To appreciate a town like Bruges, one must wander when the town is still asleep, just when the young has returned from their pub crawl and the daytime tourists are no where yet to be seen. I woke up as early as five in the morning, with a disappointing weather yesterday, I know I will […]Read more "The Minnewater and The Beguinage (Begijnhof) of Bruges, Belgium"
From Paris Gare du Nord to Brussels Zuid (Brussels Midi) via Thalys train, then switched to a local train at Brussels for a 50-minutes additional journey, finally, the Flanders town of Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) welcome me with thunderstorms and non-stop rain showers. Quietly admiring the town inside the bus that travels from Bruges train […]Read more "The Market and The Town Hall of Bruges, Belgium"
Having crossed out the museum to visits, the monuments to see, the towers to climb and all the touristy must do is an accomplishment in itself but most often the greatest source of joy and sometimes of frustration are the moments of “in-between”- moments of trying to find a specific museum but ending up on […]Read more "By Day, Paris, France"
“Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence.” “To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.” “You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death’s […]Read more "Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery), Paris, France"
The urge to walk at night and see Paris under the moonlight is something that is hard to resist particularly if you enjoy movies like Midnight in Paris, with wishful thinking that you might meet Ernest Hemingway along the way. I was searching for Ernest Hemingway indeed, though there was no 1920s Peugeot Type 176 […]Read more "At Night, Paris, France"
Beneath the romantic ambiance of the City of Lights lies a labyrinth of interconnecting caverns and tunnels, filled with carefully stacked bones and skulls, an ossuaries holding the remains of about six million people. It is hard to resist the urge to explore what lies beneath, the curiosity to glimpse death, a source of different […]Read more "Catacombes de Paris (The Catacombs), Paris, France"
An hour train ride away from the city of Paris via the RER-C train bound for Versailles-Rive Gauche station, visiting Château de Versailles or Palace of Versailles is more than just a mere side trip, it is grand in all aspects that it commands a full day worth. I have read enough to know that […]Read more "Château de Versailles, Île-de-France, France"