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I got sound sleep during 6 hours train from Munich to Prague. When I looked around the city on the airport bus, I turned my thoughts toward three months ago I started this trip here.

後は飛行機が墜落しなければ日本へ。機内では、邦画「ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日'64」を見て感動。日本人って頑張ってきたんやなぁ。
Unless my flight crashes, I'll be back to Japan. I watched the in-flight Japanese movie "Always: Sunset on third street '64", and was greatly touched how the generation at that time worked really hard for the country.

I've finished my three months trip along the Meditarrenian. I could see traditional, masonry and commercial architectures in the south Europe thoroughly. I also could learn how they attract tourists all over the world. Those tourist place have something in common, if we arrange it in Japanese way, we could also create the place or architecture attracts people. Now I strongly feel to learn more about our origin in architecture. At the beginning, I thought I stayed and studied for a couple of years in Europe, but three months was enough to learn, some ideas came into my mind, and now I'm keen to carry out in practice the idea receiving a stimulus from this trip. I've decided to go home and will start my own business. That's what I'm passionate to do. I'm still looking for a chance to work overseas, but I have confidence I can go and work at any time. When I get back, I'll study harder and harder to create good architectures.  

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Leaving Europe soon.  Before I leave from Prague where I started my trip, I was passionate to see Munich, Germany.  Took a train from Cologne.

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Firstly I visited one museum Pinakothek der Moderne.  It has a fine texture of exposed concrete wall.

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The collections are modern art, graphics, architecture and design from 20th to 21st century.  There are many exhibitions of furnitures.

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I spent a lot of time in architecture exhibitions.  Germany is ahead in architectural design as well as advanced industrial design.

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Brandhorst Museum has multi-coloured facade composed of 36,000 vertical ceramic louvres in 23 different coloured glazes.

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The modern architectures turned to the historical German streets.  In this area, there are famous beer halls and restaurants.  The local beer is great!

Interior and ceiling of the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl beer hall - Munich - Germany
One of the most traditional beer halls is Hofbräuhaus am Platzl.  High arched ceiling with drawings and lights is amazing.

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The restaurant in the court yard of the city hall.  The atmosphere is totally different from the Mediterraneans.  It looks planed systematically and has style.

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Facade of the city hall, it shows us how well they keep the peace over the city, low percentage of unemployment, and how good to live.

Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena is a football stadium was designed by the Swiss architect firm of Herzog & de Meuron.  The wall panels can be lit with white, red, or blue light. 

BMW-Welt Doppelkegel
BMW Welt is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW AG.

Off to Prague takes 6 hours by train, I'm leaving from Prague Ruzyně International Airport.  My visa's almost expired.


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Took a bus from Oxford to Gatwick, another airport in the south of London.  Next day, I took a cheap flight to Cologne, Germany.  When I got the city centre, the massive building suddenly appeared in front of the station.

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Cologne Cathedral, I was overpowered with the scale and the beauty of the building.  The present cathedral was commenced in 1248, was completed in1880, took 600 years to built in some reason.  The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires and largest facade of any church in the world. 

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Museum Ludwig which wavy roofs are quite unique beside the Cathedral.  Probably, I could say this modern building is in harmony with the historical cathedral.  This museum has one of the largest Pablo Picasso collections in Europe.

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The local restaurants stand in a row along the Rhine flows Cologne.

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In Cologne, Ta Ma Ra, friend of mine, showed me around the city, especially the historical buildings and restaurant culture. We had some local meals like a hamburg steak of something.

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I found a restaurant its facade and iron sign are cute.

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We then observed one botanical garden called "Flora".  There's no particular style of German garden, but I'm interested in local plants.  Amazingly, it's free to enter.

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I could learn the local architecture thanks to Ta Ma Ra's guide.  Thank you for teaching me German language as well!  

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Took a bus, called "Tube" to Oxford.  I arrived there in the evening, met friend of mine Alex, and we made the rounds of the English pubs.

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It dawned, we walked around the streets.  Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", coined by one poet to express the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. 

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Buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period including the iconic Radcliffe Camera. 

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It's rare to see a half-timbered building in the streets of masonry buildings.  It has a great deal of traditional atmosphere, but this building leans slightly.

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English garden in the school grounds.  The greenery was artificially planted, but it's very natural.

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.  The school building is really cool!  It reminded my university, totally different!

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I joined a touch rugby training with the local students, enjoyed it.

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Thanks Alex!  I'll move to Germany before I leave Europe.


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Notting Hill

Took a train from Paris to London across the Strait of Dover through the Channei Tunnel.  It took 245 euros.  Furthermore, it takes long time for immigration, so you got to have enough time for it.  I missed my train anyway.

