Anglet, France, taken on March 25, 2012
Lying under the blue skies while welcoming the great waves of the Atlantic – what a way to relax in Anglet!
Sesimbra, Portugal, taken on March 15, 2011
I met the FunMates in my PhD program for the first time during the training school in Sesimbra, Portugal in 2011. This picture would have been perfect if I didn’t fail at photography and mess up the composition on the right side. Then again, Carole was right in saying that I would have fallen into the water if I were to move any more to the right! Anyway, here we have Daniel from Canada, Mariel from the Philippines, Qiran from China, Camille from France, Uyxing from France, and Carole from the Philippines. Each has his/her own rock. No invasion!
Cabo da Roca, or “cape of the rock”, is popularly known as the westernmost point of continental Europe. The famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões described Cabo da Roca as “Aqui, onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa…(Here, where the land ends and the sea begins…)” The wind was strong, but the view of the sea was fascinating 😀
Hear me out before you start judging me (is WordPress gonna let me go through with this?)…Pornic is a town in Pays de la Loire in western France…funny name, huh? Well, that’s precisely why I made the unplanned detour to this coastal town, just to see what it’s like, and it turns out that Pornic is actually quite a cute little town! With 8 hours to spare in Nantes and a one-way trip that took only an hour and a half, I spent 2.5 hours in Pornic, walking along the paths towards the edge of the town to see the Atlantic Ocean. There was a château, and yes, there were boats, lots of boats! Even though it was extremely windy, the most unexpected part of my 4-day trip became the best part. Adios and back to Bordeaux!