Albi – Fototagebuch

Während meines Urlaubs in Toulouse (Eine Stadt in Südfrankreich) habe ich einen Tagesausflug nach Albi gemacht.
Albi ist eine wunderschöne, alte Stadt eine Stunde nördlich von Toulouse. Die historische Altststadt wurde sogar in die Liste des UNESCO-Welterbes aufgenommen, aufgrund der dort erbauten Kathedrale Saint-Cécile, der Kirche Saint-Salvi und des Bischofspalasts.


Die wunderschön gestaltete Decke im Inneren der Kathedrale Saint-Cécile


Das Foto ist leider ein wenig verschwommen, aber ich tu einfach mal so, als wäre es gewollt.

Die Stadt lässt sich in kurzer Zeit erkunden, da die Bauwerke in der Innenstadt liegen und man daher nicht weit gehen muss. Da ich noch viel Zeit übrig hatte, spazierte ich eine Weile am Fluss entlang und kam zu einem angrenzenden Waldstück, das ziemlich verlassen war.

Ich genoss die Stille und Ruhe im Wald, was nach den beschäftigten Tagen in der Innenstadt von Toulouse echt gut tat.


Spaziergang im Wald

Eins der Sehenswürdigkeiten in Albi: Die alte Brücke (Pont Vieux)


Der Garten im Bischofspalast


Da ich mein Stativ zuhause lassen musste, aufgrund von Platzmangel im Koffer, habe ich meine Kamera wieder auf alle möglichen Stellen gesetzt, um ein paar gute Fotos schießen zu können.


Was ich besonders über Altstädte liebe, sind diese schmalen Gassen, die einen romantischen Flair haben.


Ein unbekanntes Model posiert für mein Foto.


Neben mir war ein Mülleimer, den ich gekonnt rausgeschnitten habe.

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Toulouse Im Herbst

“Man muss nicht ständig arbeiten und sich dabei bis zum Äußersten anstrengen, um erfolgreich zu werden. Ein wichtiger Teil, der dabei mitspielt, ist auch, dass man zur Ruhe kommt, sich regeniert und über die Arbeit und sein Leben reflektiert. Dies sind ebenfalls wichtige Bestandteile und nur so, kann man zu einem erfolgreichen und glücklichen Leben gelangen.” – Unbekannt

Dieses Zitat ist eindeutig mein Motto für meine jetzige Reise, denn die Ferien haben begonnen… und natürlich habe ich diese Gelegenheit genutzt und befinde mich wieder auf einer Reise, nämlich in Toulouse  für 10 Tage. Und da ich nun viel mehr Freizeit habe (eigentlich schon zu viel, weil ich nicht so Recht weiß, was ich mit all der Zeit anfangen soll), nutze ich diese Zeit, um endlich wieder produktiver auf diesem Blog zu werden.

 Dieses Mal wird der Blogeintrag anders werden, da ich Lust habe endlich mal auf deutsch zu schreiben. Ich mag es zwar auch mich in englisch auszudrücken, aber natürlich bleibt es viel einfacherer dies auf deutsch zu tun, da es meine Muttersprache ist.

Die Atmosphäre ist richtig herbstlich geworden, was ein deutlicher Unterschied zu meinem Besuch im Sommer ist, als ich auch einige Zeit in Toulouse verbrachte. Dieses Mal sind die Temperaturen viel angenehmer und es gibt keine Mücken, die mich zu Tode beißen wollen.

Hier sind einige Bilder, die ich während eines Spaziergangs durch die Stadt, schoss. Aber seht selbst:

Immer wenn ich reise, tauche ich eine Zeit lang in eine andere Welt ein. Ich besuche unbekannte Orte, lerne neue Menschen kennen und lerne immer etwas dazu.
Diese Reise hat mich abermals aus meiner gemütlichen Komfortzone herausgeholt und ich war Situationen ausgesetzt, mit denen ich zuhause nicht konfrontiert gewesen wäre.