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Transfered to Metro, went to Notting Hill.  I'm never ever a big fan of "Notting Hill". The town of London is clean and beautiful.  There's no graffiti on subway.

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I have a rugby mate when I played for University of Canterbury Rugby Football Club, NZ.  He's in Notting Hill, that's why I visited.  I told him what I want to see or learn, he then started show me around, 

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This is the book shop the film "Notting Hill" was taken.  This facade is cute, and I was impressed about.  Shit!  This is going to be a moviegore and tourist blog.

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One scene of "Love Actually" was taken here.  This is totally a moviegoer and tourist blog.  

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The facade of those houses has good harmony with greenery.  They also have a refined sense of taste, but different from Provence.

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We went to the local English pub.  People normally drink a pint, which is a unit of volume about half a litre. Big glass of beer, and is reasonable.  I felt inferior to the people in the bar, because I was short.  Believe me, I can't have a girlfriend there.

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I stayed my mate's place, and next day I joined the local touch rugby training.  What the happiest moment!  In the afternoon, I played for the team my mate belongs, it was the final of the competition.  I wasn't a great help for the team, we lost the close game at final.  I was so exhausted.

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Another team mate who played for UCRFC, we took a photo together.  Canterbury Three!  I really enjoyed playing touch with those people.

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Cafe, Bistro, Paris

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Another purpose to stay in Paris, seeing design of cafes, bistros and museums.  To design the museum is one of my dreams.  I believe I'm one of the architects who visited the most numbers of museum in the world whether I learnt it or not ...  Third times to visit Musee d'Orsay.  We don't have to wait for a long queue here in Paris.  Why Frence can do, but Italy can't do it?

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Cafe with lots of green, I felt awkward about visiting this kind of cafe.  People in the cafe looked all celebrities for me.

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This is one of the most successful design of showcase, because it attracted me so much.

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I met my mentor of food sanitation, and his wife.  They were spending their honeymoon in Paris.  

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We made the round of bistro.  Design, facade, service, meal and everything's great study for me.  Especially the service here, attendants are often elder gentlemen and I felt I could leave everything to them.  Not only France, but also other European countries has the respectable service.

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Steel truss structure of Musée de l'Orangerie.  There are concrete boxes inside.  There is Claude Monet "Nympheas" inside of the box.

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Cafe near my hostel, I recommend you this place.  I've forgotten where it was.  Let me know if you want to visit.

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The interior design is quite simple.  I don't like to paint wall and ceiling with black, but it was a wonder I was comfortable there.  Black is not too bad.

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One band played music at the restaurant near my hostel.  The restaurant was good at atmospheric lighting which was superb stage effects.

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  There was a music festival at the church on the hill, and people were so excited.  In front of church, the place became a music club.  There would be punished.

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it seemed that music festival was everywhere in Paris.  Plenty of people out there.  The Tour Eiffel was shining.  


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Vertical garden

Andrew, I met him in Amalfi, taught me one web site called "Hipmunk".  We can check the cheapest flight at any time and place.  It often happens that a flight's cheaper than a train.  I filed from Madrid to Paris.

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The purpose to come to Paris was to see vertical gardens designed by Mr. Patrick Blanc, French artist.  The vertical garden is not special nowadays, but it's beauty and design are so special.

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Varieties of plant grow on the wall.  The difference of the plant's color or form makes patterns and designs.  This is an art.

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It seems that putting fiber sheets on the wall board, circulating water, and maintaining the sheets wet.

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This is the other vertical garden above one buildings entrance.  It should a little bit more trimmed.

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これは化粧品店の店舗の中にある壁面緑化。多くの作品が ホテルや店舗内にあるのでなかなか撮影を許してくれない中、快く承諾してくれました。何て素敵な方々。でも蹲の使い方間違ってます。
Another vertical garden in one cosmetic shop.  Many of his works are in hotels and private spaces, so taking photos was mostly not allowed,but they were willing to comply with my request.  Mercy! However, I don't think this is the right way and location.  Something's wrong.

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The plants are different from Japan and making different design.  His works taught me a good lesson of green design.  

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Came to Madrid, the capital of Spain, from Seville by train.  I often came here because we had a business.  I've heard that Madrid is not like the city of Spain, so I haven't ever walked around this city.

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However, friend of mine who used to my business partner, Mr. Garcia showed me around the city.  This might be a famous bank ...

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This could be the City Hall? used to be a post office. Now it becomes different office due to the high cost of maintenance fee.  I would be nervous when I posted.  It is too gorgeous as a post office.

