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March 25th, 2007 | Author:

You will tell me…one more weekend in Crans-Montana..and I will answer you…that’s true, but different 🙂
I invited two friends (Thi and Thao), who have never been to the Swiss mountains. They work with me in the same company, but in Vietnam. During one month, they are staying in Switzerland, in the same office than me.
So it was a good opportunity for them to discover a new region (Valais) in Switzerland, to see new sightseeing views, to eat new food (Thao : how was the snow ? 😉) and to try new drinks (not really :).
We did snowshoe near Crans. It was also the first time for me in Crans, so I discovered few places that I have never been in skiing or snowboarding. Lucky, because the weather was very good !
I’ve really enjoyed this weekend, great moment, lot of fun ! Thank you for them to accept my invitation [1]
They also cooked a small soup at evening, so I would like to thank them for it, good opportunity to try some vietnamese food 😉

A new idea for my next trip…

Notes

[1] For your information, they are so busy, many colleagues wanted to invite them 😉

March 23rd, 2007 | Author:

Today, I took a day off to apply for my chinese visa. I need one for my next trip in China. So I went to Berne, because the embassy of China is there.
After 1 and 1/2 hour in train, and 30 minutes by walk in 15 cm of snow, I found the embassy in the end. The room is too small, so many people, and the chinese guy was too slow. I hope you don’t have to go there once 🙂
My friend will return there soon to take our visas, because it’s impossible to the visa by post….welcome to China and their rules !

After that, it was a good opportunity to stay in the Swiss-German part, so I decided to go in Lucerne (1 hour by train from Berne).
I spent half day with Corinne, a friend who live near Lucerne. It was my first time in Lucerne, very nice small city. I think this city is one of the most touristic city in Switzerland. We saw so many tourist, especially Chinese people (hmm) !
I really liked my time there, happy to see her again ! I will return this summer to make a cruise on Lake Lucerne…and I will visit Grutli, the place where Switzerland was born in 1291.

February 26th, 2007 | Author:

After my trip in Belgium last year, where I visited Chris (or here :), I’m very happy to spend few days with in Switzerland.
He stayed three days near Lucerne (german part of Switzerland) where he has also visited Zurich. After that, he joined me in Geneva where he was impressed by the Geneva Water Fountain 🙂
We also visited Lausanne, and have been to the Valais. The Valais is one of the most beautiful region [1] in Switzerland in you like mountains, and snow in Winter. The weather was not so good (raining and snowing day), but we had great time, especially the nightlife !

I really would like to thank him for his visit ! See you soon Chris…

Notes

[1] You can find pictures of Crans-Montana and around last January with Jérôme.

February 21st, 2007 | Author:

After my article last January about my probable trip in China, I finally booked my China travel ticket ! I’m going to China on the next May 🙂 I’m happy to visit a new country in Asia, and I hope I can meet again an acquaintance that I met during my trip in New Zealand ! But China is a huge country, so at this moment, I do not know if I will be able to see her again.
I’m going to China with three (maybe four) friends during three weeks and three days :

  • Departure on 17th May : Geneva (Switzerland) to Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Amsterdam to Beijing (China)
  • Return on 10th June : Shanghai (China) to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Geneva

I’m going to travel with KLM, the main dutch airline company. It will not be as great as it was with JAL (Japan AirLines), but I’m sure it will be a nice flight !
I’m also a little bit heartbreaking to be so near from Japan…but I will go back once ! Anyway, I will tell you my trip soon !

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January 29th, 2007 | Author:

Like every year, especially on the beginning, I have to decide when I will take my main holiday. A friend of mine suggest me to go to China with him this year…good idea isn’t it ?
I’m not sure at this moment, but I think I will try to visit this country. I like Asian countries (but you know that :), so I think it is a good opportunity for me. I have to check with my job and organize this trip. But when, and how long ? I think I will go there between the middle of May and the beginning of June for 3 weeks.

I will tell you more soon, but I’m almost sure of one thing : this trip will not be like my last trip !

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December 24th, 2006 | Author:

One year ago, I remember my very good Christmas dinner in a French-Japanese restaurant with Chistophe and Martin in Cairns.
My first Christmas day with more than 40 degrees, funny clothes for people who live in the northern hemisphere and great nightlife…I really miss it !

Anyway, I wish you a merry christmas !

December 23rd, 2006 | Author:

After two months (sorry for that), I finished yesterday to upload all my pictures about my Japan trip. You can find my 11 galleries and my 390 pictures 😉 Enjoy it !

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November 01st, 2006 | Author:

Before I’m starting to describe my Japanese trip, I would like to say sorry. I made a mistake with my blog password’s, so I could not update during three weeks. Really sorry for that !

During this week, I will write my japanese trip story, with many pictures. It will take me time, so please be patient 🙂 I hope have finished for the end of this week.

My trip in Japan was BEAUTIFUL. These three weeks were a great life experience, different than Australia and New Zealand.

I wrote many emails, spent many hours on Internet, but the result was very good. The trip was, maybe, not perfect, but when you travel far away, in a country who do not speak your language, it is normal !

The trip would not have been a beautiful trip without my friends, who were with me in Australia or New Zealand. I would never have thought before this trip in Japan that I was going to see again so many friends. I spent several weeks, months with some friends, only few days with others in Australia or New Zealand.
But ALL were so nice, a kindness that I rarely saw, sometimes never saw in my life.
When these friends :

  • take some days off only for you…
  • try to find the best accommodation for you…
  • take you to the airport, more than one hour by car…
  • travel more than one hour to say Goodbye…
  • cook very good meal many time for you…
  • spend one day with you for shopping…

I could find many different examples. After that, how do you want to thank these people ?
Personally, to say to them simply thank you is not enough for me. Therefore I hope to be able to offer same hospitality in Switzerland to my friends.

