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Monument aux Girondins - 2

Monument aux Girondins in Bordeaux

    The Monument aux Girondins (also know as the Colonne des Girondins) is one of the landmarks of the city of Bordeaux. Located on the western end of the Place des Quinconces, it stands at 54 meters high. It was built between 1894 and 1902...



  Teishoku? What’s that? For starters, in case you’re unsure, it reads  “tay-shoh-kooh” and it is a basic Japanese meal with several dishes. You can eat teishoku in some restaurants, as well as at home, if the person doing the cooking is in the mood to...

Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse in Carcassonne - 5

Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse in Carcassonne

  When you visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, you can see the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse.     Founded in 1096 on the grounds of an earlier church that may date from as far as the 6th Century. Finished in the...

Foreign Legion

The Foreign Legion

    I stumbled upon them one day in the Invalides, back when I still lived in Paris. If I recall properly, it was around Bastille Day (on July 13th probably) and they were attending a retirement ceremony from one of the heads of the...

Moellenkampi Beetle

Moellenkampi Beetle

  Here is my newest acquisition:     Unless I’m wrong, it’s a Moellenkampi Beetle (Chalcosoma moellenkampi). It comes from Malaysia and it’s pretty impressive. I had bought a female too, hoping to try to breed them, but unfortunately she died, not sure why. Oh...

White ramen

White Ramen or Black Ramen

  When I lived in the US (and I assume for most American people) the word “ramen” meant very cheap, not necessarily healthy, but very easy to prepare noodles. Just like many college students it was a very important part of my diet for those...

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

  What nightmares are made of?   No, this is not an alien ready to invade our planet. Just a Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle…    

Tuileries Garden in the Fall

Tuileries Garden in the Fall

    Just like many other “gardens” in Paris, the Tuileries Garden seriously lacks green spaces (it has some, just not a lot). However, in the Fall, it’s a nice place to have a stroll.    

The Lady and the Unicorn

Inside the Cluny Museum

  The Cluny Museum aka Musée National du Moyen-Âge (Middle Ages National Museum) is one of the most interesting museums in Paris, even though many foreign tourists seem to ignore its existence.     It houses, among other things, what is probably the most beautiful...

Miami Bayside


  Fun fact: I live in Florida for 5 years, from 2000 to 2005. During those five years, I spent a grand total of four or five hours in Miami! (that’s for the people who think Florida is Miami or vice-versa). Out of these 4-5...

French Raw Oysters - 1

French Raw Oysters

    Ah oysters! Or should I underline raw oysters? One of my favorite dish on this planet. One of the dishes I miss the most when I’m not in France (why are oysters so common in Japan, but raw oysters so rare?). The dish...

Okapi - 3


    An okapi chilling in Beauval Zoo.     Okapis are some of the strangest mammals I have ever seen.     By the way, don’t let the stripes fool you, they are related to giraffes, not zebras.      

Kyoto Station - 1

Kyoto Station

  Despite all of its amazing temples, one of the most impressive – if not the most impressive – buildings in Kyoto is its station! The current Kyoto Station opened in 1997 and with 15 stories and 70 meters high, and 470 meters long, a...