Travel London Lite Friday, 30 October 2009 15 Slope o atXmas FANCY a white Christmas this year? For guaranteed snow and great skiing, head to Val dIsre. STA Travel is offering seven nights in the French ski resort for 359pp. The apartment at Les Balcons de Bellevarde is close to the ski lifts with stunning mountain views and 200m (crawling distance, handy) from the town centre and its legendary aprs-ski and nightlife. Flights and transfers included, departs London 19 December. statravel.co.uk ...or barge along MAYBE you need a more chilled- out Christmas? It doesnt get more relaxing than cruising through the wintry countryside on a cosy narrowboat. The 52ft Lady Theresa sleeps four and is available for four nights hire from 24 December, departing from Bunbury in Cheshire. The price is 750, which includes a full tank of diesel. Routes to explore include Chester, the Llangollen Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal. waterwaysholidays.com YourSpanish idyll EXPLORE Spanish countryside from the beautiful town of Mijas, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas in Andalucia. Seven nights bed and breakfast, flights and tours costs 302 with escorted tour specialist Page & Moy. Make the most of the area with an excursion to take in the historic grandeur of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Be sure also to see the resort of Nerja and the historic town of Ronda. pageandmoy.com; call 0800 987 5112 to book TalkingTurkey... DOES five-star winter sun for 411 sound appealing? Seven nights all-inclusive at the five-star Club Hotel Sera in Antalya, Turkey, now costs from 411pp, based on two sharing. This includes return flights to Antalya, via Istanbul, departing 12 November. Situated in Antalya Harbour, this property is close to Konyaattii Beach for a perfect, easy holiday. To book, visit expedia.co.uk or call 0871 226 0808 Takingoff... THE HIT SERIES AND GET STUCK INTO BIG EASY HOSPITALITY EDITED BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY experience that famous Southern hospitality at the local diner and get our teeth into some hearty (and heart- stopping) Louisiana fare such as hot wings and fried shrimp. Newblood NEW ORLEANSS modern horror story is Hurricane Katrina. The 2005 disaster left 80 per cent of the city under water and at least 1,500 people dead. Four years on and not all the damage is repaired, but the city cen- tre is restored and bustles with life. The friendly locals are quick to share their stories of Katrina and keen to show off their city. True Blood is set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, taken from the New Orleans saying: Laissez les bons temps rouler -- let the good times roll. And, boy, do they know how. New Orleans has more festivals than there are days of the year. And central to all celebrations is food. A New Orleans tradition is a decadent three- course brunch at Brennans, a classic American restaurant and a city insti- tution (25, 417 Royal Street; bren- nansneworleans.com). Spooksandthecity WE STAYED in the elegant Hotel Monteleone (from 90 per night; hotelmonteleone.com) in the historic French Quarter. The area is famed for its gorgeous pastel buildings with ironwork balconies which date back more than 200 years. A Haunted Voodoo tour (from 12, hauntedhis- torytours.com), took us to St Louis Cemetery, home to the tomb of famous voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, who thousands believed was capable of magic. But some scholars say her powers were simply based on informa- tion she gleaned from folk while working as a hairdresser. In the cemetery, bodies are entombed above ground and not buried as it is claimed the high water table can cause corpses to float up during periods of heavy rain. Later, we pass a mansion where one of New Orleanss first vampire rumours began in the 1800s after a mysterious bachelor took a girl to the house, held a knife to her throat and chewed on her neck. Hammeredhorror AFTER dark, it was on to the bright lights of Bourbon Street -- a riot of strip joints, blues bars and drunken tourists. Feeling horrified, we headed for Frenchmen Street -- a bohemian avenue lined with authentic music bars. Here we spent a fabulous night dancing with locals to Dixieland jazz at the Spotted Cat Club (623 Frenchmen Street) where the only scary thing was the thought of having to leave. American Airlines to New Orleans from 481 return, aa.com. Find out more at New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (neworleanscvb.com). For areas outside New Orleans visit louisianatravel.com. True Blood Season One is out now on DVD and Blu-ray Fangs for the memory: Caroline has a brief stop in Bourbon Street Love is dead: True Bloods Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html