There's still time to book a trip to France this bank holiday weekend. Go on, do something bold and impromptu! You could soon be eating moules frites and sipping local wine in the sunshine.
France is an easy destination to plan for at the last minute. For travel there's the choice of train, boat or plane - and fares are not at such high seasonal premiums as for Mediterranean destinations. For places to stay, choose between B&Bs, hotels and self-catering houses and apartments.
Accommodation can still be grabbed at great prices. For a long weekend, B&B or Chambre d'Hote starts at just £30 to £40 per night for a double room in a beautiful old farmhouse, converted watermill, country auberge, a village house or even an elegant chateau. Some self-catering properties can also be booked for just a few days.
If you fancy getting away for a week, then houses, villas and apartments start at a mere £150 a week, going right up to glorious luxury for couples, families or groups.
This is a great time of year for walking, golf, horse riding, boating, sightseeing, lying on the beach and just sitting at a pavement watching the world go by. Vive la France!