Les Destinations // Sept 2014

To make it easier in classifying, since i just had the time to blog and apparently i realize i had tons of photos, i am going to put some of my best photos in September 2014.

Saint Martin Le Beau

These two photos were taken when me and my host sister strolled around the village. These buildings are located just 5 minutes from my house.

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 Tours

Tours is the nearest city from the village where i live and it is the place where we can find all kinds of stores and historical landmarks. The last time i was there, my host sister took me on a little trip around the city and showed me some of  Tours’ famous spots. I personally LOVE Tours very much. Why? Well, getting around Tours is very easy, just get on the tramway or bus and you’ll be fine. The ambiance is also not as hectic as Paris. We can walk on this little road made just for the pedestrians in the middle of big trees and vendors stands, and we won’t even feel any polution. The buildings are not that big and the architecture is also quite particular. We can also find big gardens and plus, the beautiful view of  the Loire river.

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Gare de Tours – The train station

L'hôtel de ville de Tours

L’hôtel de ville de Tours

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La Place Plumereau, the central square of Tours, where you can find stores and great restaurants

La Place Plumereau, the central square of Tours, where you can find stores and great restaurants

In front of the Saint Gatien's Cathedral

In front of the Saint Gatien’s Cathedral

 Château de Chaumont

Not far from my village, there’s this  Château de Chaumont sur Loire. It is a big castle, and every year they held the International Garden Festival. It was really, really beautiful to see many gardens arranged in many different themes. My host family and I spent almost the whole day exploring the festival.

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 Le Mont Saint-Michel

This destination is the farthest place i have visited so far since it is located in Normandy, which is almost 4 hours from Tours. Mont Saint-Michel  is an island with a beautiful, big abbey that was built in the 10th century in the center of it. I also went to the city of Normandy itself, visited the stores and tried the seafood (cooked in French style of course) in one of the restaurant, because apparently, Normandy is located near the sea. Seriously, for me, it tasted super weird like almost tasteless, i just cannot eat not-cooked seafood. It is probably the most favorite French cuisine, but sorry, for me i just cannot understand how the French people find it super delicious. It was really a funny experience actually, especially when my host family saw my face being surprised, almost shocked, on how big and weird-like the portion is, they just couldn’t stop laughing :)) I was super delighted too, to finally sea the beach. It was really a wonderful week-end, and probably the first and the last time  i would eat les fruits de mer hahaha

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Paris

And yes, people, i finally spent a week-end in Paris. I went there only with my host dad and stayed the night in my host dad’s cousin house, which was very nice and they were all very kind and welcoming. I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (using stairs until the second level!) and saw the breath-taking view of Paris. It was a tiring yet unforgettable experience. After that, my host sister join us and so we went to a nice restaurant for lunch. I went to see Arc de Triomphe, strolled around Champs-Élysées, and of course, tried using the Metro too! I used the Metro to get around Paris, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and Maison Européenne de la Photographie. I must say that Paris is not as beautiful as i think it was, since people are always pushing each other, it is hectic, and the stinky smell that we can almost find in every corner. However still, with all the beautiful buildings, gardens, restaurants and the parisienne ambiance, who could say no to Paris?

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