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

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)

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

Château Thierry, where the war was at

My bus that took me to Reims, stopped at Château Thierry (Thierry castle), a name of a French town and also the name of the castle. Located in the Aisne, region Picardie and Champagne province, this place was the birth place of Jean de la Fontaine (French poet in the year of 1600 something before Victor Hugo), and also where the First battle of Marne … Continue reading Château Thierry, where the war was at