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Activités inusitées à faire à Bangkok
Asie, Destinations, Thaïlande

Se déguiser en licorne et autres activités à faire à Bangkok

Bangkok, quelle ville éclectique ! On croirait s’y trouver dans un village typique, puis soudainement ce sont les gratte-ciel qui nous prennent dans un détour. Centres d’achats high-tech et kiosques de street food, temples et klongs, la liste est longue quand on essaie de décrire la ville. La chaleur est lourde, comprimée, et nous force à nous écraser sur une terrasse à boire des shakes de coconut, de lime, ou de mangue. « Everything shake », c’était devenu notre slogan pendant le voyage. Bien sûr, à Bangkok, il y a le Wat Pho, le Grand Palais, les marchés flottants, mais ça, vous le savez déjà. Ce que j’ai préféré, c’est plutôt de faire des choses que je ne croyais jamais faire. La ville a tant à offrir comme activités originales, si vous ne vous amusez pas à Bangkok, changez de quartier. Café Licorne Ouvert depuis moins d’un an, le Unicorn Café a fait fureur sur les réseaux sociaux. Même Mashable et Buzzfeed en ont parlé. Pour apprécier, il faut se prêter au jeu. L’univers rose bonbon et le menu à base de sucre et de fast food est fait pour séduire n’important quel enfant. De mon côté, j’ai choisi le Galaxy Soda et les […]

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5 raisons de visiter la ville de Gand en Belgique
Belgique, Destinations, Europe

5 bonnes raisons d’aller à Gand en Belgique

Pas aussi connue que la populaire Bruges , la ville de Gand ne figure pas en tête de liste des endroits à visiter en Belgique. Pourtant, avec plus de 30 trains par jour au départ de Bruxelles et seulement une heure de route à parcourir, il n’y a vraiment aucune raison de ne pas y aller quand vous passerez en Belgique. De mon côté, j’ai ADORÉ cette ville et je ne peux pas remercier davantage les gens qui m’ont recommandé d’y aller. Si vous n’êtes pas convaincus, voici quelques bonnes raisons de faire le détour. 1. Éviter les troupeaux de touristes Vous connaissez ma position sur le « hors des sentiers battus » et « comment visiter tel endroit sans être un touriste ». Je réitère: quand on visite un autre pays, on est touriste, bon, et il n’y a pas de mal à ça. Par contre, si je peux éviter les autobus de groupes organisés, je suis pas contre. Quand je suis allée à Bruges, c’était le chaos. Ça serait de mentir de dire que la ville n’était pas magnifique, mais le problème est que c’est pratiquement impossible de l’apprécier tant il y a de gens qui vous poussent sur les trottoirs et […]

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Découvrir les couleurs de la ville de Granada au Nicaragua.
Amériques, Destinations, Nicaragua

Mission arc-en-ciel à Granada

Au parc central de Granada, tous les bancs à l’ombre sont occupés par des amoureux qui se collent malgré la chaleur, ou des vieux messieurs qui observent les gens passer. Si ce n’était pas des couleurs qui éclatent partout, on pourrait se croire n’importe où, mais à la vue de la cathédrale de Granada, cet emblématique bâtiment jaune, aucun doute qu’on est bien au Nicaragua. Et puis, l’Amérique se fait sentir: laïcité et consommation, simplement à un rythme plus lent. Ce rythme un peu déphasé qu’ont les pays chauds. Pendant que les autres pays recherchent la croissance à tout prix, on sent que le Nicaragua se laisse bercer dans son hamac en buvant son jus de melon. Un développement à la fois, car il faut profiter du soleil, et bien faire les choses. Découvrir les rues colorées de Granada Granada est une ville livre à colorier: à chaque façade sa couleur, sans dépasser les lignes. C’est à croire que les urbanistes ont consulté les enfants avant d’arrêter leur choix. « Pas de chicane, il y aura du bleu, du vert et du rose aussi. »  Dans cet univers, on s’est improvisé une chasse au trésor Pantone, avec un iPhone comme témoin. C’est ainsi qu’on a visité la […]

