Club Med, Da Balaia, Portugal

Ever since we visited Mark Warner in Corsica, I’ve been really keen to try out Club Med too. I assumed that the two would be pretty much the same – they’re both very family-friendly with kids clubs for all ages and resorts by the sea as well as in ski resorts. And while it turned out that there were some similarities (mainly the excellent provision for children), in many ways, they’re also very different. Continue reading

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La Mongie

A couple of weekends ago Toby, Livi and I went to La Mongie, which is part of the Grand Toumalet ski area just below Pic du Midi. Continue reading

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Les Gets

This Christmas we went to explore the French Alpine resort of Les Gets. Continue reading

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Crystal’s ski app

Crystal Route finder

I’m a bit of a late-adopter smartphone-wise, having only got rid of my faithful BlackBerry earlier this year and reluctantly switching to Android – so in many ways I’m still getting used to the idea of using apps beyond the obvious ones. Continue reading

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Futuroscope

I totally love theme parks. However, I’d be the first to admit that to a degree, it can be true that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Some rollercoasters, a few gentle rides for the kids, over-sized cartoon characters and some indifferent food stands, and you’re pretty much there. But Futuroscope in Poitiers-Charentes is a bit different. Continue reading

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Loir Valley

Week three this summer was in the Loir Valley – about 40 km away from the better-known Loire Valley. I didn’t know much about the area before we went but as it turned out, it was a bit like where we live – very quiet – but flatter. Continue reading

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Soulac-sur-Mer

Our second week away this summer was at Soulac-sur-Mer in the Gironde. We often go to the Atlantic Coast over the Med – the kids like the waves, the beaches tend to be less crowded and it’s not so HOT. This was a new area for us as we hadn’t been as far up the coast as this before, but I think we’ll definitely go back. Continue reading

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