Thursday, March 28, 2013

The best table in the city for dinner in India, and a red dress I'm thinking of buying

Dinner tonight.  The best table in the most fabulous restaurant in the city.
Living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Even my jaded companion seemed to like it...

Today we arrived in India on a pretty fabulous new airplane of Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong, very early in the morning. I actually had a migraine when we left Manila, and it was pretty horrible enough to make me want to bang my head on the window onboard.


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Cathay Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong 
to most major cities in India

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As soon as we got to the CX lounge in Hong Kong, the first thing I did was get on the Internet and google "what to do when you have a migraine on a flight." Yes, it was that bad.

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But -- guess what the wonders of a nice and spacious airplane can do.

CATHAY PACIFIC'S NEW PLANES TO INDIA



We boarded the CX flight for India and it was the new business class design, which is very nice and comfortable.

There were only three other passengers in business so we basically had the front half of the plane to ourselves.



That luxury of space, a very nice dinner, and four solid hours of sleep on a flat bed -- and my migraine was gone, by the time we landed in India.

Dinner on Cathay Pacific to India...


AND FROM THE HOTEL GATE,
 IT'S A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE...

From the airport, we proceeded to the gate of our hotel where a horse-drawn carriage met us and drove us up a hill.



Right in front of the main building of our beautiful hotel, two staff members were waiting with champagne and cocktails.

4 AM this morning in a never-endingly eventful Travelife...


This would all have been pretty matter-of-fact in a Travelife, except for the fact that it was 4 AM. How surreal was that?

Surreal, but absolutely wonderful.


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Read more about this amazing hotel
and our trip to India
in an upcoming issue of Travelife Magazine

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CATCHING UP ON SLEEP

At about 5 AM I went back to sleep, only to wake up a few hours later to make it in time for an appointment with one of the city's most famous designers.

Several hours after landing in India,
we had tea with a famous Indian designer.

This is a Tinsley Manila dress, by the way.
 I brought 8 dresses of the same style to India 
because they take me from sightseeing days to fancy dinners so nicely.


I skipped a lovely breakfast on the terrace of our fabulous hotel to get an hour more of shut-eye, and then we were off to meet the designer and then to discover the city.

This designer made lovely hand-stamped fabrics and she worked out of a simply beautiful heritage home that is one of a kind. It's a centuries-old home that has been in her husband's family for generations.

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY A DRESS?



We had tea with her and she showed me a lovely red dress that I'm still thinking of buying, even now. Usually I make quick decisions on such things -- but today, for some reason, I thought I should sleep over it.

My friend took a couple of photos of me in the dress, and these have turned out to be some of my favorite photographs on the trip so far -- so perhaps I'll buy the dress tomorrow.

THE BEST TABLE IN THE CITY

Is this a fantastic table or what?


It's been a busy but adventurous and happy day.

And dinner tonight was just amazing, even for a Travelife. Apparently it takes months to book this very special table, but we were lucky to get a cancellation.

Talk about the best table in the city -- and an exotic meal prepared by the executive chef himself.

We sat here all night talking about travel and life, and the joys of a never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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