Travel journals and transition tales towards an ethical and sustainable future

My name is Claire Blumenfeld and I have been running Peregrinus Mundi since 2015. This site follows the evolution of my life in the form of chapters. Chapters I to VI mainly present travel journals and photographs. Chapter VII follows my transition process towards a lifestyle based on ecology and well-being through three approaches that greatly interest me, permaculture, herbalism and eco-construction.

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Volunteering in eco-construction, Presqu'île de Crozon, Bretagne, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Opening

One day I left. On my bicycle and with train, my head full of questions about the future of our lifestyles and our societies, I set out to discover and learn other possibilities.

Dévoluy, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Rays of light

Summer stretches between heat, walks and questions and my future branches off towards a new direction.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Changes to come

The end of the confinement is looming and I return to Provence with questions in my head.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Nature and beauty – part 1

Nature is complex, diverse and beautiful. Taking a poetic approach, the new point of view reveals the beauty all around us.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature budding with the arrival of Spring.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Greater Flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Mimicry

Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.

An artic fox - Hornstrandir - Iceland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flights and behaviors

Observation at the end of the day in Camargue of flamingos’ flights and behavior.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Courtship displays

Observation of a flamingo colony doing courtship displays in Camargue.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Close-up discovery

Discovery of Greater Flamingos up close at the Pont de Gau ornithological park.

The Ísafjörður fjord in northwestern Iceland © Claire Blumenfeld

Iceland

Iceland is a country like nowhere else. Its landscapes are magnificent and inhospitable and its atmosphere is special.

On the road to Seyðisfjörður, east of Iceland © Claire Blumenfeld

At the pace of Iceland

Iconic landscapes of Iceland. Landscapes of a rough, inhospitable and beautiful island.

Snaefellsnes, Iceland © Claire Blumenfeld

Driving on my footsteps

End of my trip to Iceland. I travel for the last time the extraordinary landscapes of the island.

Cratère Hverfell - Myvatn - Nord - Islande - © Claire Blumenfeld

The large North

Pedaling around Tröllaskagi peninsula and the Myvatn oasis.

Cliffs - South coast - Iceland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Southern delusions

First week cycling along the south coast of Iceland, from Keflavik to Svinafell.

Loch Ness - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Quick visits

Last days in Scotland. A short tour of Loch Ness following the Great Glen Way and a visit to Inverness.

The Old Man of Storr - Skye - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye, located in northwestern Scotland, is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago.

West coast of South Uist - Hiking the Hebridean Way - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides are an archipelago of islands east of Scotland that I crossed on foot following the Hebridean Way.

The East coast - Hiking the Hebridean Way - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Exploring Harris and Lewis

Last part on the Hebridean Way through Harris and Lewis. An end of a hike full of discoveries and encounters.

West coast of South Uist - Hiking the Hebridean Way - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Windy monotonies

First part of my hike on the Hebridean Way through the Outer Hebrides archipelago.

Hiking the West Highland Way - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Across the Highlands

Part two on the West Highland Way. The return of the sun, a feeling of accomplishment and the great green mountains.

Wild camping in the Highlands - Scotland - © Claire Blumenfeld

One foot after the other

A week of hiking on the West Highland Way. First part across the Highlands, in the rain and with a head full of questions.

The Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

The Alps

The Alps are a very large mountain range with diversified relief spanning across Europe.

San Giovanni Church - Ranui - South Tyrol - Italy - © Claire Blumenfeld

Glimpses of the Italian Tyrol

At the beginning of June 2019 I embarked on the exploration of the Dolomites. But personal problems forced me to shorten my trip. Here are some photos from my week in Italy.

Poppies - Provence - France - © Claire Blumenfeld

Interval in Provence

After seven months in Chamonix, I returned to Provence to visit my parents and prepare my next travels.

The Green Lake of Passy in the French Alps © Claire Blumenfeld

A breath of Spring

End of my stay in Chamonix. Spring is back, I find motivation again and I take the opportunity to do a few activities.

The Brévent, Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

The black hole

The first months of 2019 are difficult. Winter is passing in Chamonix and I am facing depression.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In the arms of winter

The good weather has passed, the tourists are back in the streets of Chamonix and my morale is playing hide and seek.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

An autumn in Chamonix

The autumn season in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc valley is a festival of beautiful colors.

