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holidays, do you go back to the same place year after year?

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notthecod · 17/08/2004 08:36

do you like doing that - are you tied to a holiday home you own? or do you do somthing radicaly different each year?

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SueW · 17/08/2004 09:26

I'd like to find two or three places I could go back to every year so I didn't have to go through the whole rigmarole of finding the nice local restaruants and best bits of beach etc.

At the moment we've got a caravan site we return to each year with my M&D but I think I've been uninvited for next year and DD going's on her own.

But I don't want entirely lose my spirit of adventure!

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CountessDracula · 17/08/2004 09:29

BC we used to go skiing most years, somewhere far-flung and interesting once a year eg Philippines, Sri Lanka etc, and a week in Wales with the pup and family + city breaks galore.

Now we tend to go to the Caribbean in Jan (our holiday on our own, though dh last night said he wants dd to come this year!) then S. of France with mates in July, then either Wales or somewhere beachy for dd in Sept.

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blossom2 · 17/08/2004 09:33

Yep ... we always visit friends in France, every year!! its beginning to get boring, but we never get to see them otherwise.

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Fio2 · 17/08/2004 09:34

notthecod have you learnt to type whilst away? was your vacation a typing course?

as for holidays, what a holiday?

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Miriam2 · 17/08/2004 09:39

Did it this year for first time, seemed like a good idea last year when we booked. At first when we got there, we regretted it, felt like we'd been-there-done-that and there was nothing new to discover. Small advantage as has been said of knowing your way about etc. Second week made a big effort to do new things, try new restaurants and that worked. Depends what type of a family you are, I guess. Suppose we are somewhere between wanting the comfort of the 'known' AND somewhere new.

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motherinferior · 17/08/2004 09:57

We rented a lovely house, belonging to a friend, this summer and I think we'll probably go back again. Why? Well, it was nice (lovely big house in Normandy), it was relatively easy to get to, affordable, and re-booking is a no-brainer.

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Tinker · 17/08/2004 10:26

Been going to France virtually every year for the last, gulp, 30 years! . Don't stay in the same place though and have graduated from a tent to a cottage/gite. Would do exactly the same holiday in Spain or Italy but it's the car issue - too far ro drive, too expensive to hire

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Frenchgirl · 17/08/2004 10:31

Usually go to my parents' flat on the Basque Coast (have been going since I was 2 or 3....feels like home!). There's lots to do, I know lots of people there, all the good places to visit and go for drinks and dinner, etc.... I know I'll always have a good time and dh loves it too. I would love to visit new places but I need my fix of that place too, and can't afford to do both things!

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tallulah · 17/08/2004 18:20

Far too many places to see, not enough time or money to do, to go back to the same place! Having said that, next year will be 3rd visit to Orlando... First visit just me & DH, second visit me & DH plus all 4 kids plus mother, 3rd visit will be 2 kids with me & DH. Different hotel each time & diff places visited. If only money was no object......

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hmb · 17/08/2004 18:47

We have gone back to the same region in France, but to different camp sites the last two years. This year was so good we may do the same site next year. Other than that we have gone somewhere different each year.

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notthecod · 17/08/2004 18:48

ooh hmb need to speak to you aboutt hta

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Fio2 · 17/08/2004 18:51

mmm not a typing holiday after all

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honeybunny · 17/08/2004 18:51

As a child, I went back to the same tiny campsite (20 caravans only)on the top of a N Devon cliff opposite Woolacombe Bay (Putsborough-for any that may have heard of it). From the age of 3-16!!! We went for 2weeks in July and another week over the Aug B/H. I loved it, my fav was the week in late Aug when it was quiet, usually crap weather and mum and I would take long walks along the deserted beach while my brother surfed. The wind and rain would buffet (sp??) the caravan, and you could sit and watch the waves crash in and mum would panic about whether we would get blown over the cliff!!
We went back to the same campsite in April, yr after yr for a weeks riding, me with my best friend and her family in a van on one side and family friends on the other side.
I'm amazed that mum survived it all in such a confined space!!
We did explore further afield in the summer from the age of about 14 (usually Europe-France, Germany, Spain) before deciding that the caravan had had its day and opted for S/C villas up until the age of about 20/21.

