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And... we're off! Yah!! :D
Just as in the last seven years, the same fabulous bunch of friends set course for the slopes. Yes, it is that time again. Our yearly skiing extravaganza is about to commence. Each year we drive to our destination, and this year is no exception. However, as we get older we no longer feel the need (or have the energy, LOL) to drive the approximately 1000km in one go. We therefore opted for an overnight stay in a cheap hotel. Our place of snow-white mischief this year is Haute Nendaz in Switzerland, near Lausanne. The nearest cheap hotel we could find was an F1 on the outskirts of Lausanne.

The trip to Lausanne was fine; most of the time we had excellent driving conditions. Only once was it misty, lovely photos are the result. From The Hague we drove through Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France.
Belgian field
Most of below pictures are from northern France. After our arrival at the F1 hotel in Lausanne, we were in search of a place to eat that evening. We had seen a 'Buffalo Grill' in the distance, from the outside an appealing chain of grill restaurants. We have always wanted to eat at one, but somehow never got around to actually doing it. However, this one being visually close we opted to make it there this year and started walking over.

After the greater part of three quarters of an hour, we finally arrived at the door of the Buffalo Grill. It had appeared so close, but to get there we had to duck under or climb over an eight lane motorway. With cars going by at what seemed like a hundred miles per hour, crossing it was no option. During our walk, thoughts about unreachable goals did come up, but our spirit never sank. Jokingly, we renamed the desired dinner location to 'The Holy Grill'. Anyway, dinner was fine, the steak reasonable, but very good value for money, considering the price. Maybe, just maybe I might do a review on the grill :) I did take a photo, just in case, of both the in- and exterior but as always I forgot to take a picture of the food, lol.

Here are the photos of our first day of fun filled adventures.
Sweetski says:
True, but that was before the credit crunch :D
Posted on: Feb 26, 2009
Sunflower300 says:
That sure is one way to work up an appetite. "Holy Grill" – I love it. :)

I distinctly remember you flew last year. There was something about writing a letter on one of the sick bags. :)
Posted on: Feb 25, 2009
Sweetski says:
Sylvia, there were nine of us. We went with three cars. 621 miles seems about right and indeed, F1 is the name of a hotel chain. I've done two reviews on them already, and I might review this one too. :)
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009
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And... were off! Yah!! :D
And... we're off! Yah!! :D
Belgian field
Belgian field
First glance at northern France :)
First glance at northern France :)
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Yippee..., the first snow!
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You know me; undulate fields, wid…
At the rest stop.
At the rest stop.
View from the rest stop
View from the rest stop
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That crispy snow felt so good und…
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In Val de Semouse (Valley of Semo…
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At the rest stop. Now which tree …
Icy walls
Icy walls
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We spotted a rainbow cloud along …
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Misty conditions only appeared a …
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Very peaceful and eerie at the sa…
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The sun is starting to set.
The sun is starting to set.
evening sky in northern France
evening sky in northern France
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TomTom helped us through more mis…
Were getting near Lausanne now.
We're getting near Lausanne now.
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Ahhh. Finally we arrived at the F…
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