Sunday, 28 February 2010

Vacances de ski 2010

We just got back from our two week ski holiday in Megève. Yes, change is hard for us Giorgis but we managed to go somewhere other than La Clusaz this year. It was a great trip, filled with lots of skiing, cheese and just a little bit of red wine! We stayed at a Maeva apartment hotel again so we could cook our own meals and had a couple of really nice meals out too. This hotel was only a couple of hundred metres from the pistes so it made skiing with the kids relatively easy (anyone who has ever skied with young children will know I am being generous here!). Thanks to a new Giorgi ski instruction technique Jasper had mastered the chasse-neige by the start of the second week (the technique was lots of softly softly hands on skiing with Dad to get his balance the first week, followed by an hour's worth of threats, bribes and cajoling with me one afternoon to convince him he really could ski on his own et voilà!). So for the last couple of days we could all ski together which was a lot of fun...and next year's ski holiday looks very promising...

First up is a bit of video of our last day, with Lily playing ski instructor and Jasper following her down the green piste. Dav can be seen showing off and skiing backwards from time to time...and then there are about 3000 photos...

Our hotel (we scored a ground floor apartment, perfect for sending the kids outdoors to play)

The téléferique (which takes us from one valley to the next)

Ski schools (french style and Giorgi style!)

Lessons with daddy

A walk down to the town past the Twelve Stations of the Cross

The téléferique

Getting up close with the snow ploughs

Bunk beds

Our backyard, full of snow!

View from our apartment

Megève chic!

Jasper on the day it all came together!

Going home on the téléferique and leaving Dav for an afternoon's skiing higher up!

Crepêrie Brétonne - we went here twice the crêpes were so good

Dont take my photo

In the téléferique

On the tire-fesses

Jasper checking out the piste!

Megève architecture

Mont Blanc (the closest I came to it was from the bus on the way home!)

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Shutter island

I just cant wait to see this movie. I may even (gasp!) go and see it in french, just to see it sooner. The book is a fantastic read that you just can't put down so I think the movie will be a blast (even though I know the ending). So if you haven't read the book grab a copy - Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I'm going to go out on a limb and say its one of the best thrillers I've ever read...