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ski speed junkies can measure their downhill mph with the Ski-Dometer. This accessory, for true piste-poseurs, weighs less than 4oz and fits onto the back of your skis. It calculates your speed, which is then shown on an LCD display at the push of a button. Ski Essentials (tel: 0171-831 5131).

pounds 145

see the total eclipse of the sun in France on Wednesday 11 August. This per-person price is for a two-night break in Honfleur, near Le Havre, is based on two sharing and includes return Hoverspeed Dover-Calais crossings for car and passengers and half-board hotel accommodation. Inntravel (tel: 01653 628862).

pounds 201

one adult and one child under 12 years of age can take a three-night break in Bruges. This price is valid until 25 March on selected flights, and is based on the adult and child sharing a room. It includes return flights, rail transfers and b&b accommodation in a two-star hotel. The Belgian Travel Service (tel: 01992 456167).

pounds 355

you can take a spring break in Holland to see one of the world's best flower shows. The tour takes in the Keukenhof Gardens along with city tours of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Rotterdam. This per-person price includes return coach travel from the UK, excursions, six nights' half- board accommodation and three lunches. The flower show takes place at the beginning of May. Wallace Arnold Holidays (tel: 0113-321 0739).

pounds 495

music and wine enthusiasts can take an Easter break in France. This four- day break (1-5 April) takes place in a country estate in Gironde, the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards and offers a nightly programme of chamber music, piano recitals and jazz concerts, plus wine tastings and daily excursions to local chateaux and sights. The per-person price includes all entertainment, tastings and excursions, plus full-board accommodation. International travel is not included - the nearest airport is Bordeaux, one hour away. Orpheus & Bacchus (tel: 0171-231 6944).

pounds 685

take a 12-night break in Bali. This per-person price is available until the end of March and includes b&b accommodation at a three-star hotel in the beach resort of Tuban, scheduled flights from Heathrow or Manchester and three guided tours of the Indonesian island. Asean Explorer (tel:01481 823417).

pounds 899

cruise the Caribbean for a fortnight. Departing 14 February from Montego Bay, the ship calls at Cancun, Cozumel, Havana, Cayman, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, the San Blas Islands and Cartagena. The price per person includes return charter flights from Gatwick to Montego Bay, full-board accommodation, transfers and free travel insurance. Travel City Direct. (tel: 01792 468000).

pounds 1,175

learn to cook like an Italian on the Amalfi coast, or in Apulia or Umbria. This per-person price includes return flights, transfers, seven nights' full-board farmhouse accommodation based on two sharing, daily cookery tuition and local excursions. The cookery weeks start in spring and only 20 places are available on each course. Italian Cookery Weeks (tel: 0181- 208 0112).