A week has passed since we left Italy and came back home. This was possibly my favourite holiday with the kids to date. Paris is and will remain my favourite city to visit, but there were many things that made this week in the Italian Alps memorable.
To start with, I was comfortable. And by comfortable I mean that I had a washing machine and a dishwasher at my disposal, the privacy of our own flat (which was very clean, modern and functional) and a car to take us wherever we fancied and in which the girls could nap while we travelled. What this translated into was less clothes to wash upon our return home, no missed naps, no need to pack so much or buy extra underwear, socks or anything we’d have run out of, dinners cooked at the flat (saving us money, stressful dinners at restaurants and making early bedtimes possible) and the possibility of having some time alone with the husband once the girls were asleep in their own room. Add to that a hydromassage shower, pure potable water running out of the taps and a kind hostess and I was ready to move there permanently.
Then there was the snow covering our backyard, where the girls could play and sled safely while I got us organised for our daily outings. Really, there was snow everywhere, even though the week we spent there was unseasonably warm (5 to 15 degrees celcius). Another thing that helped increase the enjoyment of this holiday and allowed me to actually relax and return home rested (instead of more stressed) was the fact that all of us wore the right attire. This might be a no-brainer for those of you used to the snow. For us, it was a little more difficult to get to grips with. I have learned through experience that if my children are warm and dry, then I’m happy and will be okay with whatever it is they want to do. All it took for me to let go of my neuroses were ski trousers, after ski boots and snow jackets for everyone. We might only use them once or twice a year, but every cent spent on those clothes is 100% worth it.
There were many highlights to this holiday, which I might write about another day. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a few photos which hold special memories for me. Enjoy!