Lac de Bethmale: An emerald gem in Occitanie, France

Lac de Bethmale is very often described as an ’emerald lake,’ and that is no exaggeration. This surreal green-blue coloured lake in Occitanie is surrounded on all sides by dense forest. I would go so far as to say, if there was one place in the world where fairies and fishes might live together, this would be it.



Blooming cherry blossom trees at Jardin Anne Frank

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Jardin Anne Frank: An idyllic Paris garden with a ‘remarkable tree’

Jardin Anne Frank is a hidden gem, quiet literally tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Paris streets. This garden also has a very special tree which has been categorised in the list of ‘ arbres remarquables’ or ‘remarkable trees’ of Paris.
A father and son enjoying the sight at Canal Saint Martin, Paris

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Canal Saint Martin: In the vibrant heart of Paris’ bohemian arrondissements

The Canal Saint Martin is part of the life-vein of the city of Paris. If you want to go see how locals in Paris spend time, go up to the canal for some people-watching. This vibrant neighbourhood is bustling with life, music, and food.
Gardens of Palais de la Berbie, Albi, France with a view of the palace


Les Jardins du Palais de la Berbie: A ‘remarkable garden’ in Albi, France

Albi is a UNESCO world heritage city in the Occitanie region in the south of France. It is one of the most well-preserved episcopal cities of Europe. Overlooking the Tarn river, les Jardins du Palais de la Berbie is a testament to Albi’s medieval history and a remarkable French garden.
Green table and chair at a Paris restaurant


Eating like the French: Coping with French food culture

‘Tis a truth universally acknowledged, that the French are very particular about their food, and how they eat it. In this article, I will share some aspects of French food culture that took me by surprise when I first arrived in France.
Girl reading a book at Jardin des Tuileries Paris

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Books to read before going to Paris

These books to read before going to France, will save you a whole lot of confusion and social gaffes. These were my saviours when I first moved to Paris, and was trying to better understand and adjust to French culture.
Two girls walking in Montmartre Paris

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What not to do in Paris as a tourist

These things to avoid doing while travelling in Paris, will help you plan your Paris trip, and experience lesser-known facets of the city.


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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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