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
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
I’ve never seen as many beautiful street lights like this… It’s one of the stylish way of decorating the streets in Strasbourg by lighting up rows of Baccarat chandeliers on top of people’s heads…. 🙂 Continue reading Most beautiful city lights…(and expensive ones)
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
It takes 17 grams of sugar to produce 1° alcohol. In a bottle of wine of 75 cl at 12°, that means there’s equivalent to 150 gram, or 25 sugar. For comparison, in a 75 cl soda bottle, there’s “only” 90 gram of sugar, or 15 sugar! Nice to know, but not so nice….. :p Continue reading Wine makes you fatter than soda?
Reasons why I went to South West of France this year were the ocean, the dune, and the winery! Despite of the heatwave week (35-39 degrees), when I made up my mind of going, that means I’m going.
There are a lot of good French wines, but to my taste buds, you can never go wrong with Bordeaux wine. Among the big wineries, Saint Emilion is one of the star of the south west producers of high quality grand cru wines, and I’ve been dying to go there since long. So I packed my bag full with lunch bag, big bottle of water, and put my pretty hat on – I’m prepared to face the heat.
By public transport, you can reach St. Emilion by regional train from Bordeaux (around 30 min, and continue with tuk tuk that will drive you to desired destination), or by auto car (it’s what French refers to the inter city bus..). I wanted to take the train, but looking at the price, I prefer to take the bus. The one way ticket with the train costs around 8 euros whilst the bus costs only 2,6 euros. The trip is less than 1 hour, the bus is quite comfy, and it stops just at the city centre, so no need to take any other transport means to the centre.
But the cheap ticket comes with a little discomfort. I got lost at Place Quinconces, the place to catch the bus Transgironde no. 302. Due to some constructions happening there, they moved the bus stop with not much of information. The officer I asked was just pointing direction “there…..” without any precision. Continue reading “St. Emilion : vineyards, château, old city, and heatwave!”
Between hiking and sandy beach, usually I always pick the latter. I’m not too keen of hiking, especially the mountainous trails.
But hiking at Dune of Pilat, in Le Teste de Buch, in the Arcachon Bay, not too far from Bordeaux, I thought, might be different. It’s hiking, but I could have the sands too. So, nearly win-win!
This famous dune is quite accessible with public transportation from Bordeaux. I chose to take the TER train (regional train) from Bordeaux to Arcachon (around 50 minutes), and took the bus line 1, the stop is just outside the station (at the parking lot, near public toilet, if you want to ask me!). The train ticket costs 15 euros only return trip using the Ocean pass (during summer), and the bus costs only 1 euro one single trip).
The bus comes every hour, and I just missed it, thanks to my bladder emergency. So I started to talk to the guys at the bus stop, they were nice and also resourceful. So don’t hesitate to talk to them, you’d get some great tips to get around – and they’re pretty chatty too, not bad to accompany till the bus comes!
The bus is quite full inside, and I can assure you that most of the passengers get off at Dune of Pilat, Continue reading “Hiking at the highest sand dune in Europe”