My first trip to Berny

After circling Paris Charles de Gaulle airport approximately six times while trying to locate the exit from the car rental place, we cheered as we finally got onto the motorway and en route to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont.

As the sun started to set, we drove through miles of French countryside and excitedly chatted about what we were expecting when we arrived at the campsite. To be honest I was maybe a teeny bit apprehensive due to not having taken a holiday like this before. I needn’t have worried though. We were met by a friendly courier and as we unloaded our bags into the cosy lodge, I felt real excitement creep over me about the next couple of days.

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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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Camping with twins – part two: the journey

If you read my previous post, you’ll know I was not exactly looking forward to the journey to France. Five hours in the car from Fife to Hull, an overnight ferry crossing, then a three hour drive from Zeebrugge to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière. With two seven month olds.

While it wasn’t a breeze, it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be! Honestly.

We allowed plenty of time for the drive – it’s a five hour journey, but we knew we needed to allow a couple of hours more to give the boys time out of their car seats. I planned ahead and found somewhere we could stop and let them have a wriggle about which wasn’t miles off route.

We also timed our journey so we would be able to get straight on to the ferry when we arrived in Hull as it would be their tea time and I couldn’t bear the thought of sitting in a queue with two screaming babies! We were in luck – sort of –  most of the screaming happened in the final bit of the drive when they decided enough was enough!

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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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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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The Rules of Travelling Abroad With Your Dog

Dogs on holidayWe all love holidays, but for some of us, no holiday is complete without our furry friends. Leaving your pet at home whilst you go on your jollies can be heart-breaking, but with a little preparation, you can bring your dog with you to one of Canvas’ dog-friendly campsites!

We’ve tried to make life as simple as possible by gathering together all the information you’ll need if you’re planning to take your pet abroad. Whether you’re travelling to or from an EU or non-EU country, you need to make sure you have the following things in place, or you could end up having to leave your dog in quarantine!

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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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