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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Spotlight on Corsica

Situated above Sardinia in the sun-drenched Mediterranean sits the French island of Corsica. After a fairly colourful past with numerous changes in who it belonged to, it is now part of France and has been for the past 200 years. Even though it’s been part of the country for so long, it still maintains its own strong identity and a lot of the locals speak Corsican. This unique culture and heritage is what makes it such a fascinating place to visit. Of course, the stunning landscape and endless hours of gorgeous sunshine definitely add to its appeal!

As soon as you approach the island either by ferry or plane, it’s the striking landscape that really entices you in. While around the edge of the island the coastlines vary from rocky inlets to gorgeous white sandy beaches, it’s the green imposing mountainous interior that really makes you want to get out there and explore.

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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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Rescue boat at San Vincenzo

Under the Tuscan Sun: Tuscany’s best beaches

White sandy beaches may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Tuscany. The region is usually associated with art and culture, or cookery schools and delicious Italian cuisine. But as well as being a fantastic base for cultural and country pursuits, Tuscany also shares 250 miles of beautiful coastline with the Tyrrhenian sea making it a great base for an all-round enjoyable holiday.

Here’s our pick of the best beaches:

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