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Posted on Mai 7, 2018 in Voyager | 0 comments

What to do in Hualien (Taiwan) and other useful things to know

What to do in Hualien (Taiwan) and other useful things to know

  Just 2 weeks before leaving Taiwan, Ethan and I finally made it to Hualien, only 2 hours away from Taipei by train, and it was frankly the most beautiful place I saw here in 9 months! Have I had know before, this would have been my favorite escape from the city! It is definitely worth more then a trip. So what to do in Hualien? Many things, here are some of my favorite!     Where to stay I can’t say that we were too happy with our choice of hotel. It was a 40m walk away from downtown. Not dramatic and only 150 NT$ for a cab ride, but still, if I’d do it again, I’d chose something closer to the center. See map below. The area in the circle (I would even say the lower part of it), is close to the markets, the restaurants, the shopping, etc. Plus our hotel was by the water, yes, but in front of it it’s an industrial port, nothing...

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Posted on Avr 4, 2018 in Manger, Voyager | 0 comments

S Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan – Enjoying a night of luxury dining

S Restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan – Enjoying a night of luxury dining

  This was not my first visit at the S Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. In fact, it’s one of my favourite place to hang out and drink champagne or to taste a good wine. See this article about my stay there. Recently, the menu (as well as the restaurant name, to S Restaurant) as changed, and I was happy to receive an invitation so that I can try the new menu. The new menu is more oriented towards French cuisine (his chef, Pierrick Maire, is from Marseille), with a touch of asian influence as well, since we are, after all, in Taiwan!     I love the dramatic decor, all designed by the famous Philippe Stark. The wood and the warm tones create a welcoming environment that quickly makes you feel at home.     We started the night with champagne, because if you did not know it, here it is : champagne makes me very happy!     I often find that details can make all the difference in...

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Posted on Mar 25, 2018 in Voyager | 0 comments

What to wear in Angkor Wat? Find ideas here.

What to wear in Angkor Wat? Find ideas here.

  As I was planing my trip to Cambodia, one of the questions I was asking myself was: what to wear in Angkor Wat? I’ve been told it was so hot during March in Siem Reap, Cambodia, that you can’t visit the temples during the afternoon. The thing you need to know is that you must cover your knees and your shoulders – so forget the tank top and the shorts you were planning on wearing! So, if you are wondering what to wear so that you like your pictures and yet that you’re comfortable enough to sweat all day and walk in the dust, keep on reading. Here are three options to consider.     The Instagram look If you are planning on taking cute, « Instagramable » pictures of yourself, I recommend to find a pair of pants that are light and easy to move in. Think comfort as much as look. You’ll need it Keep in mind that you might get dusty (even a bit dirty if...

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Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Voyager | 0 comments

Luxury stay in Cambodia: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Luxury stay in Cambodia: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

  Travelling to Siem Reap, Cambodia, was no impulsive decision for me. I had been dreaming of it for almost 15 years. Why didn’t I go before? I guess Ethan and I travel a lot for work or to visit friends and family, and that leaves little time for purely leisure trips. Since we have been spending a few months in Taiwan, we took the opportunity to travel to Cambodia. For the first part of our trip, we stayed at luxurious and beautiful Park Hyatt Siem Reap, and that is what I will be writing about in this article.     We had an overnight flight and we arrived around 8am in the morning. The hotel had arrange a pick-up for us in one of their limos. That was obviously a wonderful start to our journey! You can usually arrange a limo pick up with the hotel for around $36. Some hotels include it in your package, but not necessarily – make sure to check. And if not, a ride...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2018 in Voyager | 0 comments

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival – How to get there (and YES it’s worth it)!

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival – How to get there (and YES it’s worth it)!

  Yesterday was the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City’s Pingxi District and I was there! The date of this event changes each year as it celebrates the last day of the Lunar New Year. This year (2018) it was on March 2nd. The Lantern Festival (called Yuan Hsiao Chieh in Mandarin, or 元宵節) is one of the most spectacular night in Taiwan, as thousands of sky lanterns are being released in the sky at night time.     How to get there Ethan and I were planning on going, but we were having a hard time sorting out all the different ways to make it there, so I decided to let you know how to get to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, back and forth. With tens of thousands people all going to the small village of Shifen (where the main action happens), you need to plan well if you want to avoid huge line-up and long waiting time to squeeze in the bus or a train....

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Posted on Fév 28, 2018 in Voyager | 2 comments

Chronique d’une Québécoise à Taipei: inévitable, le mal du pays?

Chronique d’une Québécoise à Taipei: inévitable, le mal du pays?

  Ça fait maintenant 6 mois que je suis à Taipei, Taiwan. J’ai passé par toute une gamme d’émotions depuis que je suis ici, de l’émerveillement complet à l’écoeurement total! Pas toujours si facile, la vie d’expatriée! Difficile en effet d’échapper, à un moment ou à un autre, aux fameux mal du pays. Je l’avais déjà ressenti en voyage, mais partir pour trois semaines ou pour neuf mois, disons que ça se vit différemment! J’ai donc eu envie de vous partager mes réflexions sur le sujet.     Don’t get me wrong : je suis très heureuse de vivre cette aventure et très reconnaissante d’avoir la chance immense de pouvoir vivre ça avec Ethan. Je n’ai pas le mal du pays en permanence. Ça vient en vague, une fois de temps et temps et normalement, après quelques jours, ça s’estompe. Il suffit normalement que je me force un peu: sortir même si ça ne me tente pas, aller me promener dans la nature (mon meilleur truc), faire une sortie avec...

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