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Sep 27, 2015 - Corsica, Europe, France    No Comments

Genoese tower

One of the many Genoese towers in Corsica. These towers where part of a coastal system of defense erected by the Republic of Genoa between 1530 and 1620 to protect the Island againt pirates.
This one is the tower of Santa Maria at the northern Cap Corse.

Genoese tower

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Mar 9, 2014 - France    No Comments

Mont Saint Michel

The Marvellous Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France.

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Another pictures and more intel on Mont Saint Michel : Here

Dec 15, 2013 - Europe, France    No Comments

Saint Guilhem Cloister

A picture of the cloister inside the abbey of a medieval village in south of France.

For the view of the abbey and a small history of this Unesco World Heritage Monument check my earlier post here.

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Sunrise over Mont Saint Michel

I was in Paris few days ago and I decided to go see the Mont Saint Michel which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is truly an amazing island. You can walk there during low tides but it is surrounded by water on high tides.
The island is composed of small well conserved houses surrounding a huge abbey which sits on top of the city.
The abbey itself is a marvel of architecture and a visit is a must see despite the 9 euros you have to pay.
I woke up around 6:30 to go for a one hour hike in the swamp of the bay, guided by my compass, so the sun would rise in the good place for a picture. It was worth it, I was welcomed by a wonderful sunrise, clouds in the skies reflecting the red and orange light all over. Here is the result.


This is a picture from France, to change a bit 😀
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a small village located in a narrow valley close to the gorge of the Hérault River.
The village looks medieval and is one of The most beautiful villages of France. As it is situated along St James’ Way, the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella, its Abbey was designated UNESCO World Heritages site.
The Abbey is really beautiful and sit in the middle of the village, close to a small waterfall. Built in 804, it sadly became part of the list of the “national properties” during the french revolution (1789) and was sold to resolve the financial crisis that was undergoing at that time.
The monastery was then used as a spinning mill till the beginning of the 20th century where it was restored by the “Monuments historiques” administration.
But around the same time, an american collector bought a big piece of the cloister of the abbey, along with some sculpture, and rebuild it on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
The cloister is now sitting on Manhattan island, in The Cloisters museum in New York.

Feb 8, 2013 - Europe, France, Paris, Sunset    No Comments

The Queen’s Hamlet

Back to Eassouira

After doing some hitchhiking with my couchsurfings hosts, we were lucky enough to find a wonderful couple that took us to different beaches along the coast and we really had a great day.
These guys were so friendly that they even offered to drive us to our next stop, a last day and night in Essaouira…
That night in Essaouira was good and we met some nice people, talked a lot and smoked too much shisha.
Now I am alone in the bus to Marrakech and I will flight to Paris then Krakow, Poland tomorrow morning.

My stay in morocco was short but very intense, I met so much welcoming, friendly, crazy, lovely and caring people. Thanks everyone.
And I did took some great photograph.

Next step is a month in Japan in march.

The Queen’s Hamlet

This ones comes from the Chateau de Versailles, Marie-Antoinette, who was bored of the Court of Versailles and all its ostentation, ordered the construction of a small village inside the gardens of Versailles.
The place is really rustic and perfect to hang around after a long day in the castle. The sun was going down, swans were swimming in the artificial lake and I was almost alone in the hamlet.

Jan 23, 2013 - France, Reunion Island    No Comments

Le Piton de la Fournaise

On my way to Zagora

I’m off to the East. 8 hours bus drive to Zagora.
My times in Essaouira were really good. The city is beautiful and peaceful compared to Marrakech, I spend so much time wandering around the small streets.
I had fun and met a lot of interesting and charming people, had great talks about anything either in French or in English, drank liters of tea in front of Gnaou local bands, smoked some weed listening to rock’n’roll on top of a lonely terrace, shared a couch and an apartment to spare few euros…
And I Also got some nice pictures, wonderful sunsets and nice long exposures of the sea.

Le Piton de la Fournaise

This one date back from my trip in December 2011 in reunion island. We went on a beautiful day, a little too early, for a nice hike on the crater of the last active volcano of reunion island. The way to the top is incredible. The volcano has dug himself a huge crater that cut trought the rocks and go directly to the sea. So every year or so, when an eruption happens, most of the lava just flow trough those natural barriers and go straigh to the sea.
You have to get there early cause after few hours of daylight, clouds begin to accumulate in the crater and soon the visibility is reduced to zero. You can see in my picture the clouds coming our way, the good part is that when you are at the top, you are above the clouds. It give the same feeling you have when you are on a plane but you are free to go. What a wonderful view. Must do!