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

 

Flowers of Giverny garden- France

These flowers can be found at Claude Monet Giverny garden. Giverny is a village in the northern region of France which is around 70km from Paris. The flower and water garden is true state of art by Claude Monet. Now, his home and garden are preserved and open for the public to explore different floral compositions and few art collections.

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Pelargonium
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Daisy
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Rose
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Dahlia cactus Orfeo
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The three petals
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Dahila
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Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama’- Deep blue

 

Road trip – Mont Revard – Annecy – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

A few weeks earlier my friends and I went on a road trip.  We first visited Mont Revard as suggested by my friend. The route to Mont Revard is breathtaking with stunning surroundings. In between, there are beautiful houses completely surrounded by greenery.  On the top, one can see the mountain ranges on one side and the city of Aix-les-Bains on the other. Then was time to have lunch and head towards Aix-les-Bains – a city in the Rhone-Alps region on the shores of one of the largest natural lake, Lac du Bourget (Bourget Lake).

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View from Mont Revard
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Lac du Bourget from Mont Revard

The weather was opted for swimming in the lake. There are several locations to swim there. Had lots of fun- swimming, diving jumping and then headed towards Annecy. We then had a plan to stop somewhere in between to camp. Luckily we landed up in the most beautiful, riverside, least known and calm place near Cusy. The place was on the shores of the river ‘Le Cheran‘. One will be totally lost when they are in this beautiful place. We walked around a bit to search for a place to camp. Finally, after an hour or so we found a great place beside the river. Then headed back to the car to pick up our tents and luggage. That exciting walk in there and the wooden bridges are unforgettable. Some group work went on to pitch up the tents and set up the fire camp. had a great time with music on the banks of the river. Believe me, you just get lost in this place.

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Shoki picture on the bridge
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The weekend house

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Had a nice sleep and we woke up next day to witness the calm surroundings. One would dream for this to happen every day. Then was the time to pack everything. Then had breakfast and started walking back to the car. We didn’t want to miss the chance of swimming in Cheran. In the next moment, we were found jumping and diving into the clear and a bit cold water of the river.

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The camp site (Courtesy: Puneeth Reddy)
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Le Cheran (Courtesy: Jayanth Kumar)

With this fresh start to the day, we continued our journey to Annecy- The pearl of the French Alps located in south-eastern France. It commands the view of the mountains beyond the beautiful lake. But this beautiful city welcomed us with the crowd, it was difficult to find a place to park the car around the lake as there was some ongoing event. Then managed to park the car and started walking around the lake. Believe me, you get the best view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Sat near the lake enjoying the eye-catching view. We were not in a mood to swim, but it’s a great place to swim. I recommend not to miss it like we did.

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Annecy Lake

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We needed to camp for the day. Again the search for place started. We were lucky to stop en route to Chamonix at an old bridge by the side of the river. We settled there and kind of barbecue went on. That night was a bit cold but the fire camp negated this.

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Camping

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The next destination was Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally called as Chamonix – it’s situated at the junction of France, Swiss and Italy. It commands the incredible view of the Mont-Blanc- the highest mountain in Europe rising 4800 m above sea level. One can go to Aiguille du Midi which is in Mont Blanc rising around 3800m via telepheric (Cable car) for greater view. This cable car has the highest vertical ascent in the world. Worth it if you can afford it.

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Aiguille du Midi
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From the mid of Le Brevent
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Mont Blanc

Well, its was a great spot to end our trip.

Travel tips

  1. It’s easy to reach Aix-les-Bains and Annecy with Local trains (TER) from Lyon costing you around 15-30€ one-way. But Road trip would be best.
  2. Sunset from Mont Revard looks great. Try being there in evening.
  3. For camping site in Annecy, Le Belvédère- Camping Municipal is the best choice. – Walkable distance from the lake. Costs around 15€ for two people.
  4. Link to the place near cusy- Sentier de la Passerelle – Le  Cheran   https://goo.gl/maps/7xbyVeF5qqx
  5. The cable car to Aiguille du Midi costs around 60€ for two-way.  The alternative is to go to Le Brevent.

Vienne – France

That was my second weekend in Lyon, I heard from my co-worker that there was a city of Roman history near Lyon(Thank you, Mathis). That was Vienne- a city of south-eastern France around 30km from Lyon, situated on Rhone river. It was a former Roman colony and once a center of textile industry.

I left early in the morning. It was 20 minutes by train from Lyon. Soon after I got down at Vienne I headed to the tourist office and got to know about the places to visit and also got a route map. The whole city can be covered by foot. Indeed, there is a specific heritage route with markings on the road which covers all the major places to visit.

1.  Saint-André-le-Bas church

Following the heritage route, I first stopped by a medieval church of Vienne. It is a church built in the 9th century with very fine stone carvings and generally employed for exhibitions in recent days.

2. Saint-Maurice Cathedral

Next was a cathedral of Saint-Maurice built in the 13th century which is a combination of Roman and gothic styles. The interior of the cathedral is breathtaking.

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Saint-Maurice Cathedral

3. Roman Temple

The Roman temple known as the Temple of Augustus and Livia was built in 1BC.

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Roman Temple

4. Museum and site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal Vienne

I then visited the Museum and historical site of Saint-Romain-en-gal situated on the bank of river Rhone. The museum depicts the history of ancient Vienne, economy, crafts, mosaics and daily life in the Roman house. The archeological site depicts the Gallo-Romain civilization.

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5. Belvedere of Pipet and Théâtre Antique

This is the place one shouldn’t miss in Vienne. On climbing to the top of Mount Pipet where there are a chapel and statue of the Virgin mary and there’s a fantastic view of the city, Rhône Valley, and the Antique roman theater.

This Roman theater hosts the Vienne Jazz festival every year in the month of July.

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Panoramic view of City with theater

6. Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology

Museum of Fine Art and Archaeology contains collections of objects of Gallo-Roman, French pottery, and paintings dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

Travelling tips

  1. It costs around 5-10 Euro from Lyon to Vienne in the regional train (TER).
  2. In Vienne,  Follow the standard heritage route. Just follow logo incorporated on the road which covers all the heritage sites.
  3. Buy a single ticket which covers all three museums. It’s economical.

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.