A la carte camping your way

 From the Herald 25 Jul 2010

It is camping, but not as we know it.

The French may not yet be talking about ‘le glamping’, but they are certainly au fait with the concept. From gypsy caravans to an atmosphere-controlled plastic bubble with a clear view of the sky to a sumptuous two-bedroom treehouse, where breakfast is hauled up each morning in a basket on the end of a rope, the campsites on France’s Atlantic coast offer an a la carte choice.

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Stuck in the Midi - The Herald

TAKING five children canoeing in France was always going to be an adventure. The polyglot Dutchman who is supplying our gear seems a good man to ask for advice on the route but he gives a shrug that is almost more Gallic than the real thing. "I wouldn't go that way, " he says. "It is just flat water. It is very boring - go down there. There is white water. Don't worry, it is very safe."

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Holiday Exchange - The Herald

OUR holiday house exchange nearly didn't happen. I had forgotten to mention the dog. In a flurry of e-mails with the French family we were going to swap homes with for a fortnight, they asked if we would ''garder le chien''. ''Le chien, il aime les enfants?'' I asked in my best franglais and they replied that he adored them. Picturing a cute poodle, I put it to the back of my mind. But then, after everything was arranged, my husband opened his e-mail and found a photograph of a large Alsatian slavering over the other family's three-year-old.

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Going without Travel Insurance -The Herald

WHEN retired lecturer David Harding sets off for Spain later this month, it will be without travel insurance, though not through choice.

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