Maison de Victor Hugo Map, Paris, France


‘Maison’ is French for ‘house’. In this case the word is slightly misleading. While no palace, though sited in the Place des Vosges – originally known as Place Royale – Maison de Victor Hugo is no simple domicile. These sprawling apartments were the home of the famed writer between 1832 and 1848. Hugo fled from the revolution in that year.

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Diving In Belitung (Billiton), Indonesia

Do not want to be merely a destination for fans of novel and coffee, Belitung (Billiton) is now actively promoting diving. The potency is huge, but the facility is something that needs a lot of improvement.

Belitung Diving Deep Down

Suppose Andrea Hirata hobby is diving, maybe he will tell Island’s underwater nature in his novel: Laskar Pelangi. While visiting the East Belitung island in mid-October, I found this island proved to have the potential to be a diving destination. Corals grow close together and it has a pretty good collection of fish, at least in certain seasons.

For visitors without diving certificate, snorkelling is not less interesting. Buy an island hopping package tour, you can stop for a moment on one small island to swim and enjoy the crystal clear shallow waters in the vicinity. Read more »

Perfect Bicycling Tracks in Indonesia

Tired of pedaling on Indonesia city streets? The following five tracks in the open are ready to test your fitness, as well as feast for the eyes with charming scenery.

Tangkuban Parahu – Situ Wanayasa, West Java

a sight from Tangkuban Perahu Mt.
A sight from Tangkuban Perahu Mt.

This challenging track spans more than 20 kilometer. The bikers will start at the Tangkuban Parahu ticket gate junction, then drive the wheels through beautiful routes in the middle of Ciater tea plantations towards Cicadas.

Along the way, do not forget to stop for a moment to look at the clear waterfall Curug Mandala. The challenge presented by a narrow paved track soil and rock at some point.

After the recharge in the Babusalam mosque resort, followed by a trip down the paved road to the area of ​​oil palm plantations Ciracas-Babakan which is about 11.5 kilometer away. The trip ended with a paved hill climb toward Situ Wanayasa.

Seeing the terrain configuration, the Tangkuban Parahu-Wanayasa track is perfect for the fans of cross-country bicycling. Read more »