Quite a lot of snow and yet, with proper tires (Michelin Xi3), no problem with RWD, even quite a lot of fun in the sharp turns of the mountains roads in Nagano !
Few people outside of Japan realise how much it snows just ~150km away from Tokyo… up to 1m in a day !
Some relaxing time after ski in Nozawa Onsen. Nozawa Onsen is a nostalgic old hot spring town located just one hour’s drive from Nagano City in the northern part of Nagano. Nozawa Onsen is said to date back to 8th century but has been renowned for its onsen hot springs since the Edo period. Legend […]
Rays of sunlight peering through snow-covered pine trees in Nagano.
Something not to miss when visiting Fukuoka : the food stalls.
Nice toori in the snow in Nagano prefecture.
Well, there’s a first for everything : never seen one before, a motorcycle with snow chains !
The trees bear marks of heavy snowfall at the Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) in the Nagano Prefecture.
The Normandy American Cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres (70 ha), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in […]
An omnipresent sight in France, from the smallest village to the largest cities : Monuments aux Morts – literally monuments to the dead. Monuments aux Morts are war memorials which were built to commemorate the 1,327,000 men that France had lost during World War I. In the aftermath of what had proved to be such […]
A visit to the Graindorge factory to discover how Livarot and Pont-l’Évêque cheese are made. On the way out, you can even try them. I warmly recommend the blue Livarot, made from Raw Milk, softer, sweeter and very hard to find in shops !
The countryside where I grew up.
The Château de Falaise is a castle located in the south of the commune of Falaise (“cliff” in French) in the Calvados département of Normandy, France. William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born at the castle in about 1028. William went on to conquer England and become king and possession […]
Fishing boats going out to sea in Port en Bessin.
A cute allegory to Hollande’s election catchphrase : Le changement c’est maintenant !
Those clouds look like a Phoenix, don’t they ?
A Citroën Traction Avant in mint condition ! The Traction Avant, French for “front wheel drive”, was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934. While not the first production front wheel drive car – Alvis built the 1928 FWD in the UK, Cord produced the L29 from 1929 to […]
From an abandoned movie theater in Normandy.
Back in France for a while with more pictures from our summer vacation. This is Étretat, in Normandy. Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed “needle”. These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in […]
Another visit to Honfleur, so naturally, a nice lunch at Sa Qua Na :) PS : still have quite a few pictures left from our summer holiday in France, please bear with me…
Remember the Escargots Farm we visited in Normandy ? Well, they were naturally selling their production so we bought some… and… my oh my they were so good ! Look at my daughter : eating them religiously ! She still talks about them :D
Long exposure shots at dusk in the middle of corn fields, deep in the Norman countryside. Quite happy with the results, would have liked to take more but there were too many strange sounds around me. Yes, the countryside is a lot noisier at night than during the day. A large animal (boar?) was running […]
Found this during our vacation in France. Was quite disappointed : weak taste, too sweet.
Normandy is also known for breeding horses, one of its most famous example being the Haras national du Pin, the “Versailles for Horses”.
Not a trip to Normandy without visiting its most famous landmark. As always, a plethora of Japanese tourists !
La Mère Poulard is a famous restaurant and hotel on Mont Saint-Michel. The restaurant dates back to 1879, and is known for their special omelettes and wall of autographs from over a century of famous diners who ate it. Personally I don’t like the omelette that much : too sweet for my taste. But not […]
The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Second World War cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, located in Bayeux, Normandy. The cemetery contains 4,648 burials, mostly of the Invasion of Normandy.
Warms colours in the evening sky during Summer in Normandy !
Unlike in Japan, a leisurely stroll is always possible in a nearby forest in France.
Some countryside training for city girl ! :)