Slightly trepidatious at driving into a wooded area as heavy snow was predicted we arrived at Forest Holidays heartened at the spacious and welcoming cabin that awaited us and cranked-up the log burner.
Now that the leaves have turned, the temperature has dropped and much-loved programmes such as Autumnwatch and Blue Planet II have returned to our screens - the nation’s love for wildlife has been rekindled and there has never been a better time to get out and explore nature at its very best.
Venice, Milan and Rome draw in thousands of British tourists every year - but nestled at the foot of the Alps just off the beaten path of mass tourism there’s another spellbinding Italian city that captures the imagination of culture vultures and holidaymakers who flock to sample its Alpine charm.
Overnight ferry to Europe harks back to golden age of travel
Crossing the channel can be an extremely speedy affair to the ports of Calais and Dunkirk. No sooner has one boarded the ship and ascended to the upper decks than it seems to be docking at the other end.