The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

The drive to our summer holiday on Covid-19 times. Finally the day has come, we put the alarm at 2.30 AM and started to get ready the car refrigerator to get going. Prepared the flasks, went to wake up the boys, like three times, and finally, we were all ready to go.
 

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My husband did the packing of the car, and as usual, we were full. And still full after I took things from the bags three times during the preceding week!
 
Anyways, we finished all in the car with the dog and off we went towards Folkestone.
Trying to get Ozzy to pose on the Eurotunnel photo-frame was trickier than it looks! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
Trying to get Ozzy to pose on the Eurotunnel photo-frame was trickier than it looks! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.

Getting on the Eurotunnel. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

 
The terminal of Eurotunnel was open, which I was not expecting. The food stalls, as Starbucks and Leon, were publishing that they were taking food to your cars. We did not need that, as we had lots of food in the car.
 
We did go to the bathroom there, all with masks, in and out, and then clean well our hands…. I was trying to avoid this, but at least it was early on and we did not meet many people on the way.
 
We got in our car and we loaded on the Eurotunnel. The loudspeakers said that you could not get down your car during the crossing, so it was quieter than usual. This was great to have a little cat nap and have time to change the miles/h to km/h and adjust the clock one hour forward.
At the Ibis Styles in Chaumont. Ozzy seemed very comfy on the bed. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
At the Ibis Styles in Chaumont. Ozzy seemed very comfy on the bed. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.

On French soil. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

When we arrived in Calais, it was smooth and easy to get out of the train. We went straight to the A16 and A26 in our road to Chaumont.
We had a good drive, stopped at an open ‘aire’ for a bit. Tried the bathroom and it was awful! That was our last going to the bathroom. Or I find some trees, or use my little Travel Janes that were on my gloves compartment.
All the boys in my family in Chaumont. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
All the boys in my family in Chaumont. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.

Our pit stop in Chaumont. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

We arrived around 1 PM at Chaumont at the Ibis Styles Hotel Centre Gare. It was weird to see Chrystelle, who manages the hotel with a mask, as we were. We went upstairs and had a nap. Then we went off for a walk with the dog, all the way a road down from the park across from the library. It was a windy road that we’ve continued until we finished in a field full of fruit trees. There were a couple of people picking up fruit to take home. One of them told us of a small passage to go back to the centre of Chaumont. It was lovely as it was a path for walking with no cars. It was shorter going this way and it finished behind the local police station.
The old town of Chaumont. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
The old town of Chaumont. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
We walked across town and we went to buy some sushi delivery from Bouddha Zen. It was my first real take away buy since the pandemic. I’ve thought it was very well organised. There were social media stickers for people waiting to stand outside. Alcohol dispensers to wash your hands were on the entrance and by the till. I ordered for the family and waited across by the park with our dog, until one of the girls from the shop came out to call me. We went back to the hotel, and then we had a lovely meal.
After showers we went all to bed and passed out. We were needing our sleep time. The beds at the Ibis Styles Chaumont Centre Gare are very comfortable. I woke up around 7ish, and tried to get all up and coming. I was not sure of getting breakfast at the hotel, only if we could eat al fresco. At the end, we took too long to get up and going, so it was past the time of breakfast. Chrystelle told me no problem to have it yet, but I had everyone (including the dog) in the car. So she told me to take some goodies and some coffees in take away cups for the way. That was lovely and kept us going.
All sound asleep! We needed to get going! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
All sound asleep! We needed to get going! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.

Second day of driving, to the mountains. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

 
After filling up the tank, we took the D619 all the way to the A31 (direction Langres). This is a beautiful piece of road and you see the lovely countryside of France. This second date is my preferred drive, as it starts to be on more interesting terrain.
 
I did not want to use the bathrooms today, so we’ve found an ‘open air’ before arriving to Bourg-en-Bresse. It was lovely because there was a big forest behind the stop. We’ve had our picnic there. I have prepared milanesas (breaded chicken) and home-made bread at home. I have put them together in sandwiches for all!
Near Nantua. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
Near Nantua. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.

Lucky to get what? The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

Then we went to the forest for a quick wee! It was perfect. The not-so-perfect moment was, that after a while, my youngest complained of pain in his neck back in the car. Thanks to be middle aged, now my sight is crap so I could not see what was going on. I’ve told him not to do anything until we reach Morgex.
When we’ve arrived, in the sun with glasses, I’ve looked at my youngest’s neck and seen a tick- A TICK! I knew about them from stories when I was young on a friend got stung when young in Canada and got Lyme disease. Also, I read on three of the Swiss newsletters I receive, that it was high season for ticks in Switzerland.
A Tick!!! A real one! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
A Tick!!! A real one! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
Looking on Google a bit, I’ve found that there were some cases in Aosta. But as Valais (the other side of the mountains here), have many cases, I thought here there could be too.

So it was a tick! The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times

I’ve never thought of France to be honest. And I got a kit of some thin tweezers to take the ticks from their stingers. I’ve told my husband and he was telling me that I was acting hysterical -which I was… but thankfully I was ready for it! I got out my tweezers, put my kid on a place with lots of light and pull the bugger off. Then I took couple of pictures of it and let it on a rock to bake off!
All is worth for this view of the Massiccio del Monte Bianco from the Italian Size. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
All is worth for this view of the Massiccio del Monte Bianco from the Italian Size. Photo: The-Ski-Guru. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
As I am no expert, I wanted to check with the doctor. I went with my youngest to the Ambulatorio here in Morgex, but went passed the time they open, so went on to the pharmacy. There the pharmacist looked at my kid’s neck, and told me that it seemed I took it well. He saw also the pictures. He told me that all looked well but to check how it evolved. If the sting got redder and swollen, go back and they would give him antibiotics. He thought that was not the case, but at least, I had a professional view.
A nice 'gelato' to welcome us to Italy. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
A nice ‘gelato’ to welcome us to Italy. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times.
So after this start of trip, we went on for a well-deserved gelato! And it was worth it! We were back in the mountains!

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You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip.  If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Self-drive skiers also need to plan for Brexit. Check out our tips for driving to the mountains.  If flying and renting a car in Europe, beware of the extra charges they will pass to you if you want winter tyres, snow chains or ski racks. If driving, check the winter tyres news for Europe and North America.

You can see how our last family ski holiday was not as expected, even though one plans it to be a success, but how we could do the most of it. If you want to get better before getting to your next ski holiday, here is a quick guide to indoor skiing and dry slopes in the UK. You can also read our week in the mountains during our summer holidays in Courmayeur.

Check also how we can envision ski resorts opening on the 2020-21 ski season. 

You might want to read our lasts must-read guides: to Vail , Chamonix and Summer in South-Tyrol. 

Featured Photo: Travelling with masks- this is Covid-19 times. The Drive to Our Summer Holiday on Covid-19 Times. Photo: The-Ski-Guru

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