- “Scandaliser est un droit. Être scandalisé est un plaisir.” ― Pasolini, Pier Paolo
- RIP Natives
- Seasons in the (setting) sun
- It’s camping Jim, but not as we know it
- Foot in the crosshairs ……… fire!
- Ski gear for the worried well
- Caning the credit card
- Fashionista fail
- Ski scam of the week!
- I like to ride my bicycle …..
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Tag Archives: Bourg d’Oisans
Having burnt my legs in the extensive ornamental jardins of the parental chateau last time there was a bank holiday weekend, I find myself coveting a garden of my own. Or more likely the idea of a garden if I’m … Continue reading
Living as we do in the rural backwhacks of beyond, we remain largely oblivious to much of what is reputed to blight modern life, although with Grenoble a mere 40 minutes away, those of us who really want Kalashnikov-toting youth … Continue reading
Edward Whymper, illustrator, pioneering mountaineer and all-round general nutcase did us the honour of a quick visit here in the Oisans in the 1860s (taking a little light relief from trying to kill himself on the Matterhorn) and set the … Continue reading
Until this morning, I thought the award for most ridiculous way of getting down a hill had to go to the snowbike (or veloski or possibly skibob – you can tell a thing is likely to be a complete fail … Continue reading
The quest for sensible interseason exercise options continues apace, though with the summer opening of the outdoor pools and a 90 minute lunchbreak the onset of morbid obesity is fended off for the time being. Cycling has been up for … Continue reading
The vexed question of the interseason exercise regime raises its ugly head once more and in an increasingly pressing fashion following the best part of two months spent doing pretty much nothing whatsoever other than wandering out to the boulangerie … Continue reading
Along with the influx of brain impaired tourists, loonies in lycra and people apparently unaware that roads may occasionally be used by motor vehicles, summer brings us the tourist office’s animation programme, most of which takes place up and down … Continue reading
Right, that’s enough. Yes I know this is a tourist area and we need to be welcoming to all of our seasonal visitors, without whom the place would be a ghost town inhabited exclusively by a dozen gibbering old crocks … Continue reading
The weekend rolls around again and as is usual in the Oisans in summer nobody can go anywhere because the roads are infested with drug-addled obsessives on overpriced pushbikes. Really, how am I supposed to get out to the garden … Continue reading