Lac Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges massif, Chamonix valley, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Enchanted hikes

The Chamonix valley is ideal for hiking and I take advantage of the perfect weather to explore it.

A farm in the center of New South Wales in Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

A bit of Australia

Australia is a huge continent. A selection of photographs illustrating the variety of landscapes.

Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

Lost in the clouds

Mount Buller, a small ski resort in Australia where I spent three months lost in the snow and clouds.

Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania © Claire Blumenfeld

Exploring Tasmania

Lots of stars in my eyes as I wander around this paradise-like island in southern Australia.

Forth, Tasmania © Claire Blumenfeld

Carrots contact

Picking up vegetables during Tasmanian autumn and feeling a little out of step.

Devonport, Tasmania © Claire Blumenfeld

Deep into my mind

My head is boiling facing too many ideas, too many expectations, too many worries.

Costa Farm, Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

A blueberry season

It is winter in Australia and the blueberry harvest is in full swing.

Great Ocean Road, Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

Why do I travel?

Questions about my relationship to travel and why I find it so hard to enjoy it.

Bill & Tina's farm, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

On Kangaroo Island

Volunteering on a small farm and change of perspective for the rest of the travel.

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, South Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

The land of Arkaroola

Red dust, kangaroos, salt lake and wild bush. Discoveries of a particular land.

Abel Tasman Track on South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

New Zealand landscapes

A country with a thousand landscapes. Between rainforest, desert plains, volcanoes, small villages, fjords and high mountains.

Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Hands in kiwi fruits

My last few months in New Zealand. Packing kiwis fruits, discovery of White Island and happy moments.

Castlepoint on the North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

April on North Island

Back on the North Island, I face some difficulties, visit the surroundings of Wellington and experience bad weather on the Taranaki.

Farewell Spit, Tasman region, South Island of New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Last moments on South Island

Exploration of Farewell Spit and cycle along the Tasman region to reach Picton and the ferry to the North Island.

Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park on South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Hiking around Mount Cook

Discovery of the superb Aoraki / Mont Cook National Park and climbing to 1800m to reach Mueller Hut.

Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

Last days in Fiordland

Three-day misadventure in the valleys of Monowai and Green Lake and preparation for the rest of the trip.

Hobbiton, North Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

In the land of the Hobbits

Walking in the footsteps of Frodo through Hobbiton and rediscovering the atmosphere of Peter Jackson’s movies.

Kyoto, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Six months in Japan

Six months in Japan. Six months of familiarity and strangeness. Misunderstanding and wonder. Contrasts.

Mitaka, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Last days in Japan

My stay in Japan is coming to an end and I take this opportunity to stroll around Tokyo and visit the Ghibli museum.

Osaka, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Across the Kansai

Discovery of Osaka and Nara then weekend on Mount Koya-san before returning to TYK to celebrate hanami.

Takayama, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Takayama matsuri

Stars in my eyes at the superb Takayama Matsuri dedicated to the celebration of spring and good harvests.

Kyoto, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

The art of Kimono

I walk in Kyoto, my eyes dazzled by explosions of colors and varied patterns wandering in front of me. The Kimonos are out.

Kyoto, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Glimpse of Kyoto

For my last day of work at TYK, I was treated to an organized day trip to Kyoto.

Kachigawa, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

In company of Polina

Meet Polina and her family, a young Russian woman working at TYK whom I met a fortnight before the end of my stay in Tajimi.

Tajimi, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Touches of Spring in Tajimi

Second month of work in Tajimi more pleasant than the first and return of the buds and flowers in the trees.

TYK, Tajimi, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Portraits of TYK

Portraits of some of the people I met during my two months of work at TYK.

TYK, Tajimi, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Another vision of TYK

Through twenty photographs, a stroll to discover the factory and its graphic aspect.

Tajimi, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Tajimi and ceramics

Tajimi, an industrial city located in the prefecture of Gifu is renowned for its ceramics. I am working here since the beginning of February.

Yufuin, Kyûshû, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Wwoofing in Yufuin

A month of volunteering in the middle of the onsen smokes in the small Youth Hostel Country Road.

Yufuin, Kyûshû, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Arrival on Kyûshû

Arrival on Kyûshû, cradle of Japanese civilization, where I will spend the month of December.

Minami, Shikoku, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Minami, facing the sea

On the south coast of Shikoku, the small town of Minami exudes tranquility and a maritime atmosphere.

Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

First steps on Shikoku

Arrival in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four big islands of Japan.

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