Posts by Mary

Beautiful Basque Country: Enjoying the Charms of Saint Jean de Luz


Source: Flickr The town of Saint Jean de Luz, nestled on the South West Coast of France and deep within Basque country, is one of the most idyllic coastal locations for a family holiday. The quaint fishing port, which remains very much a working port to this day, and the distant peaks of the Pyrenees, [...]

Royal Residences and Courtly Castles: The Chateaux of Orleans


The Loire Valley in France is widely acknowledged across Europe as one of the finest spots for visiting chateaux (castles). Often nestled in the lush, fertile meadows and woods around Orleans, the historic buildings provide the perfect opportunity for Francophiles to discover more about the country, and for imaginative types to lose themselves in the [...]

French Food Facts for Kids


French Cuisine: Fun Facts about French Food for Kids When going on holiday with kids, parents often worry about eating, concerned that their kids won’t embrace the local cuisine and that most of the trip will be spent retreating to the safety of fast food restaurants and Brit-themed establishments. Whilst French cuisine is universally celebrated [...]

Wish I Was There Winners


In the middle of January we launched the ‘Wish I Was There’ competition to help everyone through the winter months and get us in the mood for holidays in the sun. All that was required was that entrants posted a picture that epitomised their favourite holiday – nothing technical, just something that would cheer up [...]

Tour de France 2013 – History

Tour de France

With the Tour de France due to start in a few days we thought it’d be the perfect time to share with you a series of posts about the Tour. The first will be a  history of the Tour, then we will let you know what you can expect from this years tour and finally [...]

Douce Quiétude, the best way to experience the Côte d’Azur

Jean, our Al Fresco rep, from the Douce Quiétude campsite in the Côte d’Azur, talks us through all the opportunities and activities this amazing campsite has to offer.   Douce Quiétude: a rough translation being ‘gentle tranquillity’ and sums up this area quite nicely. It’s nestled in the well seasoned pine groves of Valescure/St Raphaël and situated [...]

Markets, History and Pub Quiz’s at La Croix de Vieux Pont

Caroline, the Al Fresco rep from La Croix de Vieux Pont, shares her hints and tips on things to see and do in the Berny Rivière. Markets One thing France is renowned for is the quality of its local markets. Here at La Croix du Vieux Pont we are surrounded by many French market towns. The [...]

Things to do whilst staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Our Al Fresco rep, Caroline, from the La Croix du Vieux Pont campsite, tells us about the exciting days out you can look forward to on your Al Fresco holiday at the Parisian campsite. Hello from Paris, Some of the main attractions include; the fairy tale Château de Pierrefonds, Disneyland Paris, Champagne tasting, Park Asterix, [...]

Cupid is here again to lend a hand!

Managed to find all our love hearts yet? If not don’t despair – Cupid is back to get you looking in the right places! Our competition ends on Tuesday so still a few days left to find all my love hearts. The below should get you looking in the right direction.   I am a [...]

Do You Know A Young Travel Writer?

Do you know a young Bill Bryson or Michael Palin? Well, we are on the hunt for all budding young travel writers! Do you know a child who loves to write all about their travels? Well we want to hear from them for a chance to win a family holiday. We have today launched a [...]