Tag Archives: holiday

The most Beautiful Small towns in France

Standard
The most Beautiful Small towns in France

Paris, the city the world is in love with! A beauty indeed, but there is plenty more to see in France than just the capital. From wine country to the Alps, there are thousands of beautiful villages and small towns in the country, and each region has its own special qualities. Travelling around some of the small towns in France means travel between hilltops, rocky coastal towns and breathtaking scenery while enjoying the local lifestyles of the people.

Among the thousands, here is a short list of small French towns with such beauty, they can rival any major city in the world:

Annecy

in-the-old-town-of-annecy-france-travelers-are-greeted-by-pastel-painted-houses-and-cafes-lining-a-lovely-lakeshore-hang-out-at-one-of-its-many-outdoor-eateries-cycle-along-the-_png

Canals-of-Annecy-City-France

Sometimes called “the Venice of Savoie,” this lakeside Alpine town is treasured for its sloping hillsides and the small canals that wander their way through the streets.

Pourquerolles

Fort Sainte AgatheÎle de Porquerolles is a Côte d’Azur gem which is an island paradise that’s also a small town. The best thing about this place is that after all these years, the car-free island is still a blissful, peaceful paradise!

Bayeux

france-11777web

sltuhavkvzp8mh4xub5t

Tapestry is the highlight for most tourists to the town. Bayeux has an appeal of a mix of the classic (the Norman-Gothic Bayeux Cathedral dominates the skyline) and the more contemporary (a somber, minimalist World War II cemetery).

Eguisheim

Screenshot_20171005-214028

Screenshot_20171005-213932

20171005_213741

Eguisheim is very unique with its concentric layout of streets unlike other towns and villages in France. It is a magnet for tourism because of its flower-filled villages and colorful houses, which give it a fairy tale ambiance. One of my favorites on this list!

Dinan

dinan-remparts_large_rwd

thumb-1920-245798

The prettiest town in Brittany! Set on a hilltop, this medieval town oversees the river of Rance. Dinan is surrounded with long ramparts or walls, Tudor type houses, port, cobbled streets, art galleries, and shops.

Perouges

Perouge_016

Perouges is a medieval walled town in the northeast of Lyon. The town is so romantic, homey and old-fashioned that it is often used in many films.

Lourmarin

544696_f007ea2513858a52d9ebd4d6a856b558_large

1024px-Gordes_Vaucluse_France_Luc_Viatour

Lourmarin is poetry in motion. It has numerous cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and ivy-covered streets full of a lavender scent which will give you an exquisite taste of its locality.

Chamonix

8004318798_4883e6cd82_b

Chamonix+banner+2

Although Chamonix’s proximity to Mont Blanc has made it a legendary skiing and climbing center. The town, with panoramic mountain views and rows of slant-roofed buildings, is lovely all year round.

Ars-en-Ré

Screenshot_20171005-215427

Screenshot_20171005-214914

A charming town of bicycles! With its white-washed houses and traditional green shutters, hollyhocks, salt pans, and relaxing but sleepy beach town vibe, it is a pleasure to explore this tiny seaside village.

Eze

Screenshot_20171005-215824

Screenshot_20171005-215711

Screenshot_20171005-215923

For a more subdued Riviera experience, bypass Nice and Cannes for Eze, whose rocky hillside location 1,400 feet above the sea makes for stunning views of the Mediterranean.

Etretat

Screenshot_20171005-220523

Screenshot_20171005-220603

Etretat is best known for its three natural arches and pointed needle. It attracts tourists and even celebrities because of its peaceful scenery.

And last, but definitely not least:

Colmar

Screenshot_20171005-220844

Screenshot_20171005-220919

Screenshot_20171005-220941

Screenshot_20171005-221002

Picturesque Colmar has a section also known as “Little Venice,” thanks to the small canals that cut elegant lines past candy-colored houses. And locals aren’t the only ones inspired by Colmar’s beauty: some people believe the town was the model for Belle’s village in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

~Karen Bahri

 

 

Advertisements

25 Mood Brightening Travel Photographs!

Standard
25 Mood Brightening Travel Photographs!

The slug of the daily grind can get you down sometimes. Whenever I am feeling down, in a bad mood, stressed or over-worked I look at pretty travel photography and my mood instantaneously lifts! Such is the personality of a travel enthusiast!  Here’s a collection of beautiful travel photos from around the world that I find mood-lifting and inspiring! It was hard to limit myself from posting 63,861,894 photos from 726,487,619 places, so lucky are these babies who made the cut! You may or may not notice a few of these I wrote about in previous blogs; but they are just too breathtaking not to mention! Hope this brightens your day!

