A tale of three Cathedrals

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Amiens Cathedral: View from the south

As most of my friends are in the IT industry, over-achievers and rarely ever go on holidays, a lot of them are not only surprised by how I make travelling a top priority, but even more surprised at my fascination for both England and France. There was always a natural proclivity for London given my Zambian upbringing, which only organically grew over the trips.

But France has always been a different beast. I couldn't quite put a finger on when I fell in love with Paris, or France. But I did, and there's been no turning back. Except that, I moved on a bit too quickly from Paris to exploring some other regions, that I had neglected some of the finer towns nearby. Particularly those famed for their Cathedrals, several of which are in the record books to this day either due to the size or the style.

So this was a short but an amazing trip with the focus on bringing it back to those towns, but also having the benefit of staying in Paris (which I haven't visited in 4 years, wow!) and getting the best of the night life. In all, the trip was incredibly enjoyable: very relaxed days walking around quaint towns that trademark French cobblestone, great pastries that doubled up as lunch, breakfast and dinner (!!) but most importantly, a window into the history behind the glamorous facade and tourist appeal these Cathedral towns hold.

As always, I've shared ten photos that summarise the trip for those that don't have the time to read through the whole blog! 

HORSCHECK says:
Vikram, congrats on your featured blog. Well done.
Posted on: May 31, 2017
TB_Weet says:
Congratulations! You're very smart not to focus too much attention on material wealth. It's so much fun to nourish the soul via travelling. The same scenario kept re-playing over yet many people ignored. The narrative usually goes like this, employees work backbreaking hours while dealing with tedious office politics before getting taxed 40-50%. Then, some scumbag came along to embezzle away public funding or spent money unnecessarily on military funding when it could be channeled into socialize healthcare. Another profound realization that struck me was garbage collectors get paid $20 an hour with pension in the US. Why the hell people get into massive amounts of debt paying for college only to impress arrogant professors, complain about unemployment later on and turned into such unhappy zombies in life?
Posted on: May 30, 2017
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