Three years ago, my story went viral around the world, and I even went to the biggest Greek TV channel to talk about it.
I was not prepared for it and yet I did not shy away from the unknown and accepted with great humility that my experience was brought to light.
My light, the one I discovered thanks to my Solo Wedding in Santorini, the one that grows and accompanies me every day, the one that I gladly share with all those who cross my path.
An incredible adventure which has already given me so much and continues. And more and more great people I meet.
I am filled with a tremendous sense of gratitude, all of this would be of no value without you.
Considering the number of articles on my Solo Wedding in Santorini and the ever-growing interest in my story, I thought that adding a page entirely dedicated to it was now welcome.
It’s still under construction but you’ll be able to discover it next week!
You’ll always find all the articles on the blog, from the most recent to the oldest, in the Solo Wedding Category: LINK.
Accessible from the home page OR on the blog page (on the right side).
You can also access the Book page from the menu to find excerpts from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, an entire chapter is even published, as well as the list of articles with an excerpt.
There are also texts and videos where I explain my book and my interest in writing.
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
In the Air 4 - Dubai
After my article last week on the Air Festival , I wanted to share these other photos with you.
I’ve already mentioned this city before, reread Christmas in Dubai and the Desert, but this time, I'm going to show it a bit differently.
As a reminder, Dubai is in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates, in the Arabian Peninsula, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Before my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I lived in Australia, and I regularly transited through Dubai to visit my family in France.
The UAE is a federal state created in 1971, with 7 emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain.
The city of Dubai is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.
With more than 3.1 million inhabitants, it’s the most populous city in the UAE out of the 9,700,000 in the country (of which 90% are immigrants).
But Dubai is also the country's first port and the economic capital, while Abu Dhabi is the federal capital.
Focused on luxury tourism, Dubai is particularly famous for these extraordinary constructions such as the towers: Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab which I spoke about extensively in my article Christmas in Dubai.
And seen from the sky, one can only admire, with Burj Khalifa a bit in the fog, yet it easily stands out from other skyscrapers ...
Another architectural feat, Palm Jumeirah!
An artificial archipelago in the Persian Gulf in the shape of a palm tree, made up of a trunk 1.25 mi (2 km) long on which the monorail circulates, and 16 palms which house a thousand luxury private villas.
This magnificent palm tree is surrounded by a 6.84 mi (11 km) long crescent, where you can find palaces and luxury hotels such as the famous Atlantis hotel (re-read Christmas in Dubai)!
But Palm Jumeirah was to be the smallest palm of an initial project of 3 palms along the coast.
In the same spirit, we also find another incredible archipelago, the world, which as its name suggests represents a map of the world. Unfortunately, no photo of the whole set, much too large, and visible from the International Space Station!
All these islets require a lot of sand, dredged from the bottom of the Persian Gulf and fitted out with dikes and canals to counter the swell while allowing the renewal of the water, and thus avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes and algae.
Some projects have been started and never completed; others continue despite successive crises. We haven’t finished discovering the landscape of these unique archipelagos ...
But back to the city, from the air, we realise the colossal construction that this city has required.
Although some writings reveal that Dubai already existed in the 11th century, it was not until the 18th century that it was considered a city. And thanks to the very important pearl trade at that time, its notoriety developed widely.
Then, with the discovery of oil in the 60s, the city changed dramatically, and from the 90s, incredible infrastructures and skyscrapers sprang from the ground to give the city we know today ...
And by the way, what I haven't mentioned but which you may have noticed in the photos is my mode of transportation: a seaplane!
A city always on the move and in constant search for novelty, an incredible new space has recently opened its doors: Deep Dive Dubai.
This is the deepest diving pool in the world, 197 ft (60m)!!
Designed as a submerged city, you can visit it and have fun while being under water ...
Until we visit it, we’ll watch the video at the end of the article 😊
And to reread my previous articles:
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
After a long stay in the capital, as I mentioned it last week in my article A Glimpse of Paris, I was happy to reconnect with nature, and more precisely in the mountains, in the French Alps, where I grew up (reread Childhood).
I even had more fun as an airshow was organised at the Alpe d'Huez, and you know how much I love everything that flies!
Reread my previous articles:
A magnificent day in a sumptuous setting and the sunshine, life is good!
As a child, with my family, we used to go often to this kind of event, during them, I had my first ride in a hot air balloon and in a helicopter.
It actually reminds me that after my Solo Wedding in Santorini, during my Honeymoon, I flew by helicopter over the island at sunset, such a magical moment!
Plane is different, thanks to school I had flying lessons when I was 8. And today I no longer count my miles as a passenger!
But before I take you into the air, let's take a look at the ground.
All kinds of stands, a flight simulator on Mirage 2000, in air combat mode over Dubai for me, adrenaline guaranteed, and I won’t see my photos of Dubai in the same way anymore (reread Christmas in Dubai).
But above all there’s a model of the Alpha jet of the Patrouille de France, the Air Force’s aerobatic display team...
Throughout the day, breathtaking demonstrations on different types of aircraft, recent and old, and an unfailing admiration for these pilots ...
And yes, the runway is a leap into the void!
So incredible and magnificent, aerobatics…One or many planes ...
It makes me want to try, next first time on my list for sure!
But also, a helicopter rescue demonstration, it wasn’t the first time I saw one and yet it’s always impressive ...
I skydived before, however I’ve never tried paragliding, and this lively performance excited my curiosity!
And of course, the Patrouille de France (PAF)! Created in 1931, this is the oldest aerobatic display team in the world.
Composed of 9 pilots including a replacement (8 airplanes). And a whole team behind them. Being able to see one of their shows is a beautiful opportunity.
Even better when you can meet them afterwards and talk to them ...
Their work, talent and kindness are a real source of inspiration.
Although I lived in 7 countries in the world, I’m French, born and raised, and watching the PAF always gives me chills!
Thank you to all, the pilots, the teams, the organisers…
No matter how old we were, everyone had sparks in their eyes!
For a day I thought I was a pilot, a wonderful memory and a good way to keep my mind in the clouds & keep dreaming...😊
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Love & Joy,