If you’re bored of Paris (OMG, how could you), and want to explore somewhere else nearby, there are some places within 1-2 hour drive from the capital. I don’t drive in France (no driver’s license yet), so I go wherever that’s accessible by public transportation, and Château Chantilly has a pretty easy access for someone like me. I read the booklet that we could take … Continue reading Where to go near Paris : Château Chantilly
Have the habit to walk across the Seine river in Paris, I walked across Garonne River in Bordeaux through Pont de Pierre (Pierre Bridge) that connects the left bank to the right bank (Bastide area). Summer heat and almost 500 meter long bridge was out of my calculation. The sun reflection made it look like longer and the hustle drivers made it worse to cross … Continue reading Pont de Pierre, Bordeaux
There’s nothing better to get to know a city than getting lost in the narrow paved street. Smell the air and when you’re lucky, there’s no one getting in your way taking pictures of things… 🙂 Continue reading Bordeaux street and colors
I was walking around Bordeaux city center when I got a bit hungry but didn’t really know what to eat. It was a hot day and I didn’t want to waste my time looking for something to eat on the street, and just got in to the first restaurant that I saw (it was chinese wok thing). Not bad. And when I wanted to get … Continue reading Know where to look when hungry…
Paris is not all Haussmanian buildings or same type of bourgeois type of balconies. Colors are also allowed in the city! Take this rue Crémieux, one of the colorful streets inside Paris, in the 12th arrondissement. It was named Avenue Millaud in 1865, but renamed in 1897 to honor Gaston Crémieux, the labor cause defender in Paris back then. With its rather short buildings and the … Continue reading Promenade in colors : rue Crémieux
After a disappointing job interview back in 2012, I called a friend and walked my way out of the office located in the the periphery of 17th arrondissement. I talked and talked, and walked and walked, and before I knew it, I arrived just 5 minutes walk from my area in the 13th arrondissement, almost 2 hours later. I concentrated so much on my stories on the phone that I didn’t notice that I had walked across north western Paris to the southern part of the city, crossed two bridges (the right bank and the left bank bridges). That, opened up my eyes that Paris is a not just walkable for its great trottoirs, but also for its large but compact size!
I have been a huge fans of walk since (Parisians are considered as the biggest number of walkers in the country), so to beat the cold in December, I decided to walk the longest street – Rue Vaugirard.
Rue Vaugirard, situated in the left bank, stretches across 6th arrondissement to the 15th, to the edge of Paris intra muros (inside city). I started walking from the big numbers area (in the 15th), and went up (literally going up if you see the city map) to the 6th.
I took the wrong turn from Rue Convention, the intersection with the Vaugirard, and I ended up to Porte de Versailles (the limit of the intra muros). But along the way, I discovered Petite Ceinture of the 15th (the old unused railway, transformed into hung garden and pedestrian of 1.5 km above the street). Continue reading “Rue Vaugirard : longest street in Paris”
I don’t know why some Parisians like to complain that they can’t breathe well in the city and always think that this metropole needs more open space. Yet, there are a lot of gardens, parks, and squares (not to mention le bois – somekind of forest – but not a forest;p), and Paris could count on its 500 ha of them. If you find Jardin Luxembourg, … Continue reading Strolling in Parisian garden: Albert Kahn
I have fear of heights but also a person who loves to see 360 degree view from above, a little annoying paradox, I know. Failed to climb the Lighthouse Tower in Cap Ferret due to long line, I went to the other high point (belvédère) of Arcachon, L’observatoire Sainte Cécile. As cute as the name, the way to get here is as beautiful, passing the … Continue reading L’Observatoire Sainte Cécile : my acrophobia conquer test
Living in Paris, winter and christmas period mark the best oyster’s period! But if you live in the South, or the South western part, you could have the fresh seafood anytime anywhere and not as expensive than the ones in the capital. Since I didn’t have much time searching for the Oyster producer village at the bay and in Cap Ferret during my summer stay … Continue reading Arcachon: Oyster by the bay
It’s winter and it’s always time to eat and drink in Strasbourg! My favorite part of travel is to taste the local delicacies, and I couldn’t help snacking bretzels when I arrived to the christmas market. The vendor proposed me if I’d like to taste a bit of Kougelhopf, and it was impolite to say no, right. I ended up munching a slice of it, … Continue reading It’s always eating time somewhere….