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Bring Your Pupils Face to Face with History in Pompeii

One of the hardest elements of teaching history, Classics, or ancient languages can be getting a class to really connect with the subject matter. Some students struggle with making the connection between their own lives and those of people who have been dead for thousands of years, and as a result fail to engage properly with these fascinating subjects. One of the ways to alter this mindset is to take your pupils to the historic towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum so that they can see for themselves how The Real Life Drama of Pompeii While students may get excited about the drama and horror o ...


Inspire & Educate in the Catalan Capital

There are few destinations as appealing as Barcelona. The Catalan capital is bursting at the seams with culture, history, and stunning architecture, which ensures that it is a bril-liant place for a school trip that can provide valuable cross-curriculum experiences. No matter the subject focus for your trip, it is sure to be a fun and eye-opening experience for your group and one which will certainly ignite their passion for the subject. Here are a few subjects that school trips to Barcelona can cover: History School trips to Barcelona are perfect for history teachers aiming to educate thei ...


Taking the Children to Chamonix

We all know Chamonix is a wonderful resort for skiers and thrill-seekers, but it All Things Animal! With plenty of zoos, nature reserves and the possibility to go on a husky ride through the snow, little ones with a love for animals will have all their dreams come true in Chamonix! The Alpine Zoo Les Mar All Aboard for the Amusement and Adventure Park How does toboganning, trampolining, luging, ziplining and electric motorcycling sound as a way to pass an afternoon? For all of this and more, it Children and the Practicalities There are plenty of childcare professionals based in and arou ...


Skis Off. Guide Book in Hand: Sightseeing in Chamonix

Chamonix attracts visitors from all over the globe thanks to its charmingly scenic alpine town centre and great skiing. For those who look for something extra on their ski holidays, it also has plenty of culture and history to offer. The fact that getting from Geneva to Chamonix is so quick and easy, with transfers taking around one hour, is the cherry on top of the perfect ski holiday Aiguille du Midi Literally translated as t in the summer for rock climbing or paragliding, the Aiguille du Midi offers stunning panoramic views after an exciting ride in the cable car system which holds the w ...


Ski Touring in the Chamonix Valley

The Mont Blanc Massif, and Chamonix in particular, are simply wonderful locations to embark on a ski de randonnenced local guides, ski tourers will manage to get away from the crowded slopes and experience some truly spectacular skiing. Safety First: Get a Guide! This is not a family-friendly activity, so it would be better to find a babysitter or to leave the little ones with grandma and grandpa so you can fully experience and enjoy the thrill of ski touring. A High Mountain Guide is not merely a guide, but also a learned teacher who can impart essential skiing wisdom. In Chamonix all gui ...


Looking for a New Sensation? Chamonix Speed Riding

Never heard of speed riding? Don What Actually IS Speed Riding? Think of the sport as a blend of skiing and paragliding, where you zip down the mountain at very high speeds for an adrenaline rush unlike any other! The pioneers of recent years had to use modified kits, paragliders, or even skydiving parachutes to aide their descent from the mountain Build on the Basics Because everything happens at such extreme speeds, it makes sense to build on your gliding control skills in a slower environment first to gain confidence and learn essential techniques. A one-day lesson would be perfect to ...


Cross Country Skiing in Chamonix

Chamonix is known for being a fantastic ski resort, but it also has something extra special for those who want to push themselves to try something different on this year The Different Techniques You can either opt for the traditional method of having your skis parallel and taking exaggerated steps, or go for the skating technique which allows for greater speed and involves emulating a skating movement with your skis diagonal and the tails almost touching. Chamonix is fully set up for both types, with several ski shops offering rental skis of both designs for you to try out. The pistes in Cha ...


Say “Wow” to Winter Surfing: Top Tips for Carving Icy Waves

Winter surfing is the ultimate activity for adrenaline junkies. For those who are willing to brave the icy waves, it offers thrills like nothing else. Whether you want to face the powerful North Atlantic swells of Driftwood, Ireland, the rugged coastlines of Lapoint Surf Camp in Norway, or the uncrowded waves of Punta de Lobos, Chile, the sport has something for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Whatever level you are and wherever you surf, you need to make sure that you are properly prepared. The icy temperatures of winter surfing can be a real risk to your health, so let Get the Rig ...


Save, Smile and Ski: Top Tips for a Low-Cost Family Holiday

Whilst it, there are lots of ways to save. Go Last Minute If you want to travel with your children, then chances are that you Choose the Right Resort Picking a family-friendly resort will not only make your holiday more enjoyable, but could also help you to stick to a budget. Resorts that are geared up for families often have more activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Very small children can take advantage of baby slopes with magic carpets and fun-themed obstacles that they can ski around. This will help them find their feet on their skis, and it Shop Smart for Kit and Lift P ...


Posh & Plush: The World’s Most Opulent Ski Resorts

Skiing has certainly become more affordable Aspen, Colorado, USA For a five-star experience, look no further than Aspen St Moritz, Switzerland Possibly the most luxurious ski resort on the planet, countless European royals and Hollywood A-Listers are among the regulars on the pistes and in the boutiques of St Mortiz each year. Think horse-drawn carriages, high-end boutiques including Bulgari and Chanel and 10,000 private jet landings in the local airport each year... you Although many come to St Moritz merely to be seen, the skiing itself is fabulous too. It Whistler, Canada For a fair ...


