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... road and that trip takes longer. We again are the only whites in the area, feeling like we are very different ...but it's all good .. The train trip was pretty ordinary ..but got through three movies ...kinda a waste of a day Anyway this town of Madurai has been proven to have been active since 300BC ...a roman coin was just found ...
... loin cloth - knocks on our door at dawn and informs us that “The hot water is now coming out. Would you like some chai?”
The streets of Madurai radiate out from the temple. The four entrance gates each under a huge gopura - huge towers visible from all around the city intricately decorated with stucco gods and demons, with the occasional live monkey scampering around. Another nine smaller towers are within the walls. There is a proliferation of ...
... for us when we finally emerged and told us if we wanted to buy saris or clothes he knew of a much better shop where prices were reasonable. So we followed him to the next shop. Here they had loads of saris, but none we liked, however there were some nice tunics, so we splashed out on one each. Then on to the next shop. Here they had some nice saris for just 300 RP, for that price we couldn't resist, I planned to make a summer dress out of it, but ...
... was nearby. Lucas said it will get hotter later in the tour; great. Will have to uptake the water consumption.
We walked along the esplanade to Place de la Republique to see a statue of Gandhi. I did not realize the French ever had a presence in the country.
Made our way to the yellowish Notre Dame des Anges [a fitting place for me re angels and all]. It was a rather muted interior. We walked past the assembly hall, the parliament for ...
... fellow worshippers around them, which to us was amazing as we are used to temples, churches and other sacred places being quiet places for prayer and reflection. But it allowed us to observe different rituals in al their vibrant splendour and we were impressed with the dedication of religious people here.
One evening we had dinner at the roof top restaurant of the Surya Hotel. It had a kind of a retro 70s feel, the kind you imagine in ...