South India and Malaysia through the eyes of the Little Explorer

Chennai – Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya – Langkawi island- Chennai

Surviving cyclone Vardah in Chennai

(December 2016)

This time it was 10th of December 2016, when we arrived in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. We have been here before. Jayalalithaa Jayaram (very famous Tamil Nadu state Chief Minister) had recently died (5th December) and we were expecting some sort of unrest. However, the public sentiment seemed tamed, perhaps subdued by the unraveling of the recent banknote demonetisation (8th November – 31st December 2016) of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 (rupees) banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series. The latter caused cash starvation, difficulties transacting among the common people and tourists, frustrations and barter exchanges. The reason was the short supply of notes to ATMs  by the banks (only few ATMs were actually working in the country), the daily limit on personal cash withdrawals and larger banknote nominations being given out to people.

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The Little Explorer on a week-long trip to Russia

Travel in Russia – experiences and reflections

(Mid-February – good time to experience minus temperatures and snow)

This time the journey takes us to Moscow and Sochi – two cities quite different in what they can offer to tourists…

Moscow

Who doesn’t know something about Moscow already?

Moscow’s changing and growing at the same time… Numerous building projects can be seen while driving from Sheremetievo airport, through suburbs of Moscow to its central district. The streets are snow and ice-free, despite the recent snowfall and traffic seemed normal. The temperature was – 5 ⁰C, which in the following three days reached – 11⁰C … brrrr

We arrived at Petrovka Street, which is one of the oldest in Moscow and derives its name from the Vysoko-Petrovsky monastery located here. Some of the other famous buildings on that street are:

The Bolshoi Theatre – the main theatre in Russia;

The TsUM building – high-end shopping mall in Neo-Gothic style;

– The Gulag History Museum and The Russian Federation Prosecutor’s General Office share a building that is The Vorontsovs – Rayevskys Manor one of the few building that survived the fire of 1812.

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