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The season is fast-moving from Spring into Summer and conversations with friends, family and work colleagues is turning toward holidays and vacations so, with todays Blogging from A to Z April Challenge letter being V I decided to share some vacation destinations and memories of my own.
I have rarely left the UK, where I live to go on holiday, the times I did go abroad were a long time ago, the first trip I made was in the winter of 1998 when I visited Aachen in Germany with my Aunt who was a languages teacher. Along with her class we travelled by coach and on the ferry from Dover to Germany for a 24 hour Christmas shopping trip. I loved this fleeting trip, there was so much to see and do. The markets that we visited had lots of hand-made, traditional gifts that we could purchase and I remember being given mulled wine or cider from many of the vendors which was really tasty. I remember there being snow on the ground and of a visit to a church that had cushions on the floor for you to lie on so you could admire the artwork on the ceilings without getting dizzy. I remember eating some lovely crepes and some kind of donut balls and giant pretzels that were bigger than your head! And I remember the journey back, our ferry couldn’t dock for hours because of a storm and lots of my aunt’s students got sick. I was lucky and managed to escape sea sickness. To pass the time I took myself off on a walk around the ferry and visited a few of the on-board shops that they had.
The next trip abroad that I went on was one to Lourdes. I went with my church group and worked as a volunteer helping with the sick people who were there, some of this work took place in a large hospital or hospice there and we had to get the visitors ready for going out, feed and clothe them and accompany them on the day out. We went for a midnight candle lit vigil at The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which was as moving as it was beautiful. I don’t really remember much else of this trip aside from a huge thunder-storm that we had on the last day we were there, we were loading up the coaches for our trip back and it was as if someone had ripped the sky apart, the noise was deafening. The storm came complete with hail stones that were huge and after 5 minutes littered the ground and almost came up to our knees.
Other vacations I have been on have been in this country. I owned a Volkswagen T25 pop top camper and went away in it yearly. Mostly I toured the South and West of Wales, visiting beaches and little bays, ports and doing a lot of walking. One of my favorite sites to stay on is Celtic Camping which is situated on the Pembrokeshire coastline in West Wales. It is the perfect spot to stay at, the site is fairly quiet and has spectacular views. You can pretty much park up wherever you fancy on site and there is an option to have a proper camp fire if you want, and for me, camping with a fire is just perfect to me. This site is not too far a drive from St Davids which is home to the loveliest cathedral. Porthgain is not too far away ether, I have both driven and walked from the campsite. There is a pub worth checking out there called The Sloop that do some really tasty food and beer!
I’ve not yet thought about vacations this year, I don’t have my camper anymore so think I will be having lots of little day trips instead but, hopefully, some o
f them will involve a day out at a beach and lots of icecream too!!
Many of the places I have stayed at have been close to beaches, for me a summer vacation is not the same without seeing, or setting foot on a beach!
What sort of vacations have you been on?