Most seaside towns look beautiful when you are at the waterfront, but not all of them necessarily have boats that let tourists watch the skyline from the ocean. Pondicherry, a sleepy seaside town on the south east coast of India is the last vestige of the French colonial empire in India. The promenade is the lifeline of its people, with its evening tightrope walkers, balloon sellers and even the habitual cyclones. Despite a multitude of beauty, I yearned to see what it looked like from the sea. My friend who is a chef arranged for a boat ride with a fisherman his hotel sourced their fish from. I was one of the privileged few to watch the historic city from the sea. Lighthouses, piers, the mairie (town hall), government buildings, familiar cafes….