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Food for thought

We’re leaving the slopes and returning to the UK soon from Val Thorens for a few days to celebrate Christmas with our “UK children” – and one of the things we’ll do, like everyone else, is enjoy some family time over a good meal.

I love to eat well and I think food is one of life’s great pleasures. I really enjoy eating dishes that are made with lots of fresh, organic, locally sourced foods, as I really think the way that food is produced is of the utmost importance when it comes to nutrition – and taste. What we put into our bodies is so important to our health and well-being, and I totally agree with Hippocrates, who said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Continue reading

Skiing toward Christmas…

December is here and the run-up to Christmas – and for us that usually signals our first ski trip of the season. We are off to Val Thorens next week, which is always a wonderful change of environment. It is a place that fills us both with delight; there’s such a fresh, healthy feel to it. Our apartment there is an exquisite place – it’s relatively small, compared to our house here, but we have spent years making it just how we want it to be – and that includes glass walls so we can wake up and look straight out at the mountains. For me, that is something that always lifts the spirits.

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Catching up on some reading in the French Alps

One of the great things about being in Val Thorens is that it gives me plenty of time to sit back and relax. Sure, the skiing is fantastic, but it’s also nice to just be able to spend an afternoon relaxing in our new apartment with a good book. I think there is no nicer way to spend time than reading a novel. And after a long day on the slopes, it’s a great way to recuperate.

Not a bad reading spot

Not a bad reading spot

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The 5 best restaurants in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is really an alpine resort for people who love food. The skiing is fantastic, the scenery is remarkable and the atmosphere is extremely friendly, but it’s the restaurants that really make it stand out from other resorts in the French Alps.

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With about 60 restaurants across the Three Valleys, there’s plenty of variation, but Lorna and I have a particular taste for French cuisine (which there’s plenty of), so we tend to stick to that a lot. We’re in France after all!

Since our apartment in Val Thorens was finished late last year, we’ve been spending a lot of time here just enjoying it. So, we’ve also had time to dine out at a lot of different restaurants of late. If you’re interested, I’ve come up with my top five places to eat in Val Thorens. Next time you’re there, book a table at one of these! Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I’m not a huge advocate of Valentine’s Day. I do think it’s nice to show your partner or loved one that you care, but it’s the idea that just one day of the year is dedicated to it that is the part I really don’t like. Surely random gestures to show you appreciate your partner are valued more than giving a gift on the one day of the year we’re all told to.

I like to think I show Lorna how much I appreciate her more than once a year! Continue reading

New Year’s in Val Thorens

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It’s still true – Lorna is a much better skier than I am. After days of chasing her down the slopes in Val Thorens though I think I’ve improved a lot. I’m still not as graceful as she is, but I manage to get to the bottom of the slopes in one piece, without having fallen over or got in anybody’s way. Continue reading