The Gardens of Versailles, France – Living Like Kings

While I have to admit that I usually cannot pass up seeing a garden when I travel (case in point: Parc del laberinth d'Horta in Barcelona), there are those that stand out from the rest. An example that I highly recommend is the Gardens of Versailles. History Much like the palace, Louis XIV expanded and … Continue reading The Gardens of Versailles, France – Living Like Kings

Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

On the French-Italian border, above the Parc Natural de Mercantour and below Mont Blanc/Chamonix, lies the Parc national des Écrins. Within this park, I came face-to-face with something I had never experienced before: a glacier. It was amazing! Until 27 August 2018, I had never seen a glacier before. Well, that is not true. Hiking … Continue reading Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Mont Blanc is the crowning jewel of Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. Mont Blanc and the main town nestled at its base, known as Chamonix, was the next and final stop on our trip through southern France during the summer of 2017. Unfortunately, I cannot say much about the town except that it … Continue reading Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Lac de Serre-Ponçon/Demoiselles Coiffées, France – Rock pillars

On our way from Mercantour to Mont Blanc, we stopped over for an hour or so in Haute-Alpes at a place called Lac de Serre-Ponçon. For those of you who speak French, you will realise that this is a lake. In fact, it is the largest artificial lake in western Europe and supplies water for … Continue reading Lac de Serre-Ponçon/Demoiselles Coiffées, France – Rock pillars

Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty

After Marseille, the next stop on our tour last summer was Mercantour National Park (Parc national du Mercantour) on the border between France and Italy (which we crossed into unknowingly). This part of France is sparsely inhabited as most of the population of the area lives along the coast. Only small villages, many of them … Continue reading Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty

Marseille and the Calanques, France

Another place that I went to over the summer of 2017 was Marseille and the Calanques. The main goal was to visit an old friend of mine, but naturally, we also did some sightseeing in the city itself and what a beautiful city it can be! The centre of the city and the southern parts … Continue reading Marseille and the Calanques, France