New series of the popular travel show featuring holiday destinations with direct flights from island of Ireland. This week Joe Lindsay and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin report from La Plagne in the French Alps. Aoibhinn tries skiing for the very first time and Joe's giving snowboarding a go. Highlights include a visit to an igloo village, snowshoeing and a hair-raising ride on an Olympic bobsleigh run.
Joe also takes a short getaway to Limerick, Irish City of Culture 2014, where he visits the new interactive exhibition in King John's Castle, calls into Thomond Park Stadium, home of the Munster rugby squad, and recalls the glamour of flying in a bygone age at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.
La Plagne, France
Snowboarding and Ski Hire
SKI HIRE El Pro, Ski Hire Shop, Centre Commercial Amont - 73210 Belle Plagne, Telephone: 0479091162
This is definitely an activity for those who love hiking – it's not a complicated activity but it’ll still give you a great workout - you’ll be burning up to 600 calories an hour. It costs from €7 for half a day to hire snowshoes and walking poles and throw in an official guide, which we recommend, and you’ll be paying another €23.
Montchavin, Bellentre 73210
Telephone: 0800 001992
Eating out in a ski resort is not cheap we found the restaurants on the slopes were pricey but you are in the French Alps where you can find some of the best food – and views – on the planet. Joe tried out a skiers favourite in Le Forperet.
Le Forperet Belle Plagne, Montalbert, 73210 1600
Telephone: 0479 5551 27
Accommodation: Hotel Carlina
Joe and Aoibhinn checked into Hotel Carlina which is in easy reach of the slopes, shops and restaurants. One week for 2 people sharing costs £1380 per person. This price is for half board and includes flights and transfers.
Belle Plagne, 73210 Macot LA Plagne,
Telephone: 003347 909 7846
Accommodation: Les Chalets Des Marmottes
A chalet can really sell that Alpine feel and if you can get the price right it’s a practical and popular option for families. Les Chalets Des Marmottes is based in another of the villages called Plagne 1800.
For £680 per person based on 2 sharing you will get breakfast, afternoon tea and cake and evening meals with wine. This price is for 7 nights and also includes flights and transfers.
Accommodation: Edelweiss Apartments
For those of you who prefer to go it alone, an apartment may be more up your street and we checked into the Edelweiss Apartments. These apartments cost £451 per person per week
Short Break: Limerick, Ireland
Thomond Park, Limerick
The stadium tour takes you places only accessible to the players and the officials on match days. So you get the opportunity to experience the thrill of walking down the tunnel and nosing around the home dressing room.
Joe gets a tour of the stadium. Watch clip
Telephone: (00353) 061 421100,
Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Limerick
The Foynes Flying Boat Museum transports you back to a bygone age and the highlight is the full sized replica of the Boeing 314 flying boat.
During the 1930s and early 1940s, the flying boat was the most glamorous way to cross the Atlantic and the Port of Foynes just a few kilometers outside Limerick City became the new gateway to Europe.
Telephone: 353 (0)69 65416
King John's Castle, Limerick
The Castle is located on King’s Island on the River Shannon, right in the heart of Limerick City. Each of the castle towers has been dressed to re-create the daily operation of a busy military castle, complete with armory and mint.
King John’s Castle Nicholas St. | King's Island, Limerick
Telephone: (0)61 360788
|Presenter||Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin|
|Series Producer||Maggi Gibson|
|Executive Producer||Jannine Waddell|
|Executive Producer||Justin Binding|