Masih dari liburan musim panas kemarin di wilayah Bretagne, Perancis.
The best place to escape from heatwave in France. Abis panas-panasan saat heatwave bulan Juli lalu, akhirnya kita memutuskan untuk liburan di Bretagne (Brittany), sejuk dan dingiiin angin pantainya. Plus, lumayan untuk refreshing juga~
Lalu kita nyeberang ke pulau kecil yang terletak di bagian Barat Perancis, yaitu di Pulau Hœdic.
Mau tau gimana dan ada apa saja di pulau tersebut?
When we talk about France, we did not only talk about Paris, Versailles or Disneyland. France is beyond all of these places. This summer, me and my husband had a chance to visit a town located on the west coast of France, in Brittany department (in French, Bretagne), which called Pénestin. We went there when we just experienced the hottest days in France during the canicule (heatwave) which has reached until 43 degrees.
I was surprised when I just arrived and set my feet at the train station in Saint Nazaire, the weather was much cooler, breezy windy and a bit of rain.
For your information, to get to Pénestin by train, you have to stop either in Saint Nazaire station or La Baule Escoublac station. La Baule Escoublac actually the closest one, 30 mins drive by car from Pénestin.
We stayed in a rented-house which were closed to the La Mine d’Or beach. It was very good, comfortable and close to all shopping centre, cafes and restaurants. The most important, it just walks 5 minutes away to go to the La Mine d’Or beach. No wonder we always went swimming on the beach.
Other ways, you can also do the camping and caravaning, there are several camping points where you can stay with your family and friends.
Also, there are plenty of choices of beach in Pénestin where you can access easily only by walk! Yes, by walk. It takes some times but it’s worth to visit. From the north to south at least there are more than 10 points of beach among others are; Loguy beach, Lomer beach, La Source beach, La Mine d’Or beach, Poudrantais beach, Loscolo beach, La Bile beach, Palandrin beach, Pont Mahe beach and more.
In Poudrantais beach, you can do kayak, surfing, sailing and kite-surfing. There is a place where you can rental things you want to do there to complete your holiday. Last time my husband was curious to try paragliding (parapente, in French), where you can starts from La Mine d’Or cliffs for 10 up to 30 minutes. If you are first-timer, there will be a guide who will join you in the same paragliding, so you will feel less scared.
My recommendation is trying to visit Pont-Mahe beach, you can feel the difference in the seawater there, which feel warmer than the other seas. And also went to La Bile beach where you can see plenty of mussels farming if the tide is low. Usually, people will hunt to catch other seafood, like the oyster, mussel, fishes on this island. So if you want to experience that too, better to prepare your own bucket.
Here are the sneak-peek from the first part of our summer vacation’s vlog in Pénestin, Brittany.
I really recommend you to visit this town during the summer holiday, moreover to escape from the heatwave!
Hallooo teman-teman. Ada video baru di AMG! Vlog. Kali ini kita liburan di kampung Neneknya suami di Nouan le Fuzelier di Perancis. Seru bangeeet! Aku belajar hal-hal baru selama sama Nenek.
DAAAAN… ternyata aku baru tahu juga kalau Nenek jago main egrang! WOW!
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For those who are living in a tropical country, maybe summer holiday is definitely not a special thing to do, simply because we have the sun all year.
But not here in France. Since I am living here, I found that holiday is very very important for French people (or European in general), especially during summer. Usually, they already plan a few months ahead to plan for summer holidays, either they will travel around France or overseas.
And this year will be the first summer holiday that I will spend with my husband and his family. Although, this is not the first vacation with my husband, because this past few years we spent the holiday together in Indonesia. What makes this summer holiday feels special because we will do our first road trip to several cities of France and Switzerland, by using train and bus!
What I mean with a road trip here, it is not like what Keluarga Belo did with their campervan (For those who did not know, they are Indonesian Youtubers, if only you watch their Youtube channel), we are not that rich anyways, but we will visit some cities where our friends and family who lives both in France and Switzerland.
Maybe some of you already know that in 2016 I lived in Geneva for 3 months for my fellowship. Since then, there is always a love and hate relationship with this city.
Well, anyways. In this blog post, I would like to share with you things that we have to prepare for our summer road trips! Since we will leave our apartment for one month, so we have to be prepared more.
What do you mean prepare more? Since we live in Rouen only two of us, no maid, no family, having friends and neighbours are very important! Why I said that? You will find the answer below.
Disclaimer. Even the title is about the holiday, we will still keep busy with our works. My husband will keep busy working on his thesis and I will keep busy with editing videos for vlogs (subscribe to my Youtube channel), writing on blog post also writing on my special project.
Can we do it all during our holiday? Bismillah, let see!
So what we have to prepare?
