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Slow travel: to run is nothing, we must take the time…

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Jean de La Fontaine was nothing of an adventurer but stated, in the hare and tortoise, that the way one travels mainly matters, whatever the destination. In a way, the fabulist boasted the art of travelling slowly but surely. Here is a first praise of the slow journey, except for one detail: the slow travel of today would better suit to the strolling hare than to the turtle! . [ Tourism or travel ] . For the common tourist, only the final destination counts. He often plans every second of his vacation, seeing “everything you need to see” at destination, jumping from the plane to the bus, and cannot stand any disappointment during transfers. He even considers a bad weather as a switch error! Bending to the schedules of visits, meals, take off … as he does each day. In other words, he runs and follows a timetable. The slow traveler cultivates certain nonchalance. He is no less anticipating but does not venture to see and show that he has seen. What attracts him is the pleasure of discovery. Of course, he also uses modern means of transport and will go to see certain high places that really deserve a detour. Giving way to the unforeseen, not being afraid to live a few unplanned hours, he also takes the chance to discover in a new light the places crossed and his destination. . . [ Praise of the “slowness” ] . Better than slowness, we could talk about sweetness. Taking time is a luxury accessible to all. At a time when patience is no longer (really) perceived as a quality, everything takes an urgent look. Yet, how many of us would like to change our pace of life? Taking a vacation is the perfect time to slow down. Choosing slow travel means opening up to the world, maybe seeing or doing fewer things, but living them deeply. Sitting on the terrace of a little cafe in an unknown city without a schedule means listening, learning, breathing another air. Set foot in a village for a simple step and decide to stay one more day, just because you like the place and are welcomed there… Slow travel promotes meetings, gives way to impromptu discussions. Are you a little lost? By asking for help and accepting invitations, you are already different. By simply taking the train or the bus, the traveler is exposed to friendliness surprising moments and even to new friendships! . . [ A new art of travelling ] . Some people think you have to be young, sporty, and to afford the luxury of traveling outside the box. In fact, you only need two things: envy and adaptability. No need to go to the world’s end to practice slow travel and no need to take a sabbatical year either! The safest way to a successful escape is to avoid the most touristic places during peak hours… Some will leave their backpack and only rely on meetings during their journey, but slow travel does not exclude comfort. Others prefer service exchanges, which is common today and everywhere. A One Night Couchsurfing can easily turn into a very nice holiday week with your hosting for local personal guide. Never would you have discovered the city this way between scheduled visits and changing towns every two days. Switching houses, sleepover at the inhabitant, all this can be considered before leaving. Just like the Woofing that offers you bed and board in exchange of small volunteer work or home babysitting in magical places. Which tour operator will allow you to share a few days the life of a rural family near Phnom Penh or to voluntarily help the teams of an animal shelter in the Australian bush? Who, except you, can seize the opportunity to explore Pompeï perfectly alone with a guide (a little bit venal but) fascinating, just when closing the site to the public? There are many ways to discover a country, a region whether they are tourist or not, and in your own time. . . [ Both positive and useful ] . The pleasures of discovery, the encounters and the unique experiences that offer us a fresh look at the world. These are the first benefits of slow travel. But it can also be very economical. By taking time, accommodation and transport costs are easily reduced; sometimes, we even succeed to delete them. Finally, the slow Traveler prefers train, boat, walking or cycling to the plane or car rental. Ceasing to make flea jumps across a continent in a very short time, he reduces his climate footprint. Without forgetting that consuming locally, he supports the people who give it back. If you think that traveling is not just about discovering new sceneries, that meeting makes the salt of the journey and mutual respect gathers, why not try to travel differently? . . Photos: ©Gabriel.Pielke / ©David.Lemanski / ©Vincent.Kronental / ©Romain.Pujols.Benoit
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In The Eyes Of: Seeing the world with children’s eyes

