I've often been to the south of France - from the Ardèche region to the Alps to
the French Riviera - and I knew
Lyon mostly from the traffic jams on the Autoroute du Soleil - France's
north-south artery between Paris and Lyon - on
when everyone's trying to get to the south.
But Lyon has more to offer than those traffic jams, especially if you're into
gastronomy (which, admittedly, I am not.)
While it's not as impressive as New York, not as famous as Los Angeles, etc., I would recommend it over any other US city I've been to so far!
It is unique in many ways, it has a monotonous good weather you can rely on, a ton of those charming Victorian houses and a long list of attractions, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz.
Is Las Vegas, the biggest city in the Mojave Desert, every bit as wild as movies would have you believe?
While I haven't exactly gone all Hangover, I'm pretty sure the answer is a surrounding yes.
This is Sin City after all.
Saint-Tropez used to be a small fishing town, but since Brigitte Bardot in the 1950, it's become the playground of the jet set.
I didn't really like it. It's a nice little town, but there's plenty others like it around here.
In a previous post, I said I'd pick Nice if I had to choose a place to live in the French Riviera.
Actually, I'd prefer Monaco even more, because that would mean I'd be wealthy beyond belief.
Property prices are through the roof here, with the average real estate agency selling apartments anywhere in the range of 1 to 20 million euros.
If I had to pick a city along the French Riviera to live in, Nice would be the one. It's a pretty big, vibrant city that has much more going on than just tourism.
Although it's a relatively small city (with a population of 70k), Cannes is known around the world for the Film Festival in May, when it's the place to be for actors, celebrities and everyone that matters - and their fans.
I was there in late July and last I checked, I'm not famous nor rich.
I hadn't really made any plans yet when I was in Zürich for a few days, but the hotel was in such a nice location that I couldn't not go for a quick walk. I kept going for as long as the scenery was pretty and didn't realize I was hiking up Zürich's highest mountain, the Üetliberg. It ended up being a pretty good hike with spectacular views abound.
The city that never sleeps: for a tireless traveler as me, this sounds too promising to pass up. But where to even begin in a city that has so much to offer? My list was so long and we didn't even get to finish it. So here's a short list of things you must absolutely do or see.
California's Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks, is magical with its enormous cliffs & domes, waterfalls & giant sequoia trees.
As I marvel the beauty of this place, I can't help but wonder what it must've been like for the first people to arrive in the valley.