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Mr. Garcia took me some "Tapas" of his recommendation.  The Tapas is similar to Japanese "Izakaya", each tapas has a special meal.  People make the rounds of the tapas, which is a superb culture of Spain.

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I made the rounds of the tapas, but that was not a part of sightseeing.  Study for commercial design and bar layout.  Salt fish on breads and filed  small octopus.  They made me drink wine a lot.

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We moved to the next tapas.  Mr. Garcia and Garcian octopus.  I just wanted to say so.  

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I tried filed fish with garlic and bazil and ham at the last tapas.  Drink, eat specialities and make the rounds of bars, this is the great culture.  I want this kind do style in Japan, I'll design it.

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We talked a lot about business, family and culture, even on Monday, walked around till late at night.  

The night of Madrid had passed, but nobody went home because of the Euro Cup?  It was on Monday.  

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It takes about 20 minutes from Carmona to Seville, approximately 3000 years old.  The town was greatly influenced by Arabic culture.  Seville Cathedral was built in the early 16th century, the biggest cathedral in the world.

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The high vault of Seville Cathedral was shining bright.  This could be a stage effects of divine beauty.

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More than the cathedral, I wanted to see "Patio", a courtyard to avoid the heat in hot Summer in Spain.  I asked some locals to take a photo of Patio.

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It's normally hard to see the private courtyard, but the locals readily let me in.  Basically symmetric design of plants.  

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This is Casa de Pilatos, a big ancient nobleman's palace.  There are various features in the patio.

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Beautiful, but I prefer the tiny patio of locals.

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The patio has a couple of orange trees and ivy on the wall.  The orange and lemon trees are so cute.

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It's also possible to see these modern architectures.

I could study about "Patio" here in Sevilla.  Although the end of June, it's bloody hot here!

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Took a bus from Cordoba via Sevilla to Carmona.  Not a tourist place and might be in the time of siesta, I could see few people.

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Neverthless, the historical buildings still remains, white and brown colored town was there.  Each country has a different color and architectural feature.

Spain 2010 - outside Sevilla - sunflowers
I had one purpose to be here.  To see panoramic view of sunflower field.  Just the right season in June, I was so looking forward to seeing it.  Apart from architecture though, I was suppose to see the view like the above photo.

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What the hell!  Really brown eh!  I asked to information where the sunflower's field is, they said the flower hasn't been growing due to drought.  My image was too good to accept what the reality was.

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I could see a little bit of sunflower field from bus, my photo was blurred though.  Yellow blossoms in Munakata, Fukuoka is more beautiful in this case.  Before you go travel, too good image is too risky.

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This is generally called as "parador" which is reconstruct an king's buildings to a hotel. They serve us an extraordinally experience of king.

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However, I could learn the Arabic architecture, I then slept quickly.  I was so disappointed.  It can't be!  Sunflower was suppose to mark the end of my trip.  

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Took a train from Barcelona via Madrid to Cordoba. The bullet train of Spain is really expensive like Japan.

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The sun glared down on me, it's extremely hot. Cordoba is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain. I often came here for business.

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An Iberian and Roman city in ancient times, in the Middle Ages it became the capital of an Islamic caliphate. Under the control on Isramic dynasty, there are many Isramic architecture here. The photo above is a classicexample, Great Mosque of Cordoba.

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There is a large garden called a Patio, inside of the Mosque, the plants are symmetry located.

Great Mosque of CORDOBA - Spain
The huge space is inthe Mosque, arched pillars are standing like forest. It's totally fantastic.

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This Is the Roman bridge which was built in 1st century BC. The colors of Cordoba, white and brown are impressive.

Calleja de las flores
De las Flores has lots of paths, hanging flowers on the wall.


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Took a train from Avignon to Barcelona.  As soon as I got Barcelona, I visited Sagrada familia first.  Lots of people talk about this building, no matter what they say, this is just great!  The construction has been quite progressing since I visited here ten years ago.  It seems to be completed in 2026.

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As you know, the design is eccentric for a church, but beautiful, furthermore its staind glass is brilliant.  Based on three primary colors, red, yellow and blue, plus green. The coloring of this stained glass is marvelous.

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Blue stained glass.

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Not only the lights through the glasses, but also the soft lights reflecting on stone pillars, floors and walls, are spectacular.

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The colored lights come filtering through lords of the windows, colored light birghtened the whole church.  This large scale is so special even in Europe.

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Pillars are so complecated.

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Probably I could see the complete one in near future.  I saw the exhibition of his works in this place. The models, sketches and elevation plans are sophisticated and they are like an art. Compare with my works, my ones are piece of shit! I gotta work harder and harder.

