Loving tea means loving the world

children at school - nepal tea plantation

When I visit a plantation, when I go to see a producer, I naturally spend time tasting the tea. But I also look at the growing conditions. I want to find out if the tea is produced cleanly, if nature is respected. For me, loving tea also means loving the ground in which it grows. The tea I drink, the tea that does me good – I don’t want it to harm the earth, or those who grow it. That’s why I also visit the clinics, nurseries and, of course, schools.


Posted in Country : Nepal by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags :

The appeal of the Big Blue

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Many of you go green for the summer holidays, surrounded by countryside. I give you plenty of green throughout the year with my blog posts, photos, and fields of tea undulating gently to the horizon. But at this time of year, when we like a change of scenery, I’m offering you blue instead of green, and I’m taking you to the shores of my favourite lake, Inle (Myanmar). I wish you very happy holidays!


Posted in Country: Burma by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags :

The tea plant that didn’t stop growing

big tea plant in poobong india

Due to the harvesting of its leaves, a tea plant does not get bigger; instead its trunk thickens. So a tea field looks more like a bonsai forest. But left unchecked, Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Assamica can grow to a height of several metres. Here is Rudra Sharma, the planter at Poobong in India, in front of one of his wild tea plants.


Posted in Country : India by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : , ,

Turning our backs on danger

monk sipping a fizzy drink near gas bottles

On a visit to a Buddhist monastery, I came across this monk sipping a fizzy drink, his back turned on a store of gas bottles. It made me think of the state of the world. We live as if there is no danger, as if it is possible to draw infinitely on the resources of our planet; we let water flow away, we pollute shamelessly, we don’t care about the rubbish contaminating our oceans… We are leaving future generations to deal with the consequences of our actions without considering the risk that one day, our poor, overpopulated, dried out, lifeless planet will explode in our faces.

 


Posted in Country : India by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : , ,

The Darjeeling Toy Train knows how to take its time

Darjeeling Toy Train

I have written before about the Darjeeling Toy Train, and this is its home. Its adventures continue as I write my blog. Sometimes it crosses my path, at other times it runs alongside me. It moves in its own way and at its own pace. It knows how to take its time. It covers the 80 km that separate Jalpaiguri from Darjeeling in eight hours, at an average speed of 10 km per hour – perfect for those who appreciate life in the slow lane.

 


Posted in Country : India, Places I like in Darjeeling by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : ,

The author

François-Xavier Delmas is a passionate globetrotter. He’s been touring the world’s tea plantations for more than 20 years in search of the finest teas. As the founder of Le Palais des Thés, he believes that travelling is all about discovering world cultures. From Darjeeling to Shizuoka, from Taiwan to the Golden Triangle, he invites you to follow his trips as well as share his experiences and emotions.

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