Screenshot_20170704-115903

Kinsale, Ireland

Screenshot_20170704-114706

Venice, Italy

Screenshot_20170704-114820

Gold Coast, Australia

Screenshot_20170704-114143

Pamukkale, Turkey

Screenshot_20170704-113333

Swiss Alpes

Screenshot_20170704-112643

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Screenshot_20170704-103711

Cyprus

Screenshot_20170704-102754

Iceland

Screenshot_20170704-102209

Bangkok, Thailand

Screenshot_20170704-101938

Cartagena, Colombia

Screenshot_20170704-101529

Freudenberg, Germany

Screenshot_20170704-101127

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Screenshot_20170704-100136

Neemrana Fort-Palace – Rajasthan, India

Screenshot_20170704-095017

Tahiti

Screenshot_20170704-094826

Maldives

Screenshot_20170704-094337

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Screenshot_20170704-093420

Keukenhof Park – Lisse, Holland

Screenshot_20170704-092532

Dubai Miracle Garden

Screenshot_20170704-092238

Santorini, Greece

Screenshot_20170704-092011

Mont-Saint-Michel – Normandy, France

Screenshot_20170704-093612

Waikiki, Hawai’i

Screenshot_20170704-093340

Ashikaga Flower Park – Ashikaga, Japan

Screenshot_20170704-230127

Desert Camping – Wadi Rum, Jordan

Screenshot_20170704-231119

Purple Garden – Kyoto, Japan

Screenshot_20170704-234640

The Swallow’s Nest Castle – Gaspra, Ukraine

-Karen Bahri

Caribbean Cool

Standard
Caribbean Cool

10408637_10105806630847170_1225309331797934099_n

Its that time of year again kids. This Sunday is daylight savings. Time to lock up the flip-flops, shorts & tank tops and set the clocks back. Or forward? Whatever it is, its going to be dark all day long!!!!!!

What do I do to keep the blues away, you say??? What else!!! Hop on my favorite website ( CheapCaribbean.com ) and dream of the tropics. I usually wait until it’s that point in February to book something, the sun, sand & sea is more appreciative when its arctic in New York, and if you know or don’t know, the past two winters were a cruel reality.

A friend reminded me last weekend that a two years ago around this time we were heading out to Jamaica Jamaica!! I think we just got overly excited and booked it early as opposed to our usual February getaway. Jamaica to many is the definition of Caribbean. The mother island. I love the culture, I LOVE the music, I love the people, and omg the accent 😉 Every other island is kinda a blur and I probably will plan a cruise to island hop them in order to figure them out, but Jamaica is Jamaica – I know what it has to offer and it’s such an amazing place!

One thing I found out about in Jamaica was that in America all the deals and stuff are all about Montego Bay (MoBay) or Ocho Rios. We ended up in MoBay but next time I will know to stay in Negril, where the Seven Mile beach lays!!! The seven mile beach is exactly what one pictures when you think of Jamaica. CLEAR, clean water, white sand beaches, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! We also went to Rick’s Café where people cliff dive and we saw the most amazing sunset I have ever seen in my life!!! The sun in general in Jamaica was something else! Even in MoBay. Its amazing!!

Mobay

Mobay

MoBay

MoBay

MoBay

MoBay

What's going on...? - MoBay

What’s going on…? – MoBay

MoBay

MoBay

!!!!! in MoBay

!!!!! in MoBay

crystal clear water on the Seven Mile beach - Negril

crystal clear water on the Seven Mile beach – Negril

555293_10104048195645410_1601442903_n

Sting Rays pon di Seven Mile beach

Sting Rays pon di Seven Mile beach

seven mile beach, Negril

seven mile beach, Negril

Cliff divers!

Cliff divers!

Sooo breathtaking!!!

Sooo breathtaking!!!

sunset on the seven mile beach - Negril

sunset on the seven mile beach – Negril

Negril Sunset

Negril Sunset

I would one day love to check out Trinidad as well, because they have such an interesting, fun and amazing culture as well! I think its cool how its got a huge Indian population there. The culture soo original as it mixes Indian culture with Afro/Caribbean. It’s like they’ve got the best of both worlds. In college and a little post graduation I promoted West Indian parties and learned so much about the variety of music from the Caribbean. Aside from reggae, dancehall and soca, there is Indian inspired music called Chutney which is really interesting (and funny lol) It’s like the tune of Bollywood famous songs but they change the lyrics (in English or whatever its called. Trini English) and sometimes they speak Hindi but change the pronunciation. Its fun to listen to! A lot of the songs are just crazyyy. One of my Trini friends introduced me to this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGMpr-quR7Q

This friend also told me about Trini puppets and how that’s a thing. Its popular television according to my Trini friend. The puppet that I believe is the most famous (or maybe the only one lol) is Leroy and Paster Stewart. They are the main characters to Trinidad’s most beloved Muppet/Puppet. These puppets are definitely for mature audience ONLY LOL. BTW if you are from Trinidad and I am giving any misinformation feel free to correct me lol. I am going off word from friends, so I may be misquoting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUb38sxcxPY

Pastor Stewart

I feel like this blog is just getting weird now by the way LOL. I should probably watch those two youtube links more carefully than I am before posting but again, WE ARE A MATURE AUDIENCE!!! 😉 Trust me I won’t go into what I don’t know about Rastafarianism!!!

In conclusion, if you are starting to feel the winter blues, my advice would be to look up youtube videos on the Caribbean, surf the website I linked above (Cheap Caribbean dot com) and throw on some dancehall and you may just ended up bookin a jameeyakan baykeeyashan of your life, ya mon!!!

Educate

Educate