Fun In France

skiing and learning in France

We flew home yesterday from Tignes, a beautiful ski resort in the Savoie Department in the Rhônes-Alps region in south-east France, where we spent the last week.

Map of France showing Tignes jpg

One of the things I love about homeschooling is being able to take the children away on holiday during school term time when it’s more affordable and crowds are smaller. They learn heaps during these trips and we have so much fun together as a family.

Both children were able to practise their French, especially C(9), who was the only English child in her group ski lesson. Among other things, she learnt several French words for “sorry” as the young skiers routinely bumped into each other!

We took advantage of all the exercise we were getting on the slopes by indulging in plenty of delicious French food…

French food collage


family ski holiday in Tignes France
Croissants for breakfast


family ski holiday in Tignes France
Chocolats chauds up the mountain


We got lots of exercise (rather more than my thighs would have liked!).

skiing in France
J(7) skiing


C(9) and J(7) worked hard to reach their respective skiing goals and were both rewarded with the medals they’d been hoping for.  I learned to ski as an adult so I don’t have any of these awards, but they seem to be very important to children!

children's ski medals
Ski medals and kids’ club certificates

They made new friends, which helps reassure me that I’m not making them too weird by homeschooling them! (I know I shouldn’t need it but, you know…)

skiing friends
Where there’s boys, there’s Minecraft…

And when I told them that our bloggy friends over at Adventures in Mommydom are looking at France soon as part of their Around The World In 12 Dishes project, C(9) and J(7) wanted to send this special greeting:

bonjour de France
‘Bonjour de France, Batman, Superman and Princess!”


Even the motorway service station near the airport was beautiful.

french motorway services
Breathtaking scenery, even on the motorway


And for an introvert like me, the best thing of all about a holiday… coming home. Ahhh!

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7 thoughts on “Fun In France

  1. Lucinda,

    I love the photos! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never been skiing. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Lots of happy memories! Back to ordinary life now. Like you, I always enjoy coming home even if we’ve had a great holiday!

    1. Thank you for encouraging me to share, Sue. I’m never sure whether to blog about a holiday, but it’s nice to have it up here, even if it’s only for us to look back on. Yes, home is WONDERFUL!

  2. It’s funny how we all come over in our respective blogs. I’ve learnt in the last week alone at least 3 blogging friends describe themselves as introverted and all of them seem the opposite!!
    So pleased you all had a wonderful time (and maybe a tinsy winsy bit envious-we couldn’t go away this Feb and I really need a holiday!!). You all look very rosy and healthy- unlike the rest of us Britons who look plain anaemic!

    1. Well we were certainly windswept! 😀 It was nice to have some sunshine though. And then as we flew through the grey clouds into rainy Gatwick, C(9) said contentedly, “Ahh, England!” I know how she feels!

      It took me 40 years to recognise myself as an introvert! I love people and I’m very gregarious but I need plenty of time on my own to recharge. I wonder if blogging is quite an introverted pastime? We get to “talk” with our “tribe” about things that are important to us (whereas I must admit I’m happy to leave Facebook to my extroverted friends!).

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