The Three Valley’s Coolest and Craziest Pistes

The Three Valleys is a great ski area for all abilities, but boasts some superb skiing for adrenaline junkies who want to venture off the beaten track and really challenge themselves. Here are a few of the toughest and most exciting runs in the Three Valleys to try on your next ski holiday Combe de Vallon Youo focus as you zoom down at high speed with very rapid acceleration. Jerusalem This superb slope starts out right above St Martin and winds all the way into the town below. Full of natural rollers, you can pick up speed and hit them hard and fast for a real adrenaline rush Christine ...


Beyond La Plagne’s Pistes: A Snowy Children’s Playground

Booking a family ski holiday when you Looking After Little Ones in La Plagne One of the first things to consider when booking a family ski holiday is what childcare options are available Family Accommodation The great thing about this resort is that it A lot of the accommodation here is self-catering apartments, which is often great for families: you can cook what you know your kids like and you have a communal space to gather in at the end of each day. Out on the Slopes The great thing about La Plagne If you are looking for something a bit more challenging while the kids are in ski s ...


Stop and Smell the Rosé in Val d’Isère’s Finest Restaurants

As well as wonderful skiing, Val d''Is La Fruiti For a cheese and wine tasting in Val d''Iss on the menu include their famous pasta and hearty meat dishes, with the spaghetti bolognaise in a jar being a personal favourite and easy crowd pleaser. If you choose to enjoy these delicious dishes outside to make the most of the stunning vistas, you can do so in one of their special super-warm onesies to ward off the cold. Le Signal For French food made with the freshest of local ingredients, Le Signal (known as Chez Brigitte by those in the know) would be hard to beat. Chef ...


Safe and Sound Skiing: The Children’s Magnestick

The Three Valleys is a great spot to take your kids for a family ski holiday. With good value for money, suitable skiing for beginners, family-friendly accommodation options and a special safety device for children on the slopes, you can The Magical Magnestick The Magnestick system essentially All kids need to wear is a protection vest for the system to work. These light 200g colourful vests have the added benefits of back protection in the event of falls or collisions while on the slopes, and ease of identification of your child should you be separated from them. The Journey Not All ...


Be Bold and Airboard: Snow-Stopping Daredevilry

If you Invented by a Swiss snowboarder, who was recovering from a snowboarding injury but didn This winter sport is just like body surfing, but on snow. Practitioners are given an inflatable board with grooves on the underside and handles on the upper, which they then throw themselves down on, hurtling off downhill as fast as they can. This may sound a little dangerous (and I would recommend making sure that your winter sports insurance is in place before trying this out), but actually the inflatable equipment makes this a What to Expect The first thing to know is that this activity, wh ...


Take a Cultural Journey in Lanzarote to Discover César Manrique

While many people think of holidays to Lanzarote as being about nothing more than relaxing in the Canary Islands’ warm winter sun, there is much more to the island than beaches and bars. A wonderful way to access the cultural heart of this beautiful island is to see it through the eyes of one of its most celebrated sons: artist, sculpture and architect César Manrique. Living the Life of an Artist Born in Arrecife in Lanzarote in 1919, Manrique fought in the Spanish Civil War before starting an architecture degree at the University of La Laguna. However, he soon realised that art was his true ...


Explore Bermuda’s Riveting Underwater World on a Wreck Dive

For those who relish the idea of a luxury holiday in top-notch Bermuda accommodation, but want something more from their holiday than just lying around on a beach, the island offers some of the best wreck diving in the world. Whether you want to explore former US Navy ships, paddle steamers, dredgers or a three storey luxury liner, the waters around Bermuda offer a plethora of diving opportunities. Ironically, the same stunning reefs which make Bermuda a mecca for scuba divers from around the world have been the downfall of the large number of ships floundering off its shores. According to lo ...


Discover the Mediterranean Marinas Where the Jet Set Play

Do you ever flick through the pages of fashion magazines, see the rich and famous taking in the rays aboard their latest super yacht and think – that’s the life for me? Why not follow in their footsteps? A super yacht may not be practical, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the luxury and splendour of the Mediterranean marinas in which they moor their vessels for a spot of shopping or a lavish night out. From Vilamoura in the Algarve, and Puerto Portals in Mallorca, to Marina Rubicon in southern Lanzarote, holidays to these exclusive marinas can make an indulgent, luxury option for tho ...


Discover the Wilds of Western Sicily from the Lap of Luxury

If your dream of Sicily holidays includes beautiful remote landscapes, ancient culture and quiet, authentic Sicilian charm, then book yourself a stay in a luxury hotel in the west of the island, where you’ll find all of that and more. While holidays in Sicily have become increasingly popular in recent years, those hoping for a holiday away from the crowds should look to the west. But don’t let the term ‘rustic’ put you off. Despite being quieter than the tourist resorts of the east, there is still plenty of luxury here to attract discerning travellers. It’s just that five-star elegance here ...


Savour Glorious Gelato on a Family Holiday to Sicily

There are so many spectacular aspects to a visit to Sicily, ranging from visiting ancient to savouring excellent cuisine. However, the one element that always gets a mention from my clients when they return from their Sicily holidays is the ice cream. Gelato, as it’s known locally, is an integral part of Sicilian life (the locals even eat it for breakfast, wrapped in a delicious brioche bun). And nowhere is this more true than in the wonderful town of Taormina. This family-friendly resort is rightfully proud of its many gelaterie. Here the humble ice cream becomes a work of art, and is appre ...


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