France: Oceanapolis, Brest

Last year 25th of April 2016, I celebrated my birthday with the fishes and other marine life.

So from our location, Trelevern,  we thought of going to another big city and it is called Brest. It is an hour and half drive from our place of stay.

We planned some indoor travel this time since we knew that Bretagne would be pouring rain again.

First impression of Oceanapolis, it’s a big building. They have a big parking lot (it’s free) and you have to walk at the near entrance.

Entering the said attraction,  at first we were confused where to go since you have some themes to choose from. The place is huge and there are a lot of portals where you can go to see their main attraction. It is a bit unclear on where we should start, but then we just followed the map and just go with the flow. We tried to visit all of it.


But all in all, we found nice fishes, sharks, penguins and other marine life. They have big tanks and happy for that!

This would be a great outing for kids and for the ones who love aquariums when you are in Brest!

France: Perros-Guirec

Ok, so we don’t have any idea what to see in this area. We just took a chance and roam around the place and looked at the net for ideas.

We ended up in Perros-Guirec.

We decided to eat our breakfast at Cafe du Bourg which is also a bar. They have this typical french breakfast which includes croissants, baguette and jam with coffee. This place is just right across Eglise St- Jacques, so eating breakfast was a luxury with this view.

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After our breakfast, we decided to walk around the town.The town is charming and have their own styles. It is alive and we literally saw lots of french holding their baguettes. Just be reminded that french have their lunch break that will last at least an hour, this means that their establishments may be closed.

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Eglise St. Jacques

We did not have a chance to go inside the said church for there was an important ceremony going on. But seeing it from the outside was enough for me to appreciate the beauty of this church.

Walking around the town, you will see some cute buildings and the smell of bread being baked are very strong. It’s lovely!

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From the little town, we decided to walk further and saw the view of the gorgeous sea.

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On the way we saw some unique buildings.

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Hotel Ker Mor

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Palais des Congres

After walking up and down the hill for 2 kilometers, we finally reached the pretty beach that we saw from afar, it’s called Plage de Trestraou. It is a big beach with beautiful sea. It’s a shame that we we’re not able to swim and experience the beach since we visited during the winter season.

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Plage de Trestraou

Along their boulevard, there are lots of restaurants and places where you can stay and relax. It was not busy during our visit, so we we’re glad that we had the time to appreciate every little details of this little town.

 

France: Mont Saint Michel

After spending a night in Honfleur, we continued our journey in reaching our destination which was in Bretagne (Brittany), France. But again, me and my husband did something we actually did not plan of going at all. On the way, I saw this island. From afar it looks like there’s a big castle in the middle of nowhere. I instantly looked at tripadvisor for “nearby places” it shows that we were 10kms away from the fortress that we saw. It was called Mont Saint Michel. I showed my puppy eyes at my husband and told him that I wanted to try and see the place. He said yes and our journey continues!

This view made me wonder, “what is that?!!!”.

Getting closer to the island clearly shows how beautiful the place was. It makes us more curious on what we can actually see and do in that island or if it is even available for public viewing. The closer we get, the more excited we’re to explore this wonderful island. To begin with, we first thought that we can just drive through the island, but instead, we were directed to their huge parking lot. After that, we walked near the reception area where there are free buses or the horse-drawn carriage for transport. You can also walk there, but we did not do it because it was too cold during our visit.

The bus ride

The bus tour was short and it was like touring you around their little village where it consists of hotels, restaurants and shops, and it was the fastest way to reach Mont Saint Michel.

After the short ride, we were brought to the bus stop and have to walk some meters to Saint Michel and finally reached our awesome destination! It looks even better when you are near the said island.


One thing that I have learned about this tourist spot was that, there are some seasons of the year or even in a day where it is inaccessible for public transportation because the sea level rises and Mont Saint Michel is again a floating island.

Upon entering the island, I would say that it felt like I’m walking at the Diagon Alley, or should I say the wizard world of Harry Potter. It welcomes you with a shopping street, restaurants and hotels. It is busy and alive even on a cold day, tourists can’t just get enough of this location.

 


The whole street will lead you to go up the Abbey. During the climb, you will be directed to different locations where you can get a panoramic view of the whole sea.

There are also people walking in the middle of the sea barefoot and in groups. We asked at the reception what is the reason for doing that, well they said that the visitors just liked it and for whatever reason it could be, it seems to be therapeutic.
There’s an entrance fee if you want to go further and see the inside of the Abbey. The line is crazy full that we have to wait at least 20-30 minutes before we can enter the whole place. But we would say that it was worth the wait.


Going inside the Abbey, it was actually what we’ve expected, it is majestic! Spacious, big and a lot of things to do and see.

Got lucky to be alone in this pic! It was a busy day 😊


Overall, if you come across this region, DON’T miss this out! It is a must see!

Germany: Berlin (Walking tour)

A look back at our travel last year to Germany, Berlin,  January-February of 2015. This was actually a part of our honeymoon travel.

The second day of our trip in Berlin, we decided to take the walking tour. Doing the tour, you will be brought to the historical places while you are also learning the history of Berlin. You can find them infront of the Brandenburger Tor and usually, they start at around +/- 9:00am. It’s free but giving tips at the tour guide would be very much appreciated. The tour is 3-4 hours long with coffee break at the nearest starbucks branch.

We visited the following places:

Our first stop was the Brandenburger Tor.

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Then we walked to the Holocaust Memorial.

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We also found Jose Rizal’s (Philippine National Hero) memorial plaque.

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Next, we were in Gendarmenmarkt.

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To Check Point Charlie.

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Berlin wall.

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And we ended up at the Bundesministerium der Finanzen.

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Spring time in Holland

It’s a bit too late to actually post about spring time at this moment for we are now approaching winter time. It’s been crazy the past months, but i’m still trying my best to post at least 1 entry per month.

Anyway, I just wanted to share about the spring time in the Netherlands. This was the time where all of the plants comes back to life and all the flowers bloom. I love how Holland looks very pretty with all the blooming flowers for it gives life and joy to the people who sees it, hence it also gives high risk for pollen allergy.

So why am I going to post this? … This day, was my husband’s birthday. We decided to go out since the weather is very favorable. Sun shines, blue sky and clear than the other days we’ve had the past months.

We knew that there are lots of flowers blooming and also we knew that “De Zilk” (a place in Holland where the flower fields  are located) was already showing its flower power.

We were lucky that there were still flowers on the fields that aren’t harvested yet, so we stopped to some flower field and yes, it looks really pretty and we were allowed to go through the middle of it! At the end of our flower tour, I bought some tulips and they were really cheap. For a bouquet of tulips, I paid 1 euro. That’s really cheap if I compare it from The Philippines.

€1 bouquet of Holland Tulips

Jack Russell sniffing the daffodils