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Europe » France » Île-de-France January 17th 2024

Po dlouhé odmlce, která byla zapříčiněna nejdříve pandemií, a pak i přírůstky do rodiny, jsme se rozhodli po 5 letech vydat do zámoří. A kam jinam vzít na první cestu k moři naše děti? No samozřejmě do námi oblíbeného Karibiku. Jelikož mi k poznání ostrovů Malých Antil chyběly již jen dvě destinace, bylo rozhodnuto. Navštívíme francouzský Guadeloupe a samostatnou Dominiku. Těšili jsme se všichni a děti jsme v tom podporovali. Konečně nastal ten den. Vlastně ta noc. Nutno předeslat, že Zuzanka od pondělí pečlivě balila všechny potřebné i nepotřebné věci, abychom nakonec vyčerpaní v úterý před půlnocí šli spát. Budíček jsme nařídili na 2.15, ale popravdě napsáno my jsme toho moc nenaspali, děti naštěstí o něco více. Podařilo se mi všechna zavazadla dostat do auta, usadit děti do autosedaček, nakonec i manželka si sedla a vyrazili ... read more
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Europe » France » Île-de-France January 15th 2024

What is Paris Syndrome? (From the Independent (Natalie Wilson) Paris syndrome is often defined as a “state of severe culture shock”. Physical and psychological symptoms when Paris fails to live up to expectations have been known to include hallucinations, a rapid heart rate, dizziness and nausea. The late 20th-century disorder was named by a psychiatrist, Hiroaki Ota, in the 1980s. It is thought a combination of factors explains why victims of the syndrome are almost exclusively Japanese. These are the Parisian picture of perfection in Japanese pop culture, a tricky language barrier and harsh cultural contrasts, to name just a few. Several Japanese tourists have been admitted to psychiatric clinics for treatment in extreme cases since the early 2000s. Yes – although it is rare. Around 20 Japanese tourists are afflicted by the ailment each year. ... read more
Not just in Paris
What to do?

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay January 7th 2024

Feel Sorry for the French?... read more
Love my Roederer
7 great bubblies

Europe » France January 6th 2024

Today the cruise ship docks in Le Havre Paris. From Le Havre Renata and I wanted to tour Normandy to see the D-day beach sites. However, those Princess tours were all booked so we decided to go on tour to Monet House and the city of Rouen instead. Claude Monet’s home is located in Giverny, France. The house has a beautiful garden with a lily pond that could have been the inspiration for his famous “Water Lilies” paintings. After touring Monet’s House, we headed over to Rouen after a delicious lunch. Rouen is a city on the river Seine in northern France and is Normandy’s vibrant, historical and cultural capital, famous for its cathedral and museums. Places we visited in Rouen include: 1. La Couronne, founded in 1345, is the oldest inn in France. In 1948, ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris November 7th 2023

We are now in Paris; I am sitting in my favorite room in my favorite hotel in Paris. Just off Rue Cler, the street where I stayed on my very first visit to Paris (and fell in love) many years ago. We are having dinner at a restaurant one friend of ours discovered on his first trip, and we have been going back ever since. It is now one of our favorite places and just three blocks from the hotel. The day started early, no time for breakfast and zero offer to pack a picnic for us like every other hotel we stayed at did when we had an early train. The hotel in San Sabastian may have had a nice view, but the service was pretty lacking. They are clearly jaded from dealing with the ... read more
My Blog Muse
Veloute Celeri
Champignons Sauvage

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Lyon November 3rd 2023

Bonjour à tous, Heureux de vous retrouver pour ce nouveau trip à Oman dans le golf persique. Beaucoup d'entre vous seront surpris par ce choix de destination, qui ne correspond franchement pas à mes idées de base. Quand en 1985, j'avais fait la traversée d'une partie de l'Afrique d'Alger à Abidjan en traversant l'Algérie, le Niger, le Burkina Fasso et la Côte d'Ivoire, (ce qui ne serait plus possible aujourd'hui), il y avait dans le groupe de 8 un gars qui avait visité le Yémen. A cet époque il avait mis l'eau à la bouche de tout le groupe en nous parlant ce pays. Aujourd'hui le Yémen est un pays totalement fermé, pour cause de guerre. Depuis plus de 30 ans, j'ai toujours gardé quelque part en tête de me rendre dans ce pays. Oman, étant ... read more
St Félicien Québec
Cap Nord Norvège
Hoggar Algérie

Europe » France » Île-de-France October 19th 2023

After two days of travel, we are finally at our first stop, Paris. This is really only a stopover on the way to Spain. We are in a decent Hilton close to Gare de Lyon, which is the train station we leave out of tomorrow for Barcelona. We are currently getting ready for our first dinner of this vacation (United lounge and train food do not count as meals) Our journey started with a quick Lyft ride to the Amtrak station in Providence. It was then on to Boston on the train, and then a bus directly to the airport. We have been flying out of Boston because they have this great non-stop to London, which is so much less expensive than flying directly to Paris or Barcelona. Even when you add the cost of the ... read more
Mushroom Tart
Salmon avec confit of leeks
Slicing the Leg of Lamb

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Honfleur October 14th 2023

Friday 13th October & Saturday 14thOctober – Honfleur, France An unexpected destination on a Greenland and Canada cruise, but as we had never been here before, and we knew people had liked it, we were looking forward to it and after having a rest on a sea day yesterday, were ready for it!! It didn’t disappoint!! Woke up to find that the ship had docked in the night and as we weren’t leaving until 1.00am on the 15th October, we had plenty of time! Off the ship onto a quick shuttle bus for 5mins to the centre of the town and because it was a Saturday, they had the resident market with loads of fresh fish and a guy cutting scallops!! Honfleur is soooo old! Loads and loads of medieval houses – I just couldn’t stop ... read more
St Catherines
Chris in the Jardin Retrouve

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice October 14th 2023

Otin edellisiltana nukahtamislääkettä ja sain nukuttua 8 tuntia. Leipomosta patonki ja leivokset. Aamupalan jälkeen tiskikone päälle. Roskat piti viedä. Kielitaidottomana heitin lasipullot muovinkeräykseen. Asunnon haltija saapui klo 14 tarkistamaan asunnon. Käveltiin ratikkakadulle, kahvilassa kanapiiras. Turvatarkastuksen jälkeen päästiin loungeen, koska Pirkolla on sinne pääsy muutaman kerran vuodessa. Napostelin vähän ja join runsaasti viiniä. Loungessa tutustuttiin tamperelaiseen pariskuntaan. He pääsivät vielä Pirkon kyydissä Kalevaan.... read more

Heräsin klo 8.30. Hain Lidlistä vähän ruokaa. Aamupala parvekkeella. Kiertelin aamupäivällä kaupunkia busseilla. Nähtiin Pirkon kanssa rannalla ja käytiin syömässä kiinalaisessa ravintolassa. Klo 15 lähdin bussilla tapaamaan ranskalaista nettituttua, joka oli majoittunut hotelliin Villefrance-sur-Meriin. Bussimatka kesti sinne tunnin. Kävin heti uima-altaassa. Paluumatkan ajoin asunnolle kokonaan busseilla, ja jotkin bussit matelivat ruuhkassa. Illan kiertelin vanhaakaupunkia ja poikkesin katsomassa Pirkkoa musiikkibaarissa.... read more

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