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Forget Wimbledon, football championships and the ‘O word’ we can’t mention, the highlight of our sporting calendar is the annual Pierre & Vacances summer Petanque party.
This hotly anticipated event features wine, cheese and a fiercely fought Petanque contest, which is always guaranteed to bring out the competitive nature in all our lovely travel partners and francophile friends.
Here, the lovely Elodie from our team gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of organising our summer party, from choosing the wine and cheese in Calais, to hightailing it to a Parisian themed bar when the British weather threatened to spoil our fun!
‘At 7am the day before the party I took the ferry from Dover with P&O Ferries (thank you to Daniel Acarnley for organising!) and went to Calais to buy all the French food and booze needed for our summer event.
‘A short hour and a half later we were in Calais and decided to buy the drink first, white and red wine from “Calais à vin”. They had a huge range, so of course we had to try a few – to be sure we made the right decision of course!
‘The day of the event came and all eyes were firmly glued to the weather forecast. Last year’s event was bathed in glorious sunshine, but sadly this year the weather was not on our side, with heavy rain and strong winds howling down on our little gazebo – not ideal conditions for playing Petanque on the beach!
‘However, being the true sport and Petanque enthusiasts that we are, we still managed a small competition with the help of the Brighton Petanque Club Association - with a few people holding our gazebos down…
‘After the short competition and a fast “aperitif”, everyone sheltered from the storm in our local chic French bar “The Paris House” to continue the party in drier conditions.
‘Martyn Summers and Ian Burgess won the hotly contested Petanque competition, and to reward their dedication they each received a basket full of French local produce such as the famous Saucisson from Ardèche, a bottle of Sancerre and paté.’
Inspired by our Francophile fun? For Love France week we’re giving away two limited edition Pierre & Vacances Petanque sets over on our Facebook page!
And thank you to everyone who braved the British weather and came along, the Paris House Brighton for taking us in at the last minute, and to KBC PR & Marketing Team for their contribution to the event.
Fancy following in the tyre treads of Tour de France riders this summer? We’ve teamed up with the professional 1t4i-Shimano cycling team at our Premium Altea Hills Residence on the beautiful Costa Blanca to offer a Pro Cycling Experience where you can explore the Sierra de Bernia and Spanish coastline with expert cyclists.
The 1t4i Shimano team, which is named after its five guidelines; team, inspiration, improvement, integrity and innovation, includes a number of big name cyclists such as Marcel Kittel, Johannes Frohlinger and Koen de Kort.
The team is based in the Costa Blanca all year and is currently training for the gruelling challenges of the Tour de France this June and July.
There are 30 spaces a week for guests to take part in as many training and technical sessions as they like and join some/all of the daily excursions which range between 70 and 110 kilometres. The scenery along the routes varies between dramatic coastlines and stunning [but calf-stretching] mountains and all the routes include challenging uphill sections, to help you hone your cycling skills.
Each guest will be fitted with their own professional bike for the week, with preferences and heights received beforehand so you can get straight in the saddle on arrival.
The 1t4i Shimano professionals will also be on-hand to answer your burning cycling questions – from the essentials of bike mechanics to advice on the best sports diets.
And after a hard days peddling, rest those tired legs at the Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Altea Hills which enjoys stunning views over a picturesque bay.
The Premium residence also has three outdoor swimming pools, sauna, hamman and spa with a range of treatments including thalassotherapy and volcanic stone massages, so you can relax those weary muscles.
Accommodation is available in one bedroom apartments [which include a kitchen and living area] or double bedrooms.
Our Pro Cycling breaks start at 640 € per person based on two people sharing. This includes seven nights accommodation, breakfast, cycling equipment, guided cycling excursions and workshops and use of Altea Hills facilities.
We also offers packages including all meals from 790 € per person and group rates for four to eight people from 740 € per person. Bookings for the Spanish cycling break can be made on our website or by calling 0870 0267 145. The nearest airports are Alicante and Valencia, and you can check the best flight deals on Skyskanner.
And For those of you who fancy a more leisurely paced, check out our guide to five great family cycling routes in France!
The France Show 2012! An eclectic mix of everything that makes France fantastique – travel, food, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations by talented French chefs, talks on France by well known writers and presenters, and cancan dancers!
We had a very busy show, and met lots of lovely loyal Pierre & Vacances customers and new ones too. And there was of course the Pierre & Vacances petanque pitch, manned by our petanque expert Bruce, ready and waiting for intrepid fans to come and show us what their boules were made of!
The pitch proved to be hugely popular, with Bruce kept busy playing, demonstrating and guiding the petanque players of the future who stopped by. And for those wanting to take the weight off their feet and have a rest, Jeremy was on hand to whip up a tipple of Marseille aperitif Ricard.
On Sunday we held a petanque pairs competition, featuring 18 teams from across the UK who battled it out for the first prize of a holiday to France with Pierre & Vacances and DFDS Ferries. The quality of the competition was fantastic and only a few players were distracted by the Ricard tasting available next to the terrain!
And the proud petanque winners were husband and wife team Lee and Angie Jamieson! With runners up Nick Goodheart and Mal Hanley from Harrow winning a limited edition Pierre & Vacances petanque set. All together now: oooh!
Below are some more pictures from our The France Show weekend, hopefully tempting those who couldn’t make this year to put it in their diary for 2013!
See you next year!
World Travel Market – where the whole world converges [literally] under one roof in November. Where months of planning comes down to just four days of meetings, networking, parties and sore feet.
Want to know what Pierre & Vacances got up to this year? Well read on…
A spot of Après Ski
What better way to get into the winter spirit than with an après ski party? And it wasn’t hard to persuade people not to ‘slope’ off on the first day of WTM with drinks, hearty nibbles and some fantastique live music courtesy of the 101s who will be playing the Little World Festival in Meribel in 2012.
But it wasn’t just a great excuse for a party; we also held a raffle for the excellent winter sports charity Disability Snowsport UK, here’s a short video about the fantastic work they do:
And with prizes such as a ski holiday to France, Meribel Little World Festival tickets, lift passes to the 3 Valleys ski area, lift passes to the Alpe d’Huez ski area, ski hire, a limited edition Petanque set and a magazine subscription up for grabs, it’s not surprising that we raised a great amount for such a fantastic charity.So a huge thank you to Crystal Ski, Ski Set, Les 3 Vallèes, Alpe d’Huez, Meribel Little World Festival and Racer Ready Magazine for their generous donations of prizes.
A glass of wine and a chunk of cheese
To celebrate WTM’s Responsible Tourism Day on Wednesday, we held a Green Wine and Cheese event on our stand – although it should be pointed out the cheese and wine weren’t actually green…
We plied people with delicious and authentic French wine and cheese from different regions in France, while our UK & Ireland Sales and Marketing Director, Cathy Rankin, presented the key elements of our sustainable approach, and the green initiatives being worked on for next year – and beyond! Interested? You can view Cathy’s presentation here!
And some green ideas
Going paper-free – To further support a sustainable message, the Pierre & Vacances’ press pack went paper-free this year! Instead of paper packs we handed out these nifty and specially designed USB sticks made from renewable materials.
A bag for [a ski] life – As French ski resorts are plastic bag free, we’ve designed an eco bag for life which can be used to lug back French delicacies from the supermarché, and is also designed to be big enough to hold a pair of ski boots as well as fit as carry-on luggage for the plane!
Educating the Brits – Plus front and centre of our stand this year was our Recycling in France infographic, to help UK and Irish tourists to clean up their recycling act while on holiday. There’s more about this initiative here.