Voyager – cela vous laisse sans voix, puis vous transformer en conteur – Ibn Battuta
(Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller – Ibn Battuta)
I am sure you will agree with the great explorer Ibn Battuta. I am no exception here. Having lived a nomadic life for the last two decades plus some years, my thirst for travel and exploration is as fresh and strong as it was right at the beginning! It’s that bottomless pit that I wish never gets ever filled, yet I do everything in my ability to fill it up with loads of memories and impressions from various journeys that I undertake.
About two years back I landed in Lyon, France. France as we all know is a country bestowed with abundant natural beauty and boasts of rich cultural heritage. It’s here that modern and ancient coexist and flourish. As a global centre of fashion, art, cuisine, wine, cheese, etc to name a few, it is the country of charm and class both! No wonder then it’s the favoured destination for domestic as well as international travellers.
If you talk to someone about France or think about this country, the first thing to pop in mind is undoubted “Paris”. Andrew Hepburn once famously said, “Paris is always a good idea”. There is no denying the fact that Paris is Paris! However, France is not just Paris. It is much more than just one city. I realized it well in my early days at Lyon, even before tying the laces of my walking shoes and stepping out for some journey outside Lyon!
This April in my 4th outing* of ‘AtoZ Challenge’, I wish to take you on the tour of the ‘other France’, the France that is talked about less, the France that exists, dwells, prospers in its nooks and corners while passionately preserving its cultural and historical heritage; cities, towns, and communes that ooze with elegance, deep roots, and rustic charm. Come and join me as I take you on a whirlwind journey of France, beyond Paris, a country which the proud French fondly call, “L’Hexagone” (“the hexagon”).
26 days and 8 cities… are you ready?
On y va…
Check this short video to quench your curiosity about this journey.