6 December 2015

French Medieval Villages


One of my favourite things about my trip to Nice and the French Riviera was the day trips we took to Saint Paul de Vance, Cagnes-sur-Mer and √ąze. All three villages are a short drive from Nice and offer something completely different from the hustle and bustle of the big city. These small villages are tucked away in the mountains around the coast, offering fantastic views of the ocean and neighbouring towns. Having never been to the south of France before, I was eager to see typical French towns where I could witness life as it is there. I was amazed to see families living in these historical Medieval towns and going about their business despite the high volume of tourists that descend on their tiny villages. Because we were there at the end of September we were able to avoid much of the touristic rush and enjoy it so much more.  

If I had to pick my favourite of the villages, I would have to go with Saint Paul the Vance. Maybe because it was the first of the three that we went to and because the sun was out, I don't know. The narrow maze-like streets and lanes filled with greenery and flowers will stay in my mind forever as I look back on this trip. And the doors, the doors were so pretty!

19 November 2015

Nice


Last month C and I flew to Nice to meet up with my parents and join them on the last legs of their European trip. Neither of us had ever been to the French Riviera so we thought this was the perfect opportunity for a bit of rest and relaxation with family. I was hoping for warmer and sunnier weather for a true change of scenery but we still made the best of what we had with day trips to surrounding areas (more on that to come) and late night al fresco dinners.

We didn't spend much time in Nice but when we did we toured around the Veille Ville and the Promenade des Anglais. The architecture was so different than anything I had ever previously seen and something I really wanted to try and capture. I loved the yellow and orange tones and colours of the buildings and how each was battered with imperfections brought on by time.

5 October 2015

Bruges By Boat


One of the best ways to see Bruges is by boat. There are a few companies with quays across the city that offer a 30-minute tour for less than €10. The queues are always long but it's an attraction not to be missed and well worth the wait. By boat, you get a totally different perspective and one that I believe it more authentic. As you cruise through the quiet canals you get to step away from the bustling streets and enjoy the unique architecture of this magnificent city. I found that it was from the water that I was able to capture the essence of Bruges beyond chocolates and their delicious Belgian beers.

27 September 2015

In Bruges


When C and I were invited to a wedding in Bruges, I knew we couldn't refuse an opportunity to visit this picturesque city. I had been once before several years ago and remembered how beautiful it was. Seeing it again as an adult after taking art history at University was something else entirely. I was able to truly appreciate the beauty of it all. Bruges is like to other place I've ever seen. It's as if time has untouched this little Medieval city and left it just was it was 400 years ago. It's a small city which is best seen by foot and by boat. It's so nice to walk around all the windy streets. Every corner you turn there's something beautiful to be discovered.