Wake Up and Smell the Roses - in a Vineyard!

Brits flock to Europe to cash in on strength of Pound

53% more Brits visited the continent than Europeans visited the UK in MarchUK-sterling-150x150According to data collated by travel money business Centtrip, Sterling’s value has risen between 2.2% and 107% against 14 major currencies.As Sterling continues its run against the Euro, the number of Brits travelling to Europe is dwarfing the number of European travellers coming to the UK – and the trend shows no sign of stopping.  More Brits are visiting Europe thanks to the strength of the Pound.According to a travel barometer by GoEuro, 53% more Brits travelled to the continent in March than Europeans visited the UK.A 91% year-on-year rise in flight bookings to top European summer holiday destinations since the start of February is being claimed by CheapOair.co.uk.The increased value of sterling against the euro is being cited as encouraging bookings to eurozone countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece.Spain is showing a 98% increase in flight bookings for February and March to date, with popular destinations including the Costa Brava, the Canary Islands and the Costa del Sol, according to Travel Media

Portugal is up 72% with flight bookings to Greece increasing by 59%.Source: travelweekly.co.uk Currently, London is the most searched for European destination, however as current trends develop, GoEuro predicts that Paris will become the new favourite by European travellers in the second quarter of this year.While the strengthening British economy is beneficial for Brits travelling internationally, the local tourism industry is likely to take a hit as European travellers look for more affordable options such as Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Wake Up and Smell the Roses - in a Vineyard!

Have you ever wondered why there are so many roses in a vineyard?

Bordeaux-rosesRoses and grapevines throughout the wine regions of France, you'll frequently see roses planted along the edge of vineyards. Traditionally they've served as an early warning system to protect the grapevines—the equivalent of a miner's canary.

Roses and grapevines are both susceptible to a fungus called powdery mildew. In fact, roses are more sensitive than grapevines. Sulfur won't cure powdery mildew, but it can prevent it. So, if a grape-grower noticed that one day his roses had powdery mildew, he knew it was immediately time to spray sulfur on his grapes to prevent them from getting the same disease.

Roses also warn of other diseases and growing problems before they affect the grapevines, and they serve as a habitat for some beneficial insects that eat other undesirable insects.

And they're beautiful. 

Bon Viveurs have long been drawn to the Bordeaux region in Southwest France. Stunningly beautiful, rich in history, and with countless chateaux and vineyards.

what better way than to explore on one of our client's river ships Bordeaux-cruise


 Sail the Garonne and Dordogne river



Belle Bordeaux

Grand, 18th-century cities rarely come more elegant than UNESCO-listed Bordeaux itself. Bordeaux-mirror

 The highlight of our Heart of Bordeaux cruise was the visit to magical Saint-Emilion.

Possibly the most alluring UNESCO-listed town in the world, medieval St Emilion is prettily perched above the vineyards that produce its renowned red wines.

Our group of agents stepped back in time on a walking tour through the historic centre, and enjoyed exploring its picturesque shops.

And then there was the largest underground monolithic church in Europe - a truly awe-inspiring place to visit.





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