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September 11, 2018


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Nadine G

Lucy, je suis très heureuse pour vous, des vacances de rêve et en famille ! Formidable (même le crochet était du voyage !)- Ici aussi dans le centre de la France nous avions la canicule pendant des semaines, hier 35° à l'ombre…..-
J'aime passer régulièrement vous lire, rêver en couleurs de vos créations de crochet. Bises.

Barbara Johnson

This travelogue was lovely, made me feel I could go there perfect x

Spike Deane

Sounds wonderful. I think that time of relaxing without an itinerary can be just the thing. Sometimes we pressure ourselves too much to do all the things and get back exhausted. Sounds like a perfect week, love the photos.


We have been discussing purchase of a caravan but think we may be too old now middle 70’s. It seems like such an easy way to travel especially with my many food issues. I always enjoy your post and because Yarndale is on th immediate horizon I think that they may because less frequent.


We who live in this climate have been trying to plan a trip to the mountains for a cooler climate. Looks like a great holiday for you.


Oh wow - I have just got back from our two-week holiday and was catching up with your blog, to find you have been to Menorca, which is where we have just been! This was our first proper summer holiday without our two boys who are now thoroughly grown up, although our youngest did fly out for a few days after his vacation job ended. Menorca holds a special places for us as it's where we spent our honeymoon 26 years ago - it's developed a lot since then! The last two visits we have stayed in Cala Galdana, which is busier but still lovely. We self-cater, with plenty of treat meals out, and air-con is def on our list - my husband gets very grumpy if it's too hot to sleep too! I hope you manage to find another good location for next year ….


As soon as I saw the first pic I just knew it was Menorca, Lucy! We holidayed in the Balearics (mainly Menorca) at various times from 1983 until 2007 - eventually exclusively Menorca as the other two islands didn't "do it" for us.Only my decision not to leave my wonderful rescue Staffie in kennels stopped us going from then, followed by the ailments of our advancing years!! I'm so glad you liked what you saw of the island. Such a friendly people the Menorcans. We eventually travelled independently, collecting a car at the airport to keep for our two week stays, and a local lady would always be able to find us excellent accommodation. If you go back you have to find Cala Turqueta, Calas Mitjana and Mitjaneta and, absolutely, Cala Galdana! You can grow a hardy version of hibiscus in the UK - not the showily beautiful red that grows like a weed in Menorca but look here: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/501926/How-to-plant-hibiscus-syriacus - we have a purple one in our back garden and it has loved this hot summer and rewarded us with so many blooms, but just as happily survived the -9°C we suffered in March. I loved all your pics, they brought back lovely memories and reminded me that we have loads of pics of our own taken over the many years. Glad you have returned with recharged batteries!


And that is why we always go camping (mainly in France) with our family of 5 + dog. Relaxing, not time-bound, new experiences, and always something to do or someone to meet for the little peeps. And if you don’t like the place, you go somewhere else to pitch your tent...


Sounds lovely. Except for the lack of air condition. And the woolly felting yarn...Sounds really hot.


I follow your blog but I never comment, and it has been a surprise to me when you told you have been to Spain this summer. I'm spanish, and I can imagine the terrible hot without air condition there. (Probably that made the resort cheaper). If you wish to try again, go to the north of spain (Coruña, Bilbao, Oviedo). The weather is much nicer there in summer, and beaches in Coruña are amazing too!

Angela- Southern USA

A lovely get away, the heat sounds like here. One of the reasons spring and autumn is my favorite. Sorry to hear of Connievan, on to new adventures. Have a lovely weekend!xxxxxxxxxxx

Heidi Clarke

As a child we used to go to France end of August (dad worked in car trade) it wasn't to hot and to appeal to mum and dad we used to do mornings sightseeing, afternoons by the pool or lake and the occasional day trip,and as a teen I can remember not participating in every morning activity!! These were great holidays.

