Tele­graph Travel

The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Austria -

Cal­en­dar. The pic­ture voted the judges’ fun of the fes­tive street par­ties which take place on the three evenings be­fore the pro­ces­sion. From dusk to late evening, the streets of down­town Ky­oto are thronged with peo­ple, many dressed in colour­ful yukata (light cot­ton ki­monos), as they ad­mire the exquisitely-crafted floats on dis­play in the traf­fic-free streets. There was much mer­ri­ment as we strolled along with the flow, nib­bling on grilled chicken and bat­tered oc­to­pus in the balmy evening air, and en­joy­ing the floats and the mu­sic. MARTIN NUTTALL, CAM­BRIDGE to me. I lob it back to the bowler and long to play. It feels 20 years too late.

I roam the mar­kets, eat aloo chaat, and talk with peo­ple at the food stand who rec­om­mend I see a Hindi film. Di­a­logue passes me by, but boy-meets­girl is fa­mil­iar in any cul­ture.

Rain forces me back to the city. The an­gry rivulets on the road add a new dimension to the jour­ney. I am soaked through. Like ev­ery­one else. IAN MILES, ESSEX

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