We all need a break. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Sort of like when you eat too much chocolate! Every morning, I count my blessings and think how lucky I am to be able to work in the world of antiques and collectables that I love so much. However, it refreshes the mind to have just a wee complete break from it all from time to time. So this week, the banker and I have taken ourselves off to the gloriously sunny French Alps, where even I can't find a single antiques or collectables shop centre or fair - and that's really saying something!
The Alps in Summer are a strangely enjoyable place, particularly ski resorts like Arc 1950, our chosen destination. If you want clear and sunny skies, pools and spas pretty much to yourself, and true relaxation away from any form of crowds, then you'll love it. Plenty of country walks up and down the mountains leave the lungs fresh and the body exercised before a hearty evening meal. The height, 1,950 metres above sea level, has also left me feeling slightly more prepared for the forthcoming Summer holiday - but more about that later. I'm off for a glass of sparkling wine in the whirlpool!
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