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  • shopping for gifts

    #2 Posted : Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:54:51 AM

     

    This trip seemed to have a wide range of souvenirs in all price categories. Other posters talk about the "bus bazaar" where the TD negotiates a price with the hawkers panting away outside the bus and then brings the wares on board for everyone to check out. That is fun, and those things are more in the trinket category: beads, parasols, scarves, little purses, etc. Kerala was the only place we saw little wooden "puzzle boxes" in the shape of a cat or butterfly, a nice gift for little kids. I got a great necklace on the elephant train on Elephanta Island...we started at $20 and I paid $4... My husband loves boxes and bought a high-quality white marble box with inlaid stones in Agra (a shop that employs descendants of the original artisans of the Taj Mahal). It was beautiful but not cheap. If you get the opportunity to visit this shop (above the theatre with the Shah Jahan and Mumtaz show), do not miss it. The items there were stunning. I had a silk tunic made in a shop in Udaipur. I also got a lovely pashmina at the shop at the Taj Lake Palace (we stayed there instead of the Oberai in Udaipur). I didn't need it, but it was beautiful, and when the price dropped by a third, I couldn't resist. Udaipur also has some beautifully painted larger ceramic elephants. A couple in our group had one shipped home. We were told that Delhi and Mumbai were not the best shopping spots. It seems that Jaipur is the best place to shop, especially for textiles and jewelry. The Gem Palace has very nice selections at a pretty good price. I got a nice pair of stone stud earrings for under $50, while some others went for the more expensive items. We also visited a sort of co-op in Jaipur with all sorts of items. I bought a small print done on fabric. You will learn to show caution and not show too much interest in the wares. We had a large number of shoppers in our group, and the hawkers were so agressive at the Amber Fort, it became almost claustrophobic. This is a wonderful trip with a rich itinerary and so many unique experiences.


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  • Solo Traveling in London?

    #5 Posted : Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:53:12 AM

     

    Traveling London alone is pretty good choice, because London's got decent transportation system so you can move freely. I would recommend you to go The Great Britain Museum.


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  • Electric sockets on board ms Treasures

    #4 Posted : Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:41:47 AM

     

    I actually don't know what they use, but I would definitely take converter socket with me, because that's the essential item for travelling. Or If you don't want to do so, just make a call to company of that ship and figure out which one they have.


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No other place could possibly loom larger in my imagination. London is many worlds, layers upon layers, constructed over millennia. From its founding by the Romans as Londinium, London was never just an English city, but was a much larger entity that spread far beyond. It was the center of the largest empire in the world, and though it dismantled i...

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I have been forever spoiled. If I ever go back to France to explore Provence, it will have to be this way. It's all Tauck's "fault": The travel company ferried me along the Rhone River for my first experience (starting in Paris) in this French region, giving me such a unique taste of luxury, fun and adventure that I cannot imagine a better way.

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