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It's over. Again. *sigh*

Yes, and it's (cue music...) Back to Life, back to Reality. This years skiing vacation is over. We returned from France yesterday and most of my today was a laundry aftermath, but it's okay, since we really had a fantastic week. Marijana, Igor, Robert, Riccardo, Matjaž and me. Oh, and Gerry, of course. Since we were extremely satisfied with all last year, we didn't want to gamble. So, it was a van trip to Les Menuires again and we stayed in the same place, Les Montagnettes, and this year's apartment was even better than the last one. Five double bed rooms, huge saloon with a fireplace and four bathrooms, huge balcony. Exactly what six spoiled people need. The week started nicely. Four days of impeccable clear sky and perfect snow. And terribly sore legs. (Note to self: next year do something before skiing, not only work...) Then on Thursday clouds came so we stopped skiing after a couple of slopes and then the snow came. It was really magical. We got some 70 cm of new snow and on Saturday morning, when all looked like a winter fairy-tale... we had to go home. Figures, eh? :) But all in all... week was full of fun, skiing, food, drinks, table games, music and relaxing. Just what a perfect vacation should be.

And tomorrow I will dig myself deep in 650 notifications pending in my LJ-inbox. I want to know what I've missed in the last month. So, see you all in a way.

I am adding a selection of pics, a few more are in a flickr set.

Sim Caron




Italian sunset
Italian sunset...

Om nom nom
We deserved some good dinner. By Matjaž.

Morning La Masse
Morning view.

Our "home"
Our "home".

Iggy and Catan
Playing Catan in all its forms. iVersion and Iggy.

Sudoku time
Sudoku time.

Teasing shot above Le Courchevel
...

The Chefs
The Chefs.

Whacha lookin' at?
Whacha lookin at?

The Two
The Two.

Fresh
Snowed in.

Morning drama in the sky
Morning drama in the sky.

Stunning
Breathtaking view on the way home.

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( 34 comments — Leave a comment )
maxauburn
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Your photos are amazing- as always.
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

We really had a great time.
bygbrat
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
beautiful photos!!!! lovely views!

what was in the pot? :)
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
MANY good things were in the pot. :)
leafshimmer
Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Simply ravishing, from top to tail.

That little puppy is soooo adorable!
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Puppy was The Essence of the week. :)
musicbearmn
Jan. 23rd, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
dan4behr
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
I always love it when Gerry gets to come along for the fun. Didn't he get left behind last year?

Snow bound with Ricky. mmmmmmm.....

srsly... looks like a lovely time. *Envious*

We've barely had any winter at all this year.
Unbelievably warm....

Edited at 2012-01-23 01:25 pm (UTC)
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Last year Gerry didn't go with us, because Matjaz broke his arm and stayed at home.

Ricky..... is a FAST skier, you'd have to work hard to keep up with him. :)
dan4behr
Feb. 7th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
I am a novice skier.

But, I'd give one helluva chase...
paterson_si
Feb. 8th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hahahahahaha I'd help you. :)
tilia_tomentosa
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, the good old gang. :)

And we even got to see you for a second time this month. :)
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
So you appreciate me more. LOL
tilia_tomentosa
Feb. 7th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
LOL

And who knows, maybe we'll even get to see you in February. Hope springs eternal. :)
paterson_si
Feb. 8th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Who knows who knows :)
coffeeguy777
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Amazing photos ..im sure an amazing time as well :-)
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
We had a BLAST! :)
dendren
Jan. 23rd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
fun fun fun... despite the snow, brrrrrrr! hehehehe
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
Snow is charming
dendren
Feb. 7th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
what about Snow White and Prince Charming???
paterson_si
Feb. 8th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Even more so. :)
nzguy1
Jan. 24th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Looks just fantastic, and as you know, I am SO envious of the snow. One day we will have a winter holiday! Is it a reflection or did you really capture the moon just over the mountain (centre) in the morning view picture?
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
The moon was really there and was waiting for it to come out just enough to be able to snap it. :)
ubermunkey
Jan. 24th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Lovely in that winter wonderland gorgeous sort of way

paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
We love winter, don't we?
ubermunkey
Feb. 14th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
So beautiful when you have someone to cuddle up with.
paterson_si
Feb. 15th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
But my mind is deep in Spring already......
ubermunkey
Feb. 15th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Like a bunny? A happy hoppy spring symbol.

I'm afraid that we still have our snowiest month ahead of us do I'm trying not to spring forward.

Xo
C

PS. When you coming to the states?
paterson_si
Feb. 17th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
States.... I need to rethink, replan, regroup and refinance. :)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. That can be the case with such large trips. However when you do let me know. You are welcome in my life no matter where I am. And I will show you my favorite spots of beauty. From the best bar to the most majestic rocky mountain view you've ever seen.
And we I'll laugh and drink ns eat and make memories.

XO
C
paterson_si
Feb. 20th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
And I so desire all that.......

xT
herbe
Jan. 24th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Mr Sudoku is just gorgeous and as always, i feel like i vicariously just had your vacation :)
paterson_si
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
oh, he is!!!! :)
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