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Travel

Travel

Ideas of travel through narratives, books, good plans, various and varied advice.
Hiking

Hiking

Walking in the mountains, in the countryside or along the shores. We invite you to discover magical and friendly places to walk.
Culture

Culture

Enriched with beautiful readings, various visits, views, museums...
Alpes Maritimes France

Alpes Maritimes France

The Alps dives into the Mediterranean Sea. Village and culture in a breathtaking natural setting: Vive la Dolce Vita
Aviation

Aviation

Walks in the sky. Heads in the air. With or without motor.
Hautes Alpes France

Hautes Alpes France

Nature in all its splendor. Summits that project into a crystalline blue sky and limpid.
 

Small train and panorama on the Swiss Alps

Panorama of the Swiss Alps from Brienzer Rothorn

The summit, at only 2351 meters above sea level, offers a panoramic view of Lake Brienz, Interlaken but also on many northern faces of the Swiss Alps, more precisely on the Bernese Alps. A nice little train will avoid any muscular fatigue while a café restaurant will allow you to admire the panorama comfortably seated.

An early spring in Copenhagen

Spring in Copenhagen

Some pictures of the beautiful Danish capital in the form of video and photos. Denmark has just under 6 million inhabitants, a tenth of which live in Copenhagen. You are here at 55 ° lattitude North, the arrival of the beautiful days free minds and bodies eager to bask in the sun.

Mountain helicopter aerial work

Mountain helicopter aerial work

Two or three times a year, mountain refuges use the mechanical power of the helicopter to climb altitudes of food and materials of all kinds. In a few minutes of flight the helicopter routes which will accommodate tourists, mountaineers and mountain climbers in shelters perched in the mountains, real guardians of the peaks. A short video shows you aerial ballet in action.

Hiking at Mont Guillaume

Mont Guillaume

A hike over the artificial lake of Serre Ponçon to enjoy a panoramic view of Embrun, the turquoise waters of the lake, Savines Lake, Gap and hillsides, the Orres ski resort but also the Grand Morgon almost at hand. The summit hosts a massive stone chapel that seems to have been built to cope with the swiftest windstorms.

French Rivera from the sky

French Rivera from the sky

The French Riviera has attracted the world for over a century. A holiday resort for the European nobility, then the bourgeoisie and finally the largest number, it is a magnificent space, inevitably, heavily occupied by human constructions in its coastal zone. Aerial photos often allow a better understanding of what is happening between Cannes and Menton via Nice and Monaco ...

Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez

Everything was probably said about the Provencal village of Saint Tropez, a former fishing village, nestled in a bay whose waters are protected by the Mistral fervours. The village, like Janus, has two faces, one summer crowded, teeming and the other more serene the rest of the year, except school holidays. We offer you an exploration of virtual visits from the citadel, as well as some images here and there made out of season.

"Razzia" film by Nabil Ayouch

"Razzia" film by Nabil Ayouch

Razzia a powerful and intelligent movie. Through this film, the director and screenwriter tells us about the evolution and tightness of societies. The realization, the actor and the photography as well as the scenario are particularly successful. We were lucky in our end of the alpine world, in Briançon on October 27, 2017 at the cinema l'Eden, to be able to attend a preview screening of the film ... several months before its official release (Release date : March 14 2018).

Forest fires in the Alps

Forest fires in the Alps

Some images from our archives of the impressive forest fire at Vigneaux in the valley of Vallouise in 2003. 2003 was a year of hot weather throughout France but also the theater of many fires in the Paca region. A recent walk under the very airhead Tête d'Amont (Montbrison massif), also visible from the Oreac plateau (see photo HD) gave us the idea to bring out old photos of relief in action, including Canadairs CL 415.

La Blanche

Hiking La Blanche Vallouise France

A nice hiking idea in the Vallouise valley is to leave the hamlet of Puy Aillaud (1580 meters above sea level), to reach the summit of Blanche (2953 meters above sea level) and its superb panorama towards the Pelvoux.

Pinagot : sensory perceptions in the service of history

"Le monde retrouvé de Louis François Pinagot" d'Alain Corbin

"Le monde retrouvé de Louis François Pinagot" can be read as a detective novel. Alain Corbin, a historian, takes part in this work in search of the environment of a perfect and total unknown, sabot manufacturer by trade, in the nineteenth century, in the center of France.

Egyptian Museum Turin

Egyptian Museum Turin

The Turin Egyptian Museum is one of the great tourist attractions of the Piedmontese capital. The city renovated during the 2006 Olympic Games includes many quality museums. Besides the Egyptian Museum, you can also visit the "new" Oriental Arts Museum, the famous museum of cinema, the museum of modern art or even the automobile museum ...