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Once again, I did a riview of the Gaudis buildings.  

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Another sky-high village, called Gordes where said to be "Most beautifully village like eagle's nest.  It built in the time of the Roman Empire, and became fortress in the Middle Ages.  Those age's buildings still remain.

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I don't wanna see castles and churches anymore.  I was keen to see the design of each shop and house.  The above photo is a cafe, climbing ivies were not too much, not too little.  Just the right size.

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Another cafe.  Green is not too much, not too little around the entrance.

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Facade of a boutique.  The plaster came off the wall, and bricks were exposed, I like the texture.  This is the beauty of aging.

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Holly shit!  Just the right size of shade, around front door of the restaurant.  The canopy was only a frame.

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Too much advantage of the location.

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The shutter of the windows were so cute.  It seemed that they chose lavender color for the shutters because of their speciality, lavender.  This is not a lavender color though.

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Signs of shops.  The simple is good.

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This is about the last blog's village, there was a huge screen used be a quarry, projecting the Impressionists pictures onto the screen. It was amazing, a good idea too. It was hard to reach villages in Provence, somehow I could learn excellent taste in everything.  Now I'm off to Spain next.

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Arles is easy to access from Avignon where I stayed, I planed to visit some villages where there was a bus from Arles. I then decided to visit Les Baux-de-Provence, but the bus company was on strike. Strike wasn't only that day, so I wanted to yell " Work hard! ". I took a taxi reluctantly.

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Arrived at the village on the mountain of rock. Les Baux clan built the fortress, they then had flourished in the Middle Ages. This village! I drew a prize in the lottery! I guess these churches were built of the local stones. The town is really like a part of the rock mountain.

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The tiny church has a modern designed and colored stained glass which is really beautiful.

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One old building became a museum of the local artist. Two were in the reception. Coincidentally, l could see the exhibition of Bernard Buffet. I like his work so much.

Annabel en T-shirt
This is his work. He had his individual style of drawing with big stroked lines.

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People used to live here made good use of its landform, but fortress ruins now. There are many holes to catch the beams of houses.

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View of village. Good harmony of the village, rocks and nature.

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The handiwork shop is like Provence style. Simple, homely and cute. The canopy over the front door was beautiful.

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I was so lucky to see such a beautiful village.


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Walking to the city centre, old town of Arles appeared. One hour is enough to see around this small town. If you really like Gogh, this place must be awesome. I like Van Gogh anyway.

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It was just lunch time, the town was so crowded with people. Not only this place, but most of shops are closed in this time in south Europe. Taking a long time for lunch and enjoy it. Compare to the Japanese people, much less working hours than us.

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The ancient Roman ruins still retains, but Gogh didn't draw those kind of historical buildings as his motive. He might not be interested in those buildings. Fanrtastic architectures though.

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It's just a tourists way though, I wanted to visit the places he drew. This cafe is unbelievably yellow...

Terrasse de Cafe la Nuit-Van Gogh
This is the cafe he drew in his work "Terrasse du café le soir". I could find the reason why this cafe is unnaturally yellow, because this color makes this cafe exactly like his drawing.

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ここどこやったかな… とにかくゴッホがここを描いたのは覚えています。絵と同じようにお庭が残っています。ここには「アルルの跳ね橋」の跳ね橋があるそうなんですが、現存しておらず、模造されたものらしいので見に行きませんでした。しかし、印象派の画家たちは、こういった南仏の街の気候やセンスに惹かれたような気がします。
Where was it? Anyway, he also drew this garden, still exactly the same as his drawing. There's a bridge he drew near the town, but reall one's already gone and now copy was the place where the bridge used to be located. Many impressionists visited or lived here for their works. They must have been attracted by its weather or a refined sense of taste.  

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Took a bus from Cavallion, visited L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. What a name! I can't say it properly. I wasn't supposed to come here, so I have no morale and no information about this town. I'd heard that there were some waterwheels, so decided to see them all.

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How beautiful the waterways are! Though this is inland town, they are rich in water resource. Making good use of water as power, varieties of industry had been developed. This waterwheel is covered with moss. It is like an art work. I'm keen to built it. I can do it!

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I made a discovery, this is a town dotted with antique villages. I could boost my morale.

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Just the right timing a craftsman was repairing a mirror frame. It was a fine art. I asked him to look around his work. Plenty of chisels. It seems I can do it.

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The back terrace choked up with antiques.

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This shop is so cool. I was touched by the antiques. They have direct sales over the Internet, so I got their business card. I really use antiques for my works even to landscapes, I have to keep the shop in my mind.

