Rathna Residency Hotel
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... of 51.9 meters (170 feet) at its highest point.
By being here today, I was simply added to the statistics of 15,000 visitors that it attracted a day, 25,000 on Fridays! So, now you know why so many people were in my pictures even though I did my best to avoid them by pushing and shoving! :-)
... guide we would find some splendid accommodation there. What we found was another refuse strewn smear of dirty sand and broken glass patrolled by rabid packs of mangey dogs. A beach hawker tried feebly to tempt us into getting our hands painted with henna and when we refused she simply stood with her hand out begging. Obviously this wasn’t going to plan.
Our tuk tuk driver was perplexed as to why we weren’t headed to Varkala like all the other ...
... banana market, and showed us how they turn green bananas yellow. They store them overnight underground and burn dried cow dung in a little brass bowl. In the morning they are all yellow. I have never seen so many bananas. He then led us through the veg market, and told us the names of everything. Then he pedalled us back to the car weaving in and out of the manic traffic. Quite an experience!
We spent the afternoon swimming and lazing by the ...
... was nearby. Lucas said it will get hotter later in the tour; great. Will have to uptake the water consumption.
We walked along the esplanade to Place de la Republique to see a statue of Gandhi. I did not realize the French ever had a presence in the country.
Made our way to the yellowish Notre Dame des Anges [a fitting place for me re angels and all]. It was a rather muted interior. We walked past the assembly hall, the parliament for ...
... fellow worshippers around them, which to us was amazing as we are used to temples, churches and other sacred places being quiet places for prayer and reflection. But it allowed us to observe different rituals in al their vibrant splendour and we were impressed with the dedication of religious people here.
One evening we had dinner at the roof top restaurant of the Surya Hotel. It had a kind of a retro 70s feel, the kind you imagine in ...