Col du Lautaret: Jardin Botanique Alpin

Université Grenoble Alpes’ alpine botanic garden at Col Du Lautaret closed for the winter last weekend, so we thought it was about the time to pay a visit on its last day of opening, although the season was already over — there were not too many plants flowering left. Also […]

Return to the Small Red Dot – epilogue

Oh well, there was supposed to be parts 4 (Pulau Ubin and Coney Island) and 5 (Little India, Punggol, Geylang), and maybe also 6 (misc), but due to some very unfortunate circumstances we lost all the photos, and the efforts to recover them have not proven successful, despite spending numerous […]

Ut4M – we did it!

Chapeau! We finished the 40Km Vercors race. We suffered of no injuries, no blisters, no chafing, only slight dehydration (I lost about 4kg in weight, even if I emptied the 1.5l-bladder about three times), and had a huge appetite afterwards. This was what Tei was planning to carry on her […]

Ut4M – one week to go

This extended weekend we did three more or less intensive practise runs and hikes to prepare ourselves and test the equipment for this coming Friday’s Ut4M (Ultra Tour des 4 Massifs) race — we will not do the whole 160 on the four mountain ranges (Vercors, Oisans, Belledonne, Chartreuse), but […]

Return to the Small Red Dot – part 3

Park hopping Green corridor, the base of the former Malaysian (KTM) railroad that used to run from Tanjong Pagar railway station in South of Singapore to Woodland checkpoint in North, is one of the few wild natural spaces for trail running and bicycling in Singapore that is not manicured and […]

Traboules et Blues à Lyon

Seeing Taj Mahal live has been on my bucket list since the first time I really started listening to him play on the online radio I listen at work. He is a very avid tourer, but never before has he been this close to us. When I found out that […]

Return to the Small Red Dot – part 2

Old neighborhoods The first item in our agenda was to visit the neighborshoods where we used to live and work, both of which have undergone quite a few changes. This is the Pasir Panjang village (in 2012) as we remember it when most of the businesses had already closed because […]

Return to the Small Red Dot – part 1

When we two and a half years ago left Singapore for France, we hardly thought of returning. After having closed the credit cards and claimed the credit points we had accumulated during our 5-year tenure on the tiny island we ended up having quite a few Singapore Airlines miles. When […]