If you were to ask travellers, most will agree that there is one poignant moment; one unexpected conversation; one breathtaking experience; or one person they can recall that has changed the way in which they view the world – a meaningful interlude that has helped shaped their future selves.
Not too long ago Monkey turned to me after a day trip to the seaside and told me it was his ‘best holiday ever’. Never mind the fact at the tender age of four, he’s already been on countless expeditions spanning four continents.
But that’s the appeal of the British coastline, sometimes home is best. Give us Brits a dose of sunshine, a bucket and spade, an ice cream and a portion of chips, and we’re very happy. Young or old, time spent by the sea can certainly blow away the cobwebs and gives a person a renewed sense of wellbeing.
Next weekend, the MTM family will be packing up our car and heading over to France on a road trip to the Burgundy region. We’re so looking forward to getting away and enjoying some good wine, cheese and sunshine.
The last time I was in the Caribbean was over eight years ago. I was a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding in Antigua and since those wonderful 10 days I haven’t been back…
If I were to choose a tropical paradise to return to, then Barbados would be high on my list. The island’s beaches and swaying palm trees; its heady mixture of West African, Caribbean and English Heritage; the famous Bajan welcome, plus its rum punch and pink sands attract thousands of British holidaymakers every year.
Even though I’ve travelled to over 40 countries there is still one that has so far eluded me. And it’s only across The Channel.
I don’t really think you can count a pit stop through Paris, or a booze cruise to Calais. I’ve never spent any notable time in France… until now. (more…)
When you imagine a sprawling countryside hotel steeped in splendour and history, with high beamed rooms and four poster beds – the epitome of luxury – there isn’t a point where you also envisage the pitter patter of tiny feet and yells from excited children. Fine dining and top notch spa facilities don’t mix with kids, do they? (more…)