Yearly Archives: 2013

Photo – Cheylade Church Ceiling Design

By | December 11, 2013 | in Photos

This ceiling photo of Eglise de Cheylade (Cheylade Church) in Auvergne region of France, features 1386 uniquely designed & painted ceiling tiles, including motifs of animals, plants, flowers, fruits, angels, fleur-de-lys, bells, and a single human: a shepherd.

Originally founded in 12th century, Cheylade Church was rebuilt in the 15th & 17th centuries to what you see today.

Closest train to Cheylade Church arrives at Murat from Paris Austerlitz train station, roughly 5 hours 30 minutes travel time by train, with train tickets costing about 47€ one-way. Train service is provided Intercités and TER brands of France trains (non-TGV trains).

Church Cheylade Ceiling
♪ Touch The Ceiling ♪ by gael

Photo – Normandy Coast Sunrise HDR

By | December 3, 2013 | in Photos

This is an ocean sunrise photo of Etretat, Normandy, north coast of France.

Trains from Paris to Etretat in Normandy (Le Havre closest station, 20km south of Etretat) leave from Paris Gare Saint-Lazare, departing every 1-2 hours, costing from 15 to 21.50€ and takes 2 hours 5 minutes to arrive via the Intercités brand of French train. Train reservations in advance will allow you to choose where you’re sitting on the train and may get you a slightly discounted price of the train ticket for this particular voyage.

Normany Coast Sunrise France
Sunrise at Etretat by Fabio Nodari

Photo – Auvergne Cathedral

By | November 27, 2013 | in Photos

The Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral found in the Auvergne region of France (central south). Construction of the cathedral occurred over 600 years, with many starts and stops and changes during that time.

Clermont-Ferrand is accessible from Paris by train on the Intercities brand of train departing from Paris Bercy station (walking distance from Gare de Lyon train station). Train tickets to Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France are available from 37-50€ with travel time between 3 and 3.5 hours.

♪ Blue Sky ♪ by gael on
♪ Blue Sky ♪ by gael

Photo – Quiberon France Beach Sunset

By | July 29, 2013 | in Photos

French beach sunset off the west coast of France in Quiberon, located 2 hours west of Rennes or 2 hours north west of Nantes.

Quiberon is train accessible via TGV train from Paris to Nantes, then TER train to Quiberon. Total train travel time is between 4.5 and 5 hours from Paris. Train tickets from RailEurope (UK) or RailEurope (US) are between 45-85€ depending on timing.

Quiberon France Beach Sunset

Quiberon by Lubomir Letko

Photo – Eiffel Tower Trocadero Fountains

By | July 2, 2013 | in Attractions

This night time long exposure photo of the Eiffel Tower from the Paris Trocadero Gardens along the length of the fountains capturing the light reflected from the Eiffel Tower.

Closest Paris Metro station is Trocadéro on Metro Line 6.

Nearby is the Arc de Triomphe, also on Paris Metro Line 6, station Étoile (terminus station for line 6).

And of course, la Tour Eiffel, on Metro Line 6 station Bir-Hakeim or walk straight towards the Eiffel Tower across the bridge Pont d’Iena.

Eiffel Tower at Night from Trocadero Gardens Fountain

Eiffel Tower @ Night by Christoph Müller from Trocadero Gardens Fountain