We did a day trip out to the Golden Triangle, where the mountains of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand overlap.
Prior to the trip, the highlight of this day trip was the boat trip to Laos…disappointingly, the part of Laos we docked at was just a flea market for the Golden Triangle visitors.
We also stopped by the breathtaking Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple)..
and the Karen Long Neck Tribe village….
it actually feels a bit weird because these women are on display.. like at a zoo….
For lunch, our guide took us to a buffet restaurant but with my weak stomach, I decided to only eat cooked veggies…
Our guide stopped the car a few times to buy us snacks to try…. the best guide ever!
watermelon crispies… couldn’t taste the watermelon but it was crispy!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!!
We headed to Montmartre for sightseeing on a bright sunny day…Sacre-Coeur…
Painter’s Square… I bought a watercolour painting here 10 years ago and found the same artist.. ending up buying another!
We passed a really interesting hot dog stand in front of an ice-cream shop… A big “wok” is used instead of a grill..
delicious French hot dog… onions and sausage in a baguette….
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
We planned a day trip to Arles and Nîmes and to make use of the day, we arrived in Arles before 8:20am. It was a bad plan as we arrived too early! The sun wasn’t fully out yet so it was really really cold… and nothing was opened before 10am….
We ended up killing time by first having breakfast at a cafe that had a big sign saying crêpe……it was one of the worse nutella crêpe on this trip… the crêpe was pre-made and was reheated in the microwave……… I was so disappointed with this cafe that we decided to have coffee across the street. By the time we finished coffee at about 10am, the sun was finally out!
the famous UNESCO Roman-era Arena…
passed by a boulangerie and couldn’t resist getting a strawberry millefeuille…
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
66 Rue de la Republique, Arles, France
Saint Rémy de Provence is one the typical villages nestled in the Provence countryside. What makes it so famous is that Vincent Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, located just outside the village. It was here, where Van Gogh painted his most famous work, The Starry Night.We walked the Van Gogh walk, a 1.5 km walk from the village to Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Along the way, there are plaques of Van Gogh’s art with his quotations, which are quite insightful into his works and emotions.
Saint-Paul-de-Mausole is still a psychiatric hospital today and a part of it is opened for visitors….
the gardens at St. Paul’s are so gorgeous…..
Van Gogh’s room…
St. Remy is also famous for its large Wednesday market and luckily, it fit into our schedule. However, by the time we walked back to town after visiting Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, the market was closing… We only managed to grab a bit to eat…
2 different sasusages.. so oily and fat.. but so good!
strawberries… but it’s not as sweet as the ones in Nice… Nougat de Montélimar….. a local confection from the South of France… a soft, chewy bar made of egg whites, honey and nuts (pistachios, almonds)…. this was toooooooooo sweet…. I asked for the smallest piece and I couldn’t even finish half of it!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
Saint Rémy de Provence, France
We had a 2 hour connection in Genoa on our train journey from Cinque Terre to Nice. We decided to make use of this stop and took the metro to the city centre.
We looked everywhere for pesto food (since pesto originated in Genoa) but couldn’t find any.. how disappointing… we got our morning coffee fix instead…
The people next to us were eating a custard-filled pastry that looked pretty good.. so when I ordered, I pointed to theirs!yumm!
We also got takeout to eat on the train…by the time we ate this, it was cold and soggy…
FAIM? un peu..