Settling In and Settling Down

Slоwlу, very slowly…..we аrе getting оurѕеlvеѕ all settled іn аѕ wе settle dоwn. It’ѕ so nісе tо tаkе thіngѕ аt a ѕlоw расе. Whаt an еxtrеmе. Bеfоrе we lеft “hоmе”, we were wоrkіng аt “оur hоuѕе” and polebarn lіkе busy, busy beavers. Cоrу саrrіеd mоrе of thе lоаd thаn I did but cleaning аnd scouring оur house was nо lіttlе task fоr mе. I was whipped when done. Lulu ѕuреrvіѕеd thе whole process. But we all knоw how lіmіtеd hеr participation wаѕ. Now, here аt Trорісаl Palms, we gо fоr morning соffее аt the lоbbу. Art and Rау are thеrе fоr uѕ to сhаt wіth аnd just relax. So grеаt bеіng with thеm again. Hореfullу, the rеѕt оf thіѕ соffее klatch grоuр wіll be joining us ѕооn. Wonderful to see all thе familiar fасеѕ of thе staff who work here. Definitely feels like wе are hоmе аgаіn.Wе hаvе done mоѕt еvеrуthіng wе want tо dо rеgаrdіng “ѕеttіng up”. Wе ѕtіll hаvе thе lawn

Lооkіng down оur rоаdwауLооkіng dоwn оur roadway

dесоr tо go. Our luсkу, golden саt іѕ back іn thе front wіndоw – wаvіng at уоu аѕ you go раѕѕ. Wave back if you wаnt “Good Luсk.” Lulu іѕ реrсhеd right nеxt to it. She would wave but уоu know her lіmіtаtіоnѕ (no аrmѕ). Cory hasn’t рut up our саnору yet because wе hаvе Steve оf “ Tор of Lіnе” соmіng tоmоrrоw to wаѕh аnd wax оur motor hоmе. It dоеѕn’t gеt аѕ filthy drіvіng dоwn аt this tіmе …

A School Ski Trip to the USA

Traditionally, the typical UK school ski trip concentrated on the major European resorts, but today the option of the USA is a very real one.


The USA has some of the best snow resorts in the world. Based in a variety of east and west coast locations, in just a few decades these resorts have made a huge impact on the world of snow sports. There are many things that make them unique and very attractive to a potential school ski trip including the following aspects.

Altitude – some of the resorts have ‘tops’ that are very high and that means their snow record is excellent.

Accommodation – as is the case with almost any sort of holiday in the USA, the accommodation provided is spacious and typically of a very high standard.

Service culture – in the USA the customer is king and that means that service is usually exceptional and very efficient.

Top equipment and processes – Americans don’t accept queues and delays unless they’re absolutely unavoidable, so that means that delays accessing lifts (etc) are perhaps less common than might be the case in some European destinations.

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Value for money – this is a major imperative in much of US life and it means that, typically, students’ spending money goes a lot further on a school ski trip here.

Superb snow sports – many resorts are vast and have a huge selection of runs of different difficulty levels.


Of course, US …


Fluff is in the air; waltzing through to our end in Vienna

Arriving at Emmersdorf was very welcomed when the size of distance in general had exceeded 100 kilometers. “Are you tired,” said our Hungarian host, Henriette. Agree.

The laden saddle bag saved us from a dry and simple dinner. Get out the tea, miniature wines, beer, snacks and vegetables that we prepare, knowing now that smaller places are served at a minimum and are usually very quiet. Someone somewhere above the river experienced a blinding night with that sound, turning this water into that with a loud background bass. Until 5 a.m.

We are too tired to pay attention and with the sunrise early we wake up to appreciate the beautiful and warm morning. Heat from the high 20 is in front.

The good advice from the owner of the Persenbeug cafe remains attached to me, that I went alone that day to see what this amazing sight meant. The villages above the ancient Emmersdorf, with small farms that function and some magnificent palaces, such as Artstetten. Men in the lederhosen and women in skirts around many small towns show something other than elections going on!

Maria Taferl is located above the river, at a reasonable height, which after the previous day, felt like a thigh that was burning as high as 300m. The cafe owner was not wrong, and through the heat fog, it was very impressive.

We left Emmersdorf after noon, still humming quietly on Main Street with few people. Back on the road, Krems is our target through …


Day Trip to Redon

Today I take the train from Guipry-Messac to Redon, downstream to the south. It’s only about a 20 minute train ride, Redon is actually closer to Guipry-Messac than Rennes. Redon is a medium-sized city, but its importance lies in its port, and its role as a land navigation junction. It is located near the tidal boundary of Vilaine, at the point where the Nantes-Brest Canal crosses Vilaine, and where the Oust River joins Vilaine. All of these factors make it an important port, tax and customs post, and ship building site. In addition to canals and rivers, it has a basin port that accesses the canal and Vilaine. These are all quite complicated, and there are many locks, docks and bridges, including swing bridges and lift bridges, all clustered around the port section.

The city center has some interesting architecture, including an impressive city hall, which stands next to a high bell tower, which used to be part of the monastery church but now stands free because the fire destroyed parts of the church. Behind these buildings is a large old monastery, featuring supporting forests flying around church shelters at one end.

In the city there are a number of medieval buildings, especially along the rocky main road. After this road descends, someone arrives at the key and the bridge where the Nantes-Brest canal crosses the city and also has an intersection with the Vilaine River. It is very interesting to work on setting all the keys, canals, bridges and …


Great Wall of Tourists

Another fantastic high-speed train took us farther north from Chengdu to Xi’an, the famous home of the Terracotta Warriors and the end of the Silk Road. As a walled city, I hope the city is ancient and full of old houses and temples. I mean, I’m not wrong. With nearly 13 million people living there, it will be difficult to describe as complicated. It took almost an hour for us to drive from the train station to our hotel in the city center, through a city filled with bright light. The center is full of designer labels and big brands – Louis Vuitton, Rolls Royce – Silk Road products may have changed but the market is still very active. We feel a little sad because it rains, which limits our choice to do something. We met with friends who were the same as us at the start of the trip, Erik and Kat, and after a failed attempt to go to the museum (6000 free tickets have been sold out if you believe, and paid the full price of 300 yuan, around £ 35! ), We took a wet walk around the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Now we are starting to get fed up with all the entrance fees – in the pagoda you have to pay to go through the gate and enter the yard, and then pay again to enter the pagoda itself! At three or four pounds each time it starts to increase. Finally we decided the …