I know I’m that luckiest girl of the world, the one that travels all the time!
This time, for my mum birthday (70 years old), she took us (me and my daughter) to this incredible trip to Seychelles Islands. Yes, that was a 3 generations ladies trip, so what? Boys are jealous… I bet they were!
I won’t talk too much, just enjoy the tropical paradise and please go there if you have the chance to. It’s simply amayzing! Just to add that those pics have been taken on a very small island called « La Digue » where there are no cars. You can rent a bike or hike to visit the island.
Want to go? I hope I gave you my wanderlust bug!
Now don’t forget to have a look at my friend Jen pics. I’m sure she’ll take us somewhere beautiful.
Remember I’ve told we’ll be back to Beirut here? Well, I really want to show you some more pics.
10/10 Photography Circle February 2017 edition
I’ve joined recently a photographer group in my home city. We meet once a month and take some pics together or work on some projects. One of the exercise that we do together is the selection of pics serie: choosing a serie that shows coherence and an artistic commitment for a subject. Guess what? Very hard exercise! Even harder with those from Beirut trip. As I’ve told you here, Beirut is not a very walkable city. And the architecture makes it difficult to have wide angles.
With my group of photographer friends, we tried to find some consistency and create a serie of 12 pics.
Here are 9 pics. My subject sould be « An eye on a country of contrast ». The eye of the photographer, the lense of the camera (a small one to try to be invisible) and lots of pics taken from the car because well, we were tourists in a car in Beirut!
Let me know what you think of my selection. Not very consistent in my opinion but I like them all.
My next destination of adventure was supposed to stay secret and my friends were supposed to guess it looking at the pictures. But my friends are also supposed to follow me on IG and they have seen that I’ve spent a few days in Beirut, Lebanon for Christmas holidays.
Since I’m back working full time, I haven’t found any spare time to select some pics and print them and edit them and show them to my friends.
So here I am, trying to show Beirut from a tender eye. Beirut is a complex city, in a complex country for the basic tourist that I am. Traffic is horrible, you may spend hours in a car to cross the city that is not so big. As you may know, I love to walk when I travel and I was quite frustrated to not be able to work more. With hubby we had twice the chance to have a walk in the city.
Let me share with you some raw pics, no real selection, just my eye on this incredible city and this country. I’ll be back to share more of my impressions.
Beirut has some good spots for street art lovers. Just make a little research before to find them easily.
The place to jog: the Corniche.
I’ll be back with a photography study of the architecture of the city. Beirut is full of treasure for architectural pictures passionates. Lots of buildings under construction and lots of old buildings still not rebuilt but hurry because soon they will all be rebuilt!
We went for a day out in Saïda where we’ve visited the soap factory and the old citadel. The third kid is not mine, no! She is the daughter of my friend whom kindly invited us.
The soap factory in Saida was quite interesting. and such a beautiful old building in the very old city.
Back to Beirut… Just a funny composition… isn’t it?
Following the streets in Armenian part of the city…
And just because Lebanon is not Lebanon without its yummy food and also because well I’m still a food blogger, Please readers and friends… could you kick my ass to make me post some food posts again?
And because it was Christmas… Who doesn’t like a few little lights in the night?
I promise I’ll find the time to be back here and give you some tips to travel to this amazing country.
I hope you enjoyed and now please have a look at my friends Jen pictures!
Slovenia is a very small country very easy to visit if you’re on your way south to Croatia or North to Austria and Germany. This country offers everything that one might like: mountains (Alps), sea (Mediterranean), forests, lakes, nice cities and villages. And lots of good cakes and drinks! Let me give you some ideas for a short stop in Ljubljana and its surroundings.
Play finding all the dragons of the city.
Throw an old pair of shoes on the wire and be a part of this land art / street art in the old city.
Enjoy the view on the terrasses in the old city and have a drink or two. Beer and coffee are kind of a tradition. (Try the Lasko beer and the turkish coffee)
Leave a lock graved with the name of your lover on a bridge of the old city.
Hire a bike and enjoy the city riding a bike. It’s very easy as the city is flat.
Spend a day out of the city to the lake Bled. There, rent a boat, visit the castle, take the touristic train to have a tour of the lake. This is the most romantic place in Slovenia, according to our guide, a lot of people get married there. Don’t forget to have a coffee and cake with a view.
Enjoy the shopping and the beautiful buildings and architecture of the city.
A few adresses:
Drink a beer and have a complete diner at the brewery of the city : the Union
A little bit of visual magic and useful TIPS : Fraser Island
If you asked which part of our travel we preferred, we would surely have a hard time to choose just one. Fraser Island excursion was part of our favorite. We were also very lucky with the weather and the conditions of the sand to drive on.
