Here Comes the Sun…
April 27 2017
Now Easter is out of the way thoughts turn to summer and the countdown to sunshine is on.
Having two young children, my own holiday criteria are slightly different to what they used to be, but I still have a longer term hankering to return to Perth in Western Australia, where my husband and I lived and worked for 2 years. With a new non-stop flight from London to Perth, I hope to take the children out to visit someday to experience what we enjoyed. Some of the (many) highlights for me included the endless sunshine coast, cycling around and sailing on the Swan river, outdoor cinema at Kings Park, lazy weekends in the Margaret River wine region and exploring the best of the rest of Western Australia including snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef and camping under the stars in the outback. This, combined with visits to the busier cities of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney (and also some real red dust mine sites through work) was the ideal balance for me. The Asian influences in Western Australia meant we frequently dined out on world-class food and even better, had the opportunity to visit many of the Asian cities from the world’s ‘most remote city’. In just under 20 hours from London maybe the dream could become reality for me again sometime!
I decided to ask everyone their thoughts on their favourite travel destination and the responses were interesting and varied. Notably the majority of the responses featured a good degree of sunshine, apart from perhaps Colin’s…
Ian: For me it’s all about the local people, so my choices would be firstly Marbella Old Town in April or October – beautiful, clear skies and temperatures in the mid-20s. Also it’s relatively quiet, accessible and has a fabulous choice of fabulous food/drink (providing you stick to the local Spanish bars/restaurants). Avoid the crowds, searing heat and inflated prices by not going June-August. Also Dubrovnik - the Old Town is achingly beautiful and the Croatians are lovely.
Guy: Majorca – great climate, short flights, fantastic cycling in the mountains in the north of the island, lovely beaches and Palma is a really nice city to visit too.
Ross: Sydney/Australia – great food, even better wine, amazing weather and obviously my brother moved there and loves it. I got to experience things there like scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef which was really special – although I was terrified and found out I’m not as good a swimmer as I thought.
Caro: Best place I’ve ever been is the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. We stayed in an amazing lodge right in the rainforest, which was lovely but very noisy at dawn when all the birds started singing! Amazing scenery and wildlife, great food caught fresh that day and the chance to sit with a couple of “sundowners” every evening overlooking the bay. We saw recently that it’s up for sale if anyone fancies living in the middle of the rainforest!
Michele: Some of the best holidays I have been on have been sailing in the Ionian Sea with a different harbour every night.. There is nothing quite like a sailing holiday in the sun … We set our own pace every day.. made the most of the sun, sea and sailing! Going in early September we avoided the crowds, the temperature was good, no rain, no tides worth talking of but enough wind to get us to our next destination. We spent our days seeking out secluded lunch spots where we would swim off the back of the boat and enjoyed our evening hooking up with the rest of the flotilla for some Greek Gregariousness. A fantastic holiday and I would highly recommend it!
Aisling: I can’t just pick one destination so I’ll give you my top three! Bali, Rio and Petra.
Bali is a beautiful place. It has lush forests, green rice fields, amazing temples and there are lots of lovely islands to visit nearby. I recommend Gili Trawangan. There are no cars on this island so people get around on horse and cart. The beaches on these islands are stunning and it’s a perfect spot for water sports.
Rio is amazing! Great beaches, restaurants and nightlife. Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain are not to be missed. You get wonderful views of the cities from these spots. The people are fun and friendly and the city has a feeling of excitement about it.
Petra is like nowhere else I have ever been. It feels like a very special place with a lot of history. The buildings carved into the stones are even more impressive in real life than in the Indiana Jones film. You can take a tour of the area by night which is lit only by candles, it’s a wonderful thing to experience.
Melissa: Hvar, Croatia. The only summer holiday destination that I would happily return to every year. The nightlife is great, the local wine is wonderful, the food is fantastic and it has clearest sea water I’ve ever seen.
Colin: Quite simply for its stretches of beautiful beach coastline, it’s wonderful cuisine, ancient mystical traditions and friendly local inhabitants it has to be Pease Bay caravan park in East Lothian.
So, overall we seem to have the same ideals in mind, mostly involving sun, sea and good food. Roll on summer 2017!