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... found it - around the corner from the “Corbelli Hotel”!
Often we forget that a lot of people in India are still illiterate, so showing the driver the name of the hotel and the address in writing only really causes embarrassment or evokes the “yes… no problem” response which now if we detect even the slightest hesitation we take this as meaning instead “Yes/No Problem”.
B for Baguettes, ...
... swimming and by lunchtime everyone was on form and up to a trip into town to grab some emergency supplies (water, biscuits and crisps!), start our gift shopping and have dinner at Vivanta by Taj again. Express Avenue was much more fun second time around, we felt like pros knowing where all the shops were and got lucky at the checkout in Big Bazaar when we were ushered to an empty queue and fast tracked. We spent an inconceivable about of time in a tiny gift shop with some ...
... with 'WorldTeach', and white-haired Heidi Watts, American from New Hampshire and grand old teacher of many teachers who teach village children in Auroville - a major mentor.
There were a couple of cousins there too, now living in Auroville. Missing at the party were John's son Karthik Walton and daughter Punitha and husband Rajasegar and baby daughter Shiny Angelina - they couldn't come with the others.
... than a bakery. The bread and cakes were superb, so we had a very enjoyable breakfast. Lynds also half-inched a teaspoon, in the shape of a minature shovel.
We checked out and headed off to the bus stand at about 10.30 am. We caught the 3 hour bus to Chennai, one of our most relaxed bus journeys so far (we had air con and relatively comfy seats).
We'll report again from Chennai, our last stop in India.
Martin & Lyndsey
... Central to Koyambedu bus stand.
From Koyambedu bus stand I boarded an AC bus to Pondicherry. I also had the option of travelling by train, I think, but I felt that bus would be fine. I travelled along the new highway through Dindivanam and it is a smooth and fast road with few scenes. There is another highway called ECR highway which runs parallel to the sea cost and offers a fantastic view of the sea and salt pans.
Mythri - one ...