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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Marseille December 29th 2018

Marseille is the oldest city in France. It is the second largest city, besides it is France’s busiest cruise and cargo port. In addition, this is the place where France’s national anthem ¨La Marseillaise¨ was created. I know most of you after having read the first paragraph asked: ¨Why did Global Wanderluster mention cruise …in Marseille?, Is this blog post for cruise passengers?”. Well, part of my job experience involved ship work which allowed me to visit and explore ports around the world (whenever the ship stayed longer on the port) I visited Marseilles for the first time in 2016 as a crew member to do dry dock for the company’s new ship which was christened one month later, so after duty I managed to go ashore and... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Albi December 28th 2018

For the second edition of this lantern festival they made it larger and bigger. So we were told, since we didn’t visit the 1st edition last year. This festival is so popular that tickets have to be bought in advance and we arrived 1h30 before opening time. We were at the beginning of the line which turned out to be very long behind us. Last year, 250 000 person braved the evening to see it. It is a display of light ‘sculptures’, a tradition in the province of Sichuan (China). It is really impressive and beautiful. It makes up for a enchanting evening for everyone, young and less young alike. It is very hard to describe so I let you have a look at the pictures. Pour sa deuxième édition, le festival des lanternes s’est agrandi. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France December 27th 2018

Este absolut necesar ca in fiecare an, indiferent de anotimp, eu si familia mea sa calatorim intr-un loc inedit, plin de istorie si traditii dar in acelasi timp locatia sa fie si una prielnica copiilor, unde acestia sa se poata juca in voie fara a ne face griji pentru siguranta lor, astfel incat eu si sotul meu sa ne putem bucura in liniste de concediu. Anul acesta am ales Parisul ca si destinatie de vacanta. Alegerea de fapt a facut-o mai mult sotul meu, acesta fiind un indragostit incurabil dar in acelasi timp si datorita faptului ca vorbeste foarte bine limba franceza. Cautand sfaturi si recomandari pe internet am descoperit ca cea mai prielnica perioada pentru vizitarea Parisului si a imprejurimilor este vara. De obicei nu suntem obisnuiti cu rezervarea camerelor de hotel inainte de a ... read more
Moulin Rouge
Notre Damme

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Tarbes December 27th 2018

Decent night's sleep, if a bit chilly because we didn't keep the heat on overnight! Very pleasant stopover, but only 2hrs of electricity was included in the 10€ admission, so we just used that for the oven chips and a bit of battery top-up. But good to hear birds singing in the morning - except that their idea of "morning" was about 04.00! Reminded me of ATC Camps, and a certain Sqn Ldr who'd say to the cadets on arrival, "This week, you will learn that there are two 5.30's in a day! (you know who you are GR) Next time we woke up, it was a slightly more civilised hour. Light breakfast, then topped up the water etc, and set off about 10.30. Having decided not to drive in the dark unless we had to, ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine December 26th 2018

I usually like to take a holiday before the winter but this year because of other obligations, we didn’t manage to get away until November. I have to admit that I have developed quite an obsession with internet weather sites. Now I can tell you definitively that they are mostly wrong. We were trying to choose between Italy and France. We leant toward France even though the weather in Italy was supposed to be much better. After a very hot summer we were ready for a bit of cooler weather and rain. What we actually got was unseasonably cold weather and quite a lot of rain and what Italy got was a national disaster with floods, storms and wind. We arrived in Bordeaux at 10 at night. It was about 2 degrees and we were wearing ... read more
street sign Bordeaux
cafe in Bordeaux
Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Bordeaux

Europe » France November 22nd 2018

Today was my day to pick a hike and boy did I botch it. Last night we looking into a 7 mile hike around a couple lakes when I found la pic del madre which was a 3 hour hike up into the clouds. The benefits were it was easy to find the city it was in, the hike was shorter and would be more physically demanding because of the climbing aspect. We headed out thinking we were in great shape to have another fantastic hike. That should have been the first clue. We reached the city with no problem except a couple near cliff swiping due to narrow roads, a cow who couldn't be bothered to move out of the middle of the road, and radio stations not liking the mountain climb. We went to ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Bolquere November 21st 2018

Today's hike was Caranca Gorges. Again, locating the trailhead was a challenge. The gorge was beautiful and the hike challenging. I love these hikes. The scenery combined with the physical challenge to my body, I feel like I am using my body as it is intended...the machine like quality to climb the mountain, the dexterity and coordination not to stubble along the rocky terrain, and the mental fortitude to believe whatever comes up is meant for me. The path took us near the river and then up a steep ascent (70 floors of climbing according to the iPhone tracker). From the peak of the hike, we could see the what we assumed to be the return path (a tunnel blown out of the rock on the opposite side of the river. The trees were probably a ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées November 20th 2018

The journey from Barcelona to Perpignan almost started with getting on the wrong bus (detrimental mistake avoided). I shut my eyes for the last 20 minutes of the ride and woke up an hour and 15 minutes later to a woman yelling. We hadn’t moved an inch from when I initially shut my eyes. Whatever the woman said convinced the driver to pull off the ramp and try a different route. Twenty minutes later, he pulled up to a tollbooth with 5 to 10 individuals with yellow vests blocking the lanes. The driver said something and people started getting off the bus. Thankfully, a passenger told us anyone wanting to go to Perpignan had to get out here because protesters had shut down all the roads coming into the city. We immediately jumped off and ask ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 6th 2018

Paris is like an new friend who you want to spend more time with, but there’s others you know you need to go and be with. I want to go home, but it would be nice to stay. I think it’s called escapism. It’s mid afternoon in the Shakespeare and Co. Cafe, at Rue de la Bucherie on the bank of the Seine. My window faces Notre Dame Cathedral, and tours led by yellow umbrellas, mysterious looking men I presume to be French, walking in slow motion, and the constant sound of motorcycles , ambulance sirens, and car horns, are all overshadowed by this church. The cafe is warm from the smell of savoury snacks and sweets, and berry crumble that you can get with a coffee for €7; don’t ask how I know. It feels ... read more
The Louvre
My Last Crossing Of The Seine
Lovely Hanging Autumn Vines

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 5th 2018

It’s a sad day today. Tim’s gone back to Luxembourg, as he has to, so I have the last 2 nights to myself before flying home to Australia. Today we slept in, Tim cooked a filling breakfast of delicate French mushrooms, spanish iberico chorizo, and semi cured cheese, followed by cereal and 2 cups of coffee. But I still can’t wait to go out and have a pastry. It’s going to stop soon, so I need to top up. It’s all about shopping, relaxing and a boat ride today. The first stop was Galeríes Lafayette, an up market store located near us, and it was just for a look at the interior, and a trip to the cafe observation deck at the roof level. Shopping’s not my thing and department stores are too confusing with their ... read more
Historical Shopping Arcade
The Front Entrance

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