New blog(s) for Froginette

Just before the new adventure, I created a new blog… that will replace this one! So no more emails from this one but now you can find me on:

www.froginette.org

I also created a separate mini blog for all my jumping pictures : jumping.froginette.org

And another mini blog for the news: news.froginette.org for really short messages just to know where I am.

You can register on each blog in the “Subscribe via email” if you wish to receive the updates via email.

Please let me know if anything goes wrong on the new blogs!

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Juste avant que la nouvelle aventure commence, j’ai créé un nouveau blog… qui va remplacer celui-ci! Donc vous ne receverez plus d’emails de celui ci mais maintenant vous pouvez me retrouver ici:

www.froginette.org

J’ai aussi créé un mini blog séparé pour toutes mes photos “sautées” : jumping.froginette.org

Et égalament un autre mini blog pour les News : news.froginette.org pour des très courts messages just pour que vous sachiez où je suis.

Vous pouvez maintenant vous enregistrer sur chaque blog dans la partie “Subscribe via email” avec votre adresse email si vous souhaitez recevoir les articles par email! (n’oubliez pas de cliquer sur le lien dans l’email que vous recevrez ensuite pour confirmer l’inscription).

N’hesitez pas à utiliser le bouton TRANSLATE sur la droite, puis cliquez sur la flèche pour choisir French🙂 cette traduction devrait être un peu mieux que la précédente…

Dites-moi si quelquechose n’est pas clair, si vous avez des difficultés à vous enregistrer ou autre…

01/11/1024 – Next trip in 30 days!!

As most of people know, since I am back from New Zealand (in 2 weeks it’s gonna be 3 years!!), I want to go there again. Well, eventually, I managed to organize this trip!

For the ones who don’t know or forgot the date: The flight is leaving from Germany on the 1rst of December!

I am going on this adventure with Alex, and here are our flights details:

Flight to New Zealand

Flights to New Zealand

We are having a break in between flights, to get some rest and also to discover another place… Taipei (Taiwan) for a few days!

And then, we will be arriving to Auckland on Saturday the 6th of December in the evening.

We will spend few weeks at the famous Warkworth lodge to do help-exchange  during summer holiday…

As you probably already know (or you can at least see it on the ticket): it is a one way ticket. There is no plan on coming back yet. Without any visa in New Zealand, we will stay 3 months as tourists and then we should fly to Australia for 3 months without a visa neither.

Then, we will see! The global plan is: “No plan” !

2014/09/05 – A week in Prague

A few months ago, my friend Lucie (from Sweden) told me: “We (She, her husband and baby girl) are going to Prague in September, do you wanna join?” What could I answer to that??

So we made it for a little week, to hang around in the city of Prague.

At first, there was an amazing weather, because summer actually started at this moment! Nice and warm…

I organized to couchsurf the first 2 nights and met with Dominika, leaving in a nice flat on the 17th floor (and last) of a building.

I started quite early to walk around Prague, discovering the old buildings, the paved streets… and not understanding anything from the conversations of the people around me.

I got pretty easily around Prague with the buses and subway and tramways… I am usually scared and not really comfortable with public transportation abroad. But it was easy and not too crowded!

So I have been walking around seeing the Old Town square, The astronomical clock, the churches, venceslas square, Charles bridge, the castle, different opera houses, theaters, ballet houses, museums, monastry, cathedrale… so many different buildings that you forget where you are, what you are looking at… In 5 days, I spent most of my time walking around, just to look at the places. I did not have time to enter many buildings or museums to visit and learn more about the different places.

We have been drinking and eating pretty well everywhere! Of course some of the meals where typical Czech food!

 

Funny named beer!

Funny named beer! (For the French readers)

Goulash and knedliky and beer!!

Goulash and knedliky and beer!!

Old Town square

Old Town square

Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum

Dvorák in front Prague

Dvorák in front Prague

The astonomical clock (that doesnt even show the time, and there is barely something happening every hour, in front of hundreds of disapointed people...

The astonomical clock (that doesnt even show the time) and there is barely something happening every hour, in front of hundreds of disapointed people…

Sunset on Prague

Sunset on Prague

Stairs!!! or Nightmare for a trolley...

Stairs!!! or Nightmare for a trolley…

Prague from the Strahov monastery

Prague from the Strahov monastery

Loreta

Loreta

When passing in from of Loreta, it approached noon when the bells started ringing!! It was way better than the astronomical clock…

The castle cathedral

The castle cathedral

The castle cathedral

The castle cathedral at 6.00 am, nobody is there!

Prague from the castle

Prague from the castle

No idea what it is... but it was pretty fun to take that path down with a trolley and a baby...

No idea what it is… but it was pretty fun to take that path down with a trolley and a baby…

The dancing tower

The dancing tower

The wall John Lennon

The wall John Lennon

it's mine!!!

it’s mine!!!

