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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Grenoble February 16th 2014

Our train trip down to Grenoble was wet and cloudy, but we managed to get a couple of glimpses of the French Alps peaking through every now and then. This beautiful little town is surrounded by snowy peaks at every turn and is the perfect launch pad for wintery activities. And how fortunate that we have some great friends, Megan and Jason, living there, allowing us to crash on their living room floor for a few days! First activity on the adventure agenda was skiing and snowboarding on the Saturday morning. Grenoble, being surrounded by three mountain ranges, offers numerous choices for skiing. From the humble small village ski slopes with their one or two button lift but cheap ski passes to the large resorts of Alpe d’Huez and Chamrousse. After analyzing all the weather forecasts ... read more
French Alps
Looking like pro's
James and Jason

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Courchevel February 13th 2014

Well started day three skiing well. I was parallel skiing and a quite a high speed and was really pleased with myself. Then on the last leg of the end of the lesson what happens I do not know. All I remember is tumbling down the mountain with one ski still on which is the leg I now have in a full leg brace. So after the fall I could not get up as my knee was so painful that I could not even stand let alone ski down the mountain. So it was decided to call for the blood bucket which is a skiing paramedic with a stretcher at the back. After Frank (the paramedic) puts my leg in a blow up brace we manage to get me onto the stretcher and down the mountain ... read more
One leg brace

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy February 13th 2014

France certainly wins out with the choice of mountainous areas compared to many other European countries, there are nine in total including Corsica. So where to start? Well, having done my research, and always liking variety in life, I plumped for the Haute-Savoie region, the capital being the delightful lakeside town of Annecy. In this area you get three for the price of one as it also borders Italy and Switzerland so as well as the fabulous dramatic scenery you get a wonderful variety of different cuisines and wines - a very important consideration after an energetic day scaling the numerous mountain paths. This region is also extremely well organised for the visitor and has an excellent tourist infrastructure. There are connections between the main towns by train and bus. Searching for information on the montain ... read more
Lake Annecy France

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Courchevel February 11th 2014

We both had a ski lesson yesterday. Mike had a private lesson and I went to ski school. As mentioned previously Mike booked me into ski school all week - I think it was to give him a break from my nagging, ha ha. My ski school lesson was great and I felt I had moved mountains (like the pun!!) so was really on a high. Mike also enjoyed his lesson and to be honest he probably learnt more in his private lesson than I will in 5 days, however, I suppose in ski school there is a bit of camaraderie so that is a bonus. So this morning we ski down from the chalet and go on one of the runs. Well all I can say is I felt I had gone back weeks and ... read more

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Courchevel February 9th 2014

Well we have arrived in Courchevel for a cheeky weeks skiing. So we decided to stay at the airport the night before as we had a really early check in time. I was not looking forward to getting up at 5am to check in at 6pm, but to be honest this part of the journey went well and we checked in no problem with no queue, so Jet2 I must apologise for my thoughts on how bad the check in process would be. So through check in and we find that Terminal 1 has changed so much since we were last there. Going through security was a bleeding nightmare the queues were amazingly long. You now go through a machine and it lets you through one way straight for your x-rayed luggage and another to be ... read more

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Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Beautiful sunny day. Loretta & I went shopping and took a ride on the ferris wheel. It was windy and chilly but we had a nice clear view. Ten euros and it goes around three times.... read more
Ferris Wheel
Lovely Loretta
Did I mention I don't like heights?

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 2nd 2014

Here's the story of the locks on the bridge. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love. Last year the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché. However, there is a difference on which bridge you pledge your love. Some say the only way to break the seal of love brought on by this love lock act is to find the key and unlock the padlock. Of course, that is nearly impossible, since the keys lie at the bottom ... read more
Love lock bridge

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris February 1st 2014

Since we come to Paris ever year and shop at the same stores every year, and eat at the same restaurants every year.....I will not be posting photos or blogging. More of the same. However I can update that our favorite restaurant Chez la Vieille has totally gone down hill. The long time chef is gone and so are the patrons. Meal was truly so-so. Very disappointing. Same with Aux Lyonnais. I will assume it was just an off night for them. The restaurant was still packed.... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris January 30th 2014

I often get asked “Why do you travel so much?”, which is usually followed up by “How do you afford it?” First off, my husband is blessed with a wonderful job and secondly he can stretch a dollar for all it’s worth. But also, it comes down to choices. While others have their kids in private school, we are homeschooling. While others have two cars, we have one. So as an educator, our travels are not vacations but rather field trips. Leading up to a trip, I research history, books, arts and sites of the area. I have found that surfing the local library online catalogue is a great way to brainstorm different ideas to teach the kids. Each kid has their own library card and we make bi-weekly trips to pick up the latest books ... read more
Dancing at Chateau de Versailles
Outside the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Drawing their masterpieces at the Louvre

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris » Sarcelles January 19th 2014

Each time in Paris, I can not leave without entering at Fauchon Place de la Madeleine, the wahala for sweets... read more
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