Visiting the spectacular “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir”, Robbinsville – USA

Bonjour beautiful people!

We are back home in Luxembourg after some lovely days visiting the USA. As we did a stopover in Robbinsville, New Jersey, we took the opportunity to visit the impressive temple “The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir“. Considered one of the largest Hindu temples in the world, it is made entirely of Carrara marble imported from Italy to Rajasthan, India, where hundreds of artisans began hand-carving the stones. The complex is free and open to the public. We enjoyed so much this visit, the amazing architecture, the wonderful energy and kind people that we met there. One person there said to me “this place is divine”, and I agree. 🙂

Hope you enjoy the tour! I am putting some information and links below.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
112 N Main Street
Robbinsville, NJ 08561 USA
Tel: (609)-918-1212
E-mail: info.rbv@usa.baps.org

 

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A stopover in Troyes, France

Bonjour beautiful people! In our last trip to Burgundy we made a stopover in Troyes , an adorable and charming medieval French town, about 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Paris and about 3:30 by car (A34) from Luxembourg. We have visited the city before and it is always a pleasure to walk around the old town appreciating the different and beautiful half-timbered  houses (mainly of the 16th century).

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Troyes’ most picturesque street, the Alley of the Cats,  looks today much as it did in the thirteenth century, barely seven feet wide, with housetops leaning against each other. Legend has it that Rue des Chats is so-named because the roofs and lofts are so close together that cats can jump across from one side of the street to the other.

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Take a time to sit and have a little chat with “Lili – a bronze sculpture by Andras Lapis”.

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Troyes at Wikipedia

Troyes at Tripadvisor

The City of stained glass website

A little bit of paradise called Jura in France

Bonjour beautiful people!  Jura is a delightful less well-known region of France. It is about 3 or 4 hours drive from Luxembourg and for some reason we had never been there. C’est dommage!  Jura is adorable and so calm (can you imagine somewhere in France free from tourist crowds? yeah!!!).

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There is so much to explore. Plenty of interesting towns like Arbois, Poligny, Chateau-Chalon, Baume-les-Messieurs…All of them very much worth visiting. Stretching a bit further one can reach lake Chalain and the Herisson waterfalls.  An invigorating setting that lends itself to a fine array of activities: hiking, kayaking, skiing, trout fishing, thermal spa treatments… and tasting the local specialities, starting with comté cheese and the famous vin jaune of the Arbois vineyards.

So, less talk and more “images”. I hope you enjoy my pictures! 🙂

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Hint: we stayed at Hotel la Fontaine (RN 83 Montchauvrot – 39230 Mantry). Excellent location if traveling by car, for a stopover near the A-29 and also to stay a little longer and explore the Jura.

Read more about this beautiful region:

The Guardian.com  holidays in France’s Jura region

Jura tourism website