Jede Reise wird zu einer bunten Erinnerung, an die ich mich gerne zurück erinnere und jedes Mal tanzen Erinnerungsfetzen vor meinen Augen, die auch etwas Nostalgie hervorbringen. In einem Jahr werde ich sicherlich auch an diese Reise im Herbst zurückdenken und mich darüber freuen, zu welchen Gegebenheiten und Begegnungen es gekommen ist:

Als ich von einem Biologiestudent im Park beim Fotografieren gefragt wurde, ob ich eine professionelle Fotografin bin und ich mit ihm eine kurze Unterhaltung auf französisch hatte.
Als eine Mitfahrerin so laut und hoch lachte, dass es in meinen Ohren weh tat und ich einen Blick in ihre Fotobücher werfen konnte.
Als ich in einem Restaurant meine thailändische Lieblingsspeise aß und mein Tischnachbar und ich wegen der Schärfe des Essens weinen mussten. Dabei erzählte er mir von seinen Reisen nach Afrika und wie er dort bei einer Organisation arbeitete, die versuchen, den illegalen Fischfang vorort zu stoppen.
Als ich bei einem abendlichen Picknick im Park auf einem gefalteten Karton saß und eine spannende Unterhaltung mit einem Südamerikaner führte, der verzweifelt versuchte in Frankreich einen Job zu finden.
Als ich nachts alleine durch die dunkle Stadt spazierte und unter den schummrigen Laternen neben dem ‘Jardin des Plantes’ die Ruhe genoss.

Wohin wohl meine nächste Reise gehen wird?

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Bordeaux Through Pictures

This will be the last post about my travel in France – it’s about Bordeaux where I’ve been one week during the summer.
This time, the entry is a bit different because it’s just a photo diary. The reason for that is that I’m a bit late with this entry and probably can’t recall all the places I’ve been to haha. But enjoy nonetheless.

“You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” – Eugene Fodor



“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine



“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark


“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta




“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett


“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller




“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.” ~ Matthew Karsten




“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton


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Toulouse Through Pictures

After I spend one week in Toulouse, I would say that I could get to know this city pretty well. I explored the city, I went to the must-sees, sat in cute cafés and had lots of ‘doucements matins’ which means slow mornings because there’s nothing better than that when you’re on holiday, am I right!?

So, I should not write too much. Have fun with the pictures I took during this time!

An artist displayed his art alongside the river ‘Garonne‘. If you look closely, it looks a bit bizzare but at the same time really interesting and you start to wonder what’s the meaning behind that. It’s always inspiring to see the work of other artist.

This was taken on a bridge in the area ‘Les Bordes de Garonnes‘. This wheel reminds me of the wheel in Marseille but the one in Toulouse is smaller.

And of course, another flower picture. I found it while strolling alongside the river. This part was called ‘Le canal de Brienne‘. It was so relaxing to walk and look at the calm water. Except when a ship full of tourist showed up next to me on the river while I took these pictures.

Le couvent des Jacobins which is a beautiful cathedrale.

Inside of ‘Le couvent des Jacobins‘.

If you see a cathedral like that you’re absolutely stunned what people could achieve in the past without all the technology we use nowaday. In the book ‘A brief history of humankind’, I’ve read that people from the last centuries where by far more intelligent than the people in the current age. You wouldn’t believe that if you think of all the techniqual revolutions we had but it’s also making the mass population on average dumber because we just leave the thinking to our technology…

Le musée des Augustins  –  it’s a museum full of art from the last centuries. The entry is free for students! I didn’t even have a student card but I still got in for free which was so nice.

And more art in ‘le musée des Augustins‘. The portraits were all so incredible and beautiful. I started to think that our temporary art nowadays is kind of bullshit compared to these masterpieces.

This is what you see before you enter the museum. The architecture is stunning!

And some more flowers… I got a cramp in my neck while squading down on the floor and taking this picture in a really weird position but it was definitely worth it.

Toulouse is also called ‘La Ville Rose‘ which means pink town because of the many pinkish looking buildings all around.


Place Saint Scarbes‘ which was also a lovely place where some people played chess beside the fountain.

La place du Capitole by night – the main center of Toulouse.

And the ‘Japanese Garden‘ which was definitely a highlight of my visit in Toulouse.

So, that’s it! A pretty short entry about Toulouse because I kind of get fed up with the series ‘through pictures’ and also with writing English. I’ll probably change some things about this blog soon.

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Montpellier Through Pictures

I will continue with these series ‘Through Pictures’ for now. So, after every city I’ve visited, you’ll get a little inside of these cities through my lense.

My next stop was at Montpellier and I’ve rested here for four days. It was not as exciting as Marseille because this time, I was not staying with a couchsurfing host and so, I didn’t get insider tips from a local.

