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JULY 2019

Destinations

TOULOUSE

The pink city of Toulouse is blessed

with not one but two UNESCO

heritage sites. The first, built of brick

and stone, is the 11th-century basilica

of Saint-Sernin with its huge vaulted

nave, as well as a crypt that contains

numerous relics, including those of Saint

Sernin himself. The second is the Canal

du Midi, which links the city with the

Mediterranean Sea. Constructed under

the reign of Louis XIV by Pierre-Paul Riquet,

this beautiful canal lined with plane trees

was completed in the 19th century and

can be explored on foot or bike, as well

as by boat.

www.toulouse-visit.com

VEN I CE

Quadri, the historic 18th-century café,

bistro and fine-dining restaurant in St

Mark’s Square has reopened after

a major restoration by French designer

Philippe Starck. Brothers Massimiliano

and Raffaele Alajmo approached Starck

to “bring back the original splendour of

the space in a contemporary context”.

A transformation revealing the original

magic of the place has been created and

crafted by Venetian artisans, refreshing

its upholstered walls, chandeliers and

decadent furnishings. A key challenge

was to prepare the restaurant’s interiors for

acqua alta

, a natural phenomena where

high tides cause flooding.

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe has flights to Venice from Cardiff

(until 7th September).

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe has flights to Toulouse from

Manchester.

VERONA

Given UNESCO World Heritage

status in 2000, Verona has historical

sights aplenty – but if your time in

the city is short, here are three not to

miss. The famous Roman amphitheatre,

which is still in regular use today as an

open-air opera house, is a must. Next,

make your way to Juliet’s house, Casa di

Giulietta, on Via Capello, with its famous

balcony and bronze of Juliet. From

the Piazza delle Erbe (once a Roman

forum), head for the Torre dei Lamberti.

This 84m-high watchtower took over 300

years to build, and was finally finished in

1463. From the top, you’ll enjoy amazing

views of Verona.

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JOHN O’GROATS

If you fancy getting acquainted with

whisky, a visit to Pulteney Distillery

in Wick is a must. It continues to

make malt whisky using traditional

methods nearly two centuries after its

opening. The spirit matures in oak casks,

slowly capturing the unique character

of this stunning landscape with its

long seafaring history. Take a tour to

see behind the scenes and discover

the time-honoured process that goes

into crafting Old Pulteney single malt

whiskies, known as the ‘Maritime Malt’,

distilled and matured by the sea.

www.oldpulteney.com

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe has flights to Verona from Cardiff

(until 7th September) and Southampton.

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe’s franchise partner Eastern

Airways has flights to Wick, John

O’Groats from Aberdeen.

TOULON COTE D ’ AZUR

Enjoy a delicious meal on the

Mourillon beach at Le Lido de Toulon.

To start, choose from the likes of

Marinated Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan

Shavings or Smoked Salmon Maki. For

your main course, why not try Fillet of Sea

Bream with Roasted Thyme or fish soup

– there’s plenty of seafood on offer, but

there’s also pasta, risotto or meat dishes

if you prefer. If you’re looking for a deal,

they offer a Bistrot Midi menu with two

courses for €19.50 or a three-course set

menu for €36. After your meal, walk on

the sandy beach and soak up the

gorgeous views.

www.le-lido-de-toulon.fr

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe has flights to Toulon Côte d’Azur

from Southampton.

ZUR I CH

Once full of rundown warehouses,

Zurich West – also called ‘Kreis

5’ or ‘Industriequartier’ – is now

a rejuvenated, alternative heart of

the town. Its main attraction is the

Viadukt, a stretch of shops, restaurants

and bars built into the arches of the

old railway viaduct that runs between

the bank of the river Limmat and

Hardbrücke station. Nearby Frau

Gerolds Garten offers cute little shops,

an urban garden and some seasonal

attractions, such as a Saturday

market in summer and a fondue tent

in winter. There’s also Zurich’s tallest

building, the 126m Prime Tower.

F L I G H T D E TA I L S

Flybe’s franchise partner Blue Islands

has flights to Zurich from Jersey.