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Crete

We visited Crete on a press trip in the third week of October and were enchanted.  The weather was warm and sunny and we had the opportunity to see a lot of eastern Crete having flown into Heraklion.  We were centred at Agios Nikolaos which is a lovely town with beaches, a lake, smart shops, nice restaurants and heritage.   Crete is a lovely island  and indeed cradle of western civilisation with so much to see and learn from, and we long to return in the Spring for the famous spring flowers and all the fresh blossoms and colours of spring.

Rosewood’s Garden, our home in Scotland

I am sitting down at my desk, but literally I have just walked indoors from the garden where I sat with a coffee and enjoyed the vivid array of flowers now that it is nearly the end of June.  Our garden is looking so beautiful and that is in an indifferent summer when the sun has been very bashful and it is not all that warm – which is common in Scotland!
 

Tulips from Amsterdam

To be invited on a press trip to Holland to enjoy the amazing Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam and Haarlem was an immense pleasure for me.  I wrote of it for Platform 505 and now of course the spring is over and the garden is dug over…. until the next time when Keukenhof will flower anew with a different set of bulbs and colour schemes. 

Eternal Mewar and Udaipur

Having spent six nights in Mewar as the guests of HH Maharana of Udaipur – Sriji - at two of his hotels, one a palace and heritage therefore it was a real pleasure to write about the history of this region of Rajasthan steeped in history of nobility and chivalry.  

Aline’s Indian Journey Diary in early 2015

We spent seven weeks in India this year starting by flying into Chennai on 16th January.  We spent a pleasant couple of days on arrival at the Radisson Blu airport hotel where we were made very welcome.  I recommend it as a quick efficient transfer if one visits Chennai.  Then we spent a short but delightful time at the ITC Grand Chola.  This huge hotel we first encountered in 2013 so it was great to see how it had matured…the various restaurants are of a very high calibre and we had three superb meals, Indian, Pan Asian and then Fusion. 

IONIAN IDYLL SAILING AMONGST THE GREEK ISLANDS

In early October Graham and I flew out to Preveza from Manchester to arrive at Nidri where we had arranged to sail for a week.  The Thomson Airlines flight was trouble free and we transferred to Nidri which is a town on the coast of the island of Lefkada or Lefkas in the Ionian group of Greek Islands.

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA AND A PEEK AT MONTENEGRO

Dubrovnik is a city that captured my imagination way back when I was very young.  It had the same sense of romance and history that it shares with Venice, Prague, Krakow and places like Lucca in Italy.  That it was designated a World Heritage Site is a great relief because in our living memory the city and its citizens had experienced severe challenges….which thankfully are now well behind them all.
 

The XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Sitting waiting on a gloriously hot evening in Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was an interesting experience.  I am accredited as press to these Games because I am on the editorial board of a magazine called India Link International and you can immediately see the relevance of me being able to cover the Games for the Indian Diaspora.  However, I do not see myself as a journalist so it was a new experience being amongst the international press.  Graham my husband was sitting down in another part of the stadium within visual distanc

The Fall of Singapore

The Railway Man is a powerful and poignant film showing the extreme cruelty of the Japanese after the surrender of the British and Indian Forces fighting in the Malayan Peninsula and retreating down into Singapore.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

This powerful film we were privileged to see in a private view on Tuesday 3rd December in Glasgow.  I recommend it strongly to everyone.

Nelson MandelaMy most favourite film is Gandhi…..because of my birth and life in India and Gandhiji was a great influence on Mandela and now this film, thankfully out in his lifetime, shows Nelson Mandela and his strength of purpose, resolve and commitment to gaining democratic freedom for his African brothers and sisters.

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