Coupe Icare

Coupe Icare

The Icare Cup takes place every year at the site of Saint Hilaire du Touvet near Grenoble in Isère, in September. It is an aerial event focused on free flight, mainly paragliding but not only. Infos and video...

African walk in Briançon

Abou Fall, a Senegalese storyteller and musician paid tribute to Sédar Senghor in the alleys of the Vauban city on 17 June 2017. This public event organized by the municipal library was a nice moment.

Golden Eagle

The wildlife care center allowed us to attend a unique moment, presented on the video below [video].

Canadair

The Canadair CL 415, from the Canadian company Bombardier, is the only water bomber aircraft specifically designed for firefighting. This aircraft made its first flight in 1993.

"Sapiens a brief history of humanity" by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens book

An exciting book, "best seller" worldwide, which undertakes in 500 pages to trace the history of humanity, the first traces of life to the present day and even after. The particularly didactic and clear book allows to group, to condense the history of human evolution. A real happiness for those who were lost in the dates and key moments of evolution. We will try in this article to offer you a digest of the book. A sort of attempt at a "brief summary" of a "brief history of humanity"!

Resistance to the Maquis de Beassac and Célestin Freinet

Resistance to the Maquis de Beassac and Célestin Freinet

Emmanuel Saint Fuscien (Doctor in Contemporary History and Lecturer at EHESS) devotes an interesting book to Freinet, under the title "A teatcher at war". Célestin Freinet, whose theses, in a few words, consist in putting the student at the center of learning, lived in Vallouise a few years at the end of the Second World War. His wife Elise Lagier Bruno being from the beautiful high alpine valley. He previously lived in the south of France, campaigned in the communist movement of the Alpes Maritimes and participated in the two world wars of the 20 th century.

Torino Outlet

Torino Outlet

A new shopping center in the suburbs of Turin will delight fans of shopping whether they are compulsive or casual. Many famous brands are present and offer products at discount prices throughout the year. A small glimpse of the place and potential good deals ...

Fine circulation in Turin

Fine circulation in Turin

Many tourists and visitors, including Italians, major cities of the peninsula have more often than not the very unpleasant surprise to receive tickets several months after their visit. Racket Turin and traffic scams in areas reserved for local residents or lack of information and vigilance of motorists?

Val d'Aoste

Val d'Aoste

A long valley on the other side of Chamonix, just east of Mont Blanc enjoying an Italian Dolce Vita atmosphere. Many centers of interest and natural places more majestic than the others allow you to spend a relaxing or dynamic stay.

Marrakech

Marrakech

The beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco is fabulous. A town in the country, an oasis at the foot of the Atlas. The impression that the surrounding plains and mountains constantly feed the imperial city as native visitors. Marrakech, one of the most touristic cities in the world, a veritable oasis, in the middle of a vast arid plain almost desert, at the foot of the High Atlas, attracts many tourists.

Visiting Rome

Visiting Rome

Rome, ancient city, immortalized forever by Federico Fellini in his film the "Dolce Vita" is an invitation to travel, to the discovery of the history of Western civilization.
A veritable open air museum, Rome is full of treasures, big and small, to be discovered during your wanderings in the various districts of the capital. Whether you are alone, in a couple, with your family or with friends, the city of Rome will not leave you indifferent.

Three books of crise

Three books of crises

We were interested in three exciting books: "French Deconnection", "Le Quai de Ouistreham" and "Carnets de Homs" respectively written by Philippe Pujol, Florence Aubenas and Jonathan Littell. You will discover a small description of each book, then a small and modest comparative reflection.

"Voyage en quête de lumière"

"Voyage en quête de lumière"

We recommend reading this beautiful and big book about 60 years of travel around the world. The east, near and far, constituting the main destinations of the book. This blog article offers short excerpts and some pictures. Book's extract : "The coming of the great age gives us the privilege to contemplate our own life with the necessary distance to better understand it".

Corsica seen from the continent

Corsica seen from the continent

A few days a year it is possible to see the Corsica from the Côte d'Azur (Nice, Eze, Monaco, Menton, Grasse, Gourdon, Vence, about 180 kilometers). This phenomenon, rare at dawn, is exceptional the day.

Wind festival

The beautiful event died in 2013 after more than twenty years of existence. We keep a nostalgic and joyful memory of it. The occasion to bring out some images of different editions past ...

Guides Feast

A few video images of the traditional summer festival of the Briançon guides in the Hautes-Alpes (France) [video].

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