I woke up on the morning of November 9th, 2016 to an intense whirlwind of conflict. Ready and excited to fly back home for a 3-week trip to California & Oregon with my beloved, yet flabbergasted in the worst way possible to discover that the unthinkable had happened in the US presidential elections. I thought – my God, I don’t want to go to a place filled with … Continue reading California dreaming on such a winter’s day.
Hello everyone! Due to work and travel plans I will be away from this blog for some weeks. But it will all pay off, and I will have new posts and photos to share with you in the very near future! At the moment I’m biting my nails over this election day, and hoping wholeheartedly that the best will come out of it. Let’s all hope … Continue reading A little break…
While staying in La Ciotat, I got some great tips to explore a couple of hilltop villages located just a short distance away, north of Bandol. Getting around in this particular region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur on the highway and back roads is such a breeze in comparison to the more eastern area of the Var near St.Tropez, where you can pretty much count on being stuck in traffic … Continue reading Frolicking through hilltop villages, vineyards, and the simply magnificant landscape just north of Bandol, France.
After running around for a few days, I was desperate to find a place to call home and put my stuff down for a few nights. I found myself in La Ciotat – a small city at an equal distance between Marseille and Toulon. I choose this place because of its central location, proximity to Les Calanques, and the nearby Provencal countryside. My first impression of … Continue reading La Ciotat – the cradle of motion picture history, the birthplace of pétanque, and so much more…
The next stop on my roadtrip through the south of France was Arles. I arrived late after hoofing it all afternoon on a hot & swampy day in Montpellier. Unfortunately, like a one night stand – I didn’t get the whole story about Arles – just a taste of a particular day and time under a limited setting. But what I saw and experienced was a gorgeous … Continue reading My nightride through the Rencontres d’Arles – A one night stand with a photography festival in a beautiful city.
After taking my sweet time to abandon La Grande Motte, I decided to do a fly-by in Montpellier. I hadn’t been there since my big backpacking trip almost 20 years ago, and I was totally curious to see how it had changed after that time. Actually, nothing rang a bell except for the beautiful Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, and I even started to wonder if I’d … Continue reading A little fly-by through Montpellier
The first time I ever heard or saw anything about La Grande Motte, France was in the April/May 2016 issue of a French magazine called Maisons Côté Sud. I was literally floored by the images and the idea that such a utopia of modern architecture was so close to home. Well, by close, I mean a seven hour drive…but I quickly realized that my plans to go camping … Continue reading An architect’s vision of vacation paradise made into a boldly creative reality.