Travel Europe a Passion for the Soul – Part #1

TRAVEL

 

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way.”

 

CASTLE HOTEL IN YORKSHIRE NORTH E. ENGLAND

 

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HOTEL IN NICE

 

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‘You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’ – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

HOTEL Villa Honegg in Switzerland

 

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Hotel Baumanière les Baux de Provence, France

 

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Traveling in Style Around the World and 2 of My Favorite Quotes!

Luggage and shoes are very important when going to the airport!

 

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Traveling across and around the world is something exotic I love to do. I get to go to medical conferences, I learn, I bicycle in new paradises, I eat wonderful food. Enjoy life with my family.

 

THE LEMON & DUKE RESTAURANT BAR IN DUBLIN

 

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 “Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets”

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

 

MONTPARNASSE RESTAURANT IN PARIS

 

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I like to use the right airplane company that provides to its customers not only safety but extreme comfort and class. I don’t like to feel uncomfortable and unpleasant. 

 

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Beautiful Flowers in French Balconies and 2 Amazing Quotes!

FRENCH BALCONY FLOWERS

 

If you travel to France, make sure you observe the beautiful splendorous flowers. 

 

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RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS

 

 

It is really important for you to have one place in your home for relaxing and entertainment. A balcony garden may be the nice place you wanted. Think how cozy it is to relax at your balcony garden.

 

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If you have a balcony or a deck off your main living area you could try somethings out and recreate a little French balcony in your neck of the woods. Here is some inspiration for you…

 

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Featuring some soothingly inspirational (and floral!) balconies

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” — Helen Keller

 

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“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.” — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Remembering Happy Travel to South Korea Biz in 2018

REMEMBERING AN AWESOME TRAVELING TIME!

 

I love to travel a lot and I am a well versed traveler but this is my first time in South Korea for business and fun. And since the Winter Olympics are happening in this country our family decided for us to stay three days at the Conrad Hotel in Seoul and then go to Pyongyang for the finals. So, so long Seoul, hello Pyeongchang!

 

NOTE:

 

It was very hard to track down accommodations close to these mountain events but we did it with anticipation though, we learned our lesson in Sochi 2014 where we stayed on a cruise ship near the coastal cluster and had to commute every day to watch my events. The way the security was set up most of the mountain based accommodations would have been difficult to get to without a car. We planned better this time.

 

SE SOUVENIR DE LA CORÉE DU SUD

 

Busan en Corée du Sud est la seconde plus grande ville du pays. Très souvent, visiter Busan est une étape incontournable lors d’un voyage en Corée du Sud.

Ville portuaire située au sud de la péninsule coréenne, la ville est assez étendue et dispose de plusieurs points d’intérêt touristiques au sein même de la ville ou en bordure. En effet, pour visiter Busan correctement, il faut compter au moins 2 jours.

 

Dans ce billet consacré à Busan en Corée du Sud, je vous donne mes conseils pour préparer votre visite de la ville et savoir quoi faire à Busan.

FRANCE DIPLOMATIE

 

HOTEL I PREFER IN PYEONGCHANG SOUTH KOREA:
Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

 

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HOTEL IN SOUL SOUTH KOREA:
Conrad Seoul Hotel

 

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Terrible Fire Consuming Notre Dame Cathedral – A #380

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I had the joy to have visited the Notre Dame Cathedral in 2005, 2012 and 2017. Now, I find out through breaking news that this iconic building which began being built in the XII century, in 1163 and finished in 1345 (it took almost 200 years for its final construction) is being burnt during remodeling.

Needless to say that all my family, my daughter and our extended family are with the French people and Parisians.

 

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REPORT EXCERPT 

 

A fire has engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the city’s most iconic sights.

The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said, and continued to burn hours later.

 

 

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A French firefighter official told reporters the main structure of the cathedral has been saved and the two iconic main towers are intact and have been saved as well.

French Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that authorities were evacuating people from buildings in the area — including homes close to the cathedral.

 

REPORT LE MONDE

 

L’incendie est parti peu avant 19 heures dans les combles du monument historique le plus visité d’Europe. Après quatre heures de lutte, les pompiers semblent maîtriser les flammes.

Les deux tours de la cathédrale sont sauvées, mais deux tiers de la toiture sont ravagés. Emmanuel Macron, qui a reporté à mardi son allocution, s’est rendu sur place.

De Washington à Berlin, partout l’émotion est grande.

 

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Exotic French Food Dish of Today Guilt Free A 350

French Food Recipe:

 

Cooking and eating doesn’t have to be common and boring; not to me. I adore to savor each bite, to satisfy my palate with each bit. French food does that to me.

