Well this is unfortunate for me…
Well this is unfortunate for me…
Pack Your Bags: Skiing in the French Alps
Last week we left on Wednesday for a mini ski trip with 8 friends! Mary Stuart very nicely planned everything and it all turned out great. We were in a big chalet with 15 others, including a nice family from Wales and a guy duo from Liverpool. We arrived on Wednesday mid-day to Geneva and were shuttled about an hour into the mountains to La Clusaz in France. It was snowing all day and after touring the chalet, we went into town to grab a late lunch and rent our skis.
That night, we were served a delicious dinner with plenty of wine and played a few rounds of Catchphrase with everyone in the house. Everyone was in bed early and excited for the first day of skiing!
On Thursday we had breakfast and quickly headed to the lift. We skied hard all day and the new snow wasn’t groomed at all which meant great powder runs and challenging back bowls. The girls took a mid-morning beer break and then we all stopped later for lunch at Chez Arthur. We had a final beer at the pub in town and later everyone hot tubbed and took showers before another amazing dinner.
Friday and Saturday were very similar to Thursday and involved French pastries, full days of skiing, tired legs, beers, hot tub, and amazing food.
Overall, the mountain was challenging (we had different ski levels and I think everyone enjoyed it), the food on the mountain was good and there are a lot of places to grab drinks, lunch, etc. It wasn’t too crowded (although beware of the weeks when kids are off from school), and the chalet situation was perfect.
We are already talking about ski trip 2015!
It was Spring this weekend! With two gorgeous, sunny days above 55 degrees, we were ready to take advantage!
Friday night Zach made Ina’s Beef Bourguignon and we had a quiet dinner at home. On Saturday we took the tube to Putney Bridge and then ran on the trail to Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens was beautiful and not too crowded this time of year. We wandered through the whole park and stopped to see Kew Palace, the Orchid Exhibit, climb the tree top path, and admire the flowers in bloom. It is pricey as far as London tourist attractions go but definitely a beautiful spot. Saturday night we had another quiet night at home and it was lovely.
Sunday was so nice—I was so happy to be outside. We woke up early and went to Talkhouse Coffee on Portobello Road—highly recommend! The coffee was smooth and delicious and the pastries looked amazing. They also have a sunny back patio. With coffee in hand, we took the bus to Oxford street and went to Gieves and Hawks to get Zach a new suit and then wandered around Fortnum & Mason and Selfridge’s for a bit. Sunday afternoon we met a group of friends at the Ladbroke Arms to sit on the sunny patio and enjoy a few drinks. It was a lovely weekend!
My friend, Kelly, posted this on Facebook and I couldn’t agree more! Starting ours off right…
The Tour du Mont Blanc
Since hiking the Inca Trail a year and a half ago, I’ve been on the lookout for my next big travel trek. FOUND IT. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 107-mile hike in the Alps through France, Italy and Switzerland. The trek typically takes 7-10 days with 5-8 hours of walking per day. But this hike doesn’t have to include sleeping in the wild; instead you can stay in refuges or valley hotels (read: you don’t have to poop in a hole in the ground). The hike itself is not supposed to be that challenging. It’s more a test of endurance - both walking and eating. Along the way, you feast on world-class cheese, spaghetti alla bolognese, gelato, hot chocolate, polenta, omelets, pain au chocolate, wine, fondue, ETC. ETC.
2- Beautiful views
3- Food gorgings
4- 3 countries
Guys, I want this one so bad I can feel it in my bones.
Well this sounds amazing.
Eating/Drinking: dim sum at Dim T, Italian at Osteria dell”Arancio, Greek style turkey burgers, lots of French bread, cheese, wine, delicious dinners in our chalet, vin chaud, beers on the mountain, Thai from Walmer Castle, celebrating Mardi Gras at The Big Easy, overall just eating out way too much.
Doing: skiing, trying new restaurants, working out to counterbalance all of these new restaurants, enjoying the sunshine, running outside, sending birthday gifts and cards to some of my favorite people.
Planning: mostly work stuff.
Missing: my bed, so tired today.
Excited for: a relaxing weekend and Iceland next weekend! Also, my friend, Jenny, just had a beautiful baby girl and I am pretty excited for her!
p.s. pics and recap of the ski trip coming soon!
The Northern Lights, Iceland, on 28 February, 2014 | Thorir Kjartansson, Jon Hilmarsson, Garðar Ólafsson
Really hopeful that this happens in two weeks!
One of my all-time favorite stress/anxiety metaphors.
We are off to the French Alps for the rest of the week—La Clusaz to be exact. Au revoir!