Le Quartier Français, Pondichéry

This gallery contains 36 photos.

We begin our tour of Pondicherry in the Ville Blanche, or White Town. This is the town the French built, and it as Gallic and Mediterranean as it can be, thousands of miles away from Marseille. Most of the buildings … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Grand Tour III-4: Pondicherry (Puducherry)… Ville française

This gallery contains 29 photos.

Pondicherry was established in 1674, when La Compagnie française des Indes orientales, otherwise known as the French East India Company acquired a plot of land on the Coromandel Coast from the Sultan of Bijapur. As trading settlements went, Pondicherry was a … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Build A Museum (Podcast Interview)

This gallery contains 1 photo.

So I did a podcast interview with Thomas L. Fraser about Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, the challenges of being a Museum Director and what to look out for if you’re thinking of giving to a Museum. This arose from an … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Connemara Hotel, Madras

This gallery contains 15 photos.

The Connemara Hotel was the grande dame of the Madras hospitality scene. Its earliest incarnation was a private residence bought in 1815 by one of the foremost merchants of the city at the time, Mr John Binny. The road on which … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old Madras III – Santhome, Mylapore and St Thomas Mount

This gallery contains 22 photos.

In 52 A.D., so it is said, St Thomas – one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ – landed at the Malabar Coast (the South-west Coast) of India, and travelled across the sub-continent to the ancient (and magnificent) port … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old Madras II – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road and the Marina

This gallery contains 41 photos.

This second part of our leisurely wander through Old Madras (today’s Chennai), takes us down three major thoroughfares in the city – Poonamallee High Road, Mount Road (and the suburb of Egmore), and South Beach Road along the Marina. These … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Old Madras I – Fort St George and George Town

This gallery contains 37 photos.

Our first walking tour of Old Madras takes in the two oldest sections of the city, both of which date from the initial founding of the city, some 370 years ago. They constitute Madras’ Old Town and make for a charming, though … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment