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.

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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wOw
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Parc Paul Mistral
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The light disc