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So long summer: ‘I would always choose a winter day in the mountains’

Summer’s gone and winter is coming. But that should be cause for celebration according to Catherine Cooper as it means the slopes are calling once again

It’s September – the children are back at school, the leaves on the trees are starting to turn from green to inviting shades of auburn, and the need for a pumpkin spiced latte is overwhelming. For many people, their summer holiday is already starting to feel like a distant memory, with their next major trip some way off.

But rather than feeling glum as I pack away my summer dresses and pull out my jumpers and boots, I feel a jolt of excitement. Because winter is just around the corner and for me, winter means just one thing – skiing.

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Eight top tips for the perfect Bordeaux break

From discounted tours to alternative culture, here’s our handy guide on everything you need to know about visiting the French city

Enjoy the attractions with CityPass
Consider getting yourself the CityPass for great deals on museum admission, unlimited travel on Bordeaux’s buses, trams and the river shuttle. Once you have the CityPass, it’s free entry to most museums and the Cité du Vin (before midday), and you also get a guided city tour and big discounts on river cruises and wine tours. The pass is available for 24 hours (€29 per person), 48 hours (€39) and 72 hours (€46), which also includes reductions on châteaux tours in Saint-Émilion and trips to the beach at Arcachon or the Cordouan lighthouse. Visitors can reserve online and collect from Bordeaux’s tourist office, Saint-Jean railway station or local transport agencies.

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