Ian Cooper enjoys a world-class beach and great food just a short hop away So here's a travel challenge. Where do you go to find magnificent, scenic and sandy beaches; historically interesting places to visit; staying in a quality hotel at a sensible price and with a flight that lasts less than 40 minutes? Well, get your travel hit list out, and your bag packed, because having just returned from Jersey with my wife, staying at the Merton Hotel for six nights on a Saga Holidays package, I now have the answer. Here is why I was so impressed.After an amazingly quick flight from London Luton lasting just 36 minutes, we were met by the Saga host Mo. From the moment we were greeted, until our departure, along with all the other Saga guests, she looked after us like we were close family or friends. Walking around the tables in the hotel restaurant to check everyone was having a good time; to arranging tours and answering questions on local places of interest, Mo was the perfect host. … [Read more...] about Travel: Jersey Island Escape on a six day Saga holiday
Durrell wildlife conservation trust
THE Durrells is about to return to TV bringing with it a brand new batch of hilarious stories about the adorable family. But who were the real-life Durrells that inspired this wonderful show? We have the lowdown... Who were the real Durrell family? Gerald Durrell Gerald, OBE, was born January 7, 1925, and was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. He passed away aged 70 on January 30, 1995, after contracting septicaemia. It's Gerald's book My Family and Other Animals (1956) that inspired the series The Durrells. He founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Park on the Channel Island of Jersey in 1959. As well as My Family and Other Animals, he wrote a number of books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast.Louisa Durrell Louisa was the mother of the Durrell family. She was born on January 16, 1886, in India during the British Raj. She passed away on January 24, 1964. Louisa was interested in … [Read more...] about Who were the real Durrell family, when did author Gerald Durrell die and when was the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust founded?