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Spotlight on Normandy and Picardy

If you watched the Tour de France in 2015, you may be familiar with the stunning sights of Normandy and Picardy as the cyclists sped through the regions.

Intrigued to find out more and explore these regions for yourself? Then read on as we discover what makes this region so special.

Normandy and Picardy are both popular holiday destinations – they’re easy to get to and there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas. You can explore the miles of coastline, backed by stunning high cliffs and interspersed with quaint fishing ports and stretches of golden sand or venture inland where there are magnificent forests, tranquil streams and cider-producing fruit orchards.

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How to watch the Tour de France

Allez allez! The 103rd Tour de France has begun at Mont St Michel and we’re all geared up for three weeks of cycling action and stunning French scenery.

If you’re new to the Tour it can be a confusing blur of French jargon and coloured jerseys. But never fear – whether you’re an armchair fan or lucky enough to be close to the action on a Canvas holiday – our spectators guide is here to translate.

The race
The Tour has 21 stages over three weeks, with 22 teams of nine riders. Each team has a leader, who is supported by his team mates (domestiques) in his quest to finish the race in the lowest accumulated time and win the famous Yellow jersey.

As well as the overall competition there are also several sub-contests happening, such as the sprinters and mountains classifications. This means there’s always plenty of action and intrigue to watch.

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Biking brilliance in Lake Garda

“Is this fun?”, asked my brother Adam, as we cycled around another winding bend high into the mountains above Lake Garda.

The gruelling ascent had left us sweaty, fatigued and saddle sore – and unsure of our sanity in voluntarily signing up for this painful outdoor adventure.

But we were not alone in our two-wheeled mission to explore the wilder side of Italy’s biggest lake.

The northern section of Lake Garda is somewhat of a Mecca for mountain bikers.

With hundreds of miles of world class trails heading into the craggy peaks that surround the water, the local tourist board claims it is the “best bike resort in Europe”.

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Adventures in the rain – a Lake Garda special!

YOU can still have awesome outdoor adventures in the rain.

Being adventurous is simply a mindset – a determination to overcome obstacles and squeeze every last drop of fun out of any situation.

And that is the approach my brother Adam and I have taken to the first three days of our trip to Lake Garda with Canvas Holidays.

The weather has been, well, dramatic – thunder has roared, fork lightning has flashed and torrential downpours have soaked everything in sight. But the adventure show has continued. While other gloomy holidaymakers have wrapped themselves in blankets, looking up from their sun beds accusingly at the grey skies, we’ve been out exploring the best Lake Garda has to offer. Mountain trekking, lakeside walks, refreshing swims and paddle boarding have been on the adventure menu – and every tasty course has satisfied our hunger for outdoorsy excitement.

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Weekend escapes

Sometimes you need time out. The chance to leave everyday stresses behind. A short break is a great way to visit new destinations and experience different things without breaking the bank. Just a few days away can make the world of difference.

Imagine getting back to work with stories of sipping a cocktail while the Mediterranean waves lap nearby, or strolling down the Champs-Elysees, stopping for a French pastry along the way. Sure beats spending the weekend cleaning the house!

Camping might not be the obvious choice for a short break holiday. But with easy access to airports and ferry ports, lots to do and plenty of places to explore; it’s time to think again.

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A fresh look at France

To paraphrase Dr Johnson, if you’re tired of France, you’re tired of holidays. It’s the destination that never ceases to intrigue, delight and inspire.

Experiencing the real France means exploring villages unchanged by centuries, witnessing local festivals, eating local dishes, and above all meeting the real people for whom those magical landscapes are the background to everyday life.

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Sport or spa?

What does your perfect holiday entail? Is it trying your hand at a new activity or looking to switch off from everything and just relax?

For families, it can be hard to find the perfect balance between keeping the kids entertained but also having time for yourself to do what you enjoy. So whether you like a chance to relax, or get the adrenaline pumping, we’ve had a look at the best places to enjoy both. 

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A night at the museum…

No, this isn’t a blog post about a Ben Stiller film. Much as I’d like to spend time reviewing it, this post is actually to tell you about something rather good that’s happening this weekend.

Free entry to loads of different museums, all over Europe. At night. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?

Basically, on Saturday 16 May 2015, museums all over Europe will throw open their doors after usual closing hours and invite the public to come and explore. Some are ‘roam free’, while others hold special events or talks.

There are thousands to choose from. If you’re on holiday this weekend, the website has useful links to what’s on where.

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