Posts by swoods

Bella in Disneyland

Nightime at the castle

Bella shares with us her magical stories from Disneyland Paris. Ahhh, Disneyland, where dreams come true. Pah. Blisters, wonky hips, moaning children, dehydration, long queues. Well, maybe it wasn’t that bad. Our story started at about 9:30am in the seemingly endless car park from where we swiftly made our way through all the tunnels and [...]

Archery and Tree Climbing at Val de Bonnal


    Alex tells us about his adventures up in the trees and on the Val de Bonnal archery range. Archery and Tree Climbing The pool and the lake are good fun, but nothing tops the activities that are on offer at Val de Bonnal. Isabella’s told you about the canoeing, but my favourites have [...]

A Trip Underground at Gouffre de Poudrey


A scorcher of a day. One of our main concerns coming to Val de Bonnal was how warm it was going to be. Correction. One of Jill’s main concerns… I’m fine on holiday as long as there’s enough to do, it doesn’t rain, and there’s enough decent stufff to eat and drink. But Jill likes [...]

Jill takes on the Eiffel Tower

Up up and away

I’d managed to get to the age of forty-something without getting all the way up Gustav Eiffel’s 320m-high creation. However, that was without two children pestering me to climb the thing… We thought we’d get there early to beat the crowds, but our early was obviously not early enough as the queues were already snaking [...]

Farewell to Val de Bonnal


Some holidays involve lots of travelling around and sightseeing. This one hasn’t for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this part of the Franche Comté region isn’t awash with must-do attractions. While there are several towns that are worth a visit (expect something on Besancon on the next day or so), they’re pretty in a picture [...]

A Canoeing Adventure in Le Val de Bonnal


Isabella tells us about her adventures whilst canoeing on her Al Fresco holiday at Le Val de Bonnal campsite in the Jura region of France.   Today I’ve canoed about 8km, been towed another 5km and have just delighted the ears of my family with a rendition of ‘Doh a Deer’ played on beer bottles. [...]

Greetings from sunny Val de Bonnal

summer shoes

‘It just tastes different…’ I know what Jill means about that first beer on holiday. It says the same on the front of the bottle as on the front of those you get at Tesco, but, well, it DOES taste different… We didn’t get around to sampling it until the second day of our holiday. [...]

What to do and see in Barcelona

I’m thoroughly depressed. We about to leave the campsite! Boo hoo!! Fortunately we’re having two nights in France staying with one of my oldest friends. Since I last wrote we’ve been to Barcelona… the concrete city! Honestly it has more tower blocks than MANCHESTER! Yes, it’s that bad. No, it’s not the most beautiful city [...]

What to eat and drink on the Costa Brava

I’ve been drinking wine most nights I’ve been in Spain, with time off for San Miguel or Estrella Damm. But on Friday, I visited a local winery. The Costa Brava’s not the first place that comes to mind when you think about Spanish wine, but there are several wineries scattered around the region – look [...]

Languedoc – Domaine des Deux Ruisseaux

Deux Ruisseaux

If you’re returning to Sérignan-Plage in the wee small hours in late August and September, don’t be surprised if you see major activity in the vineyards of Domaine des Deux Ruisseaux in Sauvian. The ‘Two Streams Estate’ – it doesn’t sound quite the same in English – began life in the early 1960s, when Gilbert [...]