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 »

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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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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 »

Chateau de Chambord

August 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Looks just like from a fairy tale at Chateau de Chambord. May 21, 2010.

After running around Italy and France for a few weeks, I was pretty numbed about visiting Chateau. However, Chateau de Chambord still caught my eyes. In fact, this architecture’s exterior is the most beautiful of all I’ve visited. The details on the roof is simply stunning, it’s definitely a work of art.

Situated away from the town center, the chateau is quitely surrounded by huge lawns and trees. It started out as a smaller royal hunting lodge, so I believe there’s still tons of outdoor activities you can do in or around this property. They have bicycle rentals, and I saw people canoing along the canal. I’d love to just spend a whole day there.

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Oysters at Cancale

July 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

Eating oysters by the sea at Cancale. May 23, 2010.

At first, Cancale wasn’t on my list of places to visit. I was planning to visit Dinan and St Malo. However, while I was doing my research on where to eat and what food shouldn’t be missed, Cancale came up and it wasn’t that far from St Malo. Then I realized it’s the town known for oysters. I’m not a big fan of oysters, however those who traveled with me are. Honestly it’s not easy to find good and clean oysters at a decent price in where I live, so I figured we shouldn’t miss this place out.

I read that the place to be for eating oysters would be at the port. I made a mistake of not finding out where eactly is THE PORT. I thought if we go into the town of Cancale, we should find the oyster bed and restaurants by the water, especially if we head to the “Rue du Port”. I was so wrong. The town of Cancale is like a residential area, there aren’t much around besides happy french people preparing for a day at the beach or a barbecue. We got so lost around town, and I couldn’t get myself to ask people “where are the oysters?”

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Mont Saint Michel, Bretagne

July 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

Bicycles and cars parked outside Mont St-Michel. May 24, 2010.

I always wanted to visit Mont Saint Michel in Brittany. To me, it’s just facsinating that people kept building on this little island, and created this triangle thing off the coast. This fortified town looks absolutely adorable, as if it came out from some cartoon fantasy. In a way, maybe it is the fantasy of little boys who love to play with legos. This is the place I wanted to see the most for this trip in France.

We scheduled to visit Mont St Michel in the morning, so we could visit Fougeres if we’ve got time in the afternoon. But if I have to do it all over again, I’d go to Fougeres first and then come here, especially if you’re a crepe lover. Since most of the restaurant do not serve crepe until late afternoon, and we missed the tide around sunset. So ideally speaking, visit another town first, then come here in the afternoon to see the monastery, eat the crepe and spend the time by the water while waiting for the tide comes in.

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