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Jun 6, 2020 - Total deconfinement?

Beaches are now open but you have to wear your mask (except in the water). Have you ever tried to wear a mask by 40+ degrees? Gathering is still not allowed? Every outside entertainment is now accepted with 50% of capacity. Youhoo! Freedom! As Usual June is a very emotional and intense month. Friends are leaving and this year it was very difficult to do big farewell parties but we found our ways. A bit of craziness is good after all this months confined. Drinks with a couple of friends on the top of the city, yacht, limo, and the yellow...

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May 8, 2020 - Deconfinement

With the ramadan coming, the government ease a bit the rules. We are now allowed to go outside of the house as soon as we wear a mask and we stay 2 meters form each other. No more than 3 people together. Masq is also mandatory in the car even if you are alone??? Not really allowed or not really clear but we start to see some friends (little comity) It is really hot outside but so happy to go out that we go for a bicycle tour.

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Apr 22, 2020 - Confinement

We are doing well. We are very lucky to live in a big nouse and to have a pool. We are very grateful with the quality of the home schooling and the teachers are doing an amazing job. When not working, we are doing board games, cooking and even making movies for fun or for our friends birthday!

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Apr 20, 2020 - April 2020

Well, all confined for this month. Every week a new rule more strict than the one before. Now we are allowed to go outside only for grocery or pharmacy shopping. Permit are delivered no more than every 3 days (5 for ATM) with time slot. And only 1 pers per car. However we are still having fun. We celebrated Virg 's birthday, eater with a treasure hunt to find the eggs. And we are having fun by creating some movies the we for ourselves or for every friend birthday. Bahia, Aloe and Marin are quite good with e-learning. Most of their lesson...

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Mar 26, 2020 - March Dubai and Aloe 11 years old

This month will open a new history page. Coronavirus has spread everywhere in the world. China is in confinement since January, then Italy. Dubai just announced on March 4th that schools will be closed from March 8th. France will follow one week later. Every day something else seems to close; until government asks us to stay confined in our house. What a weird birthday! Aloe is really sad not to share this event with her friends. We try to make this day as fun as it could be. At least , we have zoom now to allow us video conf with friends.

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Mar 19, 2020 - Liwa before confinement

Schools are closed for 2 weeks now and kids are on vacations. Total confinement has not been announced yet and if some friends start to confine themselves home without any instructions from government, we choose to do our probably last trip to Liwa with Clara and Antoine, Marthe and Madeleine. Liwa is the world biggest send desert. It is located in Abu Dhabi at the border with Saoudi. Dunes are really impressive there. They can reach 200 m. You find different colours of send and big field of salt. Each time we go to Liwa, it looks the same...

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Mar 18, 2020 - Coming Home

Home via Singapore and Dubai Day 196 The hotel room is lovely with comfortable bed and an extra bed brought up for Marcus. Although I am absolutely exhausted I am unable to sleep as I am terrified our flights will be cancelled. I toss and turn whilst Mark and Marcus sleep like babies. Eventually, I decide to get up and make my way down to the terminal to check on flights and find out where we need to go to catch our plane to Singapore. Dressing quietly I then make my way down to reception to catch the buggy down to the departure lounge....

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Mar 12, 2020 - Virg, now a yoga teacher

After 2 months of training Virg completed her 200 hours of yoga teacher training. (practice, phylosophy, history, meditation, pranayama -breathing technics-anatomy) ...Just in time as from the following day, all yoga studios will be closed for the period of confinement.

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Mar 2, 2020 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Today we got to visit Dubai. Speaking for myself, I was more impressed with Abu Dhabi although both cities shared a common history and Dubai is also going “build them until we sink” crazy. Abu Dhabi just seemed to be a little cleaner and organized. Our first stop on the tour was the Dubai Museum. This showed some of the history of the town and was fairly interesting. Our second stop was the open market for gold, silver and spices. You can haggle over the price of the “workmanship” of an item, but not the basic cost of the gold or silver....

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Jan 1, 2020 - Jan/ Feb: a weird start of the year

A weird start of the year... To start with: Vinz' birthday on January 1st (like every year). To celebrate it, he will have a 45 min session of e-foil. Amazing! 10 days letter, 1st deception with our week-end in Liwa cancelled because of a storm in Dubai. The wind is very strong and it is raining a lot. All is floating: houses, streets, malls. But Vinz has this great idea to go kite surfing. He has an accident! 9 days at the hospital in order to have a surgery that will finally not happen. From Now Vinz is working from home as he cannot...

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Jan 1, 2020 - Bonne Année 2020 a toutes et a tous !

Just on time: happy new year 2020! Fourth new year in Dubai: our new record to date 2019 was an amazing year with a beautiful trip to Tanzania with Annie, a trip to Iran (what an amazing country), our usual visit to France in Summer (Paris, Notre Dame de Mont, Limoges, Corps, Luberon villages, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Hossegor). Visitors who came to enjoy Dubai: Papoupa and Mouty, Vanessa and Francois, Audrey and Manuel, Annie, Cedric. Bahia passed with success her 1st GCSE (french). Aloe did her 1st communion and passed with success her...

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Dec 12, 2019 - Avoriaz, we are back

One more year where we have the opportunity to go skying in France, Avoriaz before french are on holidays. That means we have the slopes just for us :-) Virginie, Xavier, Antoine and Jeanne come to ski with us for the we. Papoupa and Mouty are here for the week and Papoupa ski with all of us even if this year it starts to be difficult to follow the kids :-)

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