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... and paved with hundreds of blue and white Chinese tiles. Krishna tells us that the tiles were originally meant for the Mattancherry Palace but a wily Jewish trader convinced the king that the tiles were made from a process including beef fat so would be blasphemous in a Hindu palace. Hey presto, he’d take them off the poor insulted king’s hands and dispose of them… which he did all over the gorgeous floor of the synagogue!
Our final destination of the tour is one ...
... leaving port and sailing past the floating husks of coconuts. A frozen fish crashes to the ground from a tree, just missing me; I spy the cause of the arboreal fish up above - a crow frustrated by its inedible catch. A dozen mediaeval Chinese fishing nets are raised along the shore. The catch of the day is sold nearby, with the option to have it cooked in the restaurants opposite. Sat in front of one of many stalls, a man whittles away at a sliver of buffalo horn ...
... as they're very cheap! :) That first evening we went to a show at the Kerala Kathakali Centre where the actors paint their faces and act out a play using exaggerated facial expressions and gestures. All the actors we're male so even the female roles were played by men. Before we left, we were lent umbrellas, as a shower was expected, and told not to lose them. Strangely, our guide also said if we fit bored we could leave and meet him in the ...
... friends and it turned into a photo shoot. It was funny and entertaining for a few minutes but it got to the point where we couldn’t walk 10 feet let alone enjoy the view so we started saying no and ended up leaving rather quickly. It was madness!!
Nigel had heard about a famous rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai through a friend and so we decided we had to check it out (Thank you Brenden if you’re reading this). We figured the best way to experience ...
... and club sandwiches) in the hotel restaurant. There were a few last-minute details to be worked out for the wedding reception, and then the ladies retired to their hotel room for hair and nail trial-runs over cocktails. Perhaps not a traditional American Bachelorette Party, but the girl- time was enjoyed thoroughly by all none-the-less.
Saturday the 17th was finally the wedding day! The morning had intended to be spent working on Tabi's hair, make-up, ...