Great Destinations Radio Show: Nice

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Keri Jones visits Nice on the French Riviera. It’s sunny, the scenery is stunning and the mood is sophisticated, yet unstuffy.

Nice is an art-centred city and Keri stays in an art hotel and visits some of the city’s art galleries. He also goes underground to uncover the forgotten, ancient city. Keri checks out local food and the authentic Salad Nicoise, too. Nice has a longstanding connection with Britain too, as Keri discovers.

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Andros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades group and it’s great for rambling. Travel Company Inntravel is now including the island in its walking holiday programme. James Keane form he company agrees that Andros is not well known amongst most British visitors but many Greek people visit, because it is relatively near to Athens.

Cook Islands
With air links to Australia and New Zealand cheaper and easier than ever, more people are using this as a chance to explore the fascinating nations spread across the South Pacific. Keri spoke to Karla Eggelton from the Cook Islands Tourist Board about why you should consider taking a detour to see this former British protectorate, named after the famous explorer Captain Cook.

Like Britain, France has a large network of old canals that are now used mainly for leisure purposes – and it can be a great way to see the country, as Derek Banks from specialist holiday company European Waterways explained to me. Derek told Keri that people who might have spent a week on a tiny narrow boat in the UK will have a pleasant surprise when they see the barge hotels that are common on the French waterways.

Barbados has some of the most upmarket resorts in the world, where rich travellers can seal themselves off from the outside world for days on end – but what if you prefer to get out and about when you’re on holiday?
Keri asked travel blogger, Julianna Barnaby, what Barbados has to offer for the more independent travellers, who want to avoid the all-inclusive experience?

Solo Parent Holidays
There are now 2million sole parent families in the UK and tour company Intrepid Travel noticed that 16 per cent of their family bookings were made by sole parents. To cater to this demand they’ve launched a six special breaks Keri spoke with the company’s Dyan McKie about the holiday needs of solo parents.

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