There is an expression about Kolkata, “Where Kolkata leads, India will follow”. Well that’s the gist anyway. This can be seen throughout its recent history. Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, was the centre of the British Raj until the capital was moved to New Delhi. During this time money poured in from the British Empire… Continue reading Kolkata, India – A Glimpse of the Past
Brazil is home to one of the world’s biggest street parties, Carnival and Rio De Janeiro hosts the most famous one of all. Held on the last Tuesday before lent begins, it is a chance for everyone to indulge themselves before six long weeks of deprivation. The whole city becomes one huge party zone, and everybody… Continue reading Rio de Janiero Carnival, Brazil – The Bloco
In the last few days of our grand tour of Europe (otherwise known as the Ryanair jaunt) we were residing in Aix-en-Provence at our friend Phil’s house, We all decided to take a day trip into Marseille as it is only a short bus ride away. THE PROTEST En route to the bus stop,… Continue reading Marseille, France – Protests, Puffing and Panting
To catch up on the story of our visit to Rome, click here . Day two of our three day stop in Italy and we set out for some more Rome-based shenanigans. THE JOURNEY INTO ROME Morning saw us waiting on a sun-drenched platform, waiting for the local train into Rome. The station itself was very unkempt,… Continue reading Rome, Italy Part 2 – Coins, The Colosseum and Cutting Queues.
Getting into Rome Ciampino is Rome’s second airport and it lies 7.5 miles South of the city. To reach the centre, jump aboard the E1 bus which takes you to a train station, from which you can travel into Rome’s main train station. For once, however, we had somebody coming to meet us. Andrew, our… Continue reading Rome, Italy Part 1 – Popes, Paintings and Parents