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A Turkish holiday won't break the bank

Twenty ways to afford a holiday in 2010

by nick

Destination: Turkey

Seeing more of the world is a top priority for holidaymakers in 2010, as is keeping a tight grip on the budget. Follow my advice to bag a bargain and save money before and during your travels

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Animal park

Midi-Pyrenees: a place in the sun

Destination: Midi-Pyrenees

If you haven’t discovered France’s Midi-Pyrénées, you’re missing a short-haul gem

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Semi-wild horses spend the summer months grazing up in the mountains

Ariège: a hidden gem in southern France

Destination: Midi-Pyrenees

Spending time in this beautiful, tranquil corner of France is guaranteed to soothe away 20th-century stress

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The Petit London bar, Toulouse

Live Toulouse like a local

Destination: Toulouse

France’s famous pink city, Toulouse, is a vibrant metropolis where you can drink, dine and party until the early hours without ever feeling like a tourist

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Albi from the River Tarn

Albi: a medieval southern French town with a violent past

Destination: Albi

Often overlooked in favour of Toulouse or Carcassonne, the town of Albi, at the centre of the anti-Cathar crusades and the woad trade, has a lot to offer the cultural visitor

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Cahors from the River Lot

France: Cahors - a haven in the midi-Pyrenees

by malabar

Destination: Cahors

A short break in the French town of Cahors offers a glimpse into another age, pleasing scenery, great food, vineyards and a wonderful feeling of being included. What's not to like?

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Outstanding scenery

Bagnères-de-Luchon: what’s all the racquet about?

Destination: Bagneres De Luchon

Come with me to Bagnères-de-Luchon, in the heart of the French Pyrenees, to find ten reasons to go snowshoeing instead of skiing

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Vines at Chateau Viella

Madiran: heavy drinking, Tannat grapes and the Fete du Vin

Destination: Tarbes

Madiran in the Haute Pyrenees is an ideal spot to escape and unwind. And, if you visit in August, the village enjoys a vibrant, high summer wine festival

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Looking u-u-up

Bridge that gap in the south of France

Destination: Montpellier

Head to Millau and Nimes in the south of France to visit two world-class bridges that are two hours and a couple of thousand years apart - and sample some very fine food along the way. Here's how...

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View of Toulouse by night reflected in the Garonne with the Pont Neuf in the background (© MDLF/Louis Frédéric Dunal)

Toulouse vs Carcassonne

Destination: Toulouse

Both are full-blooded cities of southwest France, with accents forged by cassoulet, fighting and rugby football. Toulouse is bigger, Carcassonne more visited. So which is the short-break favourite?

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