California dreaming on such a winter’s day.

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.

Frolicking through hilltop villages, vineyards, and the simply magnificant landscape just north of Bandol, France.

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.

La Ciotat – the cradle of motion picture history, the birthplace of pétanque, and so much more…

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…

My nightride through the Rencontres d’Arles – A one night stand with a photography festival in a beautiful city.

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.

A little fly-by through Montpellier

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

An architect’s vision of vacation paradise made into a boldly creative reality.

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.