Putsborough will always have fond memories, but I dont see us repeating history!

V envious of you CD! Jan in the Carrib (sans kids) gimme, gimme, gimme!!! Who looks after the smalls? + will they take mine?

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iota · 17/08/2004 19:04

After years of different holidays abroad, we have discovered the perfect 'bucket and spade' holiday in the UK. We went last yr, booked again for this yr and had a fab time again, so will be booking up for next yr as well.
Having kids has changed our perspective on what makes a good holiday.

(But are also going to Florida later this yr)

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Blu · 18/08/2004 11:44

Honeybunny, you have stirred up a huge wave of childhood nostalgia for me! Every year we went and stayed on a farm in N Devon, and spent every day on Putsborough or Saunton Sands. I feel as if I can remember every starfish in every rockpool on Putsborough beach, the taste of the lettuce and sald cream sandwiches...I LOVED it.
I shall be in the campsite you atlk about next summer, without fail!
The Perfect Rockpools!

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katierocket · 18/08/2004 11:48

notthecod is that really you?
I was wondering when you would come back

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hmb · 18/08/2004 11:48

What do you need to know, codders?

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CountessDracula · 18/08/2004 11:51

CD my mum and dad look after dd - you could ask them if they wouldn't mind a couple more! I know we are VERY lucky, hoping that it will continue for a good few years yet - it's the only thing we managed to achieve from our smug pre-kids days of "oh when we have children we will still go clubbing/have lots of weekends away/maintain standards in house (ha ha none of them) but we did always say that we would try to have a child free holiday every year and so far it has worked! Some of you may however remember my pathetic, snivelling thread the day before I was going this year where I almost cancelled the holiday cos I couldn't bear to leave dd (rapidly evaporated as I stepped off the plane into the sunshine I hasten to add!) so doesn have downsides too.

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CountessDracula · 18/08/2004 11:51

cd durr that's ME I meant honeybunny

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Jaxmum · 18/08/2004 12:10

Iota - May I ask where it is you go?

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enid · 18/08/2004 12:24

Our neighbours own a gite in Brittany that they leant to us this summer - perfect, beautiful, simple and only £100 a week!! So we'll definitely be going back there for as long as possible. In fact we've been to Brittany for the last three years - I love it.

Planning fab Swiss spa break (no kids) later this year...now that's something I'd like to repeat every year...

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Thomcat · 18/08/2004 12:35

We went back to the same place in S of France twice as friends at the time had a place there but we stayed in different places both times.

But basically the answer is no. It is tempting when you have found somewhere you love to go back but there are SO many places on my wish list that I can't help but feel it's a shame not to see more of the world and try new things.

I just got back from Tuscany and would go again but this time do costal Tuscany rather than inland so it's a bit different. Not that I wouldn't want to go back to the same town as it was wonderful but I'm sure the coastal part we choose next time will be equally as lovley iykwim.

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serenequeen · 18/08/2004 12:40

pre-kids - definitely not.

now - well, holidays that are enjoyable and relaxing are much, much harder to find... if we really found a marvellous place, i think we would go back without hesitation.

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Thomcat · 18/08/2004 12:53

That's a good point Sereenequeen.
i'll still keep trying new places while I can but as and when i have more kids and they get older and we find the perfect place that keeps them and us happy, yes it would make sense to return there.

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Blu · 18/08/2004 12:59

Also, for children, I think it is exciting to be able to anticipate a return to a known place, to have something they can picture to look forward to. Or maybe I am just carried away by my memories of Devon. We used to love the ritual of shouting '**my brother's's Bedroom ' as we got the first glimpse of a derelict outbuilding of the farm we stayed on!

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