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One after another I could see antique shops, l couldn't easily decide which one's the best.

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One proposition booth is all red. Cool though, you can't relax in red. The statue scares me.

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The water is extremely beautiful, I like this place. I coincidentally came here, it was all good I could see waterwheels and antique villages. It is worth to visit.  

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Took a train from Avignon, I stopped by for a little think in Cavaillon to take a bus to some villages.  According to the timetable on website, even at the bus station,  there should be four or five buses daily, but actually only one!  I can't rely on the local buses.  The information said, there's only way to get there, you gotta stay one night.  What the hell!  I took a time to think about my plan while I walked around the town.

I could see the flat hill or cliff at the end of the town and morning market around the centre.

They have street stalls of paella and chicken barbecue, some chicken looked like a pigeon, were rare for me, the streets were lined with honey and olive shops. The smell of grilled chicken caught my heart, and I bought a sausage and tomate with something's meat. Is the market everyday? if so, it's amazing.

Fish shop dealt with almost the same fish as in Japanese market, but its cutting skills were completely different.

I visited the church with no name ... could be famous, there was such a beautiful patio.  When you enter any church, you gotta take off your cap, otherwise you'll be yelled. The scale of this church is rather small, but superb.  This arched structure is called "vault", I'll learn how to construct it from the architects I met here.

Merry-go-around everywhere in Europe. This one's tiny.

Finally I made a decision after walking around, I was going to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue where I didn't plan to go, and bus often goes.

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Took a train from Marceilles to Avignon. Palais des Papes, palace of the popes was located.  I could see the parace from my cheap hostel.  I planed to visit some villages from here.

I found the cool restaurant, but was afraid to get in, it could be expensive.  My Korean roommate taught me a good and reasonable buffet styled restaurant.  Below 10 euros, I could finally have carbohydrate, high quality protein and vitamins, because i eat kebabs or sandwitches almost everyday except the dishes updeted on my blog.

This town is surrounded by 4.3 km's ramparts.  I was losing any interest to the palaces, because I saw them too much, but here was something special.  The night view of the palace was so beautiful.

The Pont Saint-Benezet across Rhone river is as it was half destroyed, so you can't get across the river, but beautiful.

Ferris wheel is another romantic architecture at night.

It's so quiet at night.

Pa;ais des Papes is massive when you see it closely.  

Ave Maria, full of grace, I met guys from LA, Korea and China.  They were so hard workers. Their wills were a powerful incentive for me to study harder.  

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Le Castellet

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40 minutes walk from La Cadiere d'Azur, I couldn't find any taxi or bus.  I was so exhausted to walk up to the La Castllet.

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The village had a few tourists and shops like Provence way.  This is a pottery shop.

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Cicada's ornaments.

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The streets are in good harmony with plants and shade.

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At the village church...

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I could see the wedding party. It was a real church, but the wedding shouldn't be so expensive like the Japanese.  We need this kind of place for our weddings.

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Lavenders on the wooden shutters.  Good taste.

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The air was saturated with the purfume of flowers. It is the specialty shop of lavenders, which In the south of France, I often saw the shops dealing with something in special like a lemon, olive, honey and lavender products.  One product at one shop.  If they sell many things in a shop, they won't attract people.

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Wooden shutter on the window is lovely here, which becomes an accent of the buildings.  Poor transportation, it's hard to get to the Provence village, but it's worth to visit.

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La Cadiere d'Azur

Photo 24 - 2012-06-15
Took a bus to La Cadiere d'Azur.  Only three people were on the bus.  The small village is surrounded by vineyard.  My destination was one bakery!

Photo 15 - 2012-06-15
Jesus Christ!  It's closed ...

Somehow I got another bakery and bought a fresh-baked bread.  It was so nice as it was, you don't need any butters or jams.  Simple, natural, and facade is like the Provence way, they are not for tourist, for the local people.  I could learn lots of things from this village.

Cute craft shop.  Growing up in such a beautiful village, naturally make them have a refined sense of taste for everything. Those decorations were so natural and sophisticated.

The most popular restaurant "Beral".  You can see the great view of Provence from the window.  They have tarps above the glass-paned roof to make the shade, and when they open it, you would see stars.  The dog is also a good customer.

I tried to order some dishes with broken French, "Your recommendation, I want meat, but not expensive", they then served me the above.  I didn't know what meat it was, but so nice.  It had been a long time to have high quality protein.

The cross on the warehouse's wall.

Photo 16 - 2012-06-15
1 hour is enough to walk around, but homely, I could feel the life of the local people.  They shows excellent taste in design, decoration, facade, crafts and products.


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