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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes January 14th 2015

Although I am not a Catholic, I accompanied my friend and his wife to Lourdes one time during my 8 year residence in France. I'm glad I did because it was a spiritually rewarding experience for me. He was a long lost friend whom I had not seen or heard from for over 40 years. Back in the 1960's when I was growing up in what was then known as Rangoon, Burma (now officially called Yangon, Myanmar) we became very close and did what most teenage boys were fond of doing at that time; fooling around, drinking beer, chasing girls (most of the time unsuccessfully), etc. 40 plus years later, after re-establishing contact with each other, he and his wife came to visit me in France. It was a very happy reunion after all these years. ... read more
Beziers, France
Pau, France
Lourdes, France

Europe » Belgium » Luxembourg » Bastogne January 14th 2015

When I was living in France my grandson and his father visited me one time. We decided to take a road trip to Belgium and stopover in Luxembourg. It was during the hottest summer of Europe in 50 years! We started from Bourg en Bresse, France early in the morning, planning to stopover in Luxembourg to do some sightseeing before spending our first night in Belgium in a town called Bastogne. It took us nearly 6 hours to reach the Luxembourg border because we drove at a leisurely pace, as I wanted to let my grandson and son-in-law see some of the French countryside, stopping only once at a rest stop, and again at Metz a historic city in the Lorraine region of France, near the German frontier. There is a gas station on the Luxembourg ... read more
Luxembourg
Liege, Belgium
Bastogne, Belgium

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva January 13th 2015

When my friend and his wife came to visit me in France I took them around several places, and also to Switzerland which borders France. From where I lived it was easy to travel to Geneva a beautiful city in Switzerland. It's not often that one has to act the role of tour guide, but that's what happened to me when my friend and his wife from the United States came to visit me when I was living in France. It was a pleasant encounter as I had lost contact with him for over 40 years. I didn't even recognize him when I went to pick them up at the railway station in Bourg en Bresse (the French city where I lived at that time). They were coming in from Paris. and when the train stopped ... read more
Bourg-en-Bresse, France.
Bourg-en-Bresse, France
St Julien, France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chambéry January 12th 2015

July is probably the best summer month to travel around in France and the rest of Europe. So one warm July day we drove to Chambery a charming and peaceful town in the Rhone-Alpes region of France, close to some of the best ski resorts in Europe. It was going to be at least a two hour drive from Bourg-en-Bresse, the city where I lived in France to Chambery, so on that July morning we left home around 8, stopping only briefly at Aix-les-Bains another beautiful spa town at the foot of the Alps. The reason we didn't stay long at Aix-les-Bains was because I had been there before, but not to Chambery, which I was told is just as attractive as Aix-les-Bains, both towns situated near the shores of Lac du Bourget (Bourget Lake) the ... read more
Chambery, France
Chambery, France
Chambery, France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy January 9th 2015

France has one of the best social security systems, if not the best, in the world. Both blue and white collars workers get paid 6 weeks vacation time every year. So, in July and August most of the French people take their annual summer holidays and travel around the country. Since I wanted to avoid the summer rush I took a mini vacation in May, to Annecy a town in the Rhone-Alpes region, often referred to as "the Venice of France." As Annecy is only 130 kilometers (80 miles) away from Bourg-en-Bresse (the city where I lived in France) it took us less than 2 hours to cover that distance. We had an early summer that particular year in 2003. As a matter of fact, that year turned out to be the hottest summer in France ... read more
Annecy, France
Annecy, France
Annecy, France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Yvoire January 8th 2015

I lived in France for 8 years. It was a great inter-cultural and gastronomic experience for me. It was also a period of extensive travel to many other European countries, and within France itself. The European road network is excellent and stretches far and wide. One of my domestic trips was to Yvoire a very attractive little village on the southern shores of Lake Geneva. It was a nice spring day in March when we set out for Yvoire from Bourg en Bresse, the city in Southeast France where I was living at that time. Both Yvoire and Bourg en Bresse are in the Rhone-Alpes region of France, but we figured it would take a little over two hours to drive the distance of 150 kilometers or 94 miles. We had also planned to stop and ... read more
Evian, France
Evian, France
Evian, France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Bourg-en-Bresse January 6th 2015

I lived in France for eight years from 1998 to 2006. Five of those years were in Bourg-en-Bresse a city in eastern France. In 2008 I returned to Bourg-en-Bresse for a short visit. Here are my recollections of the city and some photos. This blog is about Bourg-en-Bresse, a city in eastern France where I lived and worked for nearly five years. Except for some Europeans, not many world travelers know about this place as it doesn't sound as glamorous as Paris or Cannes or Nice. However, I grew fond of it and even went back to visit a couple of times after I moved to Thailand. In the past I have always lived in big cities, and considered myself more of an urbanite than a rural person. However, I came to appreciate small towns and ... read more
Bourg en Bresse, France
Bourg en Bresse, France
Bourg en Bresse, France

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town January 4th 2015

I have traveled to Penang, Malaysia by air, rail and car. That was during the period when I lived in Bangkok, Thailand. The city became almost like a second home to me as I went there so many times. I have often come across frequent travelers who like to talk about their favorite cities they have either been to, or worked/lived in. None of them have ever mentioned Penang as being their favorite. Well, for me this city has been my top destination for many years. So when people ask me about my favorite Asian city, I always answer them, "Easy question....it's Penang," and unless I see another new city or town that I really like, I doubt that my opinion will change. I like Penang for a number of reasons. It is a multi cultural ... read more
Penang, Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 1st 2015

Among all the 'wats' or Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Thailand the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on the grounds of the Grand Palace is the most well known, and is always packed with tourists from all over the world. However, the Golden Mount at Wat Saket which was built on a man-made hill during the Ayutthya period is definitely worth a visit. There is no entrance fee and it is not as crowded as the Emerald Buddha temple. I lived in Bangkok for five years and have been to Wat Saket many times, mainly to show my friends from overseas when they came to visit me during my tenure as a teacher in a school. For most foreigners Wat Saket is known as the Golden Mount which is actually a 'chedi' or pagoda on the summit ... read more
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Asia » Vietnam December 30th 2014

During our Vietnam visit we bought a package tour in Hanoi and joined a tourist group to travel to Ha Long Bay. It was a day trip and our expectations were high to see this popular travel destination. On the second day of our visit to Hanoi, we traveled by a tour van to Ha Long Bay which is listed as a must see attraction in the tourist brochures. The tour guide came to pick us up at our hotel around 7 in the morning. He seemed pleasant enough and spoke fairly good English. The distance from Hanoi is about 155 kilometers or 96 miles, so in theory it should have taken us 3 hours maximum to reach Ha Long Bay. As it turned out it was more like 4 hours as we had to wait ... read more
Vietnam
Vietnam
Vietnam




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