Enjoy the following recipe:

 

THESE ARE QUAIL EGGS

 

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Chive Blini with Creme Fraiche, Quail Eggs, and Tarragon

 

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Bite-size blini are topped with a dollop of rich creme fraiche, diminutive quail eggs, and brilliant trout roe.

 

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Ingredients Make 4 dozen

 

Meat
24 Quail eggs

 

Seafood
2 oz Trout or salmon roe

 

Produce
6 Scallions
3 bunches Tarragon, fresh

 

Condiments
2 tsp Dijon mustard

 

Baking and Spices
1 Salt, Coarse

Oils and Vinegars
1/4 cup Canola or vegetable oil

 

Bread and Baked Goods
Dairy

 

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Delicious French Fries for a Messy Food of the Day – Part 2

CANADIAN POUTINE FRIES

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FRENCH FRIES A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

FIRST VERSION

They were invented in Belgium, in its French country area, back in the beginning of the 18th century.

Since then, selling french fries in Belgium has been considered very profitable and it is the most popular street food. I compare this tradition to the Mexican one: eating tacos in the street.

The word ‘french’ stands for the special way of cutting the potatoes.

BELGIAN FRIES WITH SPICY GARLIC AND ROSEMARY 

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BELGIANS WAY TO COOK THEM:

French fries should be thick ( for taste and health) and fried twice: first time at 175 C for about 7 minutes.

Then the fries should be cooled (best way is 15 minutes in the freezer under a towel.

A second frying is at 190 C for 1 to 3 minutes. The temperature shock makes them really crispy. Make sure not using canola oil. olive oil, or any vegetable oil.

NOTE; Coconut oil is the only oil not changing its chemical structure under the mentioned temperature.

LOADED POTATO WEDGES

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SECOND VERSION

Origin: it has been attributed to both countries: France and Belgium, but way earlier than the first version. This one goes back as far as to the 1600’s.

Potatoes became popular in Northern Europe, because they did not require all the milling, grinding, relatively long cooking and other preparation that grain required.

Some people say that the French style of cutting potatoes is to cut in half long ways and then long ways again, to prepare for dicing into cubes for soups and stocks.

Sometimes they leave vegetables long ways, which is known as “julienne”. Long and finely cut, this would reduce the cooking time and make them easier to eat.

FRENCH FRIES NACHOS

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Beautiful Rarities to See in Paris France

Beneath the opera house, Palais Garnier, there sits a water tank, and some folks say that once a man lived there who had no face. “The Phantom of the Opera” was based upon this place. The inspiration for Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.

Water Tank beneath Palais Garnier

“The Phantom of the Opera”

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The Floating Hotel on the Seine

 

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Belvedere of the Dordogne Jardin Extraordinaire: Marqueyssac.
6 kilometers of paths in a maze of 150,000 box-wood
Plants carefully trimmed by hand!

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Sinking House of Montmartre

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France Wins World Cup 2018 in a Dramatic Final in Moscow French Fans Explode in Celebration

One of my favorite football teams wins this 2018 World Cup: France 4 vs Croatia 2. France became only the sixth nation to win the World Cup more than once, with Croatia missing out on the opportunity to win their first world crown.

France coach, Didier Deschamps

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World Cup Paris Fan Zone

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France is in sport celebration today,  enjoying football championship and cycling, the Tour de France 2018   which today had a crash as Team Sky wipe out en-masse.

France 4 Final 2  Croatia
  • Mario Mandzukic (18′ OG)
  • Antoine Griezmann (38′ PK)
  • Paul Pogba (59′)
  • Kylian Mbappe (65′)
Final
  • Mario Mandzukic (69′)
  • Ivan Perisic (28′)

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Strawberry Fiesta Messy Delicious Food It is Time for a Summer Party

My strawberries are thriving. They love the weather we are having in my neck of the woods and they ripe fast, so I am having tons of them everyday. It’s so much fun! This year I fertilized them naturally with leaves from my banana trees and other sustainable methods I have; maybe that’s why they are so happy.

I have so many that now I have to figure out a way to feed the family with them so no strawberry goes to waste. Well, my hens eat them when for some reason they go bad. Usually I eat them fresh right off the plant, in shakes, I make refreshing drinks, jam, popsicles, shortcake, and even salads.

ONE OF MY STRAWBERRY PLANTS   😍

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I PICKED ABOUT A GALLON OF STRAWBERRIES TODAY! 💪

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NOW IT’S TIME TO EAT! 👍

GRAHAM CRACKERS AND STRAWBERRY PARFAIT

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HOW ABOUT THIS DELICIOUS SALAD? YUMMY! 👌

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…OR SOME STRAWBERRY CREPES MAYBE? 🍓

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