Thursday, February 12, 2009

Summer 2009...

It's that time of year again, when I start dreaming about floating in a pool somewhere, surrounded by beautiful countryside and bathed in glorious sunshine. Might seem a bit silly, because of course I can do that here in the south of France, but no matter how many times the Duke says 'every day here is a holiday', I'm still not convinced.

We didn't take a summer holiday last year, and even though we went to the beach loads and spent our fair share of time floating in pools, I now realize that it is the act of removing myself from my usual habitat and going somewhere new that really constitutes a holiday for me. So the search has begun to find that perfect summer holiday for us this year.

We went to Corsica in 2007 (photo above), which was magical and beautiful. We've spent a couple of summer holidays in Italy, one in Umbria and the other at Lake Bracciano, near Rome. This year I'm thinking Spain, and in particular, the Costa Brava, near the medieval town of Begur. It's only about a 2 hour drive for us, but the difference in the landscape, language and food will make it feel like we are further from home.

You'd think with the Duke running a villa rental agency, I'd be a pro at choosing a holiday home off the internet. But the fact that we must be able to take our dogs, be within 30 minutes of the sea, have a private pool and internet access (it certainly isn't me who needs this last one, let me assure you) means the choices on offer are a little limited.

So, night after night, my eyes go square as I frantically search for our perfect family holiday. Oh, the pressure. I'll need a holiday just from looking for one.

4 comments:

Isabelle said...

You're killing me with this beautiful picture!
I'm so tired of the cold temperatures and bad weather...

A Work In Progress.. said...

Wow, I thought that picture was from the web, but that's from your vacation! How lovely! If only I lived in a warm place we could do a home exchange! But alas, that is not the case! My husband's work is busiest in the summer, so summer vacations are out for us, but oh how I dream of spending a nice warm winter vacation on a beach...something to dream for I guess!

cara said...

Where did you guys stay in Corse? I can't tell from the pic as many of mountain views all look the same when you live there. ;)

The Duchess said...

Hi Cara,
We were near Olmi-Cappella, about 40 inland from Calvi. Absolutely beautiful!