All posts tagged: france

10+ things to do on a weekend in Paris

Paris sera toujours Paris. Paris will always be Paris. And despite the fact I had been 3 times previously in the past, I still wanted to go back after a long time, and this time with Carlo. The occasion was a small family reunion after living 3 years in Australia and a Xmas gift for Carlo’s parents on behalf of Carlo’s sister and her husband. Here are at least 12 tips of things to do in Paris on a weekend: 1.Pay a visit to the Louvre, even if you’ve been there before. By the way they built a shopping centre underneath it which is just fabulous and already beautiful decorated for Xmas.  Very good we booked the tickets in advance, so no queue for the museum. And, by the way, if you don’t want to die inside the Louvre, just plan to see just a part of it right at the start. We focussed on the Italian section (maybe biased? 😉 and spent a bit more than 2 hours inside, of course without missing the …

Cote D’Azur or South Pacific Paradise? Try New Caledonia! // Costa Azzurra o paradiso tropicale? Provate la Nuova Caledonia!

New Caledonia is a great holiday option if you have already visited most of Australia, you do not want to travel far from it (assuming you’re living here) and you want to explore the Pacific Islands, with a French twist! Just northeast of Brisbane, less than 4hrs from Melbourne, with a direct flight not available every day. Our flight option: Qantas flight Melbourne-Brisbane (1h 40) + Brisbane-Noumea (1h 40) Most people will only speak French, although very close to Australia, and you’ll see many French chains like Simply Market, Decathlon, … It feels like being in Europe, thousands of Kms away from it, a tropical France! Destination Ile des Pins. Our flight got postponed to the afternoon, apparently it happens quite often. This gave us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community, having breakfast at the Noumea Sunday local market and visit the Cathedral and the city. Followed by the Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, whose building has been built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The centre gives you an insight on Kanak culture …

Turismo in aumento / Tourism is growing

Leggete qui dal Corriere della Sera: http://www.corriere.it/cronache/12_novembre_06/un-miliardo-di-turisti_157b76b2-281c-11e2-9e66-88ac4e174519.shtml Nonostante la crisi il turismo è in aumento, chiaramente nei paesi emergenti. E l’Italia si posiziona 5a come destinazione mondiale dopo USA, Francia, Stati uniti, Spagna e Cina. E’ sicuramente una nota positiva. Vuol dire che le persone continuano a viaggiare e non si è persa la voglia, di scoprire, conoscere, sperimentare. L’Italia con destinazioni come Roma, Venezia e Firenze, solo per citarne alcune, forse potrebbe fare di meglio! Se solo sapessimo venderci e si agisse tutti verso la semplificazione dei processi, la protezione e la valorizzazione delle nostre bellezze! Comunque 5° posto non rimane poi male. Viva l’Italia! ———- // ———- I just read an article on the Corriere della Sera that says that tourism is increasing beyond the crisis and that we’ll be reaching 1 billion of tourists travelling by the end of this year. Being Nov 13th the Day estimated to be the dya of the number 1 billion tourist and OMT will celebrate it. Italy is 5th among the tourist choices worldwide after the …

La Petite Creperie – take away

Well, finally I did it. I bought a crepe at the little booth on Swanston St, La Petite Creperie http://www.lapetitecreperie.com.au . The good smell is so calling me all the time and difficult to resist, especially when you are hungry. And even though I was going for something salty at first, they didn’t bake salty crepe at the Creperie Take-away. You have to go to Triskel, another place that is on my list, but always closed every time I passed by. Anyway, so I ordered a Chestnut pure (marron glace) crepe, which is my favorite! It was considerably priced, 5$, if you think of Australia’s high prices. There is quite a long list of flavours you can choose from and with prices ranging from 4$ up to 8$ and you can add some extras from 1.5 to 2$ roughly. Anyway I was looking at the French girl while she was cooking the crepe just in front of me, anxious to give it a bite…to the crepe! 😉 A marvellous smell was coming to my nostrils, …

Sunday morning, praise the dawning… ehm, Tuesday morning, early dawning. Breakfast in the Gardens.

Thanks to this song, I started my day today. Sunday morning by The Velvet  underground (have a listen! http://youtu.be/eF_CQGHqzts). It’s actually Tuesday morning, but this tune made it into a nice Spring morning in Melbourne! After the gentle wake up, I felt like “good morning Vietnam”, as many people were actually already in the streets, on their way to work or just having breakfast at a cafè. Yes! And now listen to that! Goooood morning Vietnaaaam!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KI16eAaAbY&feature=related And to some tunes: “Good Morning Vietnam – California Sun” http://youtu.be/xXkAUtcawUc Yes! And it was dawning! I woke up at 6.15 am, difficult times, to go and have breakfast with some people and listen to a conference on Garden designs and architecture. Actually pretty cool, so relaxing and exciting view at the same time, and good coffee! Oh yes coffee it was needed, because yes, it’s been a pain to wake up that early, but you enjoy different things when you wake up early. You have the whole day ahead of you, you have plenty of time that …