Updated: Oct 26
Saturday, October 21st, 2023
New Mayapura, France
In a 2X6 metre rustic hut, the home of Gaura Hari, Madan Gopal (my sponsor for this French trip) fixed breakfast with his own homemade bread for the three of us. That provided some energy for our day's journey to Chateau de Chenonceau, a castle located on the Cher River. After Versailles, the structure with the grounds is the biggest tourist attraction for castles.
What did we see?
Impressive architecture, fine interiors of furniture, utilities, and artwork for the high-end folks of the 16th century, were on display. Some of the pieces are just awesome, like the Virgin Mary in a blue veil, and strong man, Samson, defeating a lion. From the fineries one can appreciate the pampering lifestyle for some fortunates of the past. But I was still more charmed by Gaura Hari's modest cabin, if you want me to compare.
We spent a good amount of time at the castle, and after a meal, a nap, and a drive, Madan Gopal dropped me off at that rustic home of Gaura Hari, who sent me on a trail and then the road back to La Nouvelle Mayapura for a solo walk.
The sun (soliel in French) was so much in my favour after the cloud and rain of the bygone days. Then there was the wind (vayu in Sansrkit) that tossed my garments about. Once I reached the woods, all was calm and I got to the front door to the place where actual aristocracy resides – Their Lordships, Krishna Balarama and other divine royalty.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!