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Orchids galore!

You my dear friends, who have been following me here since last year, know by now that without any doubt the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel in, yes of course, in Bangkok/Thailand is my most favourite hotel of all those beautiful hotels I have stayed in.


You also know, that the floral genius Khun Ken, displays every few months one of his incredible creations for the guests to admire.


This time, in order to herald in summer, Khun Ken has ‘decked the hall’ with this striking display of purple orchids.


So, come and lets board an imaginary plane and fly out to Bangkok where we can sit in the lobby once again with our tea, coffee and/or drinks and those absolutely delicious Macaroons 🙂 and enjoy the view.


And if you feel up to staying on for lunch or dinner later, join us on The Verandah for one of  Chef Pierre Rimoneau’s specially created dishes, showcasing fresh white asparagus imported daily from France alongside green asparagus from Thailand Royal Projects. This Asparagus Season lasts until 31st May.  Come back for recipe later!!




(Part I)


We all at times have the need and urge to get away for just a few days in order to escape the pressures of everyday life with its problems and subsequent frustrations.



And living here in Cochin we have quite a wide choice within Kerala itself to escape to.



This is exactly what Jo and I did last week – as usual on the spur of a moment; Sunday night this was discussed, Monday morning we were off.



So now get your own cup of coffee/tea/milk or cold drink and come with me “down South” here in Kerala.



Only a few hours of leisurely drive took us past Trivandrum (the actual State Capital) and another 12 kms further South to the little town of Kovalam, right at the edge of the Arabian Sea with its warm water and gentle breeze and against the dense backdrop of those tall Coconut trees, swaying gently in the breeze.


After all, Kerala is known as ‘the land of Coconuts and Spices” and coming in to land at the Airport in nearby Trivandrum, the site of the lushness of the land and those trees always makes our hearts do a couple of extra beats and our blood flow a bit faster.


And despite our extensive travels abroad, we always enjoy coming back home!



Kovalam is also popularly known as the “Paradise of South India” and there is no doubt, that Kovalam Beach is the most famous beach in the whole of India.


And the sunset….  – oh my friends, I must not forget to mention THE SUNSETS!  Painters and Photographers alike have such a big variety of those, since it is never ever the same the next evening.


This is also a place which has over the years turned into a more than popular honeymoon location, and many foreigners come here to get married on the Beach.


Since ca. 1930 this town has developed into quite a popular tourist destination for domestic as well as foreign tourists alike. What attracts them to come down here is the simple beauty, the warm waters of the Sea, the friendliness of the people who live here and of course the many Ayurvedic places providing excellent treatment for the tourists.


For further details please click here on the link for the Kerala Tourism. http://www.keralatourism.org


I hope you enjoyed a glimpse at our Kovalam – do come back in a couple of days for Part II. See you then.



(All Photos: CS/JS – Manningtree Archive)