Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Easter Holidays

I haven't posted for a while as my husband and my son, Alexander, have both been here. Antonia celebrated her 4th birthday - I'll post photo's directly to her blog- and we finally had a week's ski-ing holiday up in Courmayeur at the foot of Monte Bianco.

It's been busy for other reasons too. Alex has his exams at the beginning of May. If he passes he will be going to Winchester College in September, if not, he'll be back here at the International School. His heart is set on Winchester. Imagine our dismay then, on receiving his latest report, in discovering that his teachers are concerned with his efforts in some areas. Consequently, what should have been a nice relaxing 4 weeks, with some school work thrown in for good measure, turned into a boot camp and us nearly not going away. When we did, the work came too! As concerned as I am, my heart goes out to him and I really hope that this is what he wants! So far every long holiday has been disrupted by something - I can't wait for the long summer holiday when he is between schools and we can really kick back!!

The view from our apartment balcony. It was very clean and new looking and I would recommend it as a place to stay. They were called "Appartamente Ancien Casino".
At the top of the ski lift.
The three skiers!
Going home.
Alexander won't be here for his 13th birthday next week, so we celebrated a week early. I'm going to stick something in the post to school too, and try and arrange a cake for school. Note the watch on his wrist, that was his pressie!


courtneyb said...

wow, it is gorgeous up there!!! The only city up north I am familiar with is Aosta, is it near that? beautiful!!

Alyson said...

We changed at Aosta. It is about an hour on the train, probably slightly less in a car - our landlords lived in Aosta. It is beautiful. I'm so glad I finally got to see Europe's biggest mountain! I've climbed the biggest one in the UK - Ben Nevis - but at 4500ft it is a baby compared to Monte Bianco and its 11000ft+!