Easter in France

Easter in France
Easter Alsace

Jump to: Alsace Strasbourg During spring of 2012, after a short rest and relaxation in the Baden-Baden baths in Germany, we decided that it would be nice to spend part of Easter in France; we decided to visit one of the most famous cities in the Alsace region, Colmar. Alsace Alsace is the fifth smallest of the 27 regions of France, at the same time one of the most populous - 220 people per square kilometre. By comparison, the population density in Latvia according to 2020 data is less than 30 inhabitants per square kilometre, while in the United Kingdom…

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Short break in Germany

Short break in Germany
Tulips on Mainau island

Jump straight to: Baden-Baden Mainau island Photographs Sun, flowers and spring We arrived at Baden-Baden Airport late in the evening to start enjoying our short break in Germany. A taxi took us to the Gasthaus Linde (address: Yburgstraße 79, 76534 Baden-Baden); it is located in one of the towns around Baden-Baden called Steinbach. We were greeted by the owner of the guest house; he knew about our late arrival and offered to postpone check-in until the next morning, so we went to relax immediately after arrival. In the next morning, after the usual grey April day in Riga, we were…

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Alps, Provence and Rocamadour

French Alps and Provence Everybody has some opinion about France. We have been in France many times, however most exciting was our three weeks long trip around the country in August of 2007. The first part of it was visiting French Alps and Provence, afterwards continuing trip to exceptionally nice town of Rocamadour. You can find first half of our route on the map. This part of the trip (especially before arrival to French Alps and Provence), apart of mountains, was mostly related to food and wine. The second part of the trip (Atlantic coast and Paris) was mostly relaxing.…

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Paris and Versailles

Basilica of Montmartre and the Palace of Versailles We reached Paris before midnight and luckily found our hotel in Montmartre with a little stumble. Many visitors of Paris choose this area because of its location. Although, after sunset the surrounding area does not look very safe and touristic. We had booked Hotel Montmartrois (6 Bis, Rue Du Chevalier-De-La-Barre) because it offered good price for double rooms (nothing special, but good enough to stay in convenient location). Nearest site of interest in a walking distance from the hotel we visited next morning is the Sacred-Heart Basilica of Montmartre (la Basilique du…

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Western France

This is the next part of travel notes about our „tour de France” trip in 2007 (read also other parts of travel notes about France, including those related to Burgundy and Saint-Emilion wine tasting). This part of the trip started on the Atlantic coast of France. Living on the Atlantic coast of France In the afternoon, we reached Cap Ferret what separates the Bay of Arcachon from the Atlantic Ocean. We had booked bungalow in Camping les Viviers to stay three nights there (this is a large and very busy high class 4-stars camping resort and should be booked in…

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South of Norway

Visiting south of Norway To have a short break in June, we went to Norway for a few days. After landing at Oslo airport, we picked up our pre-booked car from airport car rental office and started our trip. We were lucky that instead of smaller car we were upgraded for free and got an excellent Volvo V40 - very nice welcome to Norway! We were thinking about visiting south of Norway a long time and finally did it. And, here is the first tip - be prepared to pay for toll road immediately after leaving the airport if you…

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Norwegian fjords and waterfalls

Driving to the west of Norway Soon after visiting a church in the south of Norway, we started to look for some camping (more on camping in Norway in my previous blog). Our plane arrived in Oslo in the afternoon and it was not possible to reach our next destination Lysefjord before midnight (there are about 400 kilometres between Oslo and our destination, no highways available). Generally speaking about Norway - it is like Scotland in terms of surrounding landscapes and nature (like in Scottish highlands you can even meet sheep on the road frequently), but Norway is very large…

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Around Switzerland

Autumn trip to Switzerland This is one of the parts dedicated to our trip to Switzerland in early November. Almost immediately after crossing German border towards Switzerland, we recognised first mountains. We enjoyed this beautiful landscape for the first time in our lives - that was so amazing! However, we still had way to go and the next short stop was near Geneva lake; it was even more impressive - huge lake on one side and mountains all around. Autumn colours of trees made this landscape even more beautiful and enjoyable. During next days there were planned two different trips…

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