With Halloween fast approaching, things are getting spooky at Intrepid. Several staff called in sick during the full moon and we’re pretty sure there’s a malevolent presence haunting the downstairs coffee machine.
Going on vacation is synonymous with three of life’s purest pleasures: eating, drinking and relaxing.
So if, like me, you’re someone who enjoys the sadistic ritual of regular exercise, then you are a prime candidate for succumbing to ‘Travel Bulge Syndrome’ – TBS – where you feel you’ve earned the right to relax your diet and exercise routine a little, so you go ahead and eat your bodyweight in patatas bravas and chorizo all day every day. And follow it up with gelato. And a beer. Because, you know, you earned it, right?
How often do we make a pact with ourselves to return to a special place, but then quickly forget our resolve? Rebecca Murray wasn’t going to let that happen and set her sights on re-discovering her favourite city…
“The vibrations woke me. Pressing snooze for the second time, as I did any other Saturday morning, I rolled over. But I couldn’t help but feel this was not another lazy Saturday that permitted a sleep-in. I rubbed both eyes forcedly with my palms, trying to awaken my senses. My surrounds were unknown. Undoubtedly it was much more humid than days I had been waking to over the last few months. The sheets were rougher, the bed – smaller, the smell – mustier.
Ooh la la, it’s hard to imagine anywhere sweeter and more romantic than France! Simply mention the ‘City of Love’ and amorous notions spring to mind, so Paris was the perfect place for Michelle Aguiar to indulge in a special dessert for two…
“On the last night of our trip, we had counted out enough money to go for our signature dinner at Maxim’s. My dinner was spectacular – lobster tail with veal medallions. It literally melted in my mouth. On our usual meager budget this was heaven. But that wasn’t the best part.
Intrepid’s Danielle Watts has an extra spring in her step. The sun is shining and her breakfast of freshly baked croissants tastes delicious. The reason for all of this excitement… she is headed to one of the most famous, picturesque and revered wine regions not only in France, but throughout the world, Burgundy…
“Walking through the townships, looking at all the wonderful little shops, appreciating the old world charm and observing the locals is a fantastic way to spend the morning. However, the wine aficionado in me is eager to get in there and try some of the best wine in the world.
Originally the Canal du Midi was a shortcut between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, plus a way to steer clear of hostile pirates on the high seas. Now, over three hundred years after its construction, you can still cruise this World Heritage-listed canal and like Intrepid Express reader Barbara Llayton, enjoy watching France glide by…
“One of my most memorable travel experiences was on board a canal boat in the
South of France. We hopped onto our transport (a.k.a. our accommodation and
our kitchen) and were shown the ropes about how to manoeuvre, start, stop
and navigate the canal boat through the narrow waterways on the Canal du
Midi. It was easy – just point in the right direction, avoid all other boats and watch the world glide by.
The splendour of the big screen came to life in France for Intrepid’s Tamara Palinkas, when she enjoyed a walking holiday in Provence…
“In my opinion critics have been a little tough on the movie A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Ridley Scott. It’s true that the story is a bit predictable: Max, a British broker, inherits a rustic chateau with a vineyard in Provence. He decides to sell it, but he falls in love with the laid-back Provencal lifestyle and Fanny, a beautiful French woman. However, I loved watching it for the real star of the movie: the stunning countryside of Provence.
When Express reader Louise Macfarlane and her boyfriend decided on a picnic in France, little did they know it would end up more like a funniest home videos sketch than a romantic afternoon…
“One of the most memorable afternoons I have experienced whilst travelling, was in southern France. We were travelling on Intrepid’s Classic Europe trip and having a free afternoon, my boyfriend and I borrowed rickety bikes from the hotel and filled the baskets with delicious French fare for a picnic lunch in the surrounding grape-laden countryside.
We found the perfect location to lay our sarongs (always the most useful things in our backpacks!). We wanted to set up an idyllic picnic photo to record this special day, so we unwrapped our spread of fresh fruits, cheese, crusty breads, sweet wine and even a bunch of red radish for effect!