Instead of looking up which would be the best spots to explore, I got really lazy and hang out a lot at the hostel with people I met there. But the relaxation was much needed after these busy days in Marseille. Every night I went to sleep in Marseille, I fell asleep as soon as my head touched the pillow because I was so extremely busy the entire day and therefore got really tired.

That was pretty awesome when I consider I always laid awake an hour on average at home because I was so stressed from school, work and my internship. I never want to experience that ever again. When I go home I make sure that things change for the better. And I will start listening to my body a lot more.

Oops, that was a bit off trail. Back to Montpellier.

Therefore, I was trying to relax and didn’t feel the urge to force myself to explore the city. I just explored the centre of the town and I went to the beach for one day to get the worst sunburn in my life so far. But it was still nice to enjoy the beach.


[I forgot the name of this place lol]


[Same place… maybe I should have looked for the name while I was there. I still need to figure out how travel blogging works..]


[I present to you… a park without name.]


[A lamp by daylight]


[I met two girls in the hostel who studied literature, so of course, we had to stop at multiple book stores.]


[Library with old french books]


[This pic reminds me that I have to re-do my nail polish.]


[A random street with palm trees]


[I’m pretty sure this place is called ‘Place de France’! At least Google told me so]


[Old building with cute balconies]

This entry was all over the place and I tremendously failed at travel blogging but keep an eye out for my next post ‘Toulouse Through Pictures’ cause it will have many awesome pictures and I’ll show you some beautiful places you have to visit while you’re in Toulouse in case you’ll ever go.

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Travel Stress

Whenever I travel, I always experience some kind of travel stress because I’m super sensitive. And being introvert and shy doesn’t make it better.

This morning, when I got ready to leave the hostel in Montpellier and had to catch the bus to Toulouse, I got so stressed that I got a sick sensation to my stomach. And when I experience stress I’m like a hyper bunny jumping around on a field of thorns – totally unorganised and confused.

If that happens, I’d just like to drop everything, meditate for two hours (even though I never meditate) and go to a lonely island to rest on the beach for the next few years. Maybe I should consider a real holiday one day – book a hotel for two weeks and just rest.

[Travel fail #1: When I took this picture, an angry driver almost didn’t see me.]

But no, I always have the desire to see as much as possible and explore every city I go to. So, I also have to deal with the travel stress that comes with it or maybe I just have a poor stress-management. I think it’d rather be the last one…

Last night I set my alarm almost three hours before my bus left and I packed everything neat and tidily into my suitcase. You would think it would be totally easy-going and I had enough time to catch my bus the next morning.

Ha, I wish. I woke up at the right time in the morning, I ate slowly and then I went to the supermarket. As I was slowly going through the aisle to pick up the best looking lunch, I realized… oh shit, my tram is coming in 15 minutes! Where did the time suddenly go?

[Travel fail #2: Maybe I should consider cleaning my camera lense.]

I rushed back to the hostel, grabbed my suitcase and went quickly to the tram station. When I went to the ticket machine to get my ticket, people were standing in front of it with their suitcases and waiting for their tram. Oh yeah, that’s the absolute right place to wait for your tram!

After they slowly pushed their suitcases to their site, I could get my ticket. Then the question was… which site of the tram station will the tram arrive? I almost fell of the sidewalk and into the tram tracks when I looked for it.

Three minutes later, the tram arrived and I hopped in. As I was looking for a free seat, my suitcase accidently rolled over another person’s feet. I was lucky that her gaze didn’t kill me. Finally, I found a seat, sat down and placed my suitcase next to me.

On the other side, there was an elderly person and suddenly she spoke to me in French and seemed pretty angry. My French isn’t that good but I kind of understood that she was angry that my suitcase was standing there. Sorry, but where am I supposed to put my suitcase then? I’m not Harry Potter, so I can’t magically turn it into a pocked-sized suitcase.

[My evil suitcase and I… it even has the nerve to photobomb my pictures!]

I looked at my bus ticket again to make sure, that I was taking the tram to the right destination. It said ‘Place de France’… wait… I remembered that my bus would be leaving at ‘Odysseum’.. did I remember it wrong?? I jumped up from my seat and ready to jump of at the next station to find out how I could get there in the next 20 minutes!

[Always looking for the right way to go]

But I turned on my GPS and google maps and then I saw that I was moving towards the place Odysseum and the ‘Place the France’ was also there. Oops… I panicked a little bit too early.

