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A review of our year of travel

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2016 has been a year full of travel for me and my family; looking back now I realise we've been away every school holiday and even managed some weekend breaks in between.  It's involved all sorts of different configurations including solo trips for three out of four of us, a child-free break with my parents, a full-on child-centered school trip to Barcelona for me and 55 kids (of whom one was my own), a boys' weekend and several family holidays.  We've flown long haul for the first time in a very long time, taken another of our beloved European road trips, camped, rented a luxury penthouse apartment, stayed in a youth hostel, stayed in an ecolodge and a bamboo shack on stilts over water.  We've stayed in the dodgiest Airbnb room I've come across yet and some very ordinary hotels, but we've also blissed out in a 5 star spa resort and been hosted in style by old friends. We've explored new countries, new regions of France and old haunts.  From a travel point of view it's been an amazing year.  It's going to be hard to live up to in 2017!

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Over the last couple of weeks we've been busy getting into the Christmas spirit "à la Riviera", going to Christmas markets in vineyards and villages, exploring medieval towns decked out with festive lights and enjoying the sunshine in Nice.  Here is a small selection of images from these visits.


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Sunday Photo - 18 December 2016

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Grasse Christmas Noël

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What is a bûche de Noël?

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The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël?  Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas log, and nowadays it comes in the form of a cake shaped more or less like a log.  Its origins however come from a real wooden log.bûche noël esther

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