Things Don't Always Go As Planned
As I mentioned on my Facebook Live post this morning, I think there's no better way to see a place than by walking through it's streets. You can use all your senses to really get a better understanding of the people and culture. So, there's always something positive that comes out of a seemingly bad situation. You may not be able to choose the circumstances, but you can certainly choose how you react to them. Having a great attitude and learning to "go with the flow" is essential in travel. It can make the difference between a great trip and one that leaves you feeling drained and annoyed. I'm a planner myself, so this "stay loose and go with the flow" idea is something I'm working on as well. I have a feeling this trip will give me plenty of opportunity to practice!
History and Culture Abound
People and Places from the Spice Trade
The St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India, built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Vasco da Gama restored it with coconut wood and thatched roofs and practiced his Roman Catholic faith here. He also died in Cochin and was initially buried in the church. His remains were later taken to Lisbon by his son and the site is now marked by stone and a brass railing.
When the Dutch took over the Church, they converted it to their Protestant beliefs and renovated it to a stone structure. The British arrived and added the tin roof and their Anglican way of worship. Today, the church still has Sunday service in both English and Malayalam and their choir is well known to the locals. It's also called the "musical church" because of the melodies made by the tin roof during the monsoons.
The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica was originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral in 1558 and later a Basilica by Pope John Paul in 1984. It's one of eight Basilicas in Kerala and considered a heritage site here.
Another group that fled Europe ,due to persecution, were the Jewish people. When they arrived in Cochin, the raja gifted them a piece of land to develop as their colony. It's known locally now as "Jew Town". The Jewish Synagogue is in the heart of it and it's also known for it's shops, mainly targeting tourists with souvenirs, and spice markets.