From the Himalayas to Digne-les-Bains
Alexandra David-Néel was a tireless explorer and the first Western woman to enter Lhassa, the forbidden capital city of Tibet. That was in 1924. At the time, the achievement caused a sensation and revealed her to the general public. But Alexandra David Néel had many other strings to her bow: opera singer in her youth, specialist in oriental culture, she was also a feminist activist, journalist and author. In 1946, after decades of adventures, she returned to France and her home in Digne-les-Bains where Provence and the Alps meet. The Pays Dignois was her refuge, her “Himalayas for Lilliputians”, as she nicknamed it. Alexandra David-Néel’s former house now houses a museum which bears witness to the rich life she led.