First I was a bit worried because the adventurer hiker wanted to rent a 4×4 car and drive on the island. I was worried because they say everywhere it might be difficult, and you may have troubles with the car… so we thought about the guided tours. We tried to book one and everything was fully booked. No other options than rent a 4×4 car or not going. That last wasn’t an option. So, rented a car but departing from the Island. Guess who was very happy?
We booked everything from Hervey Bay and took the first ferry very early in the morning to Kingfisher Bay Resort. That’s where the company of our 4×4 is.
You probably know it’s a National protected parc and the island is only made of sand. No roads, only sand.
The other way to go is to get a ferry from Rainbow Beach, meaning you don’t have to drive in the forest and you can drive only on the beach if you’d prefer that.
We were lucky apparently, because the sand condition was very good and the drive was easy. The renting company explained everything very properly. And we had an amazing drive. Just follow the advice of the company. They prepared a map and pointed all the sites fro a Day trip. Don’t try to go further than what they advice or you might get stuck with high tide on the beach. Really! It happens.
You also can book a scenic flight. That must be a very nice experience. Or spend a night camping there also. Another comfortable option is to stay in the resorts. We didn’t do that because we had a camper van and we also had to stay on our budget.
Enough speaking, let’s enjoy the pics of this wild wild nature.
Be an adventurer for a day and rent a 4 wheels car to drive on Fraser
Keep your budget for this excursion because there is nothing like Fraser Island
Pack food and water for your day
Don’t feed the dingos, they can be agressive, especially when they have their puppies, and by the way, they are wild animals!
Be aware of the high tide: watch your time when you drive on the beach. On high tide time, you may not come back through the beach drive.
A camping experience can be really incredible!
Ferry from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach depending the kind of drive you want to do
Rent the car from the Island, not from the coast, it will save you lots of money on the ferry.
Budget: Family of 4 (2 adults+2 children)
I hope you enjoyed those pics of this beautiful magical island. Now, remember this post is part of a photo circle, so pop in to see the lovely pics of my friend Sammie who is this superunner, now in Disney running 3 races in 3 days!
For my first post on our wonderful travel in Australia with the whole family, I’ll share with you some points of view of the famous bridge: the Sydney Harbour Bridge! You might be sick of the opera since my last trip to Sydney and on my IG account (I’ll never be sick of her!).
So let the bridge be photographed this time!
We played with the idea of a bridge climb, but decided to keep our money for the long long trip. Nevertheless, it looks fun and like an amazing experience. Then, just do it if you’re in Sydney and have plenty of money (haha!)
My friend Sammie looked after the kids while we went to this sunset twilight promenade. Very romantic! I tried to explore architecture photography both in B&W and colors. Not very easy. Let me take you on this fascinating bridge, where people run, walk, drive, climb. The walk gives some good sensations as it’s very high, the view is amazing and the noise is incredible. The vibrations of the cars are very strong.
One way or another…
Not only cars but also trains…
And, finally, when you have bravely crossed the bridge, you may climb the Pylone to visit the Bridge museum. It totally worth it. You’ll spend around 25 $ for 2 adults and will enjoy this fantastic 380° view of Sydney bay and Business District.
See the stairs? That’s where people climb the bridge. Amazing? Frightening?
I had to play with long exposure and cars. What do you think?
This was the perfect day with perfect sky to enjoy 200% this experience. This is a absolutly to-do when visiting Sydney. I saved it on my last trip just because I knew I ‘d come back. Sydney, I’m in love with you!
Just a little funny vintage lomo pic to end this post and I’ll let you with my friend Steph pics. I can’t wait to see what she’s done for this month! Enjoy the circle until you ‘re back at me!
I’m so busy at the moment, packing and unpacking and repacking to prepare our travel!!!!
So very quickly I’ll present you some pics from le Tour. And I dedicate this post to my friend Chris who dreams about watching the Tour. We were lucky enough to have the cyclists arriving in our city. I was lucky enough to watch them from the second floor of Ludmila’s best friend house.
Here comes the first… No! it’s just someone from the city! haha
Look at the little hands, that’s my girl trying to catch one of the hats that the advertisers are throwing.
Best french ad!
Here they are arriving, we ‘ve been waiting for 2 hours!
And gone, no more than a few seconds!
I’m sorry those are not great pics. I just wanted to show you the atmosphere. Don’t forget to follow the circle and have a look at my friend’s pictures : Jen. She’s got terrific pics always!
We had the chance to be invited by the lovely Vicki from Boiled eggs and soldiers to stay a few days in her lovely home. I have to specify that we visited Townsville, North Queensland in the hottest month of the year: february.
So, we were lucky to stay at the Pineapple House, invited by my food blogger friend.
Look at that sunset! We enjoyed this view every evening from the deck.