After all this unnecessary stress, I arrived 20 minutes before my bus was supposed to leave and I could catch it easily.

What do I learn from it? Maybe I should consider working on my stress-management for once.

[This picture simbolizes myself kept prison by my poor stress-management lol]

This story remembers me of one accident I had at an airport last year which raised my stress levels to 100%. I went through the whole security procedure at the airport and 20 minutes before my flight, I slowly went to the waiting area and sat down in front of the exit of my plane.

I thought.. wow I really nailed it this time! I was on time and I could just relax for the rest of the time. And then I was looking for my phone to load my online ticket… I searched my entire backpack and then the realization kicked in… shit, I forgot it at the security point when I put my phone into a separate box to let it run through this machine where they can see inside the backpacks!

[This would be me on the left side… on the inside I turn into an angry pink monster whenever I get annoyed.]

I ran like a maniac through this huuuuuuge airport, back to the security but when I arrived, I couldn’t go back to the security because I had to show my passport before! Guess what… I left it in my bigger backpack in the waiting area because without the 18 kg backpack I could run faster.

So, I ran back, still looking like a maniac, to get my passport. When I returned at the security, they finally let me go through and my phone was still there! I was so happy in this moment and I was still able to catch my flight even though I was too late and the last person to go onto the plane.

To conclude this entry: here is a cat showing you the way how it’s done the right way.

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Marseille Through Pictures

After a looooong time of not writing a blogpost because I was super busy with school, internship and work for the last few weeks and therefore lacked the motivation and creativity to write anything, I’m finally back!
Now I have a summer break of 5 weeks before I go back to school for one more year. So, of course, I have to use the time to travel again and clear my mind from all the crazy stress I experienced during this time.

I’ve decided to spend my summer holidays in France because I’m excited to see the south and west of France, go to amazing cities and enjoy the beach when I travel along the coast.

My first stop was Marseille, where I spend the last 5 days and I could see some amazing places.
So enough with writing… you will see for yourself and maybe you can feel the artistic atmosphere of this city through these pictures.


[Gare Saint Charles – Train Station]

[Le Vieux Port – Harbour]


[Notre Dame de la gare]
I didn’t plan to go here but I was so happy I did because the view was just stunning!


[Notre Dame de la Gare]


The awesome view.


[Ile du Frioul]
The wind on this day was absolutely crazy, so the ferries didn’t run regularly and so I could just spent little over an hour on this beautiful island. So, I quickly went to the famous Calanques which is a pretty touristic spot.


[A day trip to Arles]
My couchsurfing host and I went to Arles, which is an hour drive away to visit some photography exhibitions.


[Also taken in Arles]


[Along the coast]


[Along The Coast]


[Palais Longchamp]


[Palais Longchamp]


[Palais Longchamp]


[Palais Longchamp]


[Le Vieux Port – Harbour]


[Streets at Le Panier]


[Streets at Le Panier]


[Streets at Le Panier]


[Street Art at Le Panier]
One thing I absolutely loved about Marseille was the street art which could be found almost everywhere.


It was always exciting to discover new pieces of arts hidden in narrow alleys.


[Somewhere at a skater park]
Photo Gallery – Pictures from Marocco

I hope you could get an image of this city and maybe you’d also like to visit it now.
I’d definitely recommend it because this city has a special atmosphere to it but it’s also pretty dirty and you can also see the poverty if you go into the northern parts of this town.
But overall, I really enjoyed my stay and one day I’ll definitely come back to explore it a bit more.

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The Fear Of Following Your Passion

“There are 7 billion people on this planet who I have not met,
and 195 countries I have not visited.
Yet I am stuck in this insignificant town,
Being pressured into making decisions about my future,
When I barely even know who I am.” – Anonymous

[Indonesia – Bali – Uluwatu Temple – 2016]

Following your passion is scary for so many reasons. And it was quite a long journey before I realized what my passions are (and I’m still discovering them) and trying to change my unhappy state of life.

I was and I’m still doing a job which I don’t enjoy AT ALL, just because I wanted to have that feeling of ‘having safety’ in my career choice. So, I wouldn’t end up living under a bridge in ten years. Yeah, I know, it’s a bit dramatic.


