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Camping with twins – part three

So the holiday. Well you know what – we had fun! I’m not going to write a day by day account of what we did on our holidays, but I thought I’d share the Harper’s holiday highlights!

1) Swimming
As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s hard for us to find time to take the boys swimming. So our Canvas holiday was the first time they’d been! The pool at Berny Rivière was lovely – the toddler pool has a retractable roof, so can be used in all weather and the water was warm. Although we didn’t use them, there are plenty of changing cubicles, so you don’t have to drag dripping wet toddlers around the campsite.

The boys loved the pool (one slightly more than the other, as you can tell from the picture!) and we’ve resolved to make sure we take them regularly in the future.

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Great cycling routes in Europe

With the Tour de France set to start on 2 July, we take a look at some great routes in Europe. We know that not everyone is going to be a natural Bradley Wiggins but cycling is something that the whole family can enjoy together whatever their abilities. Getting the whole family out together to explore the stunning countryside and to enjoy the fresh air is what holidays are all about.

For the cyclist who likes to focus on fun!

For families with younger children or the type of cyclist that likes to hop on a bike and just go off and explore then we have the perfect route for you. The Loire à Vélo is a cycle network covering 500 miles from the Atlantic coast of France to just outside Nevers in Burgundy. Now, we’re not suggesting tackling this all at once but why not try a section. The great thing about the Loire à Vélo is that it is wonderfully flat – you could cycle for days without coming across an incline.

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Why Brittany is the birthplace of the crêpe

Quick, simple and instantly satisfying, the humble crêpe has become a street food staple worldwide. Crêperies are as ubiquitous in the hip quarters of many of the world’s favourite metropolises as they are in the French towns and villages that have traditionally served the food for years.

Catering for all palates – sweet or savoury, sophisticated or simple – the dish’s versatility has given it longevity in a global culinary marketplace but did you know that it was Brittany which gave the world the French crêpe?

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Four spring destinations in Europe

We all know that holiday prices can be lower and tourist hotspots are typically less crowded during the spring months but a European break at this time of year is also an opportunity to experience your favourite destination in a different way.

With more locals around and fewer holidaymakers you’re likely to gain a more authentic insight into the place you’re visiting. Plus the warm but not scorching temperatures are perfect for exploring; tackling steep stairwells or dusty cobbled lanes is far more enjoyable in a cooler climate. And if you do encounter an April shower there’s usually a museum, café or cathedral not too far away to make sheltering from the rain all part of the fun.

It’s a great time of year to pick up new flavours if you are looking for some culinary inspiration. Many of the popular open-air European markets open during spring and you might find local, seasonal fruit and vegetables that you just wouldn’t be able to source during the summer.

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A taste of Italy – classic pizzas

As I often travel abroad alone when working, a pizza is a convenient but tasty solution to grabbing something quickly to eat whilst on the move. Indeed its history, as Nicola mentioned in a recent post, began as humble street food in the back streets of Naples. The essence of Italian pizzas is ‘less is more’. In my view the best pizzas are thin based, cooked in a traditional wood burning oven, lipsticked with a rich, deep-red tomato sauce, and topped simply with fresh ingredients. Whilst I think some of the enormous americanised cheese-filled crust experiences available in the UK have their moment (usually after 2 a.m.), they don’t come close to the authentic Italian.

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A local’s guide to Sardinia

Former Canvas Holidays employee and Sardinian native Marisa Casu shares insider tips on what to do and see on a camping holiday in Sardinia.

Sea breeze, pine scent and the sound of the Launeddas (a Sardinian musical instrument) are immediately brought to mind when I think of Sardinia. Characterised by an unspoilt wild nature, this island I call home possesses a unique culture developed through a fascinating history and mysterious legends. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a holiday that connects with nature and tradition in peaceful surroundings.

When and where to go

The best time to visit Sardinia is during May and the end of September. During these months, the temperature is perfect for taking trips around the island. Renting a car is highly recommended. The main provinces are Sassari, Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano, and recently four new ones have been added: Carbonia-Iglesias, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra and Olbia-Tempio. It’s also worth visiting small towns, such as the medieval villages of Bosa and Castelsardo.

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A champagne visit to Reims

‘Tis the season to drink champagne! And what better time to venture beyond the bubbles of this favourite festive tipple to visit Reims, deep in the heart of Champagne country… and well worth a visit.

The Champagne capital
Along with Épernay, Reims is the most important centre of Champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, including Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Tattinger and Pommery.

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Duinrell: a half-term hot spot

Ask any child what they like best thing about being at school and they are likely to reply “the holidays!” Ask any parent what they like least about their children’s school days and they might very possibly reply with the same answer. But the school holidays can be fun for all the family.

With October half-term descending upon many families in England, Wales and Scotland, the challenge of keeping the children entertained presents itself again. But this time of year should definitely not be overlooked for planning a getaway. It can be a great time to travel – prices are lower, the weather is still mild and a holiday can break up the sometimes drab British autumn and winter season.

A real half-term favourite with Canvas holidaymakers is Holland campsite Duinrell located a short walk from the pretty village of Wassenaar, and only 20 miles from Amsterdam. Duinrell is also quick and easy to get to, just 25 miles from Schiphol airport and 40 miles from Rotterdam ferry port, so if you only have time for a shorter break it’s the ideal destination for a family holiday.

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