|My first experience traveling alone and to countries whose language I did not speak. Amazing experiences in the old and new capitals while exploring a culture and country I knew mostly from the animes I was watching when I was a kid, so far and at the same time so close to the French culture.
Highlights: The golden temple and an imperial residence in Kyoto
|The main reason of this trip was to come to Hong-Kong to meet my friends Sharon, Siegfried and Mathieu in order to celebrate the union of Sharon and Siegfried Hong-Kong style. Free lodging in the heart of Kowloon, invitations to try the best restaurants and two guides that knew the city by heart made this week unforgettable.
Highlights: The cityscape from the ferry and Macao
|A whirlwind visit of all the main sites of London with Tanya guided by Rav. 3 days were definitely not enough.
Highlights: The British Museum
|Visit of the Big Apple the right way. It was the perfect place for my friend Mathieu and I to meet again since New York is roughly halfway between San Francisco and Paris. A lot of walking and running. I fell in love with Manhattan and would not mind living there someday.
Highlights: Ellis Island and the Metropolitan Museum
|A visit of the land of the Inca with my friends Cyril and Luc. These might have been the 18 most intense days of my life. Amazing discovery of the Inca civilization and of some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen in my life.
We managed to see so much that I am still amazed that it all turned well at the end. Especially considering the high number of strange stories we got into!
Highlights: Lake Titicaca, Wayna Wyna and the Amazon
|Paris is the city I used to call home. Great place to start this long trip
Favorite places: Gare de Lyon, Bastille, Notre-Dame and Odeon.
|The fulfillment of a childhood dream. One of those few countries where every stone is potentialy an antiquity of critical archaeological importance.
Highlights: Abydos, Dendara, White desert and Dahab
|The other Holy Land is an extraordinary country for so many reasons. Small, friendly and with two amazing archaeological sites.
Highlights: Petra, Wadi-Musa and the Dead Sea
|The Holy Land and especially Jerusalem is not the most stress-free place to visit but the spirituality of the experience is worth it.
Highlights: Old Jerusalem.
|Back to Jordan for some more visits mixing ancient civilization and holy sites.
Highlights: Jerash and Mount Nebo
|The biggest surprise of the trip. Not the country with the best monuments but Syrian people make for it by far. Just relax in Damascus!
Highlights: Old Damascus, Palmyra and the people.
|A pity this country is taken in turnoils so often. Beautiful landscapes, great people and yummy food.
Highlights: Beirut and the Beka’a Valley (Baalbek and surroundings).
|Back to Syria on my way to Turkey. Old Aleppo is worth the detour.|
|East to West along the Mediteranean Cost. Blue sky, green hills, turquoise water and some nice Greek and Roman ruins. What else could one want?
Highlights: Blue Cruise, Antalya and the people in Adana.
|So much history. So much beauty.
Highlights: Santorini and old Athens.
|Back to Turkey for a more studious visit this time.
Highlights: Istanbul and Capadoccia.
|Visiting a good friend. Stressing over lost luggage. Getting used to the idea the trip is over.
|While visiting my parents|
|One month ski trip|
|Redwood NP – May 2009|
|Death Valley NP – December 2009|
|Sequoia NP – August 2010|