Hotel de Pondicherry
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... it’s disturbing in the extreme.
The old man lays down in front of the bus preventing it from leaving and this just invites more punches and kicks from the conductor. Amber and I are off the bus appealing for the melee to stop with Rans now hysterical and Kier ashen-faced. Passers-by pick him up and move him to the pavement. He shouts and swings his stick at imaginary assailants whilst the conductor - having re-boarded the bus - looks impassively on as we ...
... too! Looking forward to catching a train! Auto rickshaw to the guest house in the French quarter. Very nice place, lovely room with small balcony looking out onto the street and trees with squirrels for company. There is a lovely area up on the top floor for breakfast or just relaxing, with a good view out to see. We have not got tired of the spicy food for lunch and dinner yet, but the daily masala omelette and boring white sliced bread and mixed fruit jam we had eaten ...
... pure totally smooth, transparent ball of glass or crystal.
We sat down, and let what ever happened happen. For me, I closed my eyes and the silence was almost too much. The chamber must be sound-proofed and in some way reflected the sounds in the room because I could hear someone breathing from across the chamber as clearly as if they were resting their head on my shoulder and breathing into my ear. They say that the sound of silence can be deafening, and this was the ...
... a former French Colony in the Tamil heartland. You can get a baguette here, hear French spoken as casually as English, and even get arrested by a police man with an inspector Cluseo hat! We liked it so much there that we ended up staying for 10 days.
Here is our A-Z of Pondicherry including all the things we loved about it.
A for Arriving
So we took the night sleeper bus from Kodaikanal direct to Pondicherry. This was ...
... than on the shoe racks! The next minute we know an extremely angry man started grabbing our bags and shouting because he earns money from stealing our shoes (i.e looking after them why we go into the temple) and then ransoming them for a princely sum! After giving him our shoes we headed inside the temple. It was very pretty but we were disappointed at the lack of elephant present! After being harassed by several drum, tattoo and elephant statue sellers we decided ...