Silver Travel Book Club - July 2021

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Silver Travel Book ClubEach month, we'll explore a different destination, and a lucky Silver Travel Book Club reader can win a free copy of the month's book. 

EurocampThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Eurocamp – is reading Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy by Martin Gayford.

Sunday Times bestseller, Spring Cannot be Cancelled is an uplifting manifesto that affirms art's capacity to divert and inspire. It is based on a wealth of new conversations and correspondence between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, his long-time friend and collaborator. Their exchanges are illustrated by a selection of Hockney’s new, unpublished Normandy iPad drawings and paintings alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel, and others.

Eurocamp Azure Plus holiday homes, La Vallee, France


It’s no surprise that the natural beauty of Normandy inspired Hockney to write his new book about the importance of reconnection with nature, and this is also a big part of what Eurocamp believe in. It’s why all their parcs are nestled in lush landscapes, and La Vallée on the Normandy coast is one of the finest in the whole region. The parc is dappled with flowering hedges and fruit trees, and the beautifully converted Norman farm building houses a top-class restaurant serving authentic French fare. Plus, the home-from-home Eurocamp accommodation offers a comfortable retreat after a long day breathing in fresh coastal air and admiring rolling wooded hillsides. 

Off-parc, guests can enjoy soaking up the region’s rich history like the iconic D-Day Landings at Omaha Beach, the Bayeux Tapestry which is an 11th Century canvas telling of the Norman invasion of England and of course the legendary Le Mont St Michel. Plus, for those with a taste for the finer things in life, the region is famed for its scallops, lobster and Calvados apple brandy.

Book a week at La Vallée in September from just £402 per party, in one of Eurocamp’s premium Azure Plus holiday homes.

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La Vallee Restaurant
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Spring Cannot be Cancelled

How to win a copy of 'Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy' by Martin Gayford

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about a place or a trip where you have reconnected with nature, and the best entry will win a copy of this book.

