The confirmation on my ticket says it all: Voyage 6701, Opening Cruise. The first-ever sailing of Silversea’s newest ultra-luxury cruise ship and its first newbuild in seven years: the 596-guest Silver Muse sets sail from Genoa, Italy on Monday, April 3, 2017 and heads for Barcelona, Spain. Onboard: a full house […]

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As part of my long journey from Canada to India, I had the opportunity to experience KLM’s new World Business Class product on my initial transatlantic flight between Calgary International Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

In Canada, KLM offers direct flights between Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Vancouver, Calgary, […]

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Ending Our Indian Journey on the Ganges

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I crossed the street nonchalantly, dodging electric rickshaws, tuk-tuks, and iconic white Tata cars. I sidestepped a sleeping dog, waved to an old man selling Chai at the side of the road, and stopped on the other side, next to a man […]

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Kalna & Chinsura

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My cruise along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures has been one of constant surprise and wonder, despite the fact that each day is crafted with the same basic structure: breakfast, tour. Lunch, tour. Briefing, dinner.

Yet it is that structure that makes things manageable. Tours are […]

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Brass Pots and Mammoth Temples

Monday, March 6, 2017

This morning, our cruise along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures anchored just off the small brassworking village of Matiari. Like most of the other villages we’ve visited, my attempts to further my research have been futile. Type “Matiari” into Google, and you get Matiari, […]

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Exploring the Battle of Plassey

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Exploring the India’s Ganges River with G Adventures has been one of the surprise moments of my travel year so far. India is intoxicating, and G Adventures showcases it in a way that is accessible to those like me who are first-time visitors. At the […]

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Village Life and Colonial History on the Ganges

Saturday, March 4, 2017

When I first booked this river cruise along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures last summer, I had pictured India as an unending torture chamber of heat; a place where I’d never get respite from the big, hot sun unless I was […]

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Indescribable India

Friday, March 3, 2017

I can’t get enough of India’s chaotic, off-the-wall traffic.

I decided this earlier today, as our mini-bus weaved in and out of the traffic from Farakka and approached the Farakka Barrage. We sped past trucks, weaved around motorcyclists, dodged carts pulled by oxen, narrowly missed livestock and dogs, and […]

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The Train to Farakka & Varuna

Today, our journey along India’s Ganges River with G Adventures kicks off in a big way. Today is the day we head for Kolkata’s Howrah Station for our rail journey to Farakka to board our riverboat, the 24-passenger Varuna.

If you’ve seen the film or read […]

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Welcome to India

I could live a dozen lifetimes and not be able to accurately describe the smell of India.

When I stepped off the plane Kolkata this morning at the implausible hour of 4:55am, it hit me: a sickly-sweet aroma that camouflaged itself with the stillness of the morning air. A scent impossible to […]

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