Hooks and Needles

I'm pleased you enjoyed your hols, the photos have captured the blissful time you had relaxing. Thank you for sharing x

Libby Parker

Lucy, I'm so glad you were able to convince everyone to fly someplace exotic and new, but I wish it hadn't been so excruciatingly hot. Don't let J. guilt you into not planning another adventure. Your describing tapas dining and Little B's discovered love of calamari reminded me of the time we asked our 7 yr.-old son where he would like to go for a birthday dinner. He immediately proclaimed the name of a Thai restaurant (Royal Orchid) he had admired as we drove by because the building was painted a bright purple. He ordered something that came with baby squid in it which he announced was delicious. To this day, at 41, he still loves Thai food.


I would definitely recommend holidays at the end of august or early September if the kids start school late. The weather is still warm in the Mediterranean but you have less crowds.

We have also found having our own kitchen and a pool or lake is a must have when travelling. Hopefully next year they let you do some more travelling, Tuscany in early June or September for wonderful food and scenary, or prehaps Crete with it's wonderful beaches and ancient sites.


Oh no! Not Connievan? Well you had some wonderful years full of amazingly inspiring pictures. This vacation looked magical. Welcome home and back to the lovely routine of it all.

The garden there looked magical.


Loving your honesty about family life on holiday,I can so appreciate J’s feelings about the heat and flying so he was wonderful agreeing to go to Spain in August!Cant wait to see what crochet projects you have from your sunny hol😎


So pleased you managed to get away and have precious family time. We too have visited Spain in the extreme heat and completely understand the struggles everyone had with the heat! But oh the fun the kids had in that pool from morning til night! Looking back on it now they only remember the fun and uniqueness of our time there, they don't remember how hot they were. On the other hand, I do recall the heat, and as a result we have only revisited in May when the weather was much more acceptable. Hot hot hotness is not for everyone...but beautiful foreign climes give amazing memories, so maybe choose a cooler time of year next time :)


Hi Lucy, my husband & I are in Menorca right now!! And it is still very hot & humid, but luckily we have air conditioning in our apartment so it’s bearable, we have had an amazing thunderstorm & another forecast for today. I shall try out the the star walking app tonight, I didn’t know there was such a thing!! I too can recommend French camping holidays, we went every year from when my 2 boys were 1 until in their teens, - we all have lovely memories of those holidays x


Hi, Lucy! I'm from Menorca and I live in Mahón. I am very happy that you spend your holidays time in our island with your family. Its a pleasure for us. xxxx


The place you stayed looks so beautiful and perfect for the kind of relaxation you needed. Good luck in finding somewhere else to suit the whole family but Europe really is so close to the UK (I'm envious), and there are so many places to choose from. Sad to hear about Connievan, I know how much you loved her. xx Susan

Jacquie Clapperton

I loved Gibraltar in May/June, not too warm but able to sit out on the beach. Loads of history and loads to see. Language is English and currency is the pound. Also day trips to Morocco by sea. I'd go back like a shot.

Teresa Kasner

Hi Lucy, what a wonderful week you all had! I think it's great that J went on the trip you wanted, now next time you should see where he'd like to go! :-) How fun to have your own pool. My favorite images are the turquoise waters and the pinkie red hibiscus! Enjoy your Autumn. We are getting Fall weather here today and leaves are beginning to fall. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


Thank you for sharing about your holiday. It reminds me of a TV program that is called "A place in the sun" It is about people from England who are buying a second home or holiday house in Spain, Portugal or France or even in the Caribbeans. (It is an old program from years ago as most of the programs on Swedish TV are replays)The summer in Sweden this year was extremely hot as the rest of Europe;but usually we have "low" summer temperature so you might consider doing a visit to Sweden one day. Lots of beautiful places to explore. :-)
Take care

Winifred Waite

I do love Spain & Italy but avoid holidaying in the summer months. How about going by Eurostar to France. You can book your tickets via Eurostar website from lots of UK railway stations through to France so it works out pretty cheap. Much cheaper than booking separate rail journeys. Also you know that if you miss your connection the rail companies have an agreement to put you on the next train. Great & comfortable way to travel especially for children, no being restricted to your seat for ages.
We took our granddaughter to Paris from Newcastle for less than £100 each return in the Easter holidays, we could pay that just to travel to London). She had never been on a train before & absolutely loved it. You can also go to Amsterdam, Brussels or Disneyland Paris.
Enjoy your travels!

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