I mentioned in my last post that I was boarding with my parents and boyfriend in the French alps over New Years. We left the day after Boxing Day, stayed on an overnight ferry and drove to Courchevel… (long day in the car I tell thee! Especially since the weather was so bad on our way up the mountain to our chalet, it took over an hour to do 3km!).
The rest of the week was mostly sunny, with good snow, with only one day with pretty bad weather! No injuries, a few films, countless baguettes, 3 flans, a Nutella crepe and a whole series of Frozen Planet later, we’re back home and getting ready to go back to work tomorrow! So here are some photos from our trip!
( .: our chalet :.)( .: the boy and I on New Years Eve enjoying a meat fondue! :. )
Now here’s the one day where visibility was really poor! Helpful when you’re trying to get down from over 2500m!
The week in the snow was an amazing holiday and tradition ever since I can remember! Sometimes you need another holiday to recover from a week of snowboarding but I’m feeling pretty chilled out and ready for 2014! ;)
What did you guys get up to over New Years? Have you ever been on a snow holiday?
During Easter, Paul and I visited ‘The City of One Hundred Spires’… Prague.
It was nice to get away for a few days with work being so busy for both of us at the moment, the only thing that would have made it better, would have been the temperature! We were lucky that for the first couple of days it stayed fairly mild, but it didn’t stop the snow!
My parents were in Prague over Easter too, so they kindly took it upon themselves to be our tour guides and took us all over the city! So for pretty much the whole Easter weekend, we either walked or ate! (Doesn’t sound too bad does it?!)
We took Paul to our favourite restaurant Plzeňská Restaurant for him to sample their famous duck! The restaurant is situated in the basement of the Municipal building, built in the art nouveau style from 1912 and it is truly beautiful. It’s kind of a tradition for me now whenever I visit and I never have anything else but the duck! (Honestly, half a roasted duck with dumplings and braised cabbage… to die for! Although you may possibly need to be rolled out of the restaurant afterwards!) I think Paul was quite surprised at how good the food was generally, as well as the Czech beer, since he’s more of an ale drinker.
We visited the Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj), Charles Bridge, Powder Gate, The Prague Castle, Petřín Lookout Tower and the Mirror Maze… you get the gist! We even took a ride in one of the old trams which I still love doing every time I go! (The new ones are just not as cool!)
Being in Prague during Easter, we got to take part in some of the Czech Easter traditions. On Easter Monday, we had breakfast with the traditional decorated eggs (usually mum and I would colour them but these were shop bought) and my parents even got out a family heir loom… an Easter bunny that was around when my Grandma was small, it must be nearly 100 years old! And luckily, I didn’t get ‘beaten’ with a braided whip called the pomlazka… this is a century old tradition to bring health and beauty for the next year (maybe I should have?! Ha!).
It was a short and busy trip but I guess that’s what city breaks are! We’ll try and get back there soon, maybe in the summer when it’s a bit warmer! I’d recommend anyone to go and not just for the stag and hen do’s! ;)
Hope you’re all having a good Monday!