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... this residence. You may be wondering what is so special about this government house. First, it was once the official residence of the French Governor. So the historical significance is there. And the Raj Nivas is a rare combination of Indian and French architecture, completed circa 1738.With time, however, the Raj Nivas has slowly established its Indian style with the courtyard on the ground floor of the house. The wooden pillars that surround the courtyard are ...
We take a day trip out to Tranjopan, a magnificent Chola temple built 1000 years ago. The whole temple including the multitude of carvings attached to the sikhara are unpainted and retain the sandstone hue. I note that the temple rats have evolved to be the same colour as the stone, unlike their control group cousins in the town who remain grey. Since reading 1984 as a youth I have developed a phobia of rats and we have taken to referring to them as ...
Pondicherry, or Puducherry as it is now known, is in the old French Quarter of India. The French renounced their claim to these lands back in 1954, some 7 years after Independence from British Rule came into effect throughout the rest of the country. Francophillia is still in evidence everywhere though from the street names (Rue ...) to the gendarmerie style headdress worn by the police. They are not bad at pastries either.
Arriving by train at 0530 has its pros and cons. You ...
... that the clouds parted for us to see this exquisite beam of light shooting down through the centre of this impressive space. Thanks sun, you made our day very special indeed!
Trying not to trip over our own feet as we looked all around we moved up again, walking silently on the walking platforms which ran around the interior of the dome, looking around at how the view changed, taking it all in, the circular marble map penetrated by this forceful beam of light, the ...
... Asia, we finally lost our moped virginity. So our first couple of days were spent driving round and exploring nearby Pondicherry; a French colonial town by the sea with awesome antique shops and restaurants (we got got the most incredible burger and they cooked it medium rare!). Whilst there, we visited the grave of The Mother which was a 'different' experience. There was a hell of a lot of praying going on - she would have been turning in her ...