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Athens Insiders, Monastiraki Square
Blog, Greece

Athens Insiders: uncover the hidden stories of the city

I told her I thought she was courageous to have built her own company with her partners.  She answered: « What else do you want to do when the unemployment rate in your country is 25%… » I met Natalie, the co-founder of Athens Insiders, at the Monastiraki Square after our day of exploration. My boyfriend and I decided to visit the Acropolis and the Arch of Hadrian by ourselves during the day, and we were kind of saturated by historical facts when we met up with Natalie. Specialized in tailor-made experiences, she asked us what we wanted to do. « Anything but historical sites. We want to see the Athens of today, and we love street art! », we said. We were in good hands to discover the city like locals. With its piles of colourful chairs, antiques and bizarre wicker motorcycles, Monastiraki’s flea market was lively. People didn’t seem to mind the rainy day and walked around with a fast pace. It was a good starting point for our walk around Athens’ neighbourhoods. We followed Natalie through the streets and she soon stopped to buy koulouri. Half-way between a bagel and a pretzel, koulouris can be found anywhere in Greece. Usually covered with sesame seeds, […]

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Destinations, Europe, Greece

Monasteries Hopping in Meteora

I guess to replace bar hopping by monasteries hopping in Meteora is just another proof that I’m not 20 anymore… My friend Catherine from The Go Fever, suggested to create a hashtag so it sounds cooler. So here is it: #monasterieshopping. Feel free to use it on Instagram. After a disastrous experience at Yosemite last year, my boyfriend and I decided to apply what we learned and booked for two nights in the small town of Trikala before going on a hike. That was just perfect for a city exploration on the first day, and the famous visit of the monasteries on the second day. Trikala The city is located around 30 minutes of bus from the monasteries, but we didn’t regret our choice. First, a whole area is for pedestrians only and all historical sites are easily walkable from the main square. It is also the paradise for terraces and it was perfect to enjoy Greek food. You should definitely try the restaurant with pastel chairs, on the corner of the florist. The food is amazing, and the service is great! We walked in the traditional neighbourhood of Varoussi. Narrow paths through colorful buildings lead to the clock tower, the […]

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5 Reasons to visit Ghent, Belgium
Belgium, Destinations, Europe

5 Reasons to Fall in Love With Ghent

In the shadow of the well-known Bruges, the city of Ghent doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. With more than 30 trains per day from Brussels and only around one hour ride, there’s no reason to exclude Ghent from your next trip to Belgium. Situated in the Flemish part of the country, Ghent is one of the five most populated cities of Belgium. Still small enough to feel authentic, Gent (in Dutch) or Gand (in French) is a well-hidden european city that you don’t want to miss. I can’t thank enough people who recommended me to visit this town. Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Ghent too. 1. Avoid tourists herds If you’re like me, you prefer to avoid buses full of tourists travelling by herds. I’ve been to Brugge and it was chaos. Saying this town is not beautiful would be a lie, but the problem is that you cannot really appreciate it since there’s always people rushing you to walk faster and pushing you at touristic sites. Brugge is known to be a place to take great pictures, but you’ll get old waiting for people to let you take the perfect shots. In Ghent, you’ll see the […]

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Mons 2015 - European Capital of Culture
Belgium, Destinations, Europe

Street Art in Mons – 2015 European Capital of Culture

Updated on December 20, 2017: Even if the majority of the art expos in this posts are ended, Mons is still very active culturally. Take a look at VisitMons to see the full schedule. Each year since 1985, one or more towns a designated as European Capitals of Culture by the European Union. Countries that will host the Capital of culture are chosen in advance and cities post their candidature. This year, both Belgium and Czech Republic were chosen. In Belgium, Mons and Liege raised their hands to be candidates. So why did Mons win? … because on the due date, Liege didn’t present any project. Did people from Mons know they were alone in the run? No. Thinking they were fighting against a much bigger town, they did their best and work together to find the best ideas to present a program that will blow people’s mind. They decided to open during the same year a new concert hall, 5 new museums and to set up 15 urban installations. What did you do in a year? I was probably catching up on Game of Thrones…. What to do in Mons? Tons of activities! Museums, music shows, expos, theatre, dance, name […]

