I always wonder how people live and spend their life in different parts of the world. Learning to see the world through people and their cultures gives me information. In my opinion, to live together peacefully, it's necessary to understand the differences.
My first trip started from France to Italy with my husband. We spent 2 weeks in Paris, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Dijon. To me, Paris is one of the most diverse city in the world. My best memorable in Paris is the sounds of a French woman begging for money in the train. I know it sounds funny, but her voice was really peaceful and pleasant. French is a beautiful language--very melodious. In Italy, Florence and gelato are my favorite. Although French and Italian are the world famous cuisine, I didn't really care about the food for this trip since my main focus was on cultural and photography. I can share about the pastries, but do not ask me about the food. :)
My second trip was with my sister and her husband. Our main destination was Barcelona, Spain. We drove from Dijon to Avignon, then Barcelona. We did check out one of the top medieval castles in France at Palais des Papes, Avignon. Driving from town to town was fun and exciting. One of the most beautiful scenery and landscape was from Barcelona to Andorra. There is no doubt that Barcelona is a popular destination. History, a diverse people and an incredible mix of cultures make Barcelona a great city to visit. However, I enjoyed the countryside of Spain better than a major city like Barcelona.
On the way back, we drove to Toulouse and Saint Malo, then back to Dijon. We spent 8 days for this trip. It was the best trip I've done so far. We only spent a day at Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France and is home to Armagnac and fois gras. At St Malo, walking on the ramparts of the walls was quite impressive. Because I can get the splendid views of the town and beach at the same time. Although it wasn't the best month, the weather was really nice--sunny and windy, great for windsurfing! I would definitely plan to windsurf if I go back there. St Malo was a home of the Corsairs, the pirates who work for the King of France. At Mont St Michel, the architecture was spectacular. The feel as I walk up the narrow streets to the top of the castle brought me back to the past. If you plan to visit St. Michel, be sure to try their crepe andd cider wine "Kir Breton".
All in all, this trip is one of the greatest experience I've had. I'll blog about some travel tips later. I'm still in France to explore more food and pastries for a week. I'll be checking out the Gala dinner's kitchen at Lycee le Castel tomorrow--so excited.
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