Normandy – France

Here are the captures from my recent travel to Normandy, a region of the Northern France.

1. Claude Monet Giverny garden.

This has a flower garden and also a water garden. It has an ultimate collection of flowers.

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Water garden

DSC_0763For the ones searching for flower collections: I had posted a dedicated article for the flower collections. https://kpworldofadventures.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/flowers-of-giverny-garden-france/

2. Etretat

It is a place with beautiful beaches, natural arcs, and cliffs. Sunset looks great from here. When the tides are low you can cross the cliff (the one in below picture) through a cave and can explore the part of the cliff (L’Aiguille). And it is not a sand beach but filled with pebbles in order to save the cliffs from erosion.

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Beach and cliff with L’Aiguille behind
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Natural arch
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Sunset
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This is what you see if you cross through the cave (L’Aiguille)

3. Arromanches-Les-Bains

It was once an artificial port and the place where Normandy landings on D-day took place during World war 2 (6th June 1944).  Even now, one can find the remains of the harbor in the beach.

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4. Mont Saint-Michel

It’s a rocky island few meters away from the land and easily accessible by the foot bridge. Low tide allowed us to explore around the island and enjoy the breathtaking sunset.

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Sunset

 

Cassis – Calanque d’En-Vau

Calanques- those beautiful mountains, crystal clear sea, Cliffs to dive from, What else one will need to make the weekend exciting.

I recently visited Calanque d’En-Vau located near Cassis, in southern France located on the Mediterranean coast. It’s a port city which commands the view of an old chateau. We started our trek from cassis, in the beginning, it was very smooth, then was a descend into the Calanque de Port Pin. We stopped there for a while and moved on to the greater part of our journey. Then it became challenging and more exciting. In between, we stopped to rest, meanwhile had a great treat for our eyes. All we could see was the Calanques and sea. Then came a steep challenging descend into the Calanque d’En Vau.

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Port of Cassis
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Statue de Calendal
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Midway
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Just before the descend into Calanque d’en Vau
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Calanque d’En-Vau

We had a plan to swim, but we could hardly find people swimming! yes, it was very cold, the water temperature was around 15°C! Then with all the courage we swam and although initially it was bit cold later it was fine.

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Variety

We took a different route back to Cassis although it was tough at some points, we made it soon. And here is the total activity of the day.

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Activity of the day

Travelling tips

  1. An easy way to reach cassis is by the local train- TER. It costs around 6-10 Euro from Marseille. There are also buses to nearby places from Marseille.
  2. It’s a good idea to carry something to eat.
  3. If you are planning for the two-day trek you can opt the youth hostel nearby as wild camping is prohibited. Visit the tourism office at Cassis for information.
  4. Try to take a route by the side of Calanque d’en Vau to go back to Cassis. It’s a bit tough but worth it.

 

Grenoble – La Bastille

Before I shifted to Lyon, I visited a friend in Grenoble – a city in southeastern France, around 100 km from Lyon. It is a beautiful city in the proximity of the Alps.

La bastille is a fortress in Chartreuse mountain range and overlooking the city, its one of the most visited places in Grenoble. We can reach Bastille either by cable car or by hiking. On reaching the top one can witness a breathtaking view of the Alps and the city.

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View from my friend’s Flat
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Pont Marius Gontard on river Isère
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Hiking starts
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In halfway
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Hills beyond the wall
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From the top!
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The four cars
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Alps 😍
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Rivers- Isère and Le Drac
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Parc Paul Mistral
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The light disc

Bonjour Lyon

I am back again, but this time signing in from new place! I recently moved to Lyon, a city of East France for one of the most important beginnings of my life.

Lyon is famous for its food and the UNESCO word heritage architectural sites. I spent my first weekend in Lyon and visited few places and of course tried to click some beautiful pictures. Regarding my experience, yes it’s totally different experience for me because I was in more calm and countryside sites before coming here. There are lots of places to visit, spend time and do some photography. I think I won’t be bored living here. In my free time, I was able to go to very few places and there is always a lot more to explore! Here are few pictures.

