I have spent all day on the internet trying to decide where to go on holidays, and I am still none the wiser! Of course if money were no object, it would make it all a little easier, then I would chose a fabulous hotel located on an amazing beach, on an exotic island somewhere, just like this one.
But since money is a consideration, I have been searching a bit closer to home. France, Italy, Spain, are top of the list. But where to go? My husband wants to go to Nice, and yes I adore Nice, but shouldn’t we go somewhere different for a change.
I asked my son where he wanted to go, and to give me three words to sum up his ideal holiday, and all he could give me was one, “easy”. By that he meant no hassle, no great effort, no difficult commutes, airport close to final destination, beach close by, you get the picture, and finally he added, “Ville Franche Sur Mer, Nice”.
Yes Villefranche – Sur- Mer, is another paradise, but again we have stayed there so many times, and since we holiday once a year , should we not try to see more places, I mean the world is full of beautiful places to see.
I have suggested we go to Deauville in Normandy, France, take the ferry from Ireland, a nice change from flying, which I hate anyway. Spend a week or two there, and take the train to Paris and stay there for a couple of days in between.
The mention of Paris was greeted with very little enthusiasm. Apparently I would drag them around all the sights, from morning till night, and they would have no peace! But what is the point of going to Paris, if you don’t go to see all the sights?
So I asked my husband to tell me in a few words what he wanted in a holiday. So in a few words he mentioned, “a city, people watching, plenty of cafes, and bars, a beach, night life, no where too quiet, a pool, short flight, easy to get to final destination, and sunshine”. That sounds just like Nice to me!
I think we really are creatures of habit. Of all the places in the world, so many of us keep on going back to the same places. It is really nice to find somewhere you love and revisit it, and then you know you can be sure of a good happy holiday, nothing worse than arriving somewhere you don’t like on your only 2 week holiday of the year. But creatures of habit or not, I want to see the world, and all its wonders! But I think I will be able to make better choices when I have no children to consider, and more money to spend!!!
So, should I just go ahead a book a holiday in Nice, or surprise them and go somewhere else altogether? If I choose a great place, they will be delighted, but if I get it wrong, I’m in trouble.
Since the paradise island is out of the question, or San Francisco, or St Petersburg, or Hawaii, or the Seychelles, then my next choice would be Provence. there is no where quite like Provence, but then again we have visited Provence, and travelled around it many times before!
I realised we are probably going to end up going to some part of France, because although we included Italy and Spain in the list, they were eventually dismissed because, we all hate Italian food, and food is very important to my husband! And we have been to Italy twice before. And as for Spain, my choice would be Seville, or Barcelona, Madrid, or central Spain, whereas my husband likes Marbella, or some other holiday places on the South coast, and my son dismissed Spain altogether.
My final suggestion was Ireland, yes we could stay at home, after all it is an amazing country! I got some some very funny looks when I said that. Why is it that we don’t ever really appreciate our own country, well at least I know my family don’t. My son actually said he would rather stay at home, because it would not feel like going on holidays at all. My husband said he would go mad in one of the nice quiet places I suggested. Personally I love Ireland, and staying in Connemara, or Kerry , or on one of the Islands off the coast would be perfect for me, magnificent scenery, amazing beaches, great food, long walks, plenty of great fresh air, and unfortunately going by the summer we are having this year, plenty of rain! But then again , what’s nicer than a long walk on a beach in the rain!
If we can’t come to a unanimous decision, then it will be a “staycation”, in good old Dublin City, if I suggest that they will soon make up there minds!
I’m just grateful we can go anywhere on holiday, and wherever we chose, I think I will be very happy!