Liam’s Blog

End of Summer… and a long overdue visit…

End of Summer… and a long overdue visit…

It's been 6 years since we've seen Uncle Dan, Aunt Elaine, and Liam's cousins Scarlett and Isobel. Way too long. Adam had made some rumblings that they would be spending a week in San Remo... only an hour from us, so I had high hopes that we could spend time with...

read more
Switzerland…. the last day :-(

Switzerland…. the last day 🙁

But I've been saving the best to last. The whole time we were in Grindelwald I watched the paragliders, and thought -- hmmmmmm -- I have wanted to try that for ages, why not here, now that Liam is finally old enough to be left on his own for a few hours. But the...

read more
Switzerland Day 10 still in Zermatt

Switzerland Day 10 still in Zermatt

I'm glad Liam enjoyed his 'day off' the day before, so that we could still have a bit of adventure. Although I wanted to explore the glacier area, ultimately I decided that Liam would get the best enjoyment of retracing some of my steps from the previous day (just not...

read more
Switzerland Day 9 — Zermatt and all about mumma!

Switzerland Day 9 — Zermatt and all about mumma!

If you are reading this post to find out what Liam is up to... read no further. Liam enjoyed a very relaxed day in the chalet all by himself (with Lola) while I was up before the sun to head up the mountain to see the Alpenglow from altitude. A friend who had been in...

read more
Switzerland Day 8 — onward towards Zermatt

Switzerland Day 8 — onward towards Zermatt

7 days just isn't enough for a holiday -- especially when you lose the first and last days to travel. But work is too busy for me to take two full weeks... so I compromised to a week and a half. So instead of heading home, we were heading to Zermatt, where we skied...

read more
Our last day in Grindelwald!

Our last day in Grindelwald!

Weather forecast.... not great. Wee bit of clear skies in the morning... and then rain, rain, rain. Don't get me wrong, not complaining!! The reason we came to the mountains was to get away from the relentless sun and heat of the south. But one last great hike would...

read more
Switzerland Day 5 (still in Grindelwald area)

Switzerland Day 5 (still in Grindelwald area)

Another spotty weather today today... so we've decided to drive a half hour into a different valley and explore the Lauterbrunnen area. When I was looking at where to stay, I was torn between Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Pickings were quite slim as I booked so...

read more
Switzerland Summer day 3/4

Switzerland Summer day 3/4

So keeping an eye on the weather... rain and cloud are imminent in the forecast. So our third day in Grindelwald (the Monday) was going to be 'adventure day'.... up the mountain behind the town is an adventure playground called 'Grindelwald First' You take the cable...

read more
Switzerland Summer day 1/2

Switzerland Summer day 1/2

Well.... travel by air at the moment is rather disastrous -- I spend most of my days trying to reschedule or find lost luggage for my boss and his family... so I figured it would be best for Liam and I to do a driving holiday again this summer. We've been deep into...

read more
A weekend in Allos part 2

A weekend in Allos part 2

We had planned on exhausting Lola on the Friday so that she would be more content to stay behind in the cabin for Saturday's hike. We were going to head up into the heart of the Mercantour to Lac Allos. The mercantour is our local national park (in the mediterranean...

read more
A weekend in Allos, May 2022

A weekend in Allos, May 2022

We are lucky that May is chock full of bank holiday dates -- and as it happened there was a bank holiday on Thursday 26th of May, and the schools would 'take the pont' as they say and take the friday off too, to make it a great 4 day weekend. As it was Monaco Formula...

read more
Day 5, the afternoon — Murano!

Day 5, the afternoon — Murano!

This was what I was most looking forward to... and must admit... I am a wee bit disappointed. I mean Burano was just SO charming that Murano couldn't make such a strong impression. But I was still so keen. The other problem was that by the time we arrived in Murano it...

read more
Day 5 (last day) — off to Burano

Day 5 (last day) — off to Burano

We had decided to spend our last full day exploring the two islands of Burano and Murano. Hayley and I had both been to Venice before, but neither of us had been to the islands. Burano is the smaller of the two islands... known for it's colourful houses, and it's...

read more
Venice Day 4

Venice Day 4

Today is our only 'full day' in Venice now that Hayley and Tom have arrived. We have plans to spend our last day in the islands of Murano and Burano... so we will make the most of today, despite the complaining of two very uninterested teens. We took a wander through...

read more
Easter Sunday (day 3, Venice)

Easter Sunday (day 3, Venice)

Today's the day that Hayley and Tom arrive!!!! Not sure that Hayley was technically recovered enough to travel... but we sure are happy they are on the way! If all goes according to plan they would arrive just in time to drop their luggage at the apartment and then...

read more
Easter Getaway, VENEZIA (Day 2)

Easter Getaway, VENEZIA (Day 2)

Another day with just Liam and I! Not what we were planning... but I'm going to make the most of it. Who knows how long Venice will be around with rising water levels and climate change. It's such a unique and fragile city as it is... and it is PACKED for easter...

read more
Easter Getaway, VENEZIA (day 1)

Easter Getaway, VENEZIA (day 1)

Now that the world is coming out of it's covid haze, and opening up a little bit, I've got itchy feet. So I wanted to plan a long weekend away either somewhere new, or somewhere I haven't been in a long time. And a short flight away. I was hemming and hawing about...

read more
Kitzbuhel part 2

Kitzbuhel part 2

Despite the daily arguments about getting Liam off of his computer and onto the mountain, the second half of the trip was pretty good. The weather had cleared. The food was good. My legs were a wee bit less sore... All in all a good holiday. I'm very well aware that...

read more
Ski holiday 2022 — back to Kitzbuhel

Ski holiday 2022 — back to Kitzbuhel

I was SUPER EXCITED for our first proper ski holiday in 2 years. The slopes were closed last year because of Covid, and Liam had lost his love of skiing. I think he had forgotten how much he enjoys it, especially as he's hitting his pre-teen 'I don't want to do...

read more