The alternative guide to romance in Paris

With the annual hearts and flowers fanfare of Valentine’s Day comes the focus on all the typical romantic destinations and Paris regularly tops the polls as the favourite place to enjoy a first date, propose or have a romantic weekend away.

But if cheesy photos in front of the Eiffel Tower really aren’t your bag, then our guide uncovers an alternative way to enjoy the French capital as a couple – without all the clichés.

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The gourmet guide to the Dordogne

Regularly described as France’s gastronomical heart, the Dordogne region is a natural larder for some of the finest ingredients you can hope to sample in Europe.

Whether you are looking to indulge in gourmet specialities like black truffle or foie gras or prefer the simplicity of in-season strawberries or locally grown walnuts, your tastebuds will be exposed to an exciting range of flavours exclusive to the Dordogne.

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10 tips for making the most of bad weather on holiday

We’re a nation of weather obsessives, and no more so than just before we go on holiday, particularly if you’re going away at a time of year when sun is a little less guaranteed.

However the sunshine needn’t make or break your camping holiday. A spot of rain shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about and exploring or enjoying quality time with your loved ones, and as for the sun tan, you can always fake that!

Here are some of our suggestions for making the most of your holiday if the weather isn’t quite on your side.

  • Have a picnic indoors

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If you had your heart set on lots of al fresco eating during your holiday but grey skies have made the prospect risky, create a picnic indoors. The kids will love it. Stock up on lots of goodies from the local supermarket, chuck a blanket over the table, and voila, you’re all set. Copious amounts of bread and cheese tastes just as good indoors, and you won’t have any nasty flies to contend with.

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10 things you didn’t know about Bastille Day

Bastille Day on 14 July is one of the most significant dates on the French calendar. You’ll find public celebrations throughout France, with the biggest taking place in Paris, where a spectacular fireworks display lights up the Champs-Élysées and an impressive military parade marches through the streets.

The annual celebrations mark an important piece of French history. On 14 July 1789, a group of French peasants stormed the Bastille – a state prison – intending to seize the arms and ammunition held there, prompting the start of the French Revolution and symbolising the end of the monarchy.

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Top tips for chilled-out air travel

You deserve a holiday, and you especially deserve a relaxing holiday but airports aren’t always the best environments for unwinding, particularly during the summer months when peak numbers of travellers pass through clogging up the check-in and security lines.

If you’re flying to your destination this year, enjoy our tips for chilled-out air travel to make sure you leave your stress head firmly behind your front door, and effortlessly glide through to your departure lounge with enough time to have a refreshing gin and tonic, but not so much time you end up spending all your holiday cash in the duty free.

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Spain versus The Netherlands

As Spain and The Netherlands battle it out in the FIFA World Cup, Canvas puts the two nations against each other to see who comes out on top as a camping holiday destination.

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Spain

Canvas Holidays operates in no fewer than eight campsites in Spain, spread along the Catalonian coastline from Girona to Tarragona. One of our top sellers, Cambrils Park, offers quirky Aloha Bungalow accommodation for a glamping-style break in the sun. All our Spanish campsites are within 1.5 miles of a beach, and are well equipped with fantastic pools, perfect for cooling off from the Spanish sun.

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Guess whose dog deserves a holiday…

In April we launched a really exciting competition here called ‘Does your dog deserve a holiday?’. We wanted to encourage more people to take their four-legged friend away for a relaxing break.

We have 39 campsites offering dog friendly holidays, so thought it only natural that we give the most deserving pooch £250 in Canvas Holidays vouchers as a prize. All entrants had to do was write a blog post telling us why their dog deserves a holiday, and include a cute or funny picture of course!

So whose dog did our judges think most deserved a holiday? We’re very pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Chloe and her adorable dog Baby!

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