We started this blog to keep family and friends up to date with our family mini-adventure to the USA and Canada - seeing the south west, then Toronto and finally New York. We will now try to keep it up to date with posts from home.


July 23rd, 2013 by Richard

A day in Brantome – a beautiful little town surrounded by high rocks. The town itself is surrounded by water and has tempted us to do a day of canoeing down the river Dronne.


France and the Dordogne

July 21st, 2013 by Richard

Thought I’d try and restart our travel blog due to popular (well, a couple of people) request.

So here we are in the Dordogne region of France – arrived yesterday minus one son (the other is on a rugby tour for 3 weeks). Haven’t had time to explore yet but staying in a fantastic 15th century farmhouse. I sense a very relaxing (lazy) couple of weeks looking around the area, canoeing the Dordogne, playing golf, eating BBQ and drinking cold beer and local wine 🙂

Oh, and Matt will continue to watch the Ashes as that’s what he loves!

More sun and snow

February 14th, 2012 by Richard

The predicted snow stayed away today and it was another day of blue skies and sun. It was our ski lesson today, so after a lazy morning and a French breakfast in La Omlette ( a restaurant we remember visiting during our summer visit here in Chamonix) we met up with our instructor who drove us to the Grande Montets and took us right to the top. The photograph was from here and shows Chamonix from 3,500 m.

After a poor start with Me and Richard both struggling to change our normal style of skiing and ending up in the snow, we persevered and Cecelia managed to teach us how to maintain more control on steep icy slopes and moguls – hopefully we will remember it all again tomorrow. Ben and Matt we both very pleased when they were told their technique was good and they both descended through the off-piste powder and moguls with style.


Another Beautiful Day

February 13th, 2012 by Mandy

Another beautiful day on the slopes and again vary cold although we managed to find a warm spot in the sun to have lunch.

We were on the northern Brevent range today, so the southern facing slopes got the sun all day but it took us about an hour of queuing before we reached the top of the gondola.

No major falls today but Ben, Matt, Ben and Bex were too quick for us to keep up with. Slopes seem to be quiet in the mornings and then quite busy in the late afternoons, haven’t figured out why yet.




First day on the slopes

February 12th, 2012 by Mandy

Beautiful day, but very cold. Skiing was brilliant and slopes were empty for most of the day. Richard had a spectacular fall, tumbling about 50m down a mogul field, fortunately he walked away from it but our banana lunch wasn’t quite do lucky.


Chamonix 2012

February 11th, 2012 by Richard

Made it…..
Lots of snow!


Back down to Earth

August 27th, 2011 by Mandy

Back home now and everything almost back to normal. Last few chores before school begins – shoe shopping in Cambridge – thought we would get back into the holiday mood briefly by going to the Sushi Bar for lunch.


Map of our trip around USA and Canada

August 20th, 2011 by Richard

The map above is intended to show where we have been – hope it works.

Shop ’til you drop

August 20th, 2011 by Richard

I now understand the saying shop ’til you drop. Although shopping in New York is an amazing experience, especially around Fifth Avenue, it is very, very exhausting, we even managed to tire Ben out who never gets tired of spending money.

Another visit to Hollister and Abercrombie as well as our new favourite Aeropostale, and we are all now as trendy as a ‘Teenager’…….

We bought some New York Deli sandwiches and picnicked in Central Park followed by a walk through the Park, we particularly liked watching the turtles in the boating lake.

After more shopping in the afternoon, we went to an 11 floor, 25 screen cinema in Times Square to watch Cowboys and Aliens, not at all what I expected, but how could a movie with James Bond and Indian Jones not be good.

The Big Apple

August 18th, 2011 by Richard

Set off early this morning, we had to drop our car off at LaGuardia airport by 1pm. The drive leaving Cape Code was far better than the torrential rain when we arrived, and despite the odd traffic jam and bridge tolls we made the drop off with a minute to spare.

Manhattan did not disappoint, it is still has the busiest streets I have ever seen with everyone jostling for a bit of space, you can see where the concept of American football came from every time you cross a road and you have to fight your way through the oncoming pedestrians.

Someone at Richard’s work had recommended the burgers at the Shake Shack on Madison Ave and Broadway, so we headed there for lunch. It was agreed they were the best and worth the 45 minute ‘line’.

We then walked up Broadway to Times Square and out to the Hudson river, don’t remember everything being quite so walkable, but we managed it back to the Empire State Building in time for sunset and hopefully have some great photos.