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A Day Trip to the Island of Elba

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Source: Flickr Elba is an island that enjoys a certain level of historical notoriety, thanks to the fact that Napoleon, after his abdication, was exiled there in 1810. However, wise travellers know that there is a lot more to Tuscany’s largest island than just a connection with the famous emperor. It boasts a landscape of [...]

Family Friendly Festivals in Europe

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Thank You For the Music: Family Friendly Festivals in Europe Rewind a couple of decades, and holidays abroad were mostly about one thing and one thing only. Hitting the beach (and most importantly, of course, a sunny beach) was the sole priority of families heading to Europe for their holidays, and a week or two [...]

Tour de France 2013 – Al Fresco Camping Along the Route

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Planning to watch the Tour de France 2013, which is set to prove more spectacular than ever in this its 100th incarnation with tougher mountain challenges than ever before? Well, Al Fresco has the country pretty much covered, north to south, side to side, with luxury parks in no less than ten different regions. So [...]

Tour de France 2013 – What to expect

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What to look out for The Tour is, of course, famous for its relentless, punishing mountain stages. But this year they’re going to be twice as arduous…One of the most eagerly anticipated highlights of the 2013 race is the ‘brutal’ double ascent of L’Alpe d’Huez (1,860m) with its legendary 21 bends. This will prove a [...]

Tour de France 2013 – History

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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 [...]

WINNER, CONNOR RESTAN – MY WILD WEST BACK GARDEN

The saloon bar doors burst open and there he stood. Two foot tall and reeking of sour milk. It was Will, Will the kid, my arch enemy. We were in the Wild West, my back garden. My enemy? My little brother. He stood there stinky nappy, wellies on and ready to make my playtime HELL! [...]

JOINT SECOND PLACE, MILES HOLLAND – TEA POT TREE ISLAND

My travel agent booked me on a special offer to Tea Pot Tree Island. In the brochure it looked extraordinarily interesting. When I arrived everything seemed a little bit bonkers.Suddenly in front of me there were hundreds of jazzy walking teapots, dancing in all different directions. Amazingly, a bright pink spotty teapot lady whisked me [...]

JOINT SECOND PLACE, SAM HUGHES – JUNGLE CHASE

Once upon a time there was a monkey called Crashbangwallop. He was called Crashbangwallop because every time he tried to climb a tree, he fell out and went ‘crash bang wallop’! One day Crashbangwallop went on holiday to the Congo in Africa. The first thing he saw was a big gorilla, who chased him all [...]

RUNNER UP, MOLLY MACLEOD – THE MOUNTAIN PANTHER

A large black cat padded around a dismal cage. A clattering noise roused him from his trance and a pitiful slab of meat was thrown in. Then the young gamekeeper walked away. Immersed in his thoughts, the gamekeeper had left the cage gates ajar. The panther did not react immediately, but carried on his normal [...]

RUNNER UP, TIA FINCH – THE SWEETEST FALL

One sunny morning Tia and Roxy went out in the garden to pick some flowers for their mum. As they skipped hand in hand down to the bottom of the garden, everything went black. “ahhhhhhhhhh” Tia and Roxy screamed as they fell further and further into a deep, dark hole. They were blinded by the [...]