Soon after moving to the Philippines, Taiwan became high on our list of places to visit. This small island has a big history and although the many national parks are a big draw, its awe-inspiring landscapes are not all it has to offer. Taiwan has modern, vibrant cities, beaches, hot springs, amazing food and dozens of picture-perfect scenic areas. Being ruled by Japan from 1895 until 1945, Taiwan is organised and efficient and the Taiwanese are amazingly friendly, polite people. Plus, as we found out, there are so many things to do in Taiwan with kids.
Arc 1950 is a purpose-built ski resort and one of four villages that makes up the resort of Les Arcs. It sits on a plateau just below its neighbour Arc 2000 in the French Alps. It’s high, enjoys reliable and generous snowfall in winter and gives skiers quick access to the huge Paradiski area. Unlike many purpose-built resorts, however, Arc 1950 is full of character. Designed to resemble a traditional Savoyard village, Arc 1950 is absolutely charming. It’s also incredibly convenient; small, pedestrianised and with easy ski-in, ski-out access, it’s the perfect place for a family ski holiday.
If I’m being honest, when I agreed to spend a morning mountain biking in Les Gets I didn’t really know what to expect. I have spent many summers in the Portes du Soleil region and think of the Morzine Les Gets area as a second home. I have hiked the walking trails, swum in the lakes and tried myriad other Alpine activities including foraging, paragliding and sleeping under the stars in a hammock. But I had never tried mountain biking, until this summer.