August 31, 2013 – Cloister

The cloister beside the cathedral and behind the tourism office is my favourite place in Saint-Emilion. Even on a very hot, tourist-filled day, the cloister feels like its own little world, quiet, cool, and peaceful. I sat between the columns and enjoyed the rare serenity for a good hour or so, away from any source of anxiety, hoping to clear my mind of all the intricate thoughts that seemed to have accumulated. If only…

December 28, 2012 – Mont Saint-Michel

So finally on day 3, I arrived at the world famous Mont Saint-Michel, a tidal island (if you can call it a town at all) in Normandy, France. The tides were low, the skies were grey, but even then, the tourists were numerous. To be honest, it wasn’t all that impressive, a bit over-hyped. I guess that’s what happens when you go with high expectations (like Paris) 😦

November 24, 2012 – St.Emilion

I added a new item to my bucket list: to visit St.Emilion once in every month. So far I’ve done April, May, June, July, and the latest trip completes November. I still have one year for the rest of the months, which is probably doable. Here is a classic view of St.Emilion from the upper parts of the town, looking towards the old roofs with a vineyard in the foreground. The weather could not be more perfect, and my companion was fun and awesome 😉 Even after the fifth visit, this little wine town is still as charming as ever.