Andrew Hudson

Sunday, 24 December 2023

Christmas in France

Here’s what I got up to last week:

  • Travelled to France by ferry on Wednesday night (Portsmouth to St Malo) and the sea was a bit rough but not too bad.
  • Drove to Marion’s parents Thursday morning and arrived in time for lunch
  • Marion’s brother and family arrived Friday night
  • Had an excellent Christmas day and Christmas Eve (French celebrate on the 24th more than on the 25th).
  • Kids super excited by Christmas and super happy to get their presents from Santa, and also to see their cousins.
  • I got a whisky, some in-ear headphones for Zwifting, a jumper and some chocolates.
  • Helped Arthur make a Lego train. Mainly it was finding and sorting bits of Lego but it enabled him to make it in two days so he was super happy.
  • Helped Emma with her drawing and painting.
  • Did part of a puzzle.
  • Had a Zoom call with my parents in England wishing them happy Christmas
  • Read lots finishing “Every Man for Himself and God Against All” and half of the next book “Whale” by Cheon Myeong-Kwan (very good!)
  • Watched a lot of the cyclocross via a VPN and Discovery+. MvdP, WvA and TP are back but so far it has been a MvdP masterclass.
  • Played in the local park with the kids
  • Went to Christmas eve mass in the village for the children
  • Ate a lot of delicious food and drank a bit (hardly any really) of wine and beer. Feels really great to not feel groggy the next morning at Christmas time!
  • The weather here is really mild so Marion’s Dad turned off the heating and put on a nice Christmas fire both Christmas days.


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