Travel London Lite Friday, 10 July 2009 13 Make some waves SUMMER is synonymous with surfing and next month you can improve your technique with a three-day jaunt to Newquay. For 269pp, youll stay at the Hillcrest Surf Lodge, with a half-day surf lesson, beach BBQ, and lunch and dinner at the Chy Restaurant thrown in. You can do long-board or body boarding, and beginners and advanced surfers are welcome. Call 0800 612 2202 or log on to to book; the trip departs 31 July. Venetian delights FOR a last-minute break, indulge yourself with Italian food and wine and check out the Venice Biennale this month with BA Holidays. Youll stay just a short boat ride from St Marks Square at the Hilton Molino Stucky, a restored 19th-century flour mill with panoramic city views from its Skyline bar. The best part? Stay three nights, get one night free -- the whole package is 312pp including BA flights from Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast. 0844 493 0758, Sounds from JFK IF YOURE in New Yorks JFK airport between now and 25 November, keep your ears open at the new Jet Blue terminal -- the airline has just launched its Live From T5 concert series, featuring indie musicians, on select Fridays at 5pm. Justin Townes Earle is on 24 July and Juliette Commagere on 31 July. If youre an aspiring musician, submit an original song and you can apply to perform next month. More information at about/jfk/events.asp Steeped in history WANT to live like a country gent for the weekend? Try The Queens Arms in Lambourn Valley or the Anchor Inn in Lower Froyle, Hampshire. The Queens Arms is perfect for horse riding and fly- fishing. At The Anchor Inn feast on locally sourced produce while you peruse history books and photos of British war heroes in rooms named in their honour. Rooms at both hotels start at just 70. See, Takingoff... SOUND OF HIKING, BIKING AND SUMMER SKIING IN THE ALPS EDITED BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY APRS-SKI AS ANYONE who has taken a ski holiday knows, its as much about the aprs-ski as it is about the activity. And while you can have a high old time in the hills without snow, could summer season nightlife compete with dancing on tables in ski boots to euro disco and shots of firewater? To our delight, the towns bars were awash with sporty young things in T-shirts and shorts rather than salo- pettes and ski goggles. Sophisticates gravitate towards Vernissage (vernis- with its cinema and art gallery, sliding windows and chandeliers that make it feel like a cross between a Bond baddies lair and a Wallace & Gromit invention. For a more traditional aprs experi- ence, sink a few beers with the inter- national crowd at the Brown Cow pub on the main street. Its part of The Hotel Post, a renowned hotspot, which boasts no fewer than five bars and clubs including the Broken Bar Disco, where you can dance the night away on their legendary wine barrel. Or, head to the workers favourite, Sparkys, above The Matterhorn Hostel, where the eponymous Sparky, aka Mark, will cook up a mean Thai curry (around 10) and keep you supplied with beers and the odd dodgy shot. GOURMETGUIDING DODGY shots aside, Zermatt is second to none when it comes to cuisine. The place is dotted with delightful refuges and family-run restaurants, but it can take some insider knowledge to find them and get a table. Fortunately, one of the add-ons Mountain Exposure offers is gourmet guiding (around 100 for up to four people, excluding food and wine). Whether you want to hike, ski, scooter, or bike, the charm- ing and affable Donald will accompany you, not only showing you the best spots, but also ensuring you get the best tables and the pick of the menu. When it comes to gourmet grub, this man knows his onions. After a hard mornings mountain biking, he settled us on the terrace of the fam- ily-run Zum See ( for air-dried beef, paper-thin cheese (15) and melt-in-the-mouth calves liver (15), all washed down with a fabulous sauvignon blanc (30). While post- skiing, he showed us to the Rifugio del Theodulo, on the cusp of the Theodulpass, where we tucked into a hearty plate of perfect pasta and finished things off with some home- made gnpi, the local digestif (around 10 a head, all in). After the fun Ive had this week, Im slightly concerned that winter in a ski resort could be a bit of a letdown. Return flights with Swiss from 69 return,; Mountain Exposure still has some availability for this summer but, exclusively for LL readers, if you book now for summer next year, you can book at this summers prices. For more details go to Peak condition: Claire and Becky on their summer break in Zermatt index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html