Author: Paul Harrison

The Vendee: Beaches, bikes and blue skies in west France

Pedal power is big business in the Vendee. The region in mid-west France will become the focus of the cycling world in July when it hosts Le Grand Depart – the start of the Tour de France. For the amateur enthusiast or total novice, the family-friendly flat landscape has been […]

Val Louron ski resort

Pyrenees ski resorts reporting ‘excellent’ snow conditions

The Pyrenees2vallees ski area in the south of France is reporting excellent snow conditions. The area – which includes Saint Lary, Peyragudes, Piau Engaly and Val Louron – saw up to 60cm of new snow over the weekend. Peyragudes saw the most snow with over 60cm, while St Lary (50cm+), Piau Engaly […]

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Crystal Ski Holidays help you find ‘ideal ski holiday’

Crystal Ski Holidays have created an interactive tool to help you find the ideal ski holiday. The tool that allows you to compare 50 of the best ski resorts around the world in seconds by applying filters like costs of a lift-pass, number of bars, slope difficulty ratings, or even the […]

Cathay Pacific A350

Cathay Pacific increases Manchester Airport to Hong Kong service

Cathay Pacific has increased its five-times-a-week service from Manchester to Hong Kong to a daily flight. James Ginns, Cathay Pacific’s Regional General Manager Europe, said: “Boosting our Manchester flights into a daily service highlights the popularity of the route and the global importance of the Northern Powerhouse. “We are delighted […]

Crystal Ski Holidays named Best Ski Company at British Travel Awards

Crystal Ski Holidays has been named winner of Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday Company in the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards (BTA). The announcement was made at a glamorous awards ceremony in London and attended by more than 1,000 travel industry professionals, including representatives from all leisure travel genres and […]

Blue Air plane

Blue Air launches Liverpool to Palma service

Blue Air has launched a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Palma de Mallorca for summer 2018. The Blue Air flights will start in June 2018, with twice weekly departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays through to the end of September 2018 with fares from just £68.10 one-way, included […]

Jet 2 plane

Jet2 launches winter ski flights from Manchester and East Midlands

Jet2.com has announced its biggest-ever ski programme, including flights to six ski destinations from Manchester Airport this winter. Jet2 will operate up to 20 weekly flights to six top ski destinations from Manchester – Andorra (via Barcelona), Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon, Salzburg, and Turin. In addition, Jet2 will operate flights to […]

Blue Air plane

Blue Air releases summer 2018 schedule from Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Blue Air have released details of the flights for summer 2018 from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The airline’s initial schedule from Liverpool with their based aircraft once again features six flights per week to Rome, four to Milan and three to Alicante, with flights operating from the end of March […]

Hamburg waterfront

48 hours in Hamburg: Avoid the Reeperbahn to grab a free ride

‘Hamburg? You’ll be going to the Reeperbahn then?” No. Really don’t bother. The Reeperbahn is Hamburg’s notorious ‘sex street’ lined with bars and brothels. There is even a sex shop above McDonald’s (cue Happy Meal gags!). In reality it’s a dual carriageway that’s crass, noisy and intimidating. Best to have […]

The swimming pool at Les Ecureuils

Les Ecureuils: Eurocamp campsite in the Vendee

Kids will love Les Ecureuils, one of a series of campsites along the west Atlantic coast in the north Vendee region of France. The site near St Hilaire-de-Riez is a real family favourite with a great swimming pool that has slides and a lazy river. Kids will also spend hours riding their bikes […]