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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10 tips for making the most of bad weather on holiday

We’re a nation of weather obsessives, and no more so than just before we go on holiday, particularly if you’re going away at a time of year when sun is a little less guaranteed.

However the sunshine needn’t make or break your camping holiday. A spot of rain shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about and exploring or enjoying quality time with your loved ones, and as for the sun tan, you can always fake that!

Here are some of our suggestions for making the most of your holiday if the weather isn’t quite on your side.

  • Have a picnic indoors

Baguettes

If you had your heart set on lots of al fresco eating during your holiday but grey skies have made the prospect risky, create a picnic indoors. The kids will love it. Stock up on lots of goodies from the local supermarket, chuck a blanket over the table, and voila, you’re all set. Copious amounts of bread and cheese tastes just as good indoors, and you won’t have any nasty flies to contend with.

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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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10 things you didn’t know about Bastille Day

Bastille Day on 14 July is one of the most significant dates on the French calendar. You’ll find public celebrations throughout France, with the biggest taking place in Paris, where a spectacular fireworks display lights up the Champs-Élysées and an impressive military parade marches through the streets.

The annual celebrations mark an important piece of French history. On 14 July 1789, a group of French peasants stormed the Bastille – a state prison – intending to seize the arms and ammunition held there, prompting the start of the French Revolution and symbolising the end of the monarchy.

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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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Top tips for chilled-out air travel

You deserve a holiday, and you especially deserve a relaxing holiday but airports aren’t always the best environments for unwinding, particularly during the summer months when peak numbers of travellers pass through clogging up the check-in and security lines.

If you’re flying to your destination this year, enjoy our tips for chilled-out air travel to make sure you leave your stress head firmly behind your front door, and effortlessly glide through to your departure lounge with enough time to have a refreshing gin and tonic, but not so much time you end up spending all your holiday cash in the duty free.

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Spain versus The Netherlands

As Spain and The Netherlands battle it out in the FIFA World Cup, Canvas puts the two nations against each other to see who comes out on top as a camping holiday destination.

Campsites

Spain

Canvas Holidays operates in no fewer than eight campsites in Spain, spread along the Catalonian coastline from Girona to Tarragona. One of our top sellers, Cambrils Park, offers quirky Aloha Bungalow accommodation for a glamping-style break in the sun. All our Spanish campsites are within 1.5 miles of a beach, and are well equipped with fantastic pools, perfect for cooling off from the Spanish sun.

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