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Do you know the adage “travel broadens the young mind”? Young or less young, all those who seek to discover somewhere else know we always come back richer if we knew how to look and listen. In the project In The Eyes Of, two young people offer us the journey as a means of education and pedagogical support. Let’s try a quick diving into the crazy world of Julie and Vincent…     The genesis   Julie and Vincent are not 30 years old but have already wandered around the world. Just entering graduate business and tourism studies, they took advantage of all the opportunities to explore the planet. For Julie, study, work or get involved in humanitarian work in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Madagascar and Cambodia. For Vincent (who had never travelled before his 20th birthday), studies, internships or work in Canada, New Zealand, Bolivia and Costa Rica.Are they just globe-trotters? The common thread that emerges from their individual experiences is education. A universal subject for the documentary In The Eyes Of, shot in 5 countries quite unknown by the French public. Since the school does not exist everywhere, they wanted to address both family and school education.       The “crazy” side of the project is that it is based on the total sharing of a family’s life with children for 10 weeks.   10 weeks in Papua New Guinea, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran and Namibia. From August 2018 to June 2019, Vincent’s camera will capture the eyes and daily lives of children living in very different latitudes and environments.   Finding the welcoming families is done with the help of personal relationships or expats networks. The sole basis: they must have children between the ages of 7 and 13.No film crew, no infrastructure at their disposal, a sincere and absolute immersion in the environment and the life of their host families, and the strong wind blowing over the Indonesian Sulawesi archipelago where they stayed when we joined them!     The film   “In the Eyes of” is constructed around 5 themes that can affect all children: cooking, vision of the future, school learning, music, recreation and sports. Julie and Vincent highlight the words of the children, their feelings and those of their parents, such a great way to consider education around the world. This is not a fiction and not just a report. Vincent admits that anticipating all reactions and events is quite impossible. “We’ve been to school with them three times and the teacher’s not here three times.” Similarly, the doc should not have a voice-over but the reality is sometimes confusing, no door is closed… The primary purpose of this positive and humanistic film is to show cultural differences through the eyes of children. Most of all, it has to be shared wisely.   Children talk to children     The originality of the project lies in the interaction between children desired by its authors. Julie and Vincent presented it to some institutional partners in the school sector and to the France.tveducation site. The idea: to federate in France some classes and teachers whose pupils could interact with the children encountered during their journey. Before the departure, the French children were able to ask questions and get answers from their counterparts around the world. Since the beginning of the trip, the blog and member space of the website www.intheeyesof.com allowed them to exchange live.     A pedagogical file available on the site complements the images of the documentary.   The film will be broadcast in schools, from primary to high school. Not to mention some festivals and television channels for a wider audience. The partnership with France.tveducation, very prized by teachers, allows the broadcast of short videos centered on environment, leisure, educational course and food.   The deep objective is to encourage openness, to change attitudes through the younger ones. “The French reality is rather sad now seen from abroad. Our will is for children to realize what they have, to have points of comparison».   Julie and Vincent’s message is crystal clear:   There are no standard, each person is beautiful for what he or she is.   In The Eyes Of aims to raise awareness of the world with its human, climatic issues, but also to teach the younger ones to look into each other’s eyes, without prejudice, with harmless curiosity.   If You want to know more about the project:   The Website www.intheeyesof.com  And Facebook Page
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Heading for the Roadsign Continental Challenge