[Somewhere on an island in Thailand – Found in an abandoned hostel – 2016]

But that is tremendous stupid for so many reasons! Don’t get me wrong – of course we always need a stable income to buy food and pay rent and all that jazz – but we don’t have to forget all about our passions like I did.
There are so many ways to make your dreams come true and still make money out of it. You just need to be creative and find solutions because the opportunities and knowledge are endless nowadays… everything you need to know about ‘how to make your dreams come true’ is easy to find online or it’s  already written in a book.


[Stockholm – Winter 2017]

What is the reason why I’m trying to finally change my life? It’s because I got too unhappy with the career choice I’ve forced myself to go on.
At the beginning it was easy to convince myself that I like the job. I tried so damn hard to see just the good parts of it and that I could help so many people with it.


[Antwerpen – March 2017]

But not long after, I got more and more stressed and I felt miserable when I started thinking that I still needed more than four years before I finally would get this degree. I kept telling myself I would be ‘financially free’ if I would go this way and THEN I could follow my passion.
It sounds so strange to me while writing this down but back then, it totally made sense in my brain because I put this illusion on it and became blind… and that’s why we need to realize how big the impact of ‘the rules of society’ is on us.


[Spring 2017]

Of course, on the other side, ‘society’ is not totally wrong about ‘going the safe way’ either but if we put the rules which would suit most people in our society also on us and it makes us depressed and hopeless – then it’s the wrong way to go.
I’m sure not a fan of ‘just doing the f* you want’ because I will still finish my degree (but then definitely not going further with it) next year and that way I will have more options of doing all kinds of jobs but in the mean time I will make sure that I do something I love. I will get creative and find solutions to get a stable income but not by doing a job I clearly hate for the next ten years or so.


[Antwerpen]

So, here I am and trying this scary thing of putting my voice online after I kept my opinions to myself for too many years.
I have this little vision in my head of making this world a better place and I’m sure I can achieve many things if I just keep believing in myself.
And I hope you will too.

[Thailand – National Park]

‘Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.’ – by Ayn Rand

‘Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.’ – by Gail Devers

‘If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.’ – Anonymous

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Escape To Paris

After being stuck at home for months and months and getting stuck in a daily routine and didn’t feel inspired by anything anymore, I took the oppurtinity to go on a weekend trip to Paris.

One of the best things was that I just paid 50 € on this three-day-trip! Perfect for a student on a tiny budget. The reason behind this is that a city next to my home town has a partner city near Paris called Rosny-Sous-Bois and we could stay with a host family for two days. So we were staying with locals and could experience the french way of living a little bit.

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My host family consisted of an elderly couple around 80 years old. Their names were André and Andrée. I think they were just meant for each other.
They were the lovliest people I’ve met in a long time. On top of that I was forced to speak french with them because that is the only language they speak.

I got so inspired by them because of their kindness and caring. They always had the biggest smile and joined every planned tour, even though Andrée seemed pretty ill but she never complained about the long walks she had to endure during the tour. And in the three days I always just saw them talk nicely and with respect to each other. When I’m old, I want to achieve the same for sure.

When we arrived on Friday evening at around 9 o’clock, we drove to their cute house at first and had a proper dinner with three menus in french style. Afterwards I was super tired and just wanted to sleep but they took me out to Paris at night and it was totally worth it because I had an awesome view at the Eiffel Tower at night.

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The first thing we did the next morning was a bus tour with the entire group. And when I was sitting on top of the bus – feeling the wind and sun in my face – this moment felt so right for me and I was thinking ‘Can it get any better than that?’. It made me realize again that I should follow my passion and do the things more that I enjoy.

Everytime I’m traveling I feel freedom and I’m grateful that I found this passion in my life.

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Afterwards we went on a boat tour and firstly, I was really excited for it but soon after we started, all the tourist jumped up from their seats and ran to the ceiling to take one million selfies and pictures of the scenery. André and I, we looked at each other and smiled. Because of the language barrier, we couldn’t express our thoughts but we were properly thinking that this cleary destroyed the romantic flair of the boat tour.

In the evening the group came together again to eat dinner in a nice restaurant and I took the oppurtinity to take some nice pictures on the balcony.

The next morning I woke up quiet exhausted and tired because of the lack of sleep but I was still motivated for the last group activity – a walk through Rosny-Sous-Bois. We visited the national french circus and went to a little market.


After the walk it was time to say goodbye and we started our journey back home.

This little trip left me with so much inspiration and passion and how exciting this summer is going to be when I will go on holiday in France for one month.

So stay tuned for more travel-journeys.


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