It was a slow start to the morning, primarily because it was raining and we knew things would be on hold. This morning we were due to visit the Amber Fort which is one hill somewhere, usually visible but definitely not today. So, instead of doing that we went shopping at a fabric/Sari/Pashmina/bed cover/clothing/wall hanging/pyjama/clothing made to order shop. The shop workers are quite shrewd and it is one on one with the customer so that we could not compare prices with one another and drive the prices down. They are also very good sales people who didn’t let up. If you show a slightest hint of interest in something they will pounce and you have to be good to not buy it. We had been forewarned that we would be attending a wedding in the days to come so many chose here to get something made especially for the occasion including me. It was a bit weird being measured up and I am not sure if all the measurements were actually required but the important thing was that it would fit when it was made. Unfortunately for me I also showed a “slight” interest in a pashmina which ultimately led to me buying it (didn’t really need it). I retreated from my salesperson (phew) and waited with the guys who were taking advantage of the free wi-fi to catch up on news and emails. Eventually, everyone stopped buying and we headed off to a jewellery wholesaler. After a demonstration on how to polish jemstones we were let loose in the store. At this place I showed no interest in buying but rather sat back and chatted with those who were also not shopping. Others, though had a field day but overall I think the fabric place was the winner as far as purchases went.
We had lunch at a place that was named by three letters but I can’t remember them but the food there was quite different from the curries that we had become accustomed to. One of the difficulties with eating in India is that the menus are huge. There is often a choice of Italian (pizza and pasta), thai (stir fry) and then the Indian. It can take some time to get through the menu and then there is interpreting what you are trying to order. I had two samosa’s and a potato cake. The potato cake was quite spicy, not hot, just spicy if that makes sense. I only managed one of the samosa’s and managed to give the other one away (phew).
|Palace of the Winds. A good landmark to find your way home|
|Road side saleman with the usual array of bangles|
|On the way to the sari shop for the second time. Down this alley, turn left, then right, then left, then left again and third shop on the left. Seems so easy now. Getting out of here was another story|
|She never looked happy|
While at dinner, our wedding costumes arrived. Once we got back to the hotel there was a bit of a fashion parade in our room for us girls and I must say Jackie looked good in her Christmas inspired clothes. Thankfully they all fitted amidst a lot of laughing (mainly at Jackie).