Gandhi @ Villeneuve/English

88 years (1931 -2019) 6th December.

Villeneuve is a SMALL TOWN with GREAT CELEBRITIES:

Mahatma Gandhi arrived in Villeneuve de Chillon 6th December 1931 and was received by the famous french philosopher - writer Romain Rolland. Our indian guests where provided with goat milk (as told by our neighbourhood) because Ghandi only ate vegetarian food and drunk goat milk. A choir sang infront of the house where he stayed in Villeneuve, that's what the children of the singers told us. Today we can imagine him walking down the main street, called Grand-Rue with his faithfull disciple Miss Slade.....  He stayed in the "Villa Lionnette", residence of Romain Rolland's sister until he left this beautiful town to go to Italy, Thursday 10th December 1931. The weather was grey and sad except for the last day: the sun raised and he could finally appreciate of the Lake of Geneva from Villeneuve and the mountains before he left our country. 

Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poete was also Romain Rolland's guest in 1926.  

A charming little town worthwhile visiting for it's history (1214-2014), interesting main street (Grand-Rue)  and beautiful natural surroundings. 

Mahatma Gandhi







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At Gandhi instance indian flag was changed, (symbols):
Safran for COURAGE AND SACRIFICE
White for TRUTH AND PEACE
Green for FAITH AND STRENGH
The spinning wheel for HOPE