I love this picture – it represents so much about me and why I am a holiday home/vacation rental owner.

Holiday memories

The little girl in the blue swimming costume is me! My dad, brother and mum are also in the photo and we’re on holiday in Portugal in the late 1960s. My dad worked at a college so holidays were a really big focus for us. We had a caravan and spent many holidays in the Lake District in the UK. In 1966 we went abroad for the first time (with the caravan) to Spain. That was the first of many adventures as over the years we visited most of Europe venturing as far as Norway and Greece. We were lucky enough to meet wonderful Greek, Portuguese and French people. We became firm friends with them, were welcomed into their homes, holidayed with them in subsequent years and exchanged Christmas cards for many years to come. I studied French and Spanish at school so that definitely came in handy during our travels. Vocabulary for food shopping and filling up with petrol were soon learned.

I have so many happy childhood memories of holidays spent with my family. They weren’t particularly glamorous but that wasn’t the point. It was a chance for us to be together, meet new people and to travel. Here we are fishing in Portugal, playing in a park in Chartres near Paris and visiting the Acropolis in Greece.

Fishing

How proud we look displaying the catch of the day!

We loved going to this park in Chartres and always visited here on our way back to the ferry port.

Acropolis

The contrast of old and new. The Acropolis against the backdrop of the hustle and bustle of Athens.

So as a holiday home owner, I really want my guests to enjoy their time here with family, extended family or friends. I want them to arrive with their dreams and leave with those dreams fulfilled and memories galore. And I am happy to share my local knowledge to help them make the most of their stay – whether it’s my favourite boulangerie or beach, the best time to go to Mont St Michel or which restaurants are child-friendly. I’ve welcomed guests who’ve experienced very different holidays while staying in this part of Normandy. Some people want to relax and unwind while others have an itinerary for each day. Without exception, everyone has loved their holiday here. Happy guests = happy owner.

So, my favourite photo may be a little worn, the Portuguese beach has no doubt been developed beyond recognition but the holiday memories I have will last a lifetime. 💕

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