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Cycle and surf from Bordeaux to Bilbao

Cycle and surf from Bordeaux to Bilbao A 300-mile bike ride from France into Spain, with surfing and beach yoga interludes along the way, proves exhilarating – if exhausting When I heard about Ticket to Ride’s new “cycle surfari” from Bordeaux to Bilbao – cycling 300 miles over seven days and surfing en route – I jumped at the chance to join. OK, so I only ever cycle a few miles to work. And sure, I’ve never been on a surfboard. But how hard can it be? Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Rachel Dixon Tweet

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10 of the best cognac distillers, tours and tastings, France

10 of the best cognac distillers, tours and tastings, France Exploring Cognac and the Charente region gives an insight into a brandy rich in history – with a barrel full of tastings on offer Cognac is one of France’s most iconic products, yet little of it is consumed at home: 98% is exported. Authentic cognac can only be produced from a specific region but this vast vineyard stretches from the grand town of Cognac itself inland across the Charente region and over to the Atlantic coast. It is a delight to explore, with winemakers, distillers and the famed maisons de négoces (cognac merchants) open for visits. Most people begin in Cognac with one of the multimedia tours (around €20)…

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Voices in the wilderness: a singing retreat in rural France

Voices in the wilderness: a singing retreat in rural France Teaching singing and meditation isn’t an obvious calling for a former punk rocker, but this one helps our participant hit the high notes on a break in the remote Massif Central ‘Get that gob open, Liz,” says Peter. “I’m not seeing any teeth.” I obey, stretching my jaw wide as we’d done in an earlier “howling wolf” exercise, and find that not only can I hit a top F# without squeaking, I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. When I booked a three-day singing retreat at Peter Evans’s farmhouse in rural France, I had been apprehensive about displaying my pitiful abilities to some intimidating Oxford choral scholar type. But instead I found…

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A festive outing to a fairytale French château: a day at Vaux-le-Vicomte

A festive outing to a fairytale French château: a day at Vaux-le-Vicomte Like Versailles but more manageable, this château turns into a winter wonderland at Christmas – perfect for a family day trip from Paris For most of its long and inglorious history, Vaux-le-Vicomte has been ignored. Shunned by the royal court after a jealous and vengeful king left its owner to rot in jail, overshadowed by its neighbour Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte has hidden for centuries in plain sight, less than an hour by car or train from Paris. Many of those driving south en route to the Burgundy vineyards, Alps or winter warmth of the Côte d’Azur won’t even know it’s there. This is a pity at any time…

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On the piste: a group ski holiday in Morzine – for solo travellers

On the piste: a group ski holiday in Morzine – for solo travellers Our writer rediscovers a teenage taste for fun skiing days and raucous nights – but her thirtysomething limbs and liver find the going tough I was 14 when I first went skiing, a scrimped-and-saved-for school trip to Austria by coach and it remains vivid in my memory. Not just the joy of flying down snowy mountains, but all the trappings of a teenage escapade abroad: the dramas, holiday romances, and underage drinking … Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Rachel Dixon Tweet

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Les Trois Vallées: great skiing – but away from the bling crowd

Les Trois Vallées: great skiing – but away from the bling crowd A new hostel in low-key Les Menuires provides easy access to great ski areas but is more about beanies and live bands than expensive designer gear In Courchevel 1850, there’s an eight-bedroom chalet that costs €295,000 a week. The price includes two chefs, two butlers and a massage therapist, but not helicopter transfers to the resort’s altiport, ski equipment or lift passes. Given that kind of excess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Trois Vallées, the biggest linked ski area in the world, was an exclusive, mega-rich enclave. Yet here I am in Les Menuires, just two valleys to the east and on the same lift…

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Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways

Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways From a bedecked Zagreb to twinkling Turin, here are the best places to spark your festive spirit With an ice-skating rink, a huge ferris wheel and an attractive Christmas market (7 December-6 January), Ghent offers no shortage of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit. But beyond the baubles and twinkly lights, there’s plenty to keep winter visitors to this Flemish city happy, from browsing the bric-a-brac stalls of the Bij Sint-Jacobs flea market to hanging out with the hipsters at the Holy Food Market, a cocktail bar and food hall in the beautiful 17th century Baudelo Chapel.1898 The Post is a cosy and cosseting boutique hotel in a…

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A local’s guide to Marseille: 10 top tips

A local’s guide to Marseille: 10 top tips Transformed but not gentrified since its year as Capital of Culture in 2013, France’s second city remains a vibrant cultural, ethnic and gastronomic melting pot Alexandre is a modernist chef who I admire a lot, and his restaurant is worth a gourmet splash out, especially at lunchtime (midday tasting menus from €39-92). He opened AM four years ago and was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. A meal here is very much a surprise: no written menu, just tasting selections that can run to 10 servings, but actually include 20-30 tiny dishes. Alexandre was born in the Congo, and incorporates surprising global ingredients in his cuisine – tapioca from Africa, kumbawa…

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A family ski trip: Le Buet, the French Alps

A family ski trip: Le Buet, the French Alps A fun, communal ski week for families is perfect for both beginners and more experienced skiers – and offers the chance to learn a few unexpected skills, too ‘And this is your circus instructor…” Those words, both intriguing and slightly alarming, are not what you expect to hear at the start of a week’s skiing. But this wasn’t a typical ski trip. For a start there were 80 of us, complete strangers at the beginning, sharing a youth hostel. Then there was the unusual location – a hamlet at the far end of the Chamonix valley – the yoga, and the group hand-holding, both literal and metaphorical. Continue reading… Go…

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World’s first high-altitude cable car roof terrace opens in France

World’s first high-altitude cable car roof terrace opens in France Hikers, skiers and sightseers can now ride on top of the Grande Motte cable car, almost 3,500m above sea level, for even more spectacular views of the Alps I’ll be honest, I’ve never been in a cable car, 3,000 metres above sea level and thought: this is lovely, but it would be even better if I was standing on the roof. So when I received an invitation to the launch of the new cable car cabins at Tignes Grande Motte, Savoie, I had to reread it to be sure I had understood it correctly: “Boasting the world’s largest cable car roof terrace.” It sounded terrifying. Continue reading… Go to…

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