Holidays

Weird and wonderful festivals 2014-part1
 

Weird and wonderful festivals 2014-part1

We love a good festival, and we don’t just mean tented cities with lots of bands. Food festivals, wine festivals, saint’s festivals, giants festivals…they are all a great excuse for a knees up.  French regions do festivals really well and Charente Maritime is no exception (who wouldn’t love a party […]

 
 
 
Annecy – Venice of the Alps
 

Annecy – Venice of the Alps

By Trevor Claringbold The last time I was in Annecy was about seven years ago, when it was merely a convenient stopover on a back-roads drive to Monaco. We’d arrived after dark, and had the briefest glimpse of the town and its magnificent lake, through an alpine mist, as we […]

 
 
 
Portofino across harbour
 

Portofino – Where the Famous rub shoulders with the Fishermen

By Trevor Claringbold For those of us old enough to remember the sixties, Portofino was one of the millionaires’ playgrounds that we mere mortals could only dream of visiting. The secluded villas and designer homes around the tiny peninsular were snapped up by the celebrities of the day, and the […]

 
 
 
 

Channel Ferries

Gas Powered Cruise ferry from Brittany Ferries
 

Brittany Ferries announces order of giant gas-powered cruise-ferry

Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, today announced that an order has been placed for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. It will also be the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in UK waters […]

 
 

European Cities

Weird and wonderful festivals 2014-part1
 

Weird and wonderful festivals 2014-part1

We love a good festival, and we don’t just mean tented cities with lots of bands. Food festivals, wine festivals, saint’s festivals, giants festivals…they are all a great excuse for a knees up.  French regions do festivals really well and Charente Maritime is no exception (who wouldn’t love a party […]

 
 
 

Recent Posts

  • New free travel App launched.

    Visitors to the French region of Brittany can now download a free app that will provide a comprehensive guide to the must see sites and attractions within this popular family destination. Currently only available for Apple devices, the app has been launched by a prominent travel trade association, ABTOF (The […]

     
     
  • Cheap ferry crossings for Easter holidays still available
     

    Cheap ferry crossings for Easter holidays still available

    With Easter less than two weeks away and the school holidays having just begun, Dover-Calais operator MyFerryLink has just announced that it still has ‘any duration’ crossings available from £43 each way for a car and up to four passengers on peak Easter dates. This means a family of four […]

     
     
  • Families able to beat peak season price hikes-and school fines
     

    Families able to beat peak season price hikes-and school fines

    A UK tour operator is offering families a discount on the opening weeks of the traditionally more expensive summer peak season.  Matthews Holidays, an ABTA bonded tour operator with some 40 years experience, is promoting what they term their “School Holidays Kick Off Week” where early bookers can get an […]

     
     
  • The Azores celebrate 30 years since last whaling factory
     

    The Azores celebrate 30 years since last whaling factory

    As warm waters attract a plethora of underwater sea life and magnificent whale species this spring and summer, the Azores, now one of the world’s top whale and dolphin sanctuaries, will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary since the last whaling factory closed in the islands. Once a vital part […]

     
     
  • Carlina Belle Plagne Residence
     

    Luxury In La Plagne – New Residence Opens In Belle Plagne

    The Carlina Residence comprises five swish, contemporary ski-in, ski-out boltholes each accommodating up to ten guests in four or five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Furnishings in neutral, calming tones, flat-screen TVs, well-equipped kitchenettes, ski lockers with boot driers, a private sauna and free WiFi enhance any stay, and the panoramic […]

     
     
  • Le Saint-James, Bordeaux
     

    Free Cooking Lesson at Le Saint-James, Bordeaux

    Gastronomic hotel Le Saint-James is located in the village of Bouliac just 15 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux. The hotel is offering a free cooking lesson in their onsite cookery school, “Côté Cours” or free wine tasting classes for corporate groups of 6 people or more, taken between 23rd […]

     
     
  • Santa Marina Resort And Villas In Mykonos
     

    Santa Marina Resort And Villas In Mykonos

    The completely refurbished Santa Marina Resort and Villas will open to guests once more in May 2014, sporting new world-class aesthetics within their restaurants, communal areas, private beach area and 75 of their guest rooms and suites. Renowned interior designer Silvina Krontira, a guest of the Santa Marina since her […]

     
     
  • LD Lines
     

    New UK to Spain service

    LD Lines has announced the introduction of a new UK to Spain service between Poole (Dorset) and Santander in Northern Spain. Complementing LD Lines’ existing France to Spain route between Saint Nazaire, south of Brittany and Gijón in Northern Spain, the service represents a major development to the company’s creation […]

     
     
  • Lisbon In 48 Hours – Sun, Sights And Savings
     

    Lisbon In 48 Hours – Sun, Sights And Savings

    Portugal’s capital is the perfect choice for a vibrant autumn break One of Europe’s sunniest capitals, September and October temperatures in Lisbon still reach the low 60s and high 50s making it the perfect escape from the autumn chill in the UK. And with two new viewing points adding to […]

     
     
  • Istra Croatia
     

    Luxury “Wine Roads Of Istria”

    Luxury “Wine Roads Of Istria” Package Launched By Hotel Monte Mulini. Hotel Monte Mulini has launched a wine break combining luxury accommodation in the beautiful coastal town of Rovinj and a wine tour in the surrounding region of Istria, Croatia, famed for its gourmet food and award-winning wines. Coinciding with […]

     
     

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