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Visit from Joe and Eilidh

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We had Ross cousin Eilidh and her boyfriend Joe visiting last week which was great fun. I was working in the week but they definitely made the most of the Tignes activities. We also made it over to Italy together for an evening with lots of food, thankfully Lo Tata does doggy bags, because even with Joe's appetite we couldn't finish it all. We also made it out and about around Tignes and attended the annual building BBQ which this year happened to coincide with France playing the world cup final. In other building news we also finally got our backsplash! Very happy with the look!

And finished the first half of our hat rack. (This is probably one of my favourite things in the flat now) 

A lost bag, a bird, a fort, a themepark, a micro nation, two museums and 4 swims in the ocean.

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Quick summary in the title of our trip to Sweden. It started out with a lost bag in Copenhagen airport. To top it off we had volunteered to check the cabin bag in and even saw it outside the plane it didn't get loaded on. Crazy, but luckily we got it back a day after. 
We started off with a couple of days in Torekov which meant jogs down to the ocean for a swim in the mornings, bbq in the evenings and seeing family. 

In Falköping we got together with more family and friends as well as visiting museums and the fort in Ålleberg and Karlsborg. We also got to test drive the new Volvo XC40 which was great fun as was our almost daily games of bananagrams in the evenings.
We also got to celebrate all the 4 nephews who had their birthdays end of June in Växjö, Falköping and Sunne. So quite a bit of time spent in the car but all worth it and having really long days helped us make the most of our time. 
The scariest event of the week was the morning I got woken up by a bird grazing my arm. …

Italy

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We had our first summer trip to Italy back in mid June. Meet up with some friends, had gelato, pizza and pasta. And just like our last trip the year before to Aosta there was a display of old vehicles in the square, this time it was trucks. Not a bad one for the summer's first drive over the Col.




Summer skiing

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Val d'Isère opened up for summer skiing on Sunday with a few slopes in the Bellevarde, first time in 82 years. I of course couldn't resist the temptation and headed up for a morning ski. Safe to say, I wasn't there for first lifts at 6.30am got up with the funi at 8 which was good as the snow still was hard but just starting to transform a bit. Lapped the pistes until it got too sticky to get all the way to the marmotte chair. Definitely worth it and conditions were at least as good as end of season is usually if not better!

Featured in the Telegraph

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A couple of Propaganda's photos for La Rosière were featured in an article by the Telegraph last week with both me and Brice as ski models. I'm sneakily in both photos wearing different clothes 🤣.
Check out the article here. and below are some screenshots with the photos.

Storage

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We finally managed to finished the first coat of paint in the bathroom and the chimney and now have two of these storage spaces. Still got the doors left to fit but it has meant getting 4 bags of stuff off of the floor!

Paris

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We had a work meeting in Paris this week which meant getting the TGV (high speed train) up there for the day on Wednesday morning. I'd luckily organised in advance to stay with a friend in Bourg due to the early alarm as there was a massive avalanche on the road to Tignes on the Tuesday afternoon, effectively cutting off access over night. So in the end, Ross had to stay over too.
The trip to Paris felt quick as there is no stop en route to Paris and we got there to a beautiful sunny spring day. We had time to walk down the Champs Elysées and have a bite too before heading to our meeting and then getting on the train back home in the evening.
A long day which then finished with a snowy drive up to Tignes but good fun and nice to see Paris, if only for a few hours.