The Paris of the East

Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
Trip End Mar 08, 2010

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Flag of India  , Union Territory of Pondicherry,
Sunday, February 14, 2010

When they call Pondicherry the Paris of the East, that might be a slight exaggeration. However, the oldest part of the town has a decidedly French feel.   The building style reminds me of Charleston or New Orleans, or maybe Martinique and the police look very French colonial in their smart white uniforms and red caps.  Although it seems strange, the rickshaw drivers speak French.  The food is a blend of Indian and French that can be very interesting.  Unfortunately, the wine is pure India.

Our hotel had a lovely rooftop pool, but a wedding reception was to be held on the roof, so it had only limited availiblity.  We took an after-dinner stroll along the beachfront.  The area was crowded with local families, tourists, hawkers, and food sellers.  The weather was pleasant and we all had a good time.  The next morning we toured the French Quarter, and parts of the Tamil and Muslim Quarters by Rickshaw after stopping in the Archeological museum.  That tour was cut short by a power failure and we were quickly ushered out and the doors were locked.   Afternoon we visited the local market and wandered through the exotic fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  Girija also treated us to cups of the local coffee, which is very good.  It is a very strong and thick filtered coffee that is mixed with hot milk poured with great fanfare in a long stream into your cup. 
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