This is it! The Beautiful World Tour is over!
Coming back was as intense as the whole year around the world to fulfill our family dreams. We saw our good friends. Kids met with their friends too. We saw our close family members. We reconnected with the “normal life”, getting ready to get back to work and school, which is actually a real joy. In fact, that year vanished in a finger snap!
On my (crazy) side, I could also fulfill the last two dreams I had on my list for this very special year: becoming an airplane pilot and a sky diver: check (I promise I will compensate those carbon emissions too;-)!
Here is the last photo album of our life journey!
And the last video, a pure adrenaline shot, looking at home from above and at 200 km/h! A great way to finish this very emotional journey with an experience to keep me young at heart: #forever20andtrippin’!
Tomorrow, we will all start our new life. The Corporate life for me (a big thank to my company for letting me go for a year), a new school for kids, and Naturespath consultations for Delphine… with many friends and family members around us.
One dream finishes with so many good memories. Another one starts.
We had a wonderful stay in Kerala, the most religious state in India, often cited as “God’s own country”. Our Yoga & Meditation retreat in Varkala, our visit of Kollam, followed by a 3 days cruise on a traditional “Kettu Vallam” house-boat across Kerala, from Kollam to Allepey and Kochin! This is the video of our amazing South India experience, a bewitchment of the senses!
P.S: YouTube has decided to prevent me to use the beautiful “Indifference” song from Pearl Jam, so the video has no music from 9’25” to 13’… which will feel a bit weird (algorithmic retrieval of the music which is supposed to leave the other sounds intact, but that’s not quite the case…), but it’s still worth watching! Enjoy…
Here is the traditional boat visit, this time made by Jade, live from our Kettu Vallam (Houseboat) here in Kerala, India, for a 3 days cruise on the backwaters that go from Kollam to Kochi!
Well, it took a week to upload that video from India’s on & off Internet connection (thanks to the Monsoon), but hopefully you will appreciate watching it;-)
The video of our trip to Fraser island north of Brisbane, the largest sand island in the land and a beautiful piece of nature where the sand meets the forest and sea. Then Lady Elliot island, the most isolated island on the south of the Great Barrier Reef, with an incredible flight to get there, and mind blowing reef and marine life! Memories that the family will keep for a long time with lots of footage filmed from the sky!
4000 kms road trip from Melbourne to Noosa Bay, discovering beautiful nature, from cold Tasman sea climate to tropical bays north of Brisbane. Long roads, many hikes in natural parks, theme parks, surfing… and loooong moments stuck in the campervan practicing survival skills!
This is our Australian road-trip story.
Things are not as perfect as they look on this blog…
Jade wanted to re-establish the truth by telling how it is to live for 2 months in a small campervan.
Not so glamorous, but that’s part of travelling around the world as a family;-)
Here is the long awaited video about the last part of our trip in New-Zealand (that suffered from a bad computer crash;-(
After a dream road-trip in the South Island, we continued the exploration in the North Island, discovering the beautiful natural wonders of the center near Rotorua, going west to Raglan‘s world famous surf spots, and going to the east Coromandel peninsula that showcases some of the most stunning beaches on earth.
Enjoy this breathtaking video with lots of aerial footage giving an unusual angle on NZ’ beauties!
What a roadtrip!
3000 kms around the south island, discovering some of the most stunning places: kayaking Abel Tasman, hiking Franz Josef Glaciers, flying over the mountains of Queenstown & Wanaka, exploring the fjords of Milford Sounds, watching the wildlife in the Otago & Banks peninsula, encountering whales in Kaikourai, and surfing world class Mangamanu bay waves!
Memories for a lifetime captured in this 20′ video!
Kids just cleared another challenge: flying and steering a paraglider!
After our stay in Wanaka, we went to Queenstown where we had great weather to let the kids fly. We have been flying all three one after another (Mom preferred to watch from the ground;-). Both Ulysses & Jade could take the commands to make their first smooth turns, and get into some tumbling with their instructors.
A great flight from Coronet Peak, sighting the lakes around Queenstown and the autumn colors of the surrounding mountains from above.
I had a few more flights, including good soaring in medium wind, to get something I started a loooong time ago: my paraglider pilot license (called PG2 here in NZ)!
Now heading to Fjordland.
1800 kilometers in 3 minutes across the beautiful roads and sceneries of New-Zealand.
This short video will give you a glimpse of NZ raw beauty in no time!