[11 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Five star camping in Sommières, France

By Stuart Forster
Let’s face it, going camping isn’t everyone’s idea of the ideal vacation. Some couples would rather choose to spend time apart rather than endure time together in a tent. That said, they probably haven’t enjoyed a holiday on a five-star campsite.
The first French site to be given that quality accolade is the Domaine de Massereau on the outskirts of Sommières, in the country’s southern Gard department. The historic town – with 5,000 inhabitants, a Roman bridge and a medieval core – lies between Nimes and Montpellier, a 30-minute …

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[11 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
The Wild West at La Reata Ranch, Saskatchewan, Canada

By Stuart Forster
When it comes to cowboys and ranching I usually think of the USA rather than Canada. However, a little more than 100 miles north of the 49th Parallel, the border between the two, I meet a man in a white Stetson who changes that.
George Gaber looks like one of the goodies from an old Western. He’s tanned, has a firm jaw, is rugged yet he’s impeccably polite. The fellas I’m with like him because he’s living the dream and the women I’m with are swooning, saying he is …

Dinky Destinations, Europe, France, Headline »

[11 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Five star camping in Sommières, France

By Stuart Forster
Let’s face it, going camping isn’t everyone’s idea of the ideal vacation. Some couples would rather choose to spend time apart rather than endure time together in a tent. That said, they probably haven’t enjoyed a holiday on a five-star campsite.
The first French site to be given that quality accolade is the Domaine de Massereau on the outskirts of Sommières, in the country’s southern Gard department. The historic town – with 5,000 inhabitants, a Roman bridge and a medieval core – lies between Nimes and Montpellier, a 30-minute …

Africa, Dinky Destinations, Malawi »

[10 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Manchester Students Join Mlambe Project to build Schools in Malawi, Africa

By Dom Grocott
A group of students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University have joined forces with The Mlambe Project to assist the charity with its vision to provide low-cost high-quality schools for the poorest communities in Malawi.
The architectural and engineering students are forwarding The Mlambe Project’s pioneering earthbag building technique and have designed a number of cost-saving and quality-boosting improvements.
Eight students plan to travel to Malawi this summer to build two new innovative schools for the community. The students will train the local farmers in the new …

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[7 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Vincent van Gogh inspires in the Dutch city of Den Bosch

By Stuart Forster
Vincent van Gogh sold only one of his own paintings during his lifetime but since his death, 125 years ago, the artist has proved an inspiration to many people. Thirty of Europe’s leading art institutions will host exhibitions and events during 2015, celebrating his life and work as part of the Van Gogh 2015: 125 Years of Inspiration programme.
The artist was born in Zundert, the Netherlands, and lived from 1853 to 1890. His birthplace lies within the province of North Brabant, a region whose history and culture is …

Austria, Dinky Destinations, Europe, France, Italy, Switzerland »

[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
How to slalom to the ski slopes in 2 hours for just £201 all-in!

By Eleanor Pickering

A weekend ski break with flight and transfer times of under four hours will cost on average £344
The cheapest destination for a long weekend skiing is Sauze d’Oulx in Italy where flights cost £53 and three days of skiing is £201
With the Swiss franc at sky-high levels, a long weekend skiing in Switzerland costs an average of £392, with the Villars the most expensive destination on the list, at £428

Hitting the slopes this winter needn’t involve using up all your annual leave before the year has really begun. A …