Destination: Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Wheat fields in Auvers-sur-Oise (July 2019). Situated some 27 kilometres (17 miles) northwest of Paris, the small town of Auvers-sur-Oise has a rich history of artists who have lived and painted there. It is most-synonymous with that of Vincent van Gogh, who spent the last few months of his life residing in town, and tourists … Continue reading Destination: Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Destination: Xi’an, China

Xi'an (西安) is the capital city of the Shaanxi Province, located some 1000 kilometres southwest of Beijing. It's known not only for being the starting point of the Silk Road, but it's also one of the "Four Ancient Great Capitals" of China (along with Beijing, Nanjing, and Luoyang). This city's history dates back centuries, rich … Continue reading Destination: Xi’an, China

Destination: Bilbao & Getxo, Spain

The Basque Country is a part of Spain that I had interest in exploring for quite some time. In general, I had been keen on visiting the north of Spain to see how it compared to my time dominantly spent south of the country, most notably in the Catalan and Andalusian regions. Visiting the north … Continue reading Destination: Bilbao & Getxo, Spain

Destination: Avignon, France (Part 2)

Summer is officially over, which means that gone are the slow, idle days of being outdoors to enjoy the hot, sunny weather. Such warm moments have now been replaced with a slight chill, soon to be frozen over within the next couple of months. For some, fall weather is the best as thoughts of changing … Continue reading Destination: Avignon, France (Part 2)

Destination: Arles, France

While stationed in Nîmes during my trip to the south of France, I also took a couple of day trips to nearby towns. One of them was Arles, which is most-famous for being the home of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who'd lived there for a year. It was perhaps an hour's ride from Nîmes, … Continue reading Destination: Arles, France