So for these reasons, I really would like to invite them to come to Switzerland ! I would be so glad to welcome them as they did it for me in Japan !

I REALLY would like to thank them for this BEAUTIFUL trip :

In Tokyo :

  • Chiori
  • Yuka
  • Mifumi
  • Misato
  • Takato (Mifumi friend’s)
  • Takato (Riri)

In Nagoya :

  • Yuko
  • Sachie

In Osaka :

  • Mika and her boyfriend
  • Megu
  • Naru
  • Sakie
  • Erina
  • Sanae
  • Saori
  • Hiroka
  • Shuya

In Kyoto and Kobe :

  • Saki

In Sapporo :

  • Arisa
  • Nob

See you soon in Switzerland ! And maybe once again in Japan !

In French now (for my friends who do not speak english 😉

Mon voyage au Japon a été magnifique, comme l’a été mon dernier voyage en Australie et Nouvelle-Zélande. Trois semaines que je n’oublirais jamais, une nouvelle experience de vie formidable.

La préparation de ce voyage a été longue, mais cela en valait la peine. Beaucoup d’emails, de recherche sur internet et des appels pour en arriver à un voyage, qui n’a peut-être pas été parfait, mais cela fait partit des aventures à l’autre boût du monde.

Ce voyage n’aurait jamais été ce qu’il a été sans tous mes amis, qui ont fait le quotidien de ma vie en Australie et Nouvelle-Zélande. Avant de partir, je n’aurais jamais pensé en revoir autant. Pour certains, j’ai passé plusieurs semaines, mois avec eux, pour d’autres, seulement quelques jours. Mais tous, sans exception, ont été d’une gentillesse que j’ai rarement, voir jamais connue avant ce voyage.
Quand vous connaissez le nombre d’heure qu’un Japonais travaille, ses nombres de jours de vacances par année, et que ces gens :

  • font tous pour trouver du temps pour vous revoir, voir à prendre des jours de vacances juste pour vous
  • vous hébergent malgré les petits logements
  • cuisinent pour vous des dîners très bon
  • vous amènent jusqu’à l’aéroport, qui se trouve à plus d’une heure de voiture
  • font plus d’une heure de trajet pour venir vous dire au revoir à l’aéroport
  • vous accompagnent pour être sûr de prendre le bon train / métro
  • passent une journée à faire du shopping avec vous

Je pourrais vous citer des dizaines exemples, tellement il y en a. Après tout cela, comment voulez-vous remercier ses gens ?
Personnellement, de leur dire simplement MERCI n’est pas suffisant pour moi. C’est pour cela que j’espère pouvoir leur offrir la même hospitalité en Suisse.

Ne sachant pas comment leur dire merci pour tout ce qu’ils ont fait pour moi par écris, je voudrais les inviter tous à venir en Suisse ! Je serais tellement content de les acceuilir comme ils l’ont pour moi au Japon !

Je voudrais donc les remercier beaucoup pour ce voyage inoubliable.

A tout bientôt Suisse ! Et peut-être à nouveau au Japon !

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August 14th, 2006 | Author:

I have been in Beligum for 5 days (Tuesday to Sunday), my first trip in Belgium !
I worked during two and half days for Brussels Expo, in Brussels 🙂 Brussels Expo is the biggest exhibition centre in Belgium, only 15 minutes from the center. I saw one impressive thing and one funny thing there :

Like all good tourists, I had to try one special and famous meal : Mussels with french fries. So with my colleagues, we went to the center of Brussels on Thursday night.
Brussels is a very nice city, with many many European tourists, but not only them, also few Asian tourists, especially the Chinese as well 🙂
All good European people have to go one day on a pilgrimage in Brussels, like all good Christian have to go in Rome or Lourdes 🙂

On Friday afternoon, I was on weekend. I met again my best friend in Australia : Chris 🙂 ! He invited me in Belgium. It was a great weekend, we visited many cities (Brussels as well, but also Bruges, Knokke and Antwerp). We spent two good nights and drunk many beers in Huy, a small town near Chris house.
I really liked Antwerp. We were only few hours by night, but the ambiance was great. So I hope I will be able to visit again this city !
You can find four new galleries about Belgium here. Few pictures are out of focus, by night it’s quite difficult with digital cameras …sorry for that !

I especially would like to thank Chris ! I spent great time with him. He drove many kilometres around Belgium. Very interesting to speak again him, to drink again many beers and to visit many cities. I also want to thank her sister for her cooking.

Chris : don’t forget to come soon in Switzerland, you’re welcome when you want ! Try to book few days this winter, I would like to show Swiss mountains 😉

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July 24th, 2006 | Author:

After several weeks, I finally booked my Japan travel ticket ! I’m going to Japan on the next October 🙂
I’m really happy to visit this country, and I really hope I can meet again some Japanese friends that I met during my trip in Australia and New Zealand !
Two friends are going to Japan with me during the two first weeks :

  • Departure on 6th October : Geneva (Switzerland) to Paris (France), Paris to Tokyo (Japan)
  • Return on the 22th October (for my friends) : Osaka (Japan) to Paris, Paris to Geneva
  • Return on the 29th October (for me) : Tokyo to Paris, Paris to Geneva

My friends could not take three weeks of holidays, so they will come back one week earlier than me. I’ll travel one week alone in Japan, so if you have any good idea for me, send me an email or leave a comment 😉

See you soon in Japan !

P.S. I finished to update my new gallery about Lake Parade, more than 60 pictures and movies !

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