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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Easter Getaway, VENZIA (Day 2)

Easter Getaway, VENZIA (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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Skiing in Valberg

Skiing in Valberg

Well this is definitely going to be the shortest and driest ski season since we've been here. The local mountains (1,5 hours away) haven't had any snow since Christmas day... only 18 out of 56 runs are open, and most of the mountain is exposed. Snow is all manmade....

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Kayaking

Kayaking

So Liam has made it abundantly clear to me that he HATES sailing. Despite moving up to catamarans, and despite his friend Tom enjoying taking sailing lessons, Liam hates it. He says maybe one day he'll give it another go... but he does not want to take sailing lessons...

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A very Woolley Christmas, the final days

A very Woolley Christmas, the final days

As Grandpa's trip to see us wound down, and we were getting ready for the back to school, back to work hectic schedule that was looming, we had time for one last great daytrip. But where to go? With the all of the covid restrictions in place, I didn't feel that...

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A very Woolley Christmas part 2

A very Woolley Christmas part 2

Most of the two weeks with Grandpa Woolley was just 'hanging out'. I still had some work to keep up on, although it was fairly quiet. Grandpa's hip was really causing him a lot of pain, so I kept the walking plans to fairly level and short outings. And Liam, of...

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A very Woolley Christmas, part 1

A very Woolley Christmas, part 1

2021 may have started fairly crap... and been fairly crap throughout with all of the covid restrictions, but for us, it was ending on a high note. Grandpa Woolley was coming over from Canada to spend Christmas with us. It was touch and go until the VERY last minute,...

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Uncle Keith!!

Uncle Keith!!

It was rather an exciting autumn for us, as Uncle Keith and Joanne decided to come to France instead of going to Disney in Florida this year!! Joanne's daughter, Siobhan, lives in the UK now, so they were able to squeeze in time with her in Paris, a few days in Paris...

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Annual September camping weekend

Annual September camping weekend

As always, we planned for a late September camping weekend to celebrate Iris's birthday. But this year they opted to book at a holiday residence instead of the campground, which was fine... but not nearly as much fun for the kids... although they did enjoy a lot more...

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Miscellaneous Autumn 2021

Miscellaneous Autumn 2021

So Grandpa Woolley has very deservedly rapped me on the knuckles for not updating Liam's site in such a long time. I have no excuses, other than saying that I'm just tired and burnt out at 'having to do everything'... and it's all become a lot more challenging now...

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summer 2021

summer 2021

Well not a lot going on this summer. We're still feeling the effects of covid restrictions (masks, health passes etc) so quite frankly we don't make an effort to get out in public very often. Our neighbourhood is on the outskirts of Nice, we can walk freely without...

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2021 Summer Holidays, the last days

2021 Summer Holidays, the last days

Again, nothing particularly memorable. In fact today was a bit of a 'stress day' for Liam and as it just didn't go as planned. We intentionally left Lola behind as we wanted to go up Mont Blanc (which Liam hasn't done since he was 3, and doesn't remember....

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