Tag : Travel

Disclaimer: I am French living in Strasbourg and from Comoros islands . My goal is to learn English while practicing my passion which is blogging. If you see any mistakes, please correct me so I can improve my English level. Thank you.

1- What was your first plane trip?

I made my first trip in 2000, a few months after my birth. Around my 3 months. And the destination was the island of Mayotte. I don’t remember, but from what I heard, I was very calm and I didn’t cry. It was a great trip. 

2- Is there a place you would like to go back?

If there is one place I would love to revisit, it is Ireland. More precisely the 4 cities (Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin).

In 2019, I spent 3 months between the months of January and April visiting Ireland. And that was the best language study trip I ever had. It allowed me to discover with friends and comrades which I would not have discovered on a family trip, while speaking all the time in English. By the way, I planned to return there with my boyfriend.

3- You leave tomorrow and money is not a problem, where would you go?

If money is not a problem, I would necessarily go to Tanzania. Being a Comorian, I grew up in an African culture. As Tanzania is a country bordering the Comoros Islands, I have always dreamed of visiting it. It is also a way to discover the countries of my region of origin, which is the Indian Ocean region.

What I would like to do is to eat in the famous island restaurant called « The Rock Restaurant Zanzibar ». For the simple reason that it is an atypical and original place.

4- What is your favorite transport?

For long distances I prefer the train. Because I have the internet connection, the network and it’s less full and I can work more quietly.

For small distances I prefer car because it is long enough to make a good trip, but not too long to spend an entire day. Being in good company and with good music is pretty is better.

5- Your favorite travel website?

I don’t really have a favorite travel website. For budgetary matters I often go to website which compares prices regarding on services and I take the cheapest service. For the train I usually order via trainline which is a comparator and which integrates some advantage cards like SNCF for example.

To reserve the places where I will stay, I go through popular sites such as booking.com or directly via the host’s website.

6- Is there a place you would never go back?

So far, no matter where I’ve been, I’ve never come across anything that made me want to not go back.  

I had the opportunity to visit many countries and regions around the world. I think that all destinations have in common one touristic side and another one. When I travel I try to think about these sides all the time. In this way I want to emphasize that even if we do everything to hide the misery of a country, that misery is always present and is a reality.

7- Do you prefer sitting: hallway, middle or window?

I am 100% team window. For two reasons:

First, I prefer to have an outside view. This saves me from having to look at people all the time.

Second: I rarely get up to go to the bathroom. I am usually able to last 5 hours on the train without going to the bathroom. Yeah, I know it’s not good for my body. However, when I am in the middle or on the hallway, the people next to me need to get up all the time and it is quite embarrassing to have to raise their tablet, shut down the computer, etc.

8- What is your next trip?

My next trip is supposed to take place in Brittany. But when, how and where precisely I don’t know. Do you know any places to visit in the Brittany region ?

9- How many countries have you visited?

I have visited seven countries in total.

  • I visited the island of Mayotte where I lived for 10 years and where my father is from.
  • I visited the island of Anjouan where my mother is from.
  • I visited the island of Mohéli.
  • I have traveled around France even though I live in Strasbourg. There are always things to visit.
  • While touring France, I also visited Monaco.
  • I often go to Germany because I live in a German border town. I also took a language trip in Berlin and Potsdam.
  • I visited Ireland for 3 months during a language study trip (Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin)

10- Which accommodation do you prefer when travelling?

In France in general I prefer houses. We can make food, there is space, and i adore french architecture .

Abroad I prefer hotels. I don’t really know what kind of country I’m going to fall on, so I prefer to take a hotel.

For me, traveling is?

To go in search of the never-seen-before and leave your comfort zone. To travel is to learn new cultures, customs and values. It’s looking for someone else’s key to becoming a better person.

Travelling is to jump into the unknown and come out stronger.

Two months in Ireland: Aran Islands

Partant de Galway, Cork en passant par Limerick j’ai pu découvrir des paysages et lieux dont je ne connaissais pas.

During my first year in university, I had the opportunity to study in Ireland, in order to deepen my level of English. For almost two months I had the opportunity to travel the country. Starting from Galway, Cork and passing through Limerick I was able to discover landscapes and places that I did not know. That’s why today I give you my top places to visit in Ireland as well as my tips for enjoying them to the fullest.

In this article, I will tell you about a place that has made an enormous impression on me. The Aran Islands.

The Aran Islands

The Aran islands are three islands located in the west of Ireland in the county of Galway. To access it is simple. All you have to do is take a small cruise to transport people. The journey is quite short, but watch out for seasick people!

For my part I visited the main island of the three islands of Aran. The island is marked by these large houses of colors lying by the sea. You can also find a bar, a museum, a clothing store for tourists and a Lidl store.

Maisons sur une île d'Aran, Galway en Irlande.
Houses lying by the sea by inapinkmood

Although there are many sheep on the main island, this island is mostly populated by cows.

The landscapes are very spectacular. The island has many beaches with white sand, but also large cliffs. The land stretches as far as the eye can see. And nature remains untouched. It is quite spectacular to observe the ancient lava flows and also the waves that dance on the rock.

Here are some tips :

  • Wear a waterproof jacket and not an umbrella

In Ireland, all seasons can be combined in one day. It can rain earlier i the morning and hot by the afternoon. Not to mention the hail rains that can occur in the early morning and evening. At times the wind being too strong on the coasts it is better to have a waterproof jacket as well as sports shoes or boots that are more useful than a simple umbrella.

  • Prepare food to eat

You can find a bar and also a kind of cafe-restaurant. However, to go around the island it is better to have something to eat. For example a sandwich with a drink. Moreover in some remote areas of the island it is better to have money in cash because the devices for payment by card are not present.

  • Use some kind of transport (taxi, bike, etc.)

The island is small but to fully enjoy the scenery it is preferable once arrived on site to take a kind of taxi bus that costs about 15 euros per person round/back to get closer to the places to visit. For the same price you can also rent a bike. The downside of renting a bike is that with the bike it takes longer and you may not see the whole island due to lack of time.

  • Check the return times

Before starting the tour of the island, it is preferable to check and request the times for the returns to the main island Ireland. It would be unpleasant to be stuck on the small islands without having provided accommodation on site.

  • Don’t hesitate to get off the roads

It is not by not following the paths that you would see the most beautiful landscapes. On the other hand the places being rather rustic with the large cliffs in particular, I strongly advise you not to put yourself in danger situations.

And what do you think of the Aran Islands?