Saturday, April 27, 2013

HOLIDAY PACKS!
Visiting Monte Sacro above
Orta San Giulio, Italy
I've been thinking about holidays. Spring's been a long time coming this year and millions of humans are craving sunshine and warmth. Most of us can't afford the kind of holiday we'd really like, yet it's still possible to have a wonderful time on a small budget if you ask yourself one key question:

Who is good company?

It seems obvious, I know, yet many of my clients don't give it any thought and they end up having disappointing holidays. If you are someone who likes browsing around shops and markets, long lunches, afternoon naps or reading, cocktails and dinner at a harbour-side restaurant, it would be unwise [even if this describes your partner] to plan a holiday with someone who likes cycling or fell walking for hours on end, who greets a downpour as an excuse to try out their new cagoule, and wants to end the day with a huge meal and several pints at a pub. 



Experiencing the pleasure of a cream-filled choux pastry
in Hampshire with my friend Ms Toni
Being a dog, I don't have partners but I have many friends and I must say I think group holidays are the answer - especially as I love being one of a pack. Why not try it this year? My favourite holiday activities are visiting interesting local sites; eating; exercising on the beach and buying one or two new things to put me in that holiday mood!

Remember - everything you do will be more enjoyable [or more bearable] if you are sharing it with the right friends.


On the beach at Hastings with my friends [left to right] Roy, Anthony,
me and Penny in our new sunhats
As always, I'd love to know about your favourite holidays and what made them particularly special, so please leave your comments below.


Sharing coffee and 'kaka' in Stockholm with my friend Mr Per

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Tierra by Vicente Amigo

9 comments:

  1. That photo is actually from when you and I visited the charming village of Bretten in Germany, Tony. Also, women in Stockholm don't wear dresses like those.
    You seem to have read my mind this week, I've just spent an hour booking a few hotels in one of my favourite corners of the world for the summer. No group holiday but there will be company.

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    1. I do sometimes get details wrong but the essence of the occasion stays with me. Is there something wrong with the ladies' dresses? They look comfortable.

      I'll look forward to meeting up with you in your 'favourite corner'!

      Warmest good wishes

      Tony Russell

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    2. Dresses are all black here. Black dresses, white walls. That's what it's like here. You know they say Eskimos' got 54 different names for snow. Stockholmers' got 300 names for the different nuances of white walls.

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  2. Excellent advice and wonderful photos- thank you for sharing, Tony! Hmmmm... favorite holidays... Well, I very much enjoyed a trip to Asheville, NC with my partner a couple years ago. It was a fantastic combination of a cool little city with tons of vegetarian restaurants and local breweries... AND beautiful areas to hike and explore (the Blue Ridge Mountain area)!

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    1. Next time I'd like to come with you, please, Ms Kara. It sounds just my cup of tea (or warm milk with caramel syrup).

      I hope you have somewhere special to go this year too.

      With warmest affection

      Tony Russell

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  3. That cake has been superimposed on my face! I feel indignant.

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    1. Every day is a mini holiday when you're surrounded by inspiring surroundings and agreeable fellow travelers. Arriving at your blog is like returning to just such a favourite place each time. Just like getting to go to sunny Florida every week. Thanks!

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    2. I don't like to disagree with you, Ms Toni, but I do have another photograph of that occasion in my possession ...

      With deepest affection

      Tony Russell

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    3. Thank you for your very nice comment this week, Mr Mark. I can well understand how much you enjoy your surroundings - you live in a very attractive seaside resort and I always enjoy staying with you.

      With true affection

      Tony Russell

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