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

Half day in Cap Ferret

I went to Dune de Pilat during summer, and when I was on top of the hill, I could see Cap Ferret, the headland that separates the Atlantic Ocean from Arcachon Bay. All I know about Cap Ferret was minimum, but I know there’s a famous lighthouse to climb there, some nice beaches, and oyster farms village. So I went back from Dune de Pilat to … Continue reading Half day in Cap Ferret

St. Emilion : vineyards, château, old city, and heatwave!

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!”

Hiking at the highest sand dune in Europe

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”

Oyster in the southern france

Having had a food poisoning back then, in the first year when i arrived in Paris, was quite a tormenting  stomach experience. I just loved seafood, and turns out that you can’t have all year long fresh seafood in the capital, and have to be selective in choosing the place. I was told that, to be sure, we could have the fresh seafood in the … Continue reading Oyster in the southern france

Water jousting in Sète

Touched down to Sète, in last year’s summer in Montpellier, and suddenly I was in the crowd of people by the port. out of curiosity, I joined them yelling, without knowing what or who to yell at. And I saw this. Water jousting festival! Water jousting is a Languedoc tradition dating from the eighteenth century: the first jousting competitions took place in several Languedoc villages: … Continue reading Water jousting in Sète

Sète (fake) baywatcher..

I know Sète from one of my team at the office, who used to study in Montpellier. He said that I should go there if I love the port, fishing village and stuff. OMG. I adore them! The port and fishing village always excite me. I was once told that I was a bohemian and used to live by the mediterranean sea and my house was not far from the port, where I transport coffee (hence explains my deep interest of sea, port, style and coffee…).

There are two ways to go to Sète from Montpellier, by train (intercity train, costs only around 8 euros one way, around 30 min trip), or by bus. But the bus is rather far, I had to reach the bus station from the other way of the tram line. And my rental apartment was only 5 min walking from the main train station, so I think that was the easiest way.

I got the early train ticket (and surprisingly I was early for the train, that never occurred to me:p), but the thing is there was fire accident at Lunèl, one city that is in my train line (direction Bordeaux), so everything was postponed…..and after 3 hour of waiting frustration, the train was canceled.

This was quite the first time I got early and bought the ticket just to be efficient. Had I been late or last minute as usual, I’d know that the train got held up and I wouldn’t have bought the ticket and bought the bus ticket right away….

Bref. Under the 36 degree heat,  I rushed to the tram line 2 from Place de la Comédie to Sabines, and there I waited for another hour for the bus to come…And finally, the bus number 102 that costed only 1,6 euros came and hopppppp, I was on the way and one hour later I arrived by the port of Sète! Yayyyyyy

My reflex was always go to the tourism office to get information on how to get around, and how to get to the beach. The information was not too sufficient, Continue reading “Sète (fake) baywatcher..”