Waiting, waiting!

Yes we are still at the Yarra’s Edge Marina, waiting, waiting for our instruments and our engines to arrive! Only one thing to do for a bit of light relief: behave like tourists in Melbourne and meet up with friends.

Images of France: Haute Savoie

There is so much snow – meters and meters of it! It was snowing while we were in the Alps, the landscape looking just like a European Christmas card! The skiing in Haute Savoie is epic compared to Australia, with fresh dry powder, record snow falls early in the season, really long runs, access to multiple…

Images of France: Paris

We have escaped! Our tour of duty over, it was time for some fun. We have been in Paris, enjoying being tourists in this iconic city – just a few days to take in the landmarks, gastronomy and culture. We started with a bang, joining a three hour Segway tour of the city. What a…

Images of France: Normandie

Our return to Normandie heralds the end of our family reunion. We have had nearly four weeks with my Dad and a couple of these in the company of Véronique and Didier, so it has been time well spent.

Pic du Midi d'Arrens in winter

Images of France: Hautes Pyrénées

This week we take you on a guided tour of the Hautes Pyrénées, and high they are in altitude and in emotion. As you might have guessed this return to this particular part of the Pyrénées after over 40 years has special meaning.

Toulouse along the Garonne

Images of France: Toulouse

For the last week of 2017 we are in Toulouse, where my sister Véronique et husband Didier live. We had joyful Christmas celebrations at their home with 15 of us reunited, a rare occasion.

Images of France: Rocamadour

A few days after our arrival in France from Australia, we drove with my Dad to the South of the country, where our family Christmas celebrations are taking place.  It is a long way from Normandie in the northwest to Toulouse in the southwest, so we made an overnight stop at the medieval village of…