Charles bridge

Charles bridge

Vyšehrad, from a boat trip on the Vltava

Vyšehrad, from a boat trip on the Vltava

Charles Bridge at day time

Charles Bridge at day time (where is the bridge??)

Everybody that wants to see something really impressive in Prague, it’s easy = wake up at 5:30 am and go to the city, wait for the sunrise, and walk on the Charles bridge, and back… then walking the way up to the castle, the cathedral… enjoying the fact that nobody is there and it is nice and quiet! So I managed to motivate Lucie and Sophie (who is now expatriated in Prague for a while) and we had a nice time!

Charles bridge just before sunrise

Charles bridge just before sunrise… better!!

I made it for the first time in my life in a real Opera! The estate theater is the place where Don Giovanni has been played for the first time in 1787. And it is then what we went to see…in the same building! This was a really nice experience, and the 3 hours were gone pretty fast!

Don Giovani at the Estate Theater

Don Giovani at the Estate Theater

We also had a chance with Lucie to get in the Rudolfinum, building known internationaly for its amazing acoustic, for a concert of the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, during the Dvořák festival. In 1896, Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic in this hall in its first ever concert.

Dvorak 7th symphony by the Czech philarmonic orchestra in the Rudolfinum

Dvorak 7th symphony by the Czech philarmonic orchestra in the Rudolfinum

And that was already over, 5 days in Prague are too short!

What happened during summer? -5- 2014/08/22 – Let’s go camping tonight!

When you feel like going camping for one night in the mountains, it’s not that complicated… 2 backpacks, 1 tent, sleeping bags, bags of trekking food, a bottle of wine, hiking shoes, a clear sky, and of course, mountains!!!

So we (Alex and I) went to the Sambuy ski field, took the last chairlift to reach the top of the ski field, then walked up the rest.

We arrived at about 18:00 at the Petite Sambuy, it was a really nice spot to set up the tent, eventhough trying to find a flat area wasn’t that easy! but the view was amazing. Just above the Annecy Lake, and in front of the Mont Blanc. What else do you need?? Ah yea, wine! well, that was in the bag! And we were alone!!

We drank some of the wine, then it got too cold so not that good to drink. We had a great dinner in aluminium bags with the trekking food.

The tente, facing the Mont Blanc

The tente, facing the Mont Blanc

And above the Annecy lake... can you see the tent??

And above the Annecy lake… can you see the tent??

No camping without red wine!

No camping without red wine!

Sunset at 2300m

Sunset at 2100m

Sunset on the Annecy lake

Sunset on the Annecy lake

and on the Mont Blanc

and on the Mont Blanc

Then we rushed into the tent and into the sleeping bags because the temperature dropped a lot aboce 2000m!

In the morning, I woke up around 6:00 to watch the sunset… well, after I saw that there was fog, I decided to sleep more and stay in the tent under my warm sleeping bag… few times I had a look through the zips of the tent, and it was still the same until 10:00 am. Then we decided to go down anyway, as the sun didn’t want to show up. We walk all the way down to the car and on our way we met a marmot and a chamoix (mountain goat).

Marmot in a really foggy morning

Marmot in a really foggy morning

This was a nice relaxing time in the mountains!

What happened during summer? -4- 2014/08/18 – Tickling the Mont Blanc

For the one and only completely clear day for a few weeks, while Alex was visiting in France, we decided to have a closer look at the Mont Blanc… so we went all the way to Chamonix, then queued to get some cable car tickets, and then had to wait for 3,5 hours for our cable car (so we had one of the most expensive beer ever, on a terrasse in Chamonix).

One of the most expensive beer...

One of the most expensive beer…

We eventually made it to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, 3842m. It was freezing up there, the wind was so cold!

The cable car, coming up.... 45km/h!

The cable car, coming up…. 45km/h!

We stayed up there for 3 hours and hung around in every corridor/platform/staircase… and took hundreds of pictures!

The Mont blanc, never seen that close before!

The Mont blanc, never seen that close before!

The Vallée Blanche

The Vallée Blanche

The Aiguille du midi

The Aiguille du midi

The Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc

From the top

From the top

We tried this new thing that is the “Step in the void”, a glass cage hanging in the air on the side of the building… pretty scary… It wasn’t that easy to step in it!

The glass cabin in the void

The glass cabin in the void

And us in there!

And us in there!

Then we went down to Plan de l’aiguille and started the hike to the Mer de glace (Glacier), under the amazing chain of mountains.

The Aiguille du Midi from Plan de l'Aiguille, 2317

The Aiguille du Midi from Plan de l’Aiguille, 2317m

L'aiguille du Midi and the Mont Blanc, bye bye...

L’aiguille du Midi and the Mont Blanc, bye bye…

Under the Aiguilles Rouges

Between plan de l’aiguille and signal de forbes

Les Drus

Les Drus

La Mer de Glace

La Mer de Glace

For more pictures, like usually, follow this link here!

Here is the trip we did:

gps plan de l aiguille

 

You can get the gps track HERE.