Monday, April 30, 2018

Bordeaux: More Pictures

I loved Bordeaux' street art and its ... doors!


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Trip to the Southwest of France: Bordeaux

I have just spent a couple of (sunny!!) (and very hot!!) days in the southwestern region of France. This destination has been on my bucket list for quite some time but getting there was really complicated ... well, at least until recently. Now, we have a direct flight from Zurich and as soon as I read about this, I had to go! To be honest, I had planned on going to the Baltic Sea in March/April. But then our (long) winter happened and suddenly, when it was time to organize my trip, I craved the south more than the north. I know, I know, but I can't be someone I am not ... hahahaha

Well, anyway, remember this post?
The Gods of Travel have been with me one more time! I got a train back to Arcachon even though Tuesday was a major strike day. Lucky me!!
First things first though. I flew to Bordeaux and spent the first two days there. What a pleasant surprise! A cute little town, with a very nice boardwalk along the river Garonne. I liked the small streets (some of them closed to traffic!), the cute restaurants and bars, the shops, the friendly people. The sun was shining (always a plus!) and within the first couple of steps I found myself in a happy place!

Put it on your travel bucket list! It's totally worth the trip!

Place de la Bourse

So many cute little shops

Porte Dijeaux

Pont de Pierre

River Garonne and Pont de Pierre

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saying No

Yesterday evening, I was walking along the river Limmat, enjoying the setting sun and the sprouting trees (aren't they wonderful in springtime? I just love it!), when suddenly I hear someone call my name. It took me a bit to put a name to the face but then I remembered. A fellow student (back in the days!).

I had to smile because he was the fourth person from my past that I came across the last week. I didn't talk to the other three but him, I couldn't avoid (yes, I admit it. I avoided the three others!). We had a short talk, it was nice to meet him again and to catch up (at least a bit) but at one time I, kind of, got the impression that he would have liked to meet again and spend some time together, catching up more (hey, not in THAT sense, he is gay hahahaha).
I stood there and suddenly I knew for sure (like 100% sure) that no, I didn't want to meet him again. It was nice to have this short chat but spending more time together? No thanks. Not because I am pissed at him or because I don't like him. No. It's just, no. The past is the past. And as in April I am all about living in the moment (remember my post?)...

So, I was friendly but set: Hey, it was nice meeting you. Have a nice evening. Ciao. 
And there I went, pretty proud of myself. Proud because, you know, I have this ingrained way of handling situations like this. Deep down I know that I don't want to do this or that but then comes my, also ingrained, way of not wanting to hurt, to offend others and I usually end up doing things I don't really feel like doing. 
Not this time though. This may be the reason why I met all these people from my past this last week. Apparently, there was a lesson to learn. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Me, My Travels to France and Strikes

I am off to Bordeaux and Arcachon (that is in the southwestern part of France) next week. And guess what? SNCF's employees (France's national railroad company) are on strike.

(Not that I have anything against workers hitting the streets. On the contrary, my heart always beat and always will beat for the "underdogs". Always. I strongly believe in standing up to our rights. What I don't agree on though is when it's done at the expense of other workers, other underdogs. But then, what do I know? I don't want to judge. The right to strike is part of who we are.)

Anyway, the are on strike and I find it hilarious because I have been to France twice in the last 1,5 years and both times it was a close call, strike-wise. The first time I was in Marseille (traveling by train) when I found out that SNCF would be on strike ... the day after my departure.
The second time was last year in Nice. That time it was the airport's ground staff. Super close call because all flights before and five flights after mine were cancelled but NOT mine. I still see the monitor on my inner eye with all the red written CANCELLED on it. Was I lucky or was I not?

This time though I am taking the plane to Bordeaux (luckily not on Air France because those guys are on strike as well apparently). Then I planned on taking the train from Bordeaux to Arcachon. I could have rented a car but as I try to travel as eco-friendly as possible, I decided on taking the train.
Oh well.
It's gonna be an adventure. Apparently, on the days of the strike (2 days every 3 days or something like that) not all the trains are gonna be cancelled. I will have to check on their website the day before. The journey there won't be a problem (as of their website). The return journey more so.

Bienvenue to the world of traveling! SMILE
And as the Gods of Travel were with me the last two times, I hope they'll show up this time too :-)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Wish

As March has been all about expressing ourselves (what a month!), I feel that the energy in April has changed with last week's full moon. I obviously can only speak for myself but last weekend I suddenly realized that I wanted to live more in the present. It's nice to think about or to work on something that will happen in the future (ideas imply the idea of future). But now ... it's time to dedicate my time to the present. To be more conscient about my words, my thoughts, my acts ... right now.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

About Sunny Days

Looks like spring finally made it!