Fortified castle in Fougères

May 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

Lovely view of the Chateau de Fougères seen from the Jardin Public in Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.

If you ever need a break from the grandeur of Versailles or the lavish decor in any chateaux in the Loire Valley, then, Brittany is quite the right place to explore. There are a number of old towns that keeps it’s medieval charm, and we decided to stop by Fougeres after visiting the romantic Mont Saint Michel. We made a stop at the tourist office in the town centre, and we were recommended to walk up and through a park in order to reach the castle. It was a little hike, but we did get a very nice view over the castle. « Read the rest of this entry »

The D-day beach

April 13, 2012 § 14 Comments

A short walk leading up to the Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. May 25, 2010.

Beaches rarely comes up on my travel itinerary. However when we were driving back from the Normandy back to Paris, we decided to make a detour and stopped by the Omaha Beach. This isn’t your usual beach destination with bikinis and pina colada, in fact you wouldn’t even see anyone taking a dip. This stunning coast was the place where the U.S. Army landed on the German-occupied France, and fought the hard way through. It was one of the D-Day landing site.

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Seal rehab

April 8, 2012 § 4 Comments

Happy seals soaking up the sunshine at Zeehonden Creche Lenie't Hart in Pieterburen, The Netherands. Dec 23, 2008.

I’m always fascinated by the thought of visiting a place up north where not a lot of tourist would really go. Somewhere quiet, somewhere pretty but still has a reason for me to visit. As I found myself in Groningen (Holland) one year, I decided to make a day trip to a town up north called Pieterburen for the Zeehondencreche Lenie’t Hart. In short, it’s a town with a seal rehab. It all started when a lady began to rescue injured seals as a personal thing. Now it turned into a full-on Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre (SRRC). « Read the rest of this entry »

Follow the ochre path

April 5, 2012 § 11 Comments

A place painted in ochre by nature. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

This is one of the places that always pop up in my head. Located in Provence in the south-eastern France, Roussillon is a village with rich ochre pigment deposits, which turns the clay in the area into a vibrant range of reds and yellows. Mining of ochres was huge in the past when there were high demands for the pigments from the textile industry. The color of the land here was so saturated, when I first saw it, I thought something was wrong with my eyes. « Read the rest of this entry »

Yvoire: I could see Switzerland from France

March 31, 2012 § 4 Comments

The weather was amazing when I was at the beautiful village of Yvoire, France. June 14, 2010.

If you visit France for the first or second time, you’d most likely visit Paris, Lyon, Nice, Loire Valley… all those top tourist destinations or cities with a major transportation hub where you could hop on to another train. However I believe the beauty of France is to be found in smaller towns. Located on the southern shore of Lake Geneva is a town called Yvoire. It’s one of those places that are often over looked by visitors, as it lacks any castle or cathedral that is UNESCO worthy. However, it was definitely one of the best detour I’ve ever made. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Little Mermaid

March 21, 2012 § 13 Comments

The little mermaid perching by the water. Copenhagen, Denmark. Dec 28, 2011.

I don’t quite understand the logic behind sending a replica of a statue to be displayed at the World Expo in Shanghai, nor the reasoning for all those people who flocked to see this statue in a pavilion with not much else to see…. However, when you’re a tourist in Copenhagen why would you pass it? So for the sake of saying: “I’ve seen the mermaid in Denmark”, I walked up the Amaliegade, through a park and have a glimpse of this quiet beauty. « Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t stand too close to the guards

March 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

Visitors gathered at the Amalienborg Slotsplads to see the change of guards in Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

There are so many options for seeing cathedrals and palaces, but not a whole lot to see the changing of royal guards marching down the street with furry hats and guns. Everyday, new shift’s guards would march from the Rosenborg, cross the town and arrived at Amalienborg around noon. It seems that the marching pattern changes depends on whether the royalties are at the palace. If they are, the ceremony seems to be more elaborate and with music. Unfortunately, the day I visited, there wasn’t any music. However the bear skin hat gear and dark blue uniforms was still a great sight.

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