Exploring the Wine Village of Saint-Émilion

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 23 September 2014.

After a failed road trip plan, my friend surprised me with a spontaneous getaway to Bordeaux. It was February and we had some days off from school. The weather was still chilly and I couldn’t find a better way to enjoy my days off than to visit a city so famous for its wine.

Bordeaux in itself is charming and I loved the pub scenery downtown. Initially we wanted to do a wine tasting tour, preferably in a charming small town with gorgeous vineyards but since it was the holidays everything was booked up. We were a little disappointed but the lovely lady at the tourism centre suggested us to visit Saint-Émilion, which was not far from Bordeaux and we could easily catch a train to go there. She told us we might not get a wine tasting tour there either but at least we could see what a wine village looks like and maybe snatch a bottle or two of the best wine there. This option sounded amazing and we were a little excited to explore the wine village of Saint-Émilion.

Saint-Émilion got its name from a monk named Émilion who settled in the area back in the 8th century. Émilion had a gift of healing and people believe that his spirit still lingers over this medieval village. Vineyards in this area has already existed since the Romans but it was Émilion the monk and his friends that started the production of wine.Read More »

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Discovering Clisson, the Italian Gem in France

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 11 May 2013.

It was a fine Spring day in France. Winter was finally replaced by joyful Spring and it brought the sun with it. With the sun shining and a warm temperature, my feet, as usual, started to itch begging me to find a new place to explore.

“Let’s bike to Clisson” suggested a friend.

Since only two of my friends had bikes, they decided to do a Nantes-Clisson bike trip while I put on my summer short and headed for the train station with the rest of our gang. It was only March and I was in shorts, I couldn’t believe it. I intended to absorb as much sun as possible, just incase dull weather took over in the next few days (it didn’t!).Read More »

Beautifully Eerie Paris

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

Cemeteries are cool, they really are, or at least in this part of the world anyway. I am terrible at facing cemeteries back home in Indonesia. Most cemeteries around my city is terribly scary plus the fact that people make up tons of horror stories doesn’t help boost up my confidence either. Cemeteries are not for tourists in my city and probably most cities in Indonesia, except if you are looking for some supernatural forces pointed by some supernatural guide, which is sometimes available, but they are not for me.

The cemeteries in Europe however, gave me such a different view. I remember my days living in Leeds, England. My family lived right next to a cemetery of an old church. The cemetery looked slightly abandoned and I did feel scared at first but I got used to it and enjoyed admiring the lovely tombs. It changed my whole perception on cemeteries. They can be lovely and beautiful.Read More »