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 »

A very strange mansion

April 19, 2012 § 3 Comments

Winchester House. Photo Courtesy: http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

I used to live in the bay area, so the Winchester House in San Jose, California, was like a stone throw away from way. Otherwise, it is less than an hour drive south of San Francisco. I always love to visit historic home and mansions. Old beddings, uncomfortable chairs, well-crafted writing desk, dainty cabinets… all tell the story of how people lived in the past. However, this Victorian mansion is something more than just an old architecture. It is a story of superstition and psychology. « 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 »

Sunrise in the middle of Taiwan

April 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

One of the most beautiful view I encountered in Taiwan. Feb 8, 2009

Normally, you wouldn’t see me running around at 6 o’clock in the morning. However, this is something all the tourist do at Mount Ali (Alishan) in Taiwan. We all came to Mount Ali for the same reason: to get up to the summit and see the sunrise. Therefore I set my alarm clock and left my bed when the sky was still dark. I wasn’t alone, pretty much every tourist in this little village came out from every hotel there. It was quite an interesting sight, sorta like zombies walking out from their hiding place once the sun is set. « 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 »