|Built between 1884 -93, and home to the municipal govt. offices|
|Food vendor - Mumbai, India|
Then our guide set off down a small nearby lane with her flock, as I thought of us, in tow. A short walk later we found ourselves in the midst of Mumbai history: Khotachi wadi, one of the city’s few remaining Heritage areas.
While ‘wadi’ in Arabian countries means a dry valley or ravine as in ‘Wadi Rum’ here it means a small community area; one that is said to be associated with farming. Other Mumbai Heritage wadis include: Fanas (‘jackfruit’) Wadi, Ambra (mango) Wadi and Khet (farm) Wadi.
|Khotachi wadi, left, city of Mumbai view on the right|
|James Ferreira, well-known Indian fashion designer|
Mr. Ferreira, who greeted our group while his assistants refilled our beverage cups and goodie plates, both lives and has his design studio in the two-story wood-frame structure. It is his family home; one of the original 65 homes in this once-Portuguese enclave. Now, one of the 28 remaining in this compact Heritage area.
|James Ferreira's home, "The Scout" trying out the front porch rocking chair|
|Cruisers watch a sari demonstration in the James Ferreira design studio|
|Khotachi wadi - a step into history|
We were off to Oman and othe ports of call in the Middle East after leaving Mumbai and that meant we were heading to a HTA, Heavy Threat Area – something cruise lines take most seriously.
Preparing for danger was a new and different experience, we’ll tell you about it in a future post. Until you return, happy and safe travels to you and yours~
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