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  • shellee1
    about 2 months ago
    I was fortunate enough to go to Patagonia - the scenery was mind-blowing and being so immersed in nature with only a handful of other people was simply awe-inspiring. A real reminder of just how small we are!
  • DRSask
    2 months ago
    During the pandemic, every time I go out for a walk along the Thames River here in London, Ontario, it is a chance for me to reconnect with nature. Whether I'm on the lower paths that are beside the river where I can hear the water gurgling over the rocks when the water is low or watch the Canada geese and ducks and the occasional heron on the water or a bird of prey fishing from the sky into the river; whether I'm on an upper path through the trees where it is cooler and I can hear the breeze moving through the branches or see a squirrel, chipmunk or groundhog scurrying around in the leaves on the ground; or whether I'm walking through the gardens in the spring and enjoying the tulips, daffodils or fruit trees in blossom or the changing colours of the trees in autumn. All of it is a reminder that nature is going through it's cycles of life regardless of what is happening to us mere humans.
  • you
    2 months ago
    I have reconnected with nature in my garden....We have been unable to do anything with it [ health issues] so it is now re-wilded and full of a variety of raw nature.
  • SilverTravelUser_1602
    2 months ago
    David Hockney’s 2012 Royal Academy exhibition inspired a holiday to some of the wonderful parks of western USA including Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Amazing!
  • Ken-Baines
    2 months ago
    My first safari in Zimbabwe, made me fully realise that we SHARE this planet with so many other wonderful animals.......
  • plee_1
    2 months ago
    I recently went to Holy Island in Northumberland. I walked through gorse, purple thistle, red poppies and tiny wild pansy to reach the sea. I sat and watched the wild waves hit the rocks - in the distance the eerie sound of seals made it feel other worldly.
  • GypsyWanderer
    3 months ago
    White and crisp under my feet, semi darkness above. The ship sailed away. We were on our own, fifteen red tents, thirty campers and one Welland seal watching us. Alone in the vast wilderness of Antarctica. Listening to the groan of the ice, the crack as more broke away from the mass and tumbled into the sea. The birth of another iceberg. Raw, beautiful, amazing, frightening nature.
  • Rowsie
    3 months ago
    My most "reconnected to nature" holiday was an amazing holiday to the Galapagos Islands some years ago. I had wanted to visit there ever since I saw David Attenborough with the huge tortoises on TV when I was a child. However I was unprepared for the other wonderful aspects of The Galapagos as well. Birds, plants, lizards, sea lions and even penguins! All viewed with a unique background of wonderful natural features.
  • Easyliving
    3 months ago
    I'm fortunate to live in the Vale of Pewsey - with its beautiful landscape, quaint villages, and links to Alfred The Great who owned much of the Vale whilst his brother Aethelred I was king.
    We are an hour by fast train from London Paddington, in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Great West Way.
    We walk out of our drive, into the lane and we are five minutes from the Pewsey white horse - no, not the local pub - but a horse cut of chalk in 1937. It is one of eight remaining white horses in Wiltshire, measures 66’ by 45’, making it the smallest of the eight canonical Wiltshire white horses. It is a steep walk to the top of the hill but certainly worth it for the views all around when you get there.
    Further afield we have Ham Hill Reserve which is a Site of Special Scientific interest and is home to the Musk Orchid. This chalk downland is covered with wildflowers - early gentian, frog orchids, meadow saxifrage - to name but a few - during spring and summer and there are spectacular views from the top.
    Not too far away is the aptly names Bluebell Wood and the mysterious Savernake Forest with its historic oak trees.
    Each time I venture into the local countryside, connect with nature and marvel at the beauty around me I'm reminded of the lines of Robert Frost .... 'two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled... and that has made all the difference'.
    It is so easy to connect locally and enjoy the wild - especially during these difficult times! Perhaps this pandemic has made us realise that, because for the moment faraway places remain far away, our local areas have much to offer...
  • SilverTravelEditor
    3 months ago
    I've just been reconnecting with nature in Barbados ! including a visit to Huntes Garden a serene an ornately designed garden in the North East of the island, walking among amazingly tall palm trees. You can read more about the trip soon in Silver Travel Advisor.
  • Lottie
    3 months ago
    Just this morning after putting some rubbish in the back yard bins I checked the many cobwebs that appear in the dew overnight. It never fails to suprise me at the amount of different types of spiders I find. The one I thought that had a red belly this morning on closer inspection turned out to be a ladybird it had lured to its web. Sad, as lovely and useful as ladybirds are to the garden that's natures food chain at work. I then checked the tomato plants which are fruiting nicely...can't wait to taste the first one this year. Sadly, the nearest I got to France was giving the straggler french beans a helping hand to reach the next rung of the climbing frame. Mmm, I can almost smell the garlic as they are tossed in butter and tasted along side the tomatoes.
  • you
    3 months ago
    I do not need to go too far to engage with nature this year. Due to our [ brilliant ? ] summer weather our garden has remained untouched. A wild flower area is now where a lawn once was and it looks wonderful with a diverse array of birds - insects - small animals. And all this from my desk next to the window !!
  • philatel
    3 months ago
    I really felt connected with nature when I was lucky enough to visit - and sleep in - the Amazon Forest. Howling monkeys howled all night, huge snails as large as a hand, beautiful blue morpho butterflies arriving to the water at 11.00 every morning to say nothing of the beautiful flowers, huge trees, etc.
  • JohnP
    3 months ago
    If even Damien Hirst is reconnecting with nature nature must be doing something right: David Hockney has long shown the way. Normandy has been an inspiration to us in less artistic ways but many times, from the castles to the orchards and the seafood. Wonderful place.
  • SJH2
    3 months ago
    David Hockney is my all
    Time favourite artist and being a Yorkshire lass I love the outdoors and his artwork
  • Hardyplant
    3 months ago
    Although our garden is a mini nature reserve in itself I like to get away to Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey (which I've reviewed) in order to see my favourite animal - hares - which we no longer get in the fields opposite our house, but which were there up to 15 years ago. I love Elmley's wide open spaces and big skies, either for a walk with views of lapwings flying over the marsh, or better still staying for a couple of nights in a shepherds hut, surrounded by wildlife 24 hours a day, breathing in the fresh air and just `letting go`.
  • yorkshirecat
    3 months ago
    I have turned my back garden into a haven for wildlife and a place for me to reconnect with nature every day. Different seeds, nuts and fatballs on a range of feeders attract more than 50 different British and migratory birds; flowers for the pollinators; wood piles for bugs; bee hotels; a hedgehog house; bats every evening; a boggy area for toads and a pond with solar-powered fountain. Come rain or shine there's always some activity with my regulars - a tuneful robin, chattering wren, friendly dunnock and pair of pheasants hopeful of a juicy worm or two as they watch me gardening.