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TRAVEL Page 38 Late deals ■ Flying from Edinburgh on May 26, three nights in Prague staying at the three-star Prague Centre Superior on bed and breakfast, from £195 per person. ■ Flying from Edinburgh on May 25, six nights in Albir, Costa Blanca, staying at the three-star Albir Garden Complex on self catering, from £329 per person. This deal includes a 22kg baggage allowance and transfers. ■ Flying from Edinburgh on May 25, seven nights in Magaluf, Majorca, staying at the three-star TRH Palmanova on self catering, from £349 per person. This deal includes a 22kg baggage allowance and transfers. ■ For these and other deals see – freephone 0800 408 5594, or visit your travel agent. more at DailyRecord.CO.UK with MELANIE HARVEY Chris Parker gets a head for heights as he goes in search of some late spring skiing in one of the world’s loftiest resorts Luggage fables PACKING your suitcase is tricky these days, with every airline having different rules. But a study by UK-based luggage delivery company – – discovered that some people pack bizarre items. The top 10 most unusual items were: ■ Framed pictures of dead cats – a woman in her 40s took the photos of “her family” everywhere. ■ A wall clock - a pensioner liked to fall asleep to the sound of her ticking clock. ■ A set of dumbbells – a man with a “passion for fitness” wouldn’t go anywhere without them. ■ Husband’s ashes in an urn – a widow from Lanarkshire kept her late husband close by. ■ A 24-pack of Worcester sauce crisps – a snack fan had an “obsession” with the flavour. ■ A plastic carrier bag full of sheared sheep’s wool – a knitting fanatic or farmer. ■ Bondage gear – self explanatory. ■ A fire extinguisher – a man with pyrophobia always packed one. ■ A stuffed hamster – one woman took her former pet with her wherever she went. ■ About 15 ‘lucky rabbit’s feet’ – a man with a fear of flying’s good luck charms. Daily Record Saturday, May 3, 2014 AFTER clinging on to a T-bar for the best part of a mile, I can at last glide to the ­mountain’s edge and get an awe-inspiring view of the Alps from more than 12,000 feet. Peak after snowy peak as far as the eye can see in every direction is lit up by the dazzling spring sunshine. As far as viewing points go, this has to take some beating. I’ve come to Cervinia, in the Aosta Valley, tucked away in the north-west corner of Italy. Before me lies one of the world’s highest ski areas. At the top, I’m 6km and 1400 vertical metres from the village. This should mean it’s possible to find great powder conditions, even into early May at the end of the season. During the long descent back to the hotel, I pass in the shadow of one of the Alps’ most famous mountains. The pyramid-shaped 4478m Matterhorn DARING – famously known Somersaulting skier in the as the logo on a Snowpark certain Swiss ­chocolate bar – dominates the area. This notorious rock, the ice. With the sun beating down, scene of many early the conditions are perfect. The climbing tragedies, modern, quick lifts, are quiet, too. looms large in En route to lunch, I stop by the Cervinia’s history, Indianpark – considered one of and in the town the best snowparks in the Alps, itself, with its replete with half-pipe, sculptures, rails and jumps – and ­monuments and chat with some the souvenirs that fill LIGHT FANTASTIC uber-cool English The Alpine village the village’s gift shops. of Cervinia snowboarders, not that Back in the centre, it’s pleasant I can understand much enough. Cervinia has made an of their lingo. effort in recent years to soften its I decide against image. Many of the hotels, bars and having a go myself. Not restaurants built in the 60s, have wanting to get caught been reclad in wood, giving a more up in a “huckfest,” traditional Alpine feel. (when riders compete My hotel is the Petit Palais, a trying to catch bigger 10-minute stroll away. and bigger air), and so It’s basic but comfortable, and feeling a bit “lame”, the all-inclusive option is ideal for (uncool), I decide it’s families trying to keep costs down. time to refuel. There The food is good quality, with is a lot of choice, with antipasti and a first and second placed, sitting right next to the course cooked to order. main cable car. Within minutes, I’m up to a dozen or so restaurants dotted about the mountain. I head There’s a decent choice of at the lift station of Plan Maison at to the self-service restaurant Chalet ­alcoholic drinks, too. the heart of the resort. Etoile, situated next to the If you are looking for a little more A deep gorge splits the main ski Plan Maison lift. varied nightlife, the Crystal reps area into two sectors. I begin with My pasta and coffee costs 12 host a bar crawl once a week. A the bigger, left-hand section and euros – pretty reasonable and 10-euro ticket buys you five drinks gradually move across. The slopes certainly much cheaper than in in the town’s best spots. For more just below the Matterhorn are pricey Zermatt. Eventually, a family-friendly activities, there is nearly deserted. seat becomes available on the also ice skating and bowling. This is heaven for intermediates panoramic terrace, packed with I hit the slopes early, keen to like me, with wide, cruisey reds. sun worshippers. Hilariously, there explore the whopping 300km of There is still powder, especially at are even Italian men holding tin foil pistes. The Petit Palais is ideally the top of the runs, with next to no