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Venice

Getting to know Venice and the Adriatic

Venice is one of Italy’s top tourist destinations and after a few moments in this enchanting city it’s easy to see why. A city largely submerged under water, with around 118 islands left to explore, this really is a city like no other. With its unique waterways filled with gondoliers showing happy tourists the sights of the city from the water, to its stunning piazzas and incredible architecture, Venice is a feast for all the senses!

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Marennes

Things to experience in the Royan & SW France

As well as being a fantastic haven for water-babies who love nothing more than spending hours out on the water, the South West and Royan regions of France offer a lot to experience on dry land too.

We’ve put together a few things to experience:

La Rochelle

The Towers of La Rochelle

The three towers that stand over La Rochelle’s harbour are an iconic sight as they stand tall protecting the entrance from unwanted visitors…well they did back in unsettled times gone by when the city was at war. Visitors can now climb up the towers that date back to the 13th and 14th century to enjoy fantastic views over the water including the nearby islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron as well as over the city.  The towers are open all year round, with varying opening hours. Guided tours are also available.

The Aquarium de la Rochelle

There’s something so wonderfully relaxing and fascinating about aquariums and La Rochelle’s stands out as being amongst the best. You could easily spend a day learning about the sealife around the French Atlantic Coast.

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Why I love holidays in June

I love travelling in June.

Not only is it my birthday which makes for a fantastic excuse to have a holiday but it’s such a good time of year to escape while the resorts are quiet and when you can get a bit more of a ‘real’ experience.

Fair enough the weather may not always be scorching hot. I’ve been away when the month of June was referred to as June-uary… make of that what you will! But you know what, as long as it’s not pouring it down with rain every single day, there is something wonderful about slightly cooler days with sunny skies. For one, the other half doesn’t moan the entire time that he’s ‘too hot’, ‘too sweaty’, ‘needs a drink’, ‘needs ice-cream’… although I am all for ice-cream whether it’s roasting hot or a bit chilly. Ice cream and holidays go hand in hand.

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5 great days out in Tuscany & Rome

Tuscany and Rome make a picture-perfect holiday destination, with beautiful rolling countryside, charming hill top towns, and delightful cities. Here’s our pick of 5 great days out in Tuscany and Rome.

#1 Florence

The regional capital of Tuscany is Florence, one of Italy’s prettiest cities and an art lovers Mecca. The city is packed with beautiful historic treasures, and the brightly coloured cathedral dominates the skyline. It was in Florence that Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and other brilliant 14th to 16th Century Tuscan artists carved out history, and today art is waiting to be discovered on each and every corner. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to ‘David’ the artistic masterpiece by Michelangelo. The museum also houses an interesting collection of paintings from the early 17th Century.

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Spotlight on Lake Garda

Crystal clear swimming waters, vineyards, olive groves and snow-capped mountain views…

Lake Garda is not only Italy’s largest lake but also one of the most scenic and action-packed holiday spots in Europe. Take your pick from water sports, Roman ruins, theme parks, and amazing food and wine.

Lake Garda lies in a deep valley in northern Italy between Venice and Milan. The ladle-shaped expanse of water is 50 miles long and 11 miles across it’s widest. The southern part of the lake features rolling hills with olive and citrus groves fringing the shores. Heading north, the hills give way to majestic mountains.

The lake was formed during the last Ice Age by a massive glacier that flowed down from the Dolomites, cutting through and gouging out the valley. Eventually the ice glacier melted, resulting in the freshwater lake of today.

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