under the coconut tree

Friday, July 22, 2005

The charm of the Cham

Back for the seventh time, our trip to Chamonix (this time, anyway!) was surprisingly more relaxing and less strenous compared to our previous trips. KL promised me a 'real' holiday with some climbing activities on the side.

To be fair, I had my share of holiday (relaxing as what your would normally expect on a holiday) and he had his (climbing, climbing and more climbing till you drop). We had time to wander around the familiar town of Chamonix once again and explore the neighbouring alpine village of Argentiere. Surprisingly, we also managed to fit in 3 days worth of climbing and mountaineering.

We've checked into the same hotel (the last time we brought Ah Ma, Dad and mum here), the Les Gaillands. It's a pretty and very comfortable hotel with a lovely lake nearby and the climbing area right next door. On top of it all, we got a big room with a balcony view of the Mont Blanc Massif.

The hotel we stayed in, Les Gaillands.
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... the lake overlooking the Mont Blanc Massif.
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... the massif in its full grandeur.
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The view from the centre of Argentiere, a typical alpine village.
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Escargot anyone? Nothing like a hot plate of french snails with some fresh baguette and the vibrantly coloured Nicoise salad.
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Monday, July 11, 2005

Friday, July 01, 2005

Order Of Play

The Wimbledon mania is back! The missus called up at 3pm insisting that we try our luck in the queue for the late afternoon matches.

The queue was still extremely long even at 6pm, making us wait over an hour-and-a-half before we got to the main gates. Britain's favourite player Tim Henman playing on centre court certainly did not ease the traffic. The wait was worth it though - Irene got her fair share of nail-biting matches......and I got a good eyeful of them leggy Russian players (and for obvious reasons, will not be commented any further in this Blog) .
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In no time, we were heading to Court 2 for a glimpse of one of Irene's fav players, and what a macth it was!
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It's one thing to see it on TV, but another thing to see the power house that is Serena Williams live on the court.
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Miss Williams, after winning the match, giving away the broken racket she thrashed in an earlier spate of anger. Wonder how much it would go for on e-bay....
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Next up, Swedish Thomas Johansson and Argentinian David Nalbandian also got a fair bit of Irene's attention.
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