You could argue that the town we live in (Bourg d'Oisans) is not just the gateway to the Ecrins National Park, (an impressive enough claim to fame)..... but also the biggest cog in the world of road cycling, in, well, the world!
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There is no school on a Wednesday afternoon across the majority of France. The idea is, that children use this time to pursue any hobbies or sports that might interest them. In the past, the older boys have signed up to judo at the beginning of the year and that has been our Wednesday afternoons accounted for. This year, however, we thought we'd leave them free to do whatever takes our fancy at the time; be it skiing, cycling, walking, swimming or simply hanging out with friends.
Our recent mini break wasn't all about glamping it up in a posh tent for the weekend....we were keen to get out every day and enjoy what the spectacular Dromoise countryside has to offer.
I have noticed a recurring theme in my posts, that being the weather. It seems that this very British of obsessions has followed me into the Alps and I find it hard not to mention at least a passing comment on the days weather......it really does shape our outdoor world!
You will know me by now as somebody who likes to plan! So yes, indeed, I had a few plans for what to do and see in Austria and on my definite to-do-list was the Salzwelten in Hallstatt. A scenic train ride from our house- and pet-sitting home in Bad Ischl.
I’ve been champing at the bit to introduce the minxes to bouldering in Fontainebleau, just south of Paris. But lack of funds to fly-drive-hotel / the sheer length of the drive has held us back. Till now! Now that the minxes are older (12, 10 and 8), I felt we’d cope fine with a 2-day drive to France.
After a long 7 years we finally got a chance for an extended trip to Austria. Being a Scottish-Austrian family this meant a lot to us and we were determined to make the best of it, whatever the weather.
We've been out looking for Spring today.Officially, Spring starts in about two weeks time, but we are impatient for sunnier, warmer days. Days where we don't need thermals and gloves and hats and woolly socks. Days where it takes us ten minutes to leave the house, not forty-five.....
I love hiking from the top of a ski lift. Epic views for half the effort, loads of fun; even if it is cheating. It's even better when you have a little one as they get to experience the lift and you don't have to carry them to the top - winner.
One of the things we had to get used to on our recent Austria wanderings was that one does not simply stomp through Austria without a plan. Or directions. This is the country that has proper paths and signposts and they paint way marks on trees and generally it's very difficult to get lost (even for somebody like me who cannot follow any directions). Just as well I grew up in Austria! I only caught on to my 'getting lost easily' challenge when I was well grown up and started to live outside Austria!
Sometimes our Sundays become a game of passing child batons. I (try to) run and Tim cycles....but if we are organised enough we can combine our own hobbies with family time.
We could have easily stayed inside on this particular Sunday afternoon - the older boys especially had no motivation to get outside....and I had the usual piles of laundry to sort.......But just as we were about to light the fire and turn on Netflix the clouds started to clear, and after 24 hours of heavy rain the mountain peaks were just becoming visible through the murk.