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Published: April 28th 2019
Have we ever actually skied in the Swiss part of the Alps? Well we have now. Normally opting for the cheaper French or Italian Alps and not being disappointed, we realized we had avoided the pricey-er Swiss part of the Alps. As spring flowers were blooming in our garden, tennis rackets were out, bicycle tyres were pumped up, walks to the local playground etc, spring had definitely arrived in Geneva. We enjoyed hosting the Phyares for a weekend of fun, the girls enjoying having their friends around. We went to Nyon and caught the boat to Yvoire, always a fun trip. But most of all we just hung around and enjoyed having our friends around. It is such fun to see these guys and we really appreciate the wee detour they have done for a few years in a row. Thanks guys!
We spent Easter week in Saas Fee, up in the Swiss Alps. Skiing and boarding the last day of the ski season. Although it is high enough for some lifts to keep running till the end of April, we knew we were clinging onto the last days of the ski season. Saas Fee is almost a 3 hour
drive from Geneva. You then park your car at the edge of the village. It is a car-less village, with locals and hotel owners having smaller electric cars and the local bus service (which was great!). There are many gondolas from the village as well as some village runs with button tows and t-bars. We all managed to ski (although I didn't manage much with my ankle still not as strong as I would have hoped by now). Emma got up on the snowboard and was making some nice turns by the end of it. The girls found the playground and spent many happy hours playing there. When the weather turned and the majority of the lifts stopped due to the end of the season, we enjoyed walking around the village, reading books, playing card games and the girls drew and designed some dresses. We all felt very relaxed and managed to find a lovely swimming pool complex. Most pools in Switzerland are too cold by my standard, the girls go blue and don't put their heads under (stunting any progress in swimming strokes). This pool had a warmish lap pool, with bubbles and a fountain. Then a paddling pool,
that was lovely and warm, with a small slide and tipping buckets. Then a spa with bubbles, that wasn't hot but lovely and warm. Then a big slide, that all kids, young and old, enjoyed. I can't emphasis enough how WARM it was! Such a welcome surprise and to Murray's pleasure, no tighty speedos were required.
A great holiday.
Hayley has celebrated her 10th birthday and Charlotte will celebrate her 12th on the first day back at school.
Here's to another great term at school and moving into the warmer weather for activities.
PS. While we have been on holiday we have had devastating news about Sri Lanka and the Easter attacks on churches and hotels. Sri Lanka is a place very dear to our hearts and we continue to pray for those affected and for peace and safety in places of worship around the world.
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