chapter 4: lyon
lyon's famous Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
this is what i like best about lyon. everything u see on this huge wall is not real. yep, it's a painting! so cool right. the people standing on balconies are famous lyonnaise who've done the city proud. check out the little prince and his author...
ah, the bouchon. a bouchon is a restaurant that serves traditional lyonnaise cuisine, which, to the uninitiated taste bud, may not be the most delectable meal. but it is a very interesting and unique experience. the one we went to is called Chez Paul, quite famous i think. our meal began with starterS, with a capital S coz there were so many starters and i didn't quite know what i was eating, cept that there were beans and sweetened beetroot and salad and lots of stuff made from pork. the main course i chose was this dark brownish pork dish that resembled chinese food...tasted much better than it looked. and then there were a whole lot of after meal desserts, including a cheese that tasted so bad i almost threw up after taking one small bite. i remember this sourish apple thingy that was pretty good, but the most memorable dessert was this whole jar of sugar cubes soaked in greenish hard liquor.
looks harmless? well...i thought so too. so i popped one into my mouth, and in an instant started to tear coz the liquor burnt my tongue and the heat rushed down my throat and up onto my cheeks. the sensation was...agonizingly addictive. haha. so i took one more. according to a swiss couple sitting beside us, this little snack aids digestion, which is especially useful after a heavy meal. the kind man advised me not to take too many, in case i, erm, LS.
chapter 5: annecy
my most most favourite place in france. away from the complexities of big cities, alive with nostalgic charm. enchanting.
there was a street market on my 1st day in annecy, and i told myself, this place is so beautiful, i simply must buy something to bring home! so glad i found this hand-made miniature tea set for 6 euros:
chapter 6: Nice (and Cannes and Monaco)
how nice was Nice? well, the beach was nice, so was the old town. but there's a lot of construction going on in the main streets, making them very dusty and messy, which was a huge disappointment. apparently they're building a tram system in the city, but (according to the lady at our hotel) they stumbled upon some archaeological findings in the process, and construction had to be put on hold indefinitely. so, if u're planning to head to Nice, maybe u should wait till the construction works are completed.
never knew the sea can really be so blue...
visited cannes the day after the last day of film fest 07...hoped to catch a glimpse of some stars but didn't...
monaco. perfect holiday destination for the rich and filthy rich. for the non-rich like myself, could only afford a day trip there. grand prix was 2 days ago when i was there...a walk along the narrow and winding race track and it was obvious why monaco is one of the toughest places to race.
something interesting about monaco: because the city is built on a hilly region, lifts are a mode of transport. for example, step into this public lift and it'll take u to a street called boulevard de belgique. so fun! almost like something in a futuristic sci-fi flick.
last chapter: paris.
to be cont'd...