The rest of the day we had a wonderful relaxing cruise thru rural India. The boat was modeled after the old boats that carried the Kings. It had a thatched roof, 2 modern bedrooms and baths, a kitchen and a front area with couches and chairs, and a dining room table ...all with wonderful views of the river.
Stopping to pick up supplies for lunch
Children on the way home from school
transporting bags of rice!
The India I hoped we would see....and I loved it!
The next day, we had a free tour offered to the Elite members, We took a bus thru the old part of Cochin, and it was amazing! Cochin is 35% christian, and we saw many Catholic churches, all filled with worshipers, as it was Sun morning,
We also visited a Jewish Synagogue, and we visited the royal palace. We walked the very crowded streets, and visited the spice shops, and the fish markets ( why are fish markets so interesting?)
( note the tuk-tuk upper right)
The smell was amazing!
Fresh catch of the day!
After 3 very cold beers
We saw a SNAKE CHARMER with 2 cobras! He played a flute, and made the snakes dance....It made my day!
All in all, India was very exotic and full of surprises!