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Fort Cochin

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“India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms them.” ~ William Dalrymple, White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India

The dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin especially in and closer to the old town / harbour entrance can be explored at a leisurely pace for hours on end. On my first visit I ended up getting lost and walking with a heavy backpack for an extra few kilometres. Some great little snack bars and restaurants can be found in this area, which is mostly alcohol free (I did find one official bar doing limited sales). Late afternoon through the road network ending with an ice-cream is a must-do. Morning walks are also great and present some lovely photo opportunities with golden rays striking through the alleys and trees. Think… relaxing lazy days, market buzz in the distance, dogs napping nearby, the odd fly buzzing around and crows waiting for a titbit: I love India! Further along the dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin is the promenade where people gather at the waterfront to exercise, socialise and or just watch the sun go down. I said earlier that Fort Cochin could be described as the cutest little town I have discovered this far in India; it’s maybe also the most “innocent”. The photo below is of two bicycles parked off while their owners watch the sun slowly go down. A gent is seen reading in the background with two passers-by heading along the dusty sand pathway.

Canon South Africa 6D, F4, 1/250 sec, ISO 320

The race

2015 aQuelle Tour Durban

Sunrise this morning at the start of the 105 km Tour Durban in Durban The warmest place to be; a cycling event sponsored by Sunday Tribune aQuelléSUNCOAST Durban and organised by Impi Concept Events.

“The 2015 aQuelle Tour Durban offers riders three route options, including the very popular CYCLOCROSS event that was introduced in 2013. The routes for 2015 remain the same as 2014. Thanks to the support provided by The City of Durban, the event will once again enjoy road closure. The signature event is the 105 km Road Race, attracting the country’s top cycling professionals, and taking riders from the stadium south towards the Bluff along the M4, turning inland along the M7 into Pinetown, and back down into Durban, before heading north up the picturesque M4 highway towards Ballito and back” ~ www.tourdurban.co.za

— at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Before the race

Elite

Sunrise this morning just before the start of the 105 km Tour Durban in Durban The warmest place to be: a cycling event sponsored by Sunday Tribune aQuelléSUNCOAST Durban and organised by IMPI Concept Events. This group was the “elite” bunch I suspect as they took off first.

“The 2015 aQuelle Tour Durban offers riders three route options, including the very popular CYCLOCROSS event that was introduced in 2013. The routes for 2015 remain the same as 2014. Thanks to the support provided by The City of Durban, the event will once again enjoy road closure. The signature event is the 105 km Road Race, attracting the country’s top cycling professionals, and taking riders from the stadium south towards the Bluff along the M4, turning inland along the M7 into Pinetown, and back down into Durban, before heading north up the picturesque M4 highway towards Ballito and back” ~www.tourdurban.co.za

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms. Canon EF 17–40mm lens F5. 1/80 sec. ISO 1000.

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— at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Cyclesphere Cycling lap 3 final

This is lap 3, the final, at Cyclesphere,  2 Gordon Road, Morningside Durban, where the owner Greg Albert and his friendly staff let me and my faithful Canon 550D “loose”.

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Cyclesphere Cycling lap 2

This is lap 2 at Cyclesphere,  2 Gordon Road, Morningside Durban, where the owner Greg Albert and his friendly staff let me and my faithful Canon 550D “loose”.

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Cyclesphere Cycling lap 1

This Saturday just gone, Tim invited me over to Cyclesphere at 2 Gordon Road, Morningside Durban  for a double cappuccino.

After getting energized outside on his really tasty caffeine injection, I abandoned Tim and went inside the cycle shop where the owner Greg Albert and his friendly staff let me and my faithful Canon 550D loose.

I think he alerted a common friend, “accident” Craig, who arrived and offered me another lens to try (forced it into my hands).

The one staff member was so helpful that he just kept on producing bicycle after bicycle for me to photograph without being asked.

The photos below serve only to flash some colour on your screen and show you how Tim’s coffee machine can “steam”. The nice photos will appear in the days to come.

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