Eat, Drink, Walk, Talk ~ Paris spring 2017

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#1 Apr 16th, 2017, 16:27
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It had been a while since I visited Paris at this time of year. The weather gods were extremely kind to us. We had summer temperatures in the spring. The morose Parisians, still clad in winter black, suddenly appeared clutching picnics and heading for parks, like migrating birds.

Mr theyyamdancer and I clicked almost a thousand photographs in one month, with which I am certainly not going to bore you all. Or at least not yet.

I had not travelled for a year, but my now healed ankle stood up to the test of very long walks all over town. We rambled for up to twelve kilometres daily. I tried hard to get lost but failed miserably.

Here is a teaser :

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Without further ado, let's dive straight into a fabulous art exhibition showing at the Musée Guimet in Paris (the Asian arts museum next to Iéna). It concerns the life and travels of Alexandra David Neel, who walked into Tibet, disguised as a male monk.

The exhibits include Tibetan art and photographs of Alexandra David Neel.

Introduction to the exhibition


About Alexandra David-Neel


At her retreat in North Sikkim where she stayed for extended periods


With her adopted son


Tibetan Art Treasures






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Reading up on the internet, it is intriguing to learn that guided tours to "The Cave Where Alexandra David Neal (sic) Meditated" exist...

Back in 2008, Mr theyyamdancer and I were visiting Sikkim, and somewhere near Thangu we met some French trekkers who were searching for that exact spot, in vain. They were not the least bit happy to have trekked to an unknown place and found only snowdrifts. Such is the mystique surrounding the story.

What is certain is that she was a very determined lady. We travellers on IndiaMike sometimes think we are intrepid nowadays, but the conditions in which A.D.N. trekked were far from ideal. She lived hand to mouth, surviving in freezing temperatures without proper boots or nourishment. A far cry indeed from the "North Sikkim in 2 nights 3 days".
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Excellent. Alexandra's travels are a doddle compared to your 12 km travail around gay Paris with a mending ankle. Well done!
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You are too kind, Sir, the journey will continue shortly, interspersed with refreshments for the weary traveller.

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Amazing woman! (not you TD!!)

I visited her home & museum, built like a Tibetan Gompa, in Digne Les Bains, South of France, wonderful place. They still have all her old luggage cases & a couple of pistols she had concealed on her person while travelling in disguise as a Tibetan.

She once told her husband she was going to India/Tibet for 18mths & was gone for 14yrs (no visa overstays in those days!) when she returned to France she found out her husband had died 6yrs earlier.

http://www.alexandra-david-neel.fr/h...years-in-asia/
SOS: Missing Person...

Please look at this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...012-a-t159252/

He could be anywhere now: You might have met him, be able to help, or give information.
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I want to visit her home/museum one day soon.
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See also post number 10 by KK in this thread:
Cave living and livable caves in Himalayas
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post See also post number 10 by KK in this thread:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/trekk...112603/#post99
Why does that link switch to Fenugreek after a few seconds?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...ek-t42/#post99

It's all FenuGreek to me??
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No idea. It happened to me as well. But it did not happen on my tablet.

The ghost of Alexandra ?

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post No idea. It happened to me as well. But it did not happen on my tablet.

The ghost of Alexandra ?

Do Enlightened Ones have ghosts??

Here's the link again; http://www.indiamike.com/india/trekk...layas-t112603/

TD, have you read 3yrs in Tibet by Ekai Kawaguchi? Another amazing traveller;

http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tul...-in-tibet.html
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post No idea. It happened to me as well. But it did not happen on my tablet.

The ghost of Alexandra ?

The offending link is -

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http://www.indiamike.com/india/trekking-and-mountaineering-in-india-f89/cave-living-and-livable-caves-in-himalayas-t112603/#post99
As you can notice, there is no post #99 in that thread. Afterwhich somehow a bad index link presents you with fenugreek
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After all this talk of fenugreek, now we must go outside and view the spring flowers on display at this season of the year. My favourite in the month of March/April is the magnolia blossom. There are also all kinds of flowering fruit trees in varying shades of pink petals. Explosions of colour surprise the eyes in the midst of the grey paving stones.


Magnolia



Plum



Various blooms
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As colourful as the flowers and more ticklish to the tastebuds, here are a few samples of some of the food we tasted during our visit to Paris !

Crab with exotic fruit at the Vaudeville restaurant



Yummy fish fillet with pea puree - art on a plate - at Chez Julien Brasserie



Cheesecake with mango and passion fruit coulis



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