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Five ultra-marathons, five continents, a challenge! No ordinary races, built on the discovery, the sharing and the desire to meet the hazards of the journey; and first, the meeting of its French creators who are really loving the adventure. Follow us on the ways of the Roadsign Continental Challenge.   The real taste of adventure     There are a lot of “adventure races” nowadays. Often mediatized, most of them welcome many participants motivated by a trophy. Our ambition is not this one but first of all return to the original spirit of this races. Roadsign Continental Challenge, it is an athletic, audacious and committed journey; such an odyssey for those who choose to roam the 5 races. Two of them take place each year, the others every two years. These ultra-marathons welcome a small number of runners, in self-sufficiency, in 2, 4, 5, 7 or 9 stages with bivouac and distances going from 140 to 520 kilometers.   Each one is unique, mix of atmospheres and specific natural sets:   THE TRACK plunges into the pioneer spirit of the Australian outback between park national and aboriginal territories, The Ultra BOLIVIA Race takes place on the Altiplano along the volcanoes, salty deserts and archeological sites. The Ultra ASIA Race draws its way among green mountains and rice fields of Vietnam and here, hosting is made at the inhabitant's, The Ultra AFRICA Race snakes on the sandy tracks of Mozambique, between lakes, coconut palms and villages, The Ultra NORWAY Race proposes a non-stop race in pairs through the Lyngen Alps in Norway, in the season of the midnight sun.           Naturally, runners must be physically prepared but also must know how to adapt in natural surroundings and have a rough adventurer's mental! Pedro Vera Jimenez, Venezuelan runner among the believers of the Continental Roadsign Challenge tells that " these races are the most beautiful in terms of human adventure and landscapes. Here, the quality dominates on the quantity ".   A partnership based on the love of the trip   Roadsign imagines ranges of clothes and accessories dedicated to the travelers. Nature and opening to the world are original values of the brand born in Australia in the 70s. Early associated with the international development of the brand, Wolfgang Paul is yet, at this time managing a textile company. And he intends to alive the family and authentic Roadsign spirit of in his new ranges and in communication.     The collaboration with Jérôme Lollier is going to give birth to the challenge. Jérôme, big traveler and communicator found of sport had worked on famous marathons and other trails. Involved in the communication of the brand, He shares with the team an ideal of discovery, sharing and goodwill. Alone, he created his first event: THE TRACK Outback Race in Australia, on a very long distance but with a very limited number of participants. He naturally proposed to Roadsign to become the partner.   While being at it, he creates Canal Aventure, specialized in the organization of long distance races, and imagines the Roadsign Continental Challenge concept.   "Beyond the competition, our aim is to propose human adventures based on simple but essential values. So, our races are limited to about twenty competitors. Performance … Yes … But by protecting the places and the populations we met"         Widen horizons without giving up values     Maxime Paul soaks in this atmosphere since his early childhood. Today responsible for the brand, he underlines "Favoring meetings, commitment, sharing of a passionate human-sized community, here is a message stronger than large-scale actions".   The brand already has a nice longevity and at the same time, Roadsign is in the future.  Contrary to other big outdoor names often based on very technical products, she intends giving the envy for journey and discovery to the largest number. She has a strong character and intends to stay the same, a simple, responsible and positive brand.   The logo known all over the world increases the international impact of the Challenge which seduces runners of five continents, just like the originality of routes and the perfect and warm organization provided for competitors. For 7 years now, Canal Aventure and Roadsign spotlight the original spirit of adventure races by offering to sportsmen and women natural spaces of escape, conducive for pushing one’s limits.         While the brand works to revitalize its distribution network, Maxime reminds us that it is difficult to daily preserve the balance between development and ethics. "The Roadsign Continental Challenge is a precious base to reach this ambitious and reasonable goal" he says.   Jérôme Lollier asserts "roaming the Challenge, it is using the sport practice to meet a country. Being aware to appreciate the landscapes and people whom we meet", Maxime Paul hurries to underline the strength link which unites each time the organizer and his team to the runners, as in a family.   Let’s give the last word to Stewen Villenave who ran two events of the Challenge: in Africa and in Australia: "In the difficulty of the race but also through the meetings within the group or along tracks, we take lessons of life … Crossed the finishing line, we do not feel pride but a kind of fulfillment"     Words in line with the Roadsign philosophy: quality, shared values, actions and commitment in respectful projects for both man and nature.   To know more about Roadsign Continental Challenge, visit Canal Aventure Website Or Join Canal-aventure facebook 
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