Sunday 16 August 1998
Trips Worldwide (tel: 0117 987 2626).
Pick-me-up value: 7/10; User-friendly value: 7/10.
MOVING from the alternative to the more traditional, Inntravel's Shortbreaks brochure, entitled Auberges of Character & Quality, covers Belgium, Holland, Spain and Italy. The classic middle-class family holiday in a French auberge or Tuscan villa has been tailored to suit the weekend-break market. Photographs of rural idylls feature prominently on the brochure's neatly designed pages, with the aim of convincing readers that complete R&R is possible on a snatched weekend far away from the rigours of city life. Transport details (motorways, rail and ferry schedules, as most of the holidays are self-drive) are supplied to help keep journey times to an absolute minimum, and, judging by the quantity of photos of tables groaning with wonderful-looking food, who knows, perhaps the company rep even does the shopping and cooking? The weary urbanite can only hope.
Inntravel (tel: 01653 628811).
Pick-me-up value 6/10; User-friendly value 8/10.
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