If there’s one thing that struck me about Pondicherry, it would be the bright, vivid colours. As I ambled through the streets of this former French colony, a few weeks ago, I realised that this was a destination after my own heart. My obsession with all things French found expression here, in the form of rues and avenues, with signboards pointing me to cafes and bistros, serving up croissants and ratatouille.
As for the colours, there’s an explosion of it all around. I couldn’t help but succumb to the charm of Pondicherry’s colourful facades – lots of white, blue, green, pink all over. The baroque facades of buildings and bungalows, with that unmistakable French elegance, are best enjoyed on foot as you walk through the old town. On my list of recommendations are the following buildings – the Lycee Francais, the French Consulate, the Alliance Francaise, the Ashram School among many others.
Here are a few pictures that I snapped as I rambled aimlessly.
As for my obsession with all things French, I thought it only appropriate to pull out my summer favourites from French menswear label Celio, to keep the spirit of joie de vivre.
With Pondicherry’s hot and muggy climate, shorts are your best bet. I did exactly that – stocked up on some really well-tailored Celio shorts. The standout piece is this soft cotton tee with a lovely tropical print (tropical prints are all the rage this season, so they are definitely a wardrobe essential).
For my second day, I decided to check out some of the chic eateries of Pondicherry, for which I thought a nice printed shirt, paired with shorts would be more appropriate.
Here are some shots as I sat on the café tables outside the luxurious Le Dupleix hotel, where I lunched.
What’s my favourite spot in Pondicherry, you ask? Well, that’s an easy one – I found my little perch on the white wall outside the Promenade hotel (where I stayed). I spent endless hours seated on the wall, watching the ocean, observing people walk by, sipping on a cocktail or coffee. After all, nothing encapsulates the French lifestyle better than just sitting, enjoying a drink and watching the world go by. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to look effortlessly chic!
Shorts, tee and shirt from Celio India
Photography Eben Sam