1. Decide which transportation will you use? Book and buy!
First thing first, either by plane, train, bus or car, you have to decide which transport you will use during the holiday. But in our case, most of the times we both always prefer to go either by train or by bus, so we can enjoy the scenery. Since we will travel to some cities in France, before we will go to Geneva, we are checking which train and bus will be cheaper to go to the destinations. Most of the times, we are avoiding to buy tickets during the weekend (to go or to return), because usually, it will be more expensive. The same as the bus, during this trip, we will try to go by bus which will be more than 3 hours drive, which is challenging! But the good thing using the bus in France (or Europe) for a long trip, they have pretty comfortable bus seats (spacious space, socket and WiFi!).
The best thing to do in advance is also to compare the ticket price either by train, bus, hitchhike car or plane before you go.
2. Where you will go and stay? Draft your itinerary!
Since most of our trips actually to visit friends and families, so we do not have to worry about a place to stay, except our destination to Geneva. We will stay in my husband’s friend place in Dijon, the grandma in Nouan-le-Fuzelier, in the villa booked by my mother-in-law in Bretagne and in Geneva, we have found our host to live few days from Couchsurfing!
Been a long time since I join with Couchsurfing and I was stopped to use it for the past few years, finally, I decided to re-active it again (and changed the name with my husband) and also open request for the traveller who needs a place to stay in our apartment (say Hi to us here!).
Drafting itinerary always fun for me! But we will only draft an itinerary maybe for Dijon and Geneva, because the other places are planned by the grandma and the mother of my husband, so basically we just need to enjoy and relaxing. But for those, who love surprises and challenges, you may also can do or go to some places which not in your itinerary or plan yet.
So do what is good for you and your partner (or friend)!
3. Check which places you want to visit
Wants to go to museum? Park? Hiking in the mountain? Check places you want to go through the internet first! So you know which day they usually open, what time they will open and close, how much the ticket price, etc. Because some of places, either in Europe or France, will close every Monday or Tuesday. So, check it carefully and decide where to go with your partner, prioritize which places you really want to go first, how long you will stay there and… ENJOY!
Even sometimes weather forecast not always right, but at least it’s good to know the temperature in places you will visit, whether it will be very hot, raining, windy, etc. Why? So you will know what kind of clothes that you will use and bring to that place. Whatever the weather forecast said about the weather, always be prepared your raincoat, umbrella and scarf!
5. Get set, rolling and… packing!
Bag pack is always a good idea and very practical! But, since we will leave for a month and I don’t really have a big bag pack, so we decided to bring one suitcase and two bag packs which we will bring by ourselves (coz we both will bring our laptop!). Don’t forget to make a packing-list, so you will not forget to bring essential things which you will definitely need when you travel.
Rolling, rolling, rolling… I always rolls my shirts, dresses, pyjamas, shorts, etc, if I want to do packing, it’s not because it will saving more space, but also it just looks RIGHT and well-packed. Since my husband will bring a lot of books for his research thesis and me with my essential girl things plus my camera gears, so we decided to bring one suitcase to put our clothes, toiletries and books. So we just put our laptop, charger and journal in our bag pack.
6. Clean the apartment and then?
Another important thing to do is… to leaves your apartment in a clean and neat condition. Moreover, if you will leave it more than a month. Why? Because you just feel better when you know and make sure all things are clean when you leave and when you will be back again from holiday. No dirty dishes, no dirty kitchen, leave the refrigerator empties, empty the trash bin, no dirty bathroom and bedroom, etc… all things should be very clean! It’s actually up to you, but we prefer that way.
7. Checking all your electricity, gas and water on the day you will leave also very important! So you will not waste it if you will leave it for long time. We also ask a help to our neighbour to taking care our plants while we will have vacation, last but not least… LOCK YOUR WINDOWS AND DOOR!
Well, hello for those who’s the biggest fan of fireworks! I am gonna show you beautiful pictures of me during Fêtes de Genève or Geneva Festivals on last summer 2016! I was very lucky, yes, because I got fellowship during the best season in Geneva, Switzerland. Why? Because you can easily found many nice festivals in the Jet d’eau lake and for being honest, the warm weather during summer much look alike in Jakarta or even some cases, even hotter in Geneva.
And to see the feu d’artifice or fireworks, it commonly held by August each year. The fireworks long last between 45-55 minutes which located in the lake. You need to be sacrificed yourself first, if you want to watch this and get a very strategic place, like what I did last year. So I came to the lakeside, since the afternoon like around 4 pm to get a place right in front of the lake.
And the fireworks itself, just started, at 10 pm.
Yes, it was an amazing experience, to wait for the fireworks for 6 hours in the lake accompanied with crazy windy during the afternoon, hahaha. If you want to get the best place to see the fireworks, you must go to the lake at least 3 hours advance, before the fireworks begin.
And, for the better, you can bring folding chair/cushion/pillow/bean bag or anything so you can sit comfortably and also the blanket, as it will start to get cold during the evening. Not to forget to bring snacks and drinks as you will stay there for hours!
So, enjoy the fireworks, guys!
📷 Astrid Maharani (by Samsung S7 Edge)
📍 Jet d’eau Lake, Geneva – Switzerland