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Les Jardins d’Étretat: An unusual place to visit in Normandy, France

Les Jardins d’Etretat combines artistic whimsy, with the surreal, sometimes melancholic, beauty of Normandy. The magnificence of the gardens, with its focus on being a space for creative expressions, makes it one of the most unusual, and beautiful places to visit in France.

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Le Jardin Emotions with giant faces sculpted onto green bushes

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Stepping back in time in Hoi An, Vietnam: Things to do & see

Hoi An is strikingly well-preserved, with buildings bearing the clear vestiges of its Chinese, Japanese and French influenced architecture. Visiting Hoi An feels like time-travel. Here are some things to do and see in Hoi An plus some travel tips that will help you when you’re here.
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Parisian walking on the streets of Le Marais, Paris

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Le Marais: A Paris local’s self-guided walking tour with map

While Le Marais is one of the most fashionable and trendiest districts of Paris, this self-guided walking tour is all about uncovering different lesser known aspects of this quartier Parisienne. This tour will acquaint you to some of the historical, esoteric and at times, tragic stories hidden amidst the vibrant streets of Le Marais.
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A view of the gardens with café chairs at Café Renoir, Musée de Montmartre Paris

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The allure of Parisian museum cafés: My 5 favourites not to miss

Visiting a great museum can almost feel like time-travel. The allure of the museum café perhaps lies in the desire to extend the feeling of time-travel for a bit longer. Here are some of my favourite Paris museum cafés you should visit if you love museums and cute garden cafés.
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Cruising through Vietnam on a motorbike: During a heatwave! 

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A fountain with the backdrop of chateau de Versailles at night

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A night to remember at the Château de Versailles: Night Fountains Show

Every year, for a limited time, the Château de Versailles puts together incredible nocturnal walks with their night fountains and musical garden show. Called, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales, needless to say, it is no ordinary walk in the park. Here’s what you can expect from the Versailles Night Fountains Show.
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Boats at the dock in Port de l'Arsenal, Paris

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Jardin du Port de l’Arsenal, Paris: For cherry blossoms & day-dreaming

In the shadow of Place de la Bastille and its towering Colonne de Juillet, just a couple of steps down towards the canal, lies a veritable oasis of greenery and blooming flowers, called the Jardin du Port de l’Arsenal.
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Détours celebrates slow travel and nature. This is a home for unhurried, soulful wandering. If you love exploring urban nature, natural parks, remarkable gardens and trees, you are in the right place.

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I am Pronoti, writer, photographer and founder of Détours. After moving from India to France, at 31 years old, I changed the course of my life and start a new chapter from scratch. Leaving a career in academia and teaching, I took the plunge into full-time writing in 2022.

A lot of my writings entails telling stories about travel. However, the more I write about travel and exploration, the more I felt that there was a need to tell stories of Paris or any other city or place by centring nature as much as culture.

This is my pursuit with Détours, to inspire people to view travel and exploration from a more mindful eco-centric, rather than ego-centric lens.

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