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A Canadian expatriate living and exploring first France now Germany, then BACK to FRANCE (!!!) with her family; former fashion designer, turned unexpected UNLIKELY NOMAD, raising two children, writing, photographing, painting, playing piano (who knew!!) and blogging - and now... full time student at ART SCHOOL!! (I MUST be crazy!!)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

UTMOST FAVORITE moment-of-the-day

The Villa we rented, it turns out, was a little outside of town.
Hmmm... we were a little worried...out of town, no car, little kids and skiing gear...

Google earth is so very cool and of course we DID Google it before going, to see..OK exactly where ARE we going....and exactly how far out of town will we be...so we were able to confirm that Ferienhaus Hinterholzer lay about 1 km from the village and the ski hill. Ok on an adult agenda that sits just fine but with 2 little kids, 4 little sets of (tired) legs and skis ...hmmm...could be disastrous...

What we could not see on Google earth was that the villa flanked a beautiful, calm and peaceful valley, with a pristine steepled village on one side and a breathtaking slab of rocky Alp jutting up on the other, and rolling toboggan hills on the third. Although a km or so from the slope what we also couldn't see on Google earth was the sweet honey perfect length of meticulously groomed wide wide cross country ski and alpine walking trail, covered with firmly packed soft *crunchy* pristine snow, perfect for walking and even better for this...

Yep...pulling little kids on sleds.
Unbeknownst to us we could rent them with our skis, and rent them we did...too cool.

We arose everyday an hour earlier in order to make the 40 minute walk to the hill with the kids in tow. I am not sure if it was...

...the perfect mountain stillness ...

...or the spotless glistening snow,

...the snowflakes so large and perfect they sparkled and blinded like like diamonds,

....the glorious sunshine and clear, clear blue sky EVERY DAY,

...the absolute and complete satisfaction of the children at being towed in unison by their GPA and Daddy, ...just the simple glorious mountain air,

...or being surrounded by incredibly majestic snow capped peaks of rocky Alp the entire way

...or the fact that we had GPA with us the whole time and we ALL were SO happy about that...

that seared this part of our journey indelibly in my brain, as the my UTMOST FAVORITE moment-of-the-day ....or not.

But it sure did...

More to come tomorrow...

8 comments:

oreneta said...

OK, you are actually making me miss winter...oh oh oh oh oh...how beautiful. Maybe we'll find a place we can rent in the Pyrinees for a weekend.

Gary said...

It's so beautiful, as is your description. I was5-9 years old growing up in France and several vacations are deep in my memory - more than our home. The Mediterranean and the Alps particularly...

Sarah said...

Such beautiful pictures! I can see why that would be your favorite time of day.
Sounds like everyone had a really great time.

Anonymous said...

wow the kids would put me to shame skiing! It's a good thing all the snow will have melted when I get there. It looks like you all have an amazing time!
Can't wait to see you all.
xo eva

Di Mackey said...

Beautiful photographs. You made me homesick for New Zealand, writes the Belgian-based kiwi.

Clean mountain air ... sigh.

Kasie @ ~The Art of Life~ said...

Oh so beautiful! It's so gorgeous that it takes my breath away. One of my life goals is to visit a place like that! :)

Sarah J Clark said...

Those are some great photos. Makes me wanna go snowboarding ... and I don't snowboard. =)

Michelle said...

Wow--Absolutely gorgeous. Looks like fun, our snow is so old, icy and dirty right now...makes me long for spring...but after seeing your photos, I could go for a fresh snowfall!

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