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Scorching weekend in Etretat

19 July 2021

In August 2020 (yes because at the moment we are far from the heatwave …) I had made a reservation for one night near Etretat (in a dormitory to reduce costs). What a good surprise it finally fell on the heatwave weekend in early August! Great to leave the Paris region and enjoy a good swim 😎. Usefull information Accomodation So I stayed in Villainville at domaine de la marnière a few minutes by car from Etretat. The place is…

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A beautiful day in Chartres

30 June 2021

During my holidays in sables d’Olonnes the past year, I unfortunately broke down my car … It was therefore stuck at Chartes. When I went to pick it up I took the opportunity to visit the old town, I loved it! Cathedrale I had chosen to stay really close, in an old monastery of Chartres. The cathedral is of course a must-see in the city of Chartres! Historical Center I really enjoyed walking around old Chartres. It is really the…

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The Sables d’Olonne

13 June 2021

For my first holidays after the first Covid lock-down, I chose to go and rest a few days by the sea in Sables-d’Olonne! I delayed travel publications a bit during this period but the beautiful days are coming! Presentation of Sables d’Olonne The Sables d’Olonne is located in Vendée, about 100 km south of Nantes. From Paris it’s quite convenient, there is the highway almost to the finish! For around forty euros in toll … This town is best known…

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Walk in Montmartre – Paris

6 December 2020

During the first end of lockdown in May, I took a little walk in Paris, enjoying the sun and seeing something other than my (residential) neighborhood. I opted for Montmartre which I had never visited! The sacré cœur It’s of course the must-see in Montmartre! The interior was closed but that did not prevent the atmosphere from being soaked up 😎 . Needed to know that its construction is fairly recent, it was completed in 1923. It was voted “public…

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Houlgate and the “flowered” coast

27 July 2020

During the 2019 Christmas holidays I had not really planned to leave Paris. But at the last moment I wanted to get some fresh air and see the sea! After some research for accommodation I opted for Houlgate on the “flowered” coast. Practical information The flowered coast is located in Calvados, between Cabourg and Honfleur. I opted for the hotel Castel de Siam in the city center of Houlgate with the possibility of free parking in the street. And the…

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A week-end in Troyes – FR

21 June 2020

At the end of 2019 I was looking for a French destination for a weekend. My criteria were: quickly accessible by train from Paris, not too expensive and nice, authentic city center. I chose Troyes! Practical information So I took the TER train from the Gare de l’Est. Troyes is reached in 1h30 and the round trip cost me 60E. I booked a small studio Arouet very close to the station and close to the center (102E for 3 nights).…

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