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Chris Callow

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Living the Dream

Living the Dream

Retrospective

July 13, 2016 by Chris

Over a year since the last post, and so much water under the bridge – different bridges too, mainly far from our beloved Alps. The problem with mountains, they get… Read more…

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Goodbye to St Siggy

March 9, 2015 by Chris

Blogs are very self indulgent things. We type away as much for ourselves as for anyone else; we tweak and we polish and then we hit the publish button. I… Read more…

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In Sickness & in Health

August 21, 2014 by Chris

Until recently I’ve been ambivalent about the French health system; bent and broken clients have received top treatment down in Sallanches, and the care at the Les Carroz clinic has… Read more…

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Eagle’s Nest

June 14, 2014 by Chris

Let’s get one thing clear, I’m not a mountaineer. Mountains I love; I’ll happy ski down them providing it’s the right terrain and at a pinch climb up them if… Read more…

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En panne – or, out of the frying pan

March 13, 2014 by Chris

One of the joys of being a chalet host is skiing with the clients; not every day, and certainly not every client, but on the right sort of morning when… Read more…

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Small World (2)

November 11, 2013 by Chris

St Sigismond boasts some 600 souls;  a Church but no cafe, no shops not even a boulangerie.  A sleepy backwater then, and you’d scratch your head to make a connection… Read more…

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Splashing Out

September 18, 2013 by Chris

High on the wish-list when still searching for our perfect chalet was a swimming pool; we rightly reasoned that discerning summer-guest needed an incentive to plump for our offering above… Read more…

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One for the Road

August 22, 2013 by Chris

French Drivers are truly awful. Then so are Italians, Spanish, in fact most Europeans, so the story goes except the British who aren’t really Europeans at all. But since the… Read more…

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Good fences make good neighbours

July 21, 2013 by Chris

An Englishman loves his boundaries; safe behind his leyland cypress he can pull up his drawbridge and rest safe, the lord of all he surveys. In this part of France,… Read more…

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So What’s New?

May 16, 2013 by Chris

Blog 76! Should have trumpeted the February offering a little louder, now we’ll just have to save the celebrations for the centenary post, if we’re still in business.  And yes,… Read more…

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