Bordeaux’s free holiday cabins: basic but still beautiful

 Bordeaux holidays Free world Bordeaux’s free holiday cabins: basic but still beautiful Dotted around Bordeaux, Les Refuges Périurbains are architect-designed shelters that cost nothing to stay in – though don’t expect hot tubs or minibars A giant Mr Whippy ice-cream is floating on the edge of a lake. A slender water tower rears out of […]

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Creche course: a family skiing holiday in France

Ardent map “The poor things!” he bleats. “Will they be OK?” It doesn’t matter how desperately you need a break as a parent – and I really do, nine months after having my second baby – there is still a certain amount of soul-searching and guilt-suppression when putting your little kids into childcare on holiday. […]

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Ground Control calling: the new Paris arts and food hub

Paris holidays Its terrace is already a cool foodies’ favourite but the former rail depot turned theatre and music venue aims to attract the local community, too  Station to station … Paris’ Ground Control was previously a warehouse for rail company SNCF now it is filled with boutiques, bars and food stalls A tiny sign […]

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10 of the best early summer breaks in France: readers’ tips

Winning tip: Cassis, near Marseilles Cassis, around an hour’s drive from Marseille, is a tiny port town famous for its salty rosé (not to be confused with blackcurrant liqueur crème de cassis, from Burgundy) and herb-scented whites. We had the delight of a vineyard tour at Clos Saint Magdeleine, where the family greeted us like […]

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