Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Swiss Adventurer, Traveller, Writer, and Photographer - Ella Maillart...

Ella Maillart  -  February 20, 1903 to March 27, 1997

I always respected the rebel in strong, independent, intellectual women who does not conform. 

Ella Maillart, Jour de foire à Weichang, dans l’ancienne province de Jehol, découverte de la lanterne magique, Manchourie, 1934 © Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

She started exploring the Orient/Asia in the 1930s. She got to be famous for her travels, photography and books. 

Photo by Ella Maillart 

She wrote for Le Petit Parisien during the Japanese occupation in Manchuria as well as later when she was traveling in Afghanistan, Turkey and Persia. 

Photo by Ella Maillart 

She went on a 7 months journey from Peking to Srinagar with Peter Fleming crossing the Himalayas. She studied Hindu philosophy in India and continued travel during her life. From 1957 to 1987 she organized cultural tours into Asia.

A few of her books to read:

Turkestan Solo - One Woman's Expedition from the Tien Shan to the Kizil Kum - 1932

Forbidden Journey - From Peking to Cashmir  - 1935

Gypsy Afloat - Her years at Sea

The Land of the Sherpas - Nepal - 1951

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