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BA launches seven new routes from Manchester

British Airways is to launch seven new routes from Manchester Airport this summer and three new destinations from Manchester’s sister airport Stansted.

From May the airline will begin summer-only direct flights from Manchester to the popular Spanish sunspots of Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, the Greek island of Mykonos, Nice in the South of France […]

We all love Ryan Air, but . . .

Dear Ryan Air,

Why have you got this so wrong ?

You are repositioning your airline, the web site is better to access and easier to understand, you are being sensible about hand luggage (at last, but thank you), but your messages are wrong.

By now we all know that there are three cornerstone ‘deliverables’ […]

Toulouse to Venice from 55 Euros

There are amazing deals to be had on trips to Venice. Arriving by aircraft and staying in the city you’ll have a better chance of seeing the real city than on a cruise liner.

Restrictions are being brought in for liners over 96,000 tons. This will affect P&O Ventura, Regal Princess, Celebrity Silhouette […]

The new slimline way to fly

When travelling on a really long haul flight and choosing the carrier, the leg room and seat width decides the airline ticket. For example Air New Zealand is slightly more generous than BA on seat width and pitch. Take a look at “seat guru” before you decide on a flight, this site will put […]

Anna McKittrick visited 42 rue Victor Hugo

A welcome that involves a perfectly chilled glass of Blanquette de Limoux, the local sparkling wine, and canapés is always going to be a winner in my eyes. And that’s what greeted us when we arrived at 42 rue Victor Hugo, a charming guest house in the medieval city of Carcassonne in south-west France. It […]

Skiing in the Pyrénées-Orientales

If yo’re interested in skiing in the Pyrénées-Orientales, the snow usually arrives in earnest around the end of November and then it’s all systems go for skiing in department 66. If you are thinking of heading to the Pyreneen resorts here are some factoids which might prove useful. I’m not a skier myself (tore cartilage […]

Save up to 54% on UK Christmas Train Travel Save up to 54% on Christmas Train Travel












Travel for less this December with The cheapest Advanced tickets for Christmas travel are now on sale & there are huge savings to be had by booking in advance. Customers can save up […]

Reduce your flight costs and avoid check-in queues

Which? Consumer Magazine have researched the costs associated with budget airline travel “up-sells for luggage”. It can be much cheaper to get luggage ‘couriered’ – collected from home and delivered to your destination than taking it on the aeroplane – and avoiding the check in queues – and lugging it to the airport – and […]

Summer trips on the Canal du Midi: Carcassonne

The Port of Carcassonne – Helios passing under the bridge near the railway stationCommentated boat tour, passing through the locks and discovering the towpaths, with Hélios & Lou Gabaret

Wooded tow-path along the Canal du Midi

In the lock at Carcassonne Port

Helios Ticket Stand beside Carcassonne Port

8 trips a day […]

A French houseparty . . .

To take liberties with Forrest Gump: a French House Party guest-list is like a box of chocolates; you just never know who you’re going to get.

These people with whom you’ve been communicating, usually for months – when they arrive will they turn out to be soft-centred and sweet …. or difficult-to swallow caramels? Will […]