Category Archives: France

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

I visited Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in April 2014

It was warm, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. I walked through the streets of St. Jean. Soon the streets, the houses were gone, only nature left. Not untouched nature, a few ruins were standing here and there, remnants of old buildings, soon I found a concrete walkway following the waterfront.

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Shakespeare and Company in Paris

I visited Shakespeare and Company in Paris in April 2014

When I first arrived in Paris, visiting Shakespeare and Company was on top of my to-do list. For such a long time I had heard about the book store, I simply had to go and see it for myself. After checking in at the hotel, I set out for Shakespeare and Company.

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Another visit to Crescendo Prog Festival

I visited Crescendo Prog Festival in August, 2015

As soon as we arrived we where greeted with smiles and hugs. People had loved us two years ago, it felt good to be back. We arrived in Royan, close to Bordeaux just in time for the festival, only time to drop our bags where we would sleep, make sure to bring the merchandice, head over to the festival.

Crescendo Prog Festival

Crescendo Prog Festival

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Bordeaux in Bordeaux

I visited Bordeaux in August, 2013

Driving through France can be a pain in the ass, the toll booths there are so inefficient. In Norway everything is automated and cashless now, either you have an Autopass which gets charged, if you don’t a picture is taken off the car and the bill is sent based on your licence plate. All you have to do is drive like normal through the toll booth, no need to slow down.

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Crescendo Prog Festival

We visited Crescendo Prog Festival for the first time in August 2013.

The Crescendo Festival is held every year in the small town of St. Palais-Sur-Mer, just outside Royan, in Rocheford on France’s western coast. Royan is a small, seaside resort town in an urban area of about 37.000 people. The Crescendo festival has been held here every third weekend in August since 1999. Lately there has also been a Crescendo festival in French Guyana but due to financial difficulties, this festival has not been held every year.

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One day, three countries, three beers

The following episode took place in April 2014

Weihenstephaner in Monaco

Never have I had a more expensive beer! Seventeen Euro for a beer is just insane. It doesn’t matter if it is a Weihenstephaner, served at Café de Paris just outside the casino in Monaco. The price is ridiculous.

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Confused in Strasbourg, France

I visited Strasbourg in December 2013.

Strasbourg was a city it took me quite some time to get. Usually I am a really good navigator, and it doesn’t take me a long time in a new city before I have a general idea of its layout, and able to get around without a map. Many a time have I impressed fellow travellers with my ability to quickly get my bearings and get around in a new city.

In Strasbourg I felt really lost the first three out of four days. Only on our last day there did I finally understand the layout of the city, and then it dawned on me. The problem wasn’t me or the complexity of the city streets. The city was quite easy to get around in actually, and I should have been able to create a mental map of it much earlier. The problem lay with the locals, and the really strange way they got around in the city.

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One night in Paris

The following night in Paris happened in April 2014

I arrived in Paris at four in the afternoon, having taken the train from Nice earlier that day. My flight back to Norway would leave the next morning. Flights out of Nice had been so expensive, it was cheaper to take the train to Paris, spend a night here and then catch a flight back to Norway. I had one night in Paris and had to make the most of it. Next morning the train for the airport left at seven am.

So, what should I do? What is the best way to spend only a few hours in Paris? I hadn’t prepared at all, knew nothing of the city.

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