Greece Part 4. Athens – Finished

I had been wanting to visit Athens since summer 2010 when I did a West Europe trip with a friend. But a riot due to the economic crisis in Greece exploded and forced us to cancel the visit to Athens. I was not sure if the situation in 2016 was better but things had moved on. There was rumor that Greece would leave UE but again everywhere in the world things were somehow unstable. Continue reading

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A day and a half in Singapore

At the end of 2016 I took a trip back home to Jakarta. During this trip I also took two days to visit a neighbour country, Singapore.

Singapore is a rather small (in size) country in South East Asia but is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It’s a clean country where you don’t litter and is served by an integrated public transportation system (with MRT, LRT, and busses). Continue reading

Greece Part 2. Crete: Hikes around the south-west part of the island.

I’m sorry if that my five months old Greece trip has taken too long that it lost its freshness. I’m sure that I lost details of the trip but with several souvenirs that I keep: bus tickets, museum cards, and city maps; it should be alright.

I would say that this walking trip in Crete was one of the best trips I have ever done until now. The richness of the nature and the culture of Crete is truly amazing and worth experiencing. Continue reading

Volcanoes in France. Part 2. Around Clermont-Ferrand: Vulcania, Puy-de-Dôme, Monts du Cantal

Part 1

It was sunday, the second day of my holidays in Clermont-Ferrand. Waking up in the morning, the weather was so grey and gloomy, and it was cold! The streets were empty. I put my polar sweat then went outside to find breakfast. My hotel was located not too far from the center, but guess what, I couldn’t find any boulangerie/bakery shop open that morning. After walking around and around, finally found the bakery just in front of the Jaude mall was open. It appeared (in the next two days) that this was the single bakery that is open during holidays when other bakeries are close. But, they were expensive and the bread was nowhere near good.

Hiking in the Monts du Cantal

On this sunday we planned to do hike around Clermont-Ferrand.  As I wrote on the first part, the massif Central is located in this region. Massif Central consists of several (sixteen if I remember correctly from the explanation in Vulcania) volcanoes chains. After hearing some explanations from Anne, a friend who lives there, and Vulcania, I understood that the volcanoes in the region are rather young. Some of the last eruptions date only back to less than 10,000 years. Continue reading

Volcanoes in France. Part 1. Discovering Clermont-Ferrand

It had been almost a month that I finished my work projects. After two weeks of dealing with french paperwork and another two weeks of looking for a new project, I was saturated.

Everyone who is looking for a new passion would understand that it is frustrating. Passing your time at home in front of your screen, you have all the time in the world but at the same time you don’t have time at all. Continue reading

Bretagne trip: Sun, Rain, Bike. Part 4. Finished

Finally to my disappointment the bookstore was not open and we did not have more time to wait before my train for Nantes left. I crossed my finger that I could find the book in Nantes. So we left Vannes, and Morbihan, and Bretagne. We arrived in Nantes around noon. Again Nantes was no longer part of Bretagne during this trip but it was historically – and I think most people would still consider it as – Breton. Continue reading

Bretagne trip: Sun, Rain, Bike. Part 3.

Part one
Part two

Quimper

The train left Brest at 12:36 and would normally arrived to Quimper at 14:17. This train served the west side of Bretagne. We had a little bit more than an hour in Quimper so why not visit it.

We rode our bike along the quai of Odet towards the old town. If you follow the story you must have noticed by now that in France or in Europe, the true heart of a city beats on the old town. Continue reading