Category: Travel


© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Cistercian Church

I’m rather late in the schedule of my posts… Paprika and I are in Europe.
We have had good time so far in his home town, Székesfehérvár, a historical city of Hungary.
It’s nice to pay a visit to the old Europe after almost half a decade…
I’m getting my architecture fix !
We have enjoyed to the fullest the long and warm days, feasted on good homemade hungarian food and summer fruits, met his friends and strolled endlessly in the little streets…
And though I’ve visited several times, it was an occasion for me to look at his city in a different way.
I’m writing this post from Paris and will not miss to tell you about it soon, until then I hope you enjoy what you see !

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfervar Old Doors
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Serbian Quarter

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Street Art

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi -Poppy Seed Cake And Turo Gomboc
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - 3KG Bread
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Pörkölt and Langos
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Summer Fruits
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Summer Fruits
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Garden
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Trabant
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Lake
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar Lamp at Sunset

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi - Szekesfehervar By Night


Home : La Réunion

© Viviane Perenyi 2012 - Crête d'Aurère Reunion Island

L’île intense, that’s the motto of my home island: La Réunion.
And intense indeed was my journey there.
Three weeks spent reconnecting with family, friends and the land that saw me grow up. Seven years have passed since my previous visit. So I notice many changes and at the same time everything remains familiar.

Looking back, there’s a couple of words that come into my mind to describe this place dear to me: multiple, contrast and blend.
Landscape, people, food or culture, they all can relate to those words.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Market Ile de la Réunion
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Boutik Lontan Ile de la Réunion

This journey is an opportunity for me to revisit old favourites and discover new spots too.
With my sisters, I stroll in the streets, dotted with renovated or old houses that add character to cities and little towns.
We also drive on one of the winding roads to the central and mountainous part of the island, listed world heritage site by UNESCO, and walk in a small fraction of the national park. I feel small and humble surrounded by the vertiginous slopes.
Back to the coast, we visit the East, primarily land of agriculture, dominated by patchwork of cane fields; The South, le sud sauvage as we call it, shaped by the presence of the nearby and active volcano, la Fournaise; And the West, home to beaches, surfers and paragliders.
I enjoy all the best each place has to offer.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Sud Sauvage Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Cane Field & Vanilla Plant Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Banyan Tree & Lava Reunion Island

People are also the ones who make La Réunion so special. It’s a blend, the result of history that brought many ethnic groups to live together and gave birth to a racial and colourful mix.
I smile when my little niece brings me a card game -Happy Families- to play with her. She hands me over the cards and I discover that the game given to her at school counts seven families named Kaf’ (from East Africa), Yab’ (from Europe & France), Chinois (from Canton, China), Malbar (from South India), Zarab’ (from Gujarat, India), Malgache (from Madagascar) and Zoreil (French).
Later on this day, I dine with my old school friends and around the table we are like a microcosm of the reunionnaise population.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Architecture Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Indian Temple Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Detail Indian Temple Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Lambrequin Architecture Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Architecture Reunion Island

As diverse as the population, the reunionnaise food is influenced by the different cultures present on the island.
I savour all the food I did not get a chance to eat for so long: Traditional creole dish, such as cari bichique; little snacks such as samousa and bouchon bought in small roadside trucks; romazava (meat stew from Madagascar) expertly prepared by my mother; wonton soup (my favourite soup of all time); spicy achard (vegetable salsa); boucané (kind of smoked bacon); sarcive sausage; fresh coconut flesh and juice; juicy mango, sweet Victoria pineapple… And to top it all, a lot of ice-creams !

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Local Food Ile de la Reunion

In my sister’s garden there’s the delicate fragrance of ylang-ylang and frangipani flowers; And at night, ephemeral pithaya flowers open wide and attract bees in number. I have the chance to be greeted by a l’endormi (panther chameleon) a couple of days after my arrival. And we catch sight of slender paille-en-queues (whitetailed tropicbirds) in the sky, on our way to the south.
A short walk in the primary forest of Mare-Longue, a stroll in a botanic garden and the visit of a farm make us discover many other plants as interesting and colourful. The volcanic soil is indeed an ideal ground for a rich flora that counts many endemic species.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Sous la varangue Ile de la Reunion
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Reunion Island Flora
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Tropical Flora Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Panther Chameleon Endormi Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Cane Field & Frangipani Flower Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Fishing Reunion Island
© Viviane Perenyi 2012 - Roche Vert Bouteille Reunion Island

All good things come to an end and before I realise it, it’s time for me to say goodbye and board on the plane.
I’m so grateful for this trip.
A chance for me to keep like a kaleidoscope of colours, aromas, places and moments from mon péi and share it with you…

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Grand Anse Beach Reunion Island
© 2012 Viviane Perenyi L'Ermitage Beach Reunion Island

La suite en français…


Sinemage Kuare îlot New Caledonia

Blue. Green. Red.
Colours of New caledonia.

Blue, the pristine water of the lagoon. Home to myriad of fish, shark, turtle, ray and many other living species.

Green the lush vegetation. Sculptural banians, mangrove trees and tropical plants.

Red, the colour of the soil and specially omnipresent in the great South.

Sinemage Banian and East Coast beach New Caledonia
Sinemage Sand and details
Sinemage South New Caledonia Gite Gabriel
Sinemage Fleche faitiere et falaise de calcaire noir
Sinemage Lagune Nord Est New Caledonia

Invited by friends for a cruise in the great lagoon of New Caledonia, Paprika and I have the opportunity to discover this French territory.

All excited, we start our journey on the plane with a touch of Kiwi humour and a couple of hours flight later, a splendid aerial view of the barrier reef greets us.

As soon as we step on the ground, we get rid of our jackets, happy to win 10°C and be in tee-shirt.

The following days, a road trip from West to East going through North, with days stops in between allows us to appreciate the variety of landscapes and traditional villages from the mainland.

Sinemage Amede Lighthouse
Sinemage Diptych Sail and Rod
Sinemage Catamaran and diver
Sinemage New Caledonia lagoon
Sinemage Kuare islet
Sinemage lighthouse staircase and tricot raye snake
Sinemage Sail and sunset light

The second part and no doubt the best one of our journey is in company of our friends on board of a catamaran.

First the apprehension -being subject to seasickness, the perspective of spending four days on a boat is like a challenge for me- but I quickly get used to the vessel and enjoy every moment.

The relaxing feeling standing on the deck and being surrounded by all that blue with the light breeze. Catch sight of dugong and turtle. Paprika diving for the first time. Snorkeling amongst small, big, flat, dotted or stripped but always colourful coral fishes. Gaze at the milky way at night and being overwhelmed by all the countless stars. Be lulled by the rolling boat when lay down on the berth. Eat barbecue and good meals on the boat. And share all that good time with friends…

Sinemage Sunset colours and Moon
Sinemage Prony South New Caledonia
Sinemage Prony New Caledonia
Sinemage Yate New Caledonia
Sinemage Centre culturel J.M Tjibaou

Back to the mainland.

For the remaining days, we tour the great South and visit the city of Nouméa. The winding road in the South leads us to the ex penal colony, now historic village of Prony and to the Yaté river and lake.
In the city, we conclude our stay with the main cultural attractions: the iconic J.M Tjibaou cultural centre and the museum of New Caledonia with its interesting collection of Kanak and Melanesian art.

And it’s already time to fly back and bring with us all the good souvenir of that short, but lovely holiday under the sun…

Sinemage airplane and sky

La suite en français…