy drive from Nagpur.  This time however we set off for Pench.   This was the first time we had visited Pench and it had much enjoyment in store for us. Being once again in an Indian wildlife park is always a joy for us and Pench did not disappoint.   We were guests of the new wildlife resort of Tathastu and made very welcome.   Indeed, it is the first time we have stayed in a cave......ah!  But this cave comes with air conditioning and all expected comfort and ensuite shower room and lovely beds!!!!

PROTSAHAN - a most worthwhile NGO

  • Posted on: 21 March 2016
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We had a dinner with the lovely Sonal Kapoor who founded the wonderful charity Protsahan to help educate and nurture girl children who are totally disadvantaged. She does wonderful work and is so committed and courageous. We first met in February five years ago and we visited one of her centres in extreme west of Delhi.

This young lady from Delhi is working with such commitment and courage in a difficult field and achieving hugely. I have enormous affection for her and respect her greatly.

Christmas and New Year in Mumbai

  • Posted on: 21 February 2016
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We arrived in Mumbai on 23rd December and enjoyed the Emirates flight from Glasgow to Dubai.  I was not however impressed with the second flight from Dubai to Mumbai and we arrived late.  It was with a jaundiced eye therefore I viewed Mumbai's Chatrapathi Shivaji airport.  Let us say the airport is good....I had not seen this new one before.  However the sheer incompetence of the minion handing out the mandatory landing form to be then signed was disgraceful.  Hitherto these forms were handed out on the flight and one had time to fill it in neatly sitting in the airline seat...no more it seems.  So tired harassed arrival passengers then have to grapple with finding a surface on which to fill out the form accurately.  We are used to it, you should have heard the impression  it made on first time arrivals.....said one 'if this is what the rest of this trip is going to be like....you can keep India, I won't  recommend  it....'

Crete

  • Posted on: 31 October 2015
  • By: Aline Dobbie

We visited Crete on a press trip in the third week of October and were enchanted.  The weather was warm and sunny and we had the opportunity to see a lot of eastern Crete having flown into Heraklion.  We were centred at Agios Nikolaos which is a lovely town with beaches, a lake, smart shops, nice restaurants and heritage.   Crete is a lovely island  and indeed cradle of western civilisation with so much to see and learn from, and we long to return in the Spring for the famous spring flowers and all the fresh blossoms and colours of spring.

Rosewood’s Garden, our home in Scotland

  • Posted on: 28 June 2015
  • By: Aline Dobbie
I am sitting down at my desk, but literally I have just walked indoors from the garden where I sat with a coffee and enjoyed the vivid array of flowers now that it is nearly the end of June.  Our garden is looking so beautiful and that is in an indifferent summer when the sun has been very bashful and it is not all that warm – which is common in Scotland!
 

Tulips from Amsterdam

  • Posted on: 15 June 2015
  • By: Aline Dobbie

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. 

Eternal Mewar and Udaipur

  • Posted on: 6 May 2015
  • By: Aline Dobbie

Having spent six nights in Mewar as the guests of HH Maharana of Udaipur – Sriji - at two of his hotels, one a palace and heritage therefore it was a real pleasure to write about the history of this region of Rajasthan steeped in history of nobility and chivalry.  

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.
 

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