Lyon Cathedral

A medieval cathedral with an astronomical clock of the 14th century and museum.

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Lyon Cathedral

Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Basilica of the 19th century on top of a small mountain – Fourviere. It has four towers around and an art museum.

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View of Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Interiors of basilica
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City view from  Fourviere

Theatre Gallo-Romain

It’s an ancient Theatre of Fourviere built around 15 BC. It is also located on the hill of Fourviere. A calm place to sit and enjoy the city view.

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Theatre Gallo-Romain
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Theatre Gallo-Romain

Gallo-Roman Museum

Museum of Gallo-Roman civilization.


Parc de la Tête d’Or

It is one of the largest urban parks in France spreading around 117 acres. It is integrated with a lake and during summer boating is the main attraction in the park.

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Boating at Parc de la Tête d’Or

Rivers of Lyon

Rhône and Saône are the two rivers of Lyon.

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Saône River
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Pont Wilson on Rhone River

Lyon at Night

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Clicked at banks of river Rhône
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Pont Lafayette on the Rhône
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View of the Basilica and tower from Bellecour

Keep waiting. Still, more to come from the beautiful city – Lyon.

Poland Pravasa

Here are few pictures of my recent travel to Poland. Wherein I visited the capital city-WarsawKraków, and Zakopane.

Kraków is one of the oldest cities of Poland situated on Vistula river. St. Mary’s Basilica is one of the main attraction.

Zakopane is a city in the base of the Tatra Mountains in southern Poland. Morskie Oko is a must place to visit.

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St. Mary’s Basilica
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Street in Krakow
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Auschwitz concentration camp
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Different Blocks in Auschwitz concentration camp

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Tatra Mountains

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On the way to Morskie Oko
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Morskie Oko Lake
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Walking on the Frozen Lake
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Alone on Morskie Oko

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A day to be remembered

It was a one day trip which later turned into an adventure to a city called Chauvigny which is towards the east of Poitiers at a distance of 30km from the city of Poitiers, France. It commands a view of Vienne river which is one of the important rivers in south-western France. I was accompanied by my friends – Jayanth, Mahantesh, Syed, Jogi, Lalithya, Mukta and Namratha.

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Let’s start

It was a cool Saturday morning, all of us got ready with few snack in our bags. We reached Poitiers city and boarded a bus to Chauvigny. En route to chauvigny, it was a great treat to our eyes with the nature beauty all around. We got down on the main street of chauvigny. All were very hungry and started searching for restaurants.

It was difficult to search for a vegetarian food. Finally, we decided to eat pizza and fries. Later we visited the ancient castle known as ‘château baronnial’ of the 11th century which was 15 minutes walk from the city center. The roads were such that we were hiking.

We then proceeded to visit ‘La Collégiale Saint-Pierre’ church built in the 12th century which had a bell tower. Then we were walking around exploring the different buildings and old city streets which seemed to be a different experience.

Then we rested for a while. We then returned to the city center and had a coffee, well, ya that was refreshing!  Then was the time to leave the city. We went to the bus stop to check the bus timings. Surprise! For our bad luck, the last bus back home was already gone! As it was in the initial days in France we didn’t know much of French to ask someone for help for finding the alternatives. Then we went to a nearby shop to ask for an help, they suggested us to ask for a hitch hike. We wrote ‘POITIERS SVP’ on a paper. SVP being Sil Vous plait which is please in French.

In the hopes of getting a drop to the city, we were standing by the main road with the board. Minutes went, none of the cars stopped, maybe no one was heading towards our city or they didn’t have enough place for all of us. After almost an hour the same person who gave us the idea of Hitch-hiking came to us and looking at our situation he said he will drop us to a place where we can get a bus to our residence. He called up his friend for another car as we were 8 people. That moment, one of the happiest moment for us, being international students in France and the way he helped us, We can never forget him. His name was Mr.Bouddone. Here is a picture with him.

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Souvenir for life

Finally, we reached our home after all the circus. It was a day to be remembered.