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Come fly with me…

We’re all familiar with the delights of low cost airlines, whisking us away to all sorts of exotic European locations. Now there’s somewhere new for Mancunians to explore, with BMI Baby opening a new flight path between Manchester and Perpignan

Published on September 18th 2006.


Come fly with me…

The world is definitely getting smaller. In these magical days of technological advancement, you can finish work on a Friday night and later that same evening find yourself soaking up the atmosphere in Barcelona or getting trollied on Guinness in Dublin. Marvellous.

Now thanks to BMI Baby, another part of Europe has landed on our doorstep. Within hours of clocking off time is now the beautiful city of Perpignan, in the Pyrenees -Orientales. Where? Good question. We didn’t know either. So we went along to Le Petit Blanc last week to find out more.

To celebrate BMI Baby’s new flight path between Manchester and Perpignan, Le Petit Blanc hosted a night during which guests were given the opportunity to find out all about this lovely region of France while sampling some French wines and food.

Feeling like holidaymakers about to be sold a timeshare on the Costa Del Sol, we sat down with our wine while various Catalonian tourist board officials pointed out to us (with the help of their trusty power point) all of the delights of their region.

Perpignan is located in the very far South West of France on the Spanish border, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. And it looks absolutely beautiful. Sun, sea, skiing, scenery and sightseeing - all in one stunning (and conveniently alliterative) region.

And the people of Perpignan certainly know how to enjoy themselves. They flew in their own chefs especially for the occasion, who treated us all to some delicious French cuisine and as much wine as we could handle.

Of course we then returned the favour. Not letting the fact that none of the chefs could speak a word of English get in the way, the ManCon crew showed them what Manchester’s night life has to offer, resulting in the priceless sight of a group of rather drunk and bemused French chefs wandering around Panacea at two in the morning.

Hopefully they all managed to catch their flight home, where they are probably sat scratching their heads and wondering what they have let themselves in for, opening up a flight path between their city and ours. ‘Oh non, mon dieu, zat cray-zee man “Gordo” may come to zee Perpignan – hide le vin, maintenant!’

If you are looking to cheer yourself up with a little break now that summer seems to be finally on its way out and the spiders are making their way inside, have a look at BMI Baby’s flights to Perpignan, which start from just £16.99 including taxes.

For more information on the region of the Pyrenees Orientales, click here to visit the website of the tourist board.

For flight details from BMI Baby, click here.

Jayne Robinson
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