As we approach the end of 2012 and with my self-imposed challenge to take a photo a day almost complete, here is a photographic summary of what has been a very eventful year.
The first photo is one taken in the mountains today, featuring part of my family in downhill motion, in the tree-line, in what amounts to a dull winter light…….
The second photograph was taken in the mountains, exactly a year ago, features part of my family in downhill motion, in the tree-line, in what amounts to a dull winter light………….
Same, Same…….Only Different!
OK it might be a busy time, but with spring skiing conditions at Le Grand Montets and the sun shining……
Pizza, beer, sunshine, awesome mountain scenery, friendly staff, the smell of roasting suckling pig in the air and a couple a black runs to look forward to – welcome to Italy! Now, whilst we’re on the subject of Italy, how is it that the country is in such financial chaos? The country has the most fabulous and extensive history and monuments, incredible art, the world’s best cuisine, wine production to match, to-die-for automotive machinery, some of the world’s most desirable fashion houses, the full range of stunning scenery (from landscapes to some of the local populace!), the second best football league in the world, and full-on passionate people. Even more amazingly, it seems that half the population of the current richest Nation on Earth believe they are descended from this country (the other half think they come from Ireland) and are desperate to discover their roots. Plus the up-and-coming-richest-nation-on-earth (China) are desperate to buy their luxury products. There has got to be some spectacularly inept management going on for this incredible country to be in such a state. We certainly did our best to help it’s economy today! Berlusconi and his ilk anyone?
After a great pizza last night, we went to the local pub quiz with friends; an excellent, if a little late, night out. The whole time we were out it was snowing gently and so we decided that we just had to force ourselves to get up early and be one of the first to check out the conditions. We had promised ourselves only a couple of runs then home for coffee and a rest. The trouble with that plan was that when we got out there and the snow proved to be this good and the pistes this empty, it was impossible to stop and come in! The end result was first and last lift of the day plus very tired legs. Just time to Blog, shower and change before heading out to dinner with family members who are leaving in the morning. I love this life!!
There are some consolations to having a day off from the rigours of the pistes! Viewing the falling snow outside on the slopes while warm and comfy inside and enjoying some naughty sticky cakes from our favourite patisserie.