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Brussels, city of Comic Strips
Belgium, Destinations, Europe

Treasure Hunt in Brussels, Capital of Comic Strips

– Do you think the font on the station signs look like they’re from a comic book?, I asked Claude as soon as we arrived in Brussels. – Yeah, maybe a little. – Hum, maybe I think about it just because I know I’m in the Comic Strips Capital. Like many of you, I thought of beers and chocolate at first when planning my trip to Belgium, and it is fun indeed to taste so many different beers and shop in chocolate factories that look like jewelry store. But to have been in Brussels for a week, I noticed there are more than food and drinks standing out in the city. If you look wisely, you’ll see all the characters hidden at every corner, giving the city its unique soul. We then had a goal: to discover the comic strips in Brussels. Comic strip trail The best way to discover a town is by walking down its streets and wander around. In Brussels, the tourism board created a map locating the comic strip frescoes around town, and that takes walking to another level. During my first day in Brussels, I had the pleasure to have Pascale from the blog Scouich (in French) and […]

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Fruit market in Rio de Janeiro
Amériques, Brazil, Destinations

Ain’t just beans and rice! – Discover Brazilian cuisine

When I announced my trip to Rio de Janeiro, it was very clear that I wanted to discover Brazilian cuisine. Sometimes, I think the most adventurous expats are the best persons to show us a new culture, because they know what is interesting for foreigners. When people ask me what they should eat in Montreal, I never really know what to say… Sure I wrote a guest post about 6 Delicious Food you Have to Eat When You Visit Quebec, but I had to ask around me to be sure that what I suggested was a good choice of Quebec cuisine. On the other hand, I’d have no problem writing about Portuguese cuisine. Meh… So, when I met Tom, a British expat in Rio de Janeiro, and guide for the Eat Rio Food Tour, I knew he would exactly know what we need to taste while visiting Brazil… and it’s not just beans and rice! Update on July 26th, 2015: Note that the Eat Rio Food Tour is is no longer offered on a regular basis. It can be booked in private with the customer support of RDJ4U. Fruits It’s very cliché to talk about fruits when you think about a Southern country, but Brazilians […]

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Destinations, Europe, Portugal

Why You Need to Visit Óbidos in Portugal

The ultimate reason to visit Obidos in Portugal is just because it’s adorable. This small village is build within castle walls, and going there is like a time-travel in middle ages. Going there from the train station is a good walk (I wish I had a horse) but the view of the castle at the top of the hill is magical and it just motivated me to keep walking to discover what was inside. On your way between Lisbon and Porto, you may want to skip the stop to Obidos, but please, please don’t! It is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a good meal, and take a break. Castle Walls First, it is a very small town so you can do everything by foot. Stop by the Tourist Office before entering the main entrance to get the map of the Historical Center. You can also find one online. I’d recommend to start by walking on the castle walls to have a general view of the town and surrounding landscapes. It’s only a 1,5k walk, but watch your steps as there’s no fence to prevent falls. …it’s not dangerous, but just don’t look at your phone while walking, you know. Unfortunately, […]

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Amériques, Destinations, United States

What You Can See in One Day Walking in San Francisco

Even when I’m in a town with excellent public transport, it’s very rare that I use it. Why? Because it stinks. Always. …and also because I think the best way to feel a town is to explore by foot. So here is what I was able to see in one day walking in San Francisco with my pair of Palladium shoes. I started my day at the San Francisco Downtown Hostel. It was clean, safe, and well situated. But I must say you need to be very sociable, cause there’s people everywhere. A lot of them! … and just two showers per floor. Which means that if you like to take a shower in the morning, don’t even think about it. Or get ready to fight to win your place. Also, they offer fruits and bagels for breakfast. They brag about having the best bagels and I shut up the Montrealer in me to not make them sad. In short, a lovely hostel and an excellent option for small budget. It was Sunday so I decided to please my grandma and go to the church. For real! I have a video to prove it, but I’m keeping it for next Sunday on Facebook (suspense…). Travel Tip: […]

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