Promenade in colors : rue Crémieux

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

L’Observatoire Sainte Cécile : my acrophobia conquer test

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

Arcachon: Oyster by the bay

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 always eating time somewhere….

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….

Strasbourg, Alsace : landscape and architecture

I aspired to be an architect when I was in high school, but failed the exam twice, and life offered me something else as fascinating. So in every travel, the landscape and architecture of the place are some of my observations, especially during my stay in Strasbourg! The timber houses with its ornamental banding, bay windows, and the fronts decorated with geranium flowers are some … Continue reading Strasbourg, Alsace : landscape and architecture

Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas

Celebrating this year’s Christmas, I remember that I haven’t posted anything from Strasbourg, France,  way back in 2012. Strasbourg held the very first edition of the oldest Christmas market in Europe, back in 1570, called “Christkindelsmärik” or market of infant Jesus. Since then, the city continues the tradition and became the Capital of Christmas, with its dozens of kilometers of Xmas Lights and decorations, 300 … Continue reading Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas

Line of trust

This line looks like any other line, but turns out it serves for something. When I went to oyster producer village in La Teste de Buch, the southern shore of Arcachon (south western part of France), I took the local shuttle bus from Arcachon train station. The bus runs on certain schedule and you can get the time table on internet or on the spot. The thing … Continue reading Line of trust

Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux

It’s always practical and fresher near water when it’s hot. Bordeaux has a way to freshen people up, and notably to cheer the kids up! Go to miroir d’eau or water mirror, the largest reflecting pool,  just in front of Place de la Bourse, facing up the quay.  It’s only lit up during summer (at least when it’s hot already). Once the water spray/atomizer turned … Continue reading Miroir d’eau, Bordeaux

Wine course in Bordeaux (of course)

I couldn’t get better time to visit Bordeaux, it was a full week of heatwave. It wasn’t easy to stroll in the street under 38-40 degrees despite the charm of the rive gauche city centre. I was equipped with long sleeve linen shirt, linen short, my wide hat, a bottle of water, evian face spray, and sun block cream. Still it was highly recommended (even by … Continue reading Wine course in Bordeaux (of course)