Saturday, June 30, 2012

Snowy London

Last time I got out of the airport in London, it was February, so I'm guessing I took these photos of snowy London, or actually snowy Richmond back in February! (I did say that the posts were coming in random order...:-)

Adults and kids seem to make the most out of the thin layer of snow in Richmond park.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Honeymoon 1, Niseko

I'm super late on posts, so they are going to come in really random order...

We had decided for a skiing honeymoon, and after much consideration, we had picked Niseko resort in Japan. 14m of snow per year, world famous for its fluffy powder.
Getting there was slightly twisted but we managed: Lyon, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sapporo and after 3 flights, an additional 2.5h in a bus and we were there!
Surprisingly the resort is pretty much at sea level and the summit around 1200m! as soon as we landed in Sapporo, there was already a lot of snow on the side of the runway.
A few funny things about skiing in Japan:
- there is only one mountain, a volcano, so we ski around it, and all slopes pretty much connect at the top.
- there a lot of music on the slopes but not as annoying as expected
- the ski lifts are a bit different from what we are use to in Europe: no feet support at all, very few safety bar, no pole lift (sorry not sure how to say that in English...) but that has been replaced by a single chair lift leaving me to feel very lonely...
- I think Japanese hate snowboarders or at least try to make their life really miserable, there is always a lot of walking involed: lifts don't connect with each other or they don't take you to the real top of a slope so there is always a need to push/walk. (even as a skier, I thought that was tiring, especially when the walk is near vertical!)

As we were quite out of the peak season (peak is dec/jan, we were there mid march), the resort wasn't really buzzing with life but the restaurants were always full! And we still got a pint of Guiness with a minty shamrock on the top for St. Patrick's day! (they didn't quite got a grip on pouring beer in the shape on a shamrock...)
I'll develop the subject of food in Japan in another post so I won't tell you too much now.

I think we only geot 30cm of fresh snow during our time in Niseko but here are a few photos to demonstrate what they call "base layer"in Japan

We really enjoyed this first part of the honeymoon (especially champagne, chocolate and roses left in our room :-) and we'll be looking forward going back to Niseko another time during the powder season

Note for other people planning on a skiing honeymoon in Japan: schedule your wedding for January, you'll get more "puff" (as we call powder in French)

Friday, June 15, 2012

This month's photo : Transparent

This month's theme is transparent.

I have left it too late to think about something sophisticated, and now I'm offshore! 200 miles away from the coast, there is not much I can do in terms of creativity, so I decided to keep it simple and to work with my environment, especially that my environment is pretty transparent! I, indeed took a photo of the sea! To be exact the Atlantic Ocean.
And thanks to this transparency, I can admire some huuuuuge fish! (It's difficult to tell as the photo is taken from quite high up, 2nd level of the turret for the oil and gas people!)
These big fish (mainly tuna and the occasional hammerhead shark) seem to enjoy being around the boat: shadow on one side, warmer environment, food 5 times a day, what's not to like?
And then, they provide great recreational activities at night: Fishing at the back of the boat!

And here are the links to some certainly more imaginative photos:
(apologies, my internet connection is terrible and I haven't been able to download the list from FB so that's the list from last month)

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