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Spend the same on a Valentine’s weekend in France as you would at home

Spend the same on a Valentine’s weekend in France as you would at home

Surrounded by lavender, jasmine, and violet fields, this quiet setting will make you swoon. Plus each year you can celebrate by re-ordering your personal scent, whose recipe is locked in the factory vault and only available for you (or your partner) to access. Scent is the sense most linked to memory, so make this Valentine’s Day one that will never be forgotten with an incredible holiday away together.

by February 5, 2017 Our holidays, Travel, Travel advice, Wellbeing holidays
Solving your Australia Day homesickness in London

Solving your Australia Day homesickness in London

Wishing you were throwing ‘shrimp on the barbie’ down under today? Fret not. These five strategies can help you beat the homesickness. Consider them Australia Day life hacks. Enjoy. Start your day right… with Vegemite Pop into Tesco or Waitrose and pick up a jar. Spread it on toast according […]

by January 26, 2017 Travel, Travel advice
5 French phrases you won’t learn in the classroom

5 French phrases you won’t learn in the classroom

Let’s be honest, when we learn a language, we learn it so we can communicate with the locals and meet new people while exchanging jokes and stories. My sole objective when I started learning French was to be able to have a conversation with a native French speaker. Language lessons […]

Top tips for a Spanish course in Barcelona

Top tips for a Spanish course in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in the world. Summer is serious party time, but year-round this Spanish city sizzles – it’s always on the cutting edge of architecture, food, fashion, style, music and good times and is the perfect place to learn Spanish. Forget your […]

Kirstys foodie French sayings – Learn French in France

Kirstys foodie French sayings – Learn French in France

If you are hungry in France (and there’s really no excuse here in foodie heaven), here’s some top tips to blend in with the locals… Je mangerais un bœuf (*) literally means – I could eat a bull The equivalent of the English expression ‘I could eat a horse’, except […]

by June 24, 2010 Destinations, Language holidays, Travel advice
A lesson in Spanish cookery with olive oil

A lesson in Spanish cookery with olive oil

A small quantity of olive oil can go a very long way, but when you have a very best quality olive oil, it can go a very long way if you know how to use it correctly. It is important to choose the right grade of oil as well as […]

Kirsty’s lecon du jour – Learn French

Kirsty’s lecon du jour – Learn French

Top 10 phrases to get by in holiday French… French for Travellers – Le  Voyage Learn some basic French vocabulary related to travel 1. Excusez-moi sil vous plait… Excuse me 2. Combien coûte… ?   How much does … cost? 3. Pouvez-vous maider ?   Can you help me? 4. Je voudrais une chambre…  I would like […]

Kirstys weird Italian – Learn Italian in Italy

Kirstys weird Italian – Learn Italian in Italy

Here’s my pick of the weird and wonderful and slightly mad Italian phrases… 1. Una cenetta con I fiocchi – (lit. a meal with bows on) a meal with all the trimmings 2. Mi fa venire il latte alle ginocchia- (lit. makes milk go to my knees) watching paint dry 3. Una buona […]

by April 28, 2010 Destinations, Language holidays, Travel advice
Food festivals in Tuscany

Food festivals in Tuscany

From Spring to Autumn Tuscany is full to the brim with villages which hold special events to celebrate typical foods and unusual dishes with frogs, ostriches and steaks all being showcased! Invariably the villagers come out in force and dinners are followed by dancing and evening markets. Essential Italy’s favourites […]

Kirstys weird French – learn French in France

Kirstys weird French – learn French in France

Heres my pick of the weird and wonderful and slightly mad French phrases… – Entre chien et loup : (Lit. between the dog and the wolf) the time between day and night where – youre not sure which is which (it is hard to tell whether a dog is a […]

by April 22, 2010 Destinations, Language holidays, Travel advice
Kirstys cool Italian – Learn Italian

Kirstys cool Italian – Learn Italian

Here’s my top 5 phrases to pull out of the bag when in Italy to sound like a ‘cool’ Italian 1. Andiamo prendere un boccone – lets go get a snack 2. Costa un occhio della testa – It costs an arm and a leg (lit. an eye from your head) 3. Che […]

by April 15, 2010 Destinations, Language holidays, Travel advice
Gift the gift of time with your Mum this Mothers Day

Gift the gift of time with your Mum this Mothers Day

Mothers day is about giving your mum a break from everyday life and making her feel special but it’s not just about gifts, for a lot of mum’s spending quality time with her children is the best gift. Whatever kind of mum you have, from creative mum to foodie mum, […]

by March 9, 2010 Our holidays, Travel advice
Announcing the launch of a new Japanese course in Japan

Announcing the launch of a new Japanese course in Japan

Japan – home to sushi, geishas, sumo, samurai, karate, hello kitty and ultra modern high-technology mixed with the traditional.  See the famed cherry blossoms in the spring or ski the Japanese Alps in the winter. Indulge in Japanese cuisine and buy your alcohol from vending machine! Admire the many temples […]

by February 12, 2010 Language holidays, Travel advice, Travel news
Reasons to take a cooking course

Reasons to take a cooking course

Cooking classes are a fun way to explore the culture of a country and you’ll learn a practical new skill to impress your friends with at your next dinner party! A bonus of taking a cookery class is that although you have to roll up your sleeves and get cooking, you […]

Warning! 10 Side Effects of Swine Flu

Warning! 10 Side Effects of Swine Flu

The ongoing swine flu pandemic has produced some unpredicted side effects. Here we shed light on some of the less talked about aspects of the crisis: Mexican restaurants packed out – As a result of the publicity surrounding the outbreak in Mexico and with many holiday makers forced to cancel […]

by May 1, 2009 Travel advice, Travel news