Camping with twins – part one

“You’re going camping?”
“To France”
“With twins”
“Are you MAD?”

Something I’ve heard a lot over the last few weeks. And potentially yes, I am mad. However, as I’ve spent many years as part of the Canvas Holidays marketing team, it seems only appropriate for our first family holiday to be a Canvas one. So while husband Dave got excited about which campsite we should go to, I started to worry about the practical things. Just how many vests do two seven month olds need for 10 days? (Technically 40, but lets not go there!) Can you buy our brand of formula in France? (Yes, but we’re taking our own just in case). Is it OK to ask my parents along to help? (YES, YES, YES). How many nappies will we need (I’m really not going there. Let’s just say a LOT!)

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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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Mastering photography: the parents’ guide

Although many of us tend to grumble when the camera gets pulled out, there can be nothing better than looking back at some of your fondest and funniest memories. Not only do they help transport us back to a particular place, but they can really take us back to a certain time in our lives – a great asset for those with kids who seem to grow every time you turn around!

But what are the most precious of photographs? That’d be your family holiday snaps, right? They capture your family during those special moments that can’t easily be recreated. So, to ensure you get the most out of your holiday, we’ve created this guide, allowing you to capture your fondest holiday moments with your children like you’ve never captured them before. These days, with the amount of photo-enhancing technology available, the way your document your holidays can be better than ever before.

Here are five ways you can revolutionise the way you capture your precious memories…

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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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