I see a couple of my favourite bloggers have done a vacation questionnaire (click here for one) which I won’t do in its entirety, but there are a couple of questions I’ll pick up on such as Cruise: YES or NO?

What do you think on this? Cruising is a bit of a marmite thing – you either love them or hate the very idea. Me, I have loved cruising, but now I’m not so sure. I think there’s an image of cruising as i)glamorous and ii)relaxing. But you know what, it’s neither of those. OK, you can dress up in the evening and I love that, but in future, I’m gong to be very discriminating about which cruise line I choose and where I go, as even the dressing up is beginning to lose its attraction. And as for cruising being relaxing, think again. For a start, you’re constantly on the move with never a night in one place, and that means your bedroom is also on the move, and very much so in rough weather.  When we got back from our last cruise, I said to my other half, shall we stay somewhere where we are not surrounded by 1000+ other people, that’s quiet and with a bedroom that doesn’t rock from side to side?

Well, I’ve just got back from a week’s holiday in that lovely area of the UK – the county of Suffolk – and it was the best most relaxing holiday we’ve had in a long time!

Another question: Warm or Cold destinations?  For me, it has to be a cold (or cool) destination, and never, ever hot.  Actually, Suffolk was just the right temperature for a Brit like me with my Scottish ancestry! (I want a cool breeze please and I don’t even mind rain) It was right because Suffolk is on the east coast of England, which often has a cold wind blowing in from Siberia. Three years ago we went in September and I remember it being absolutely freezing weather. This time we had nothing but blue and cloudless skies, but the blazing sun was moderated by a lovely off-shore breeze that brought the temperature down. That’s so good as I really, really don’t do heat. And because it wasn’t boiling hot (as it was elsewhere in the UK) I wore cropped trousers (pants) a lot.

Here’s a pic of one outfit – charity shop necklace (£1) and cropped trousers (£4) with a white cotton t-shirt (£4) from Peacocks.

And a pic of a favourite sun hat bought 4 years ago in Tallinn Estonia.

Another question was: Do nothing but relax or a pack it all in vacation? Sometimes I read comments in Visitors’ books, that recount the numerous excursions people go on, and I think that’s not a holiday! This holiday was relaxing because we went on just two excursions and spent the rest of the time mooching around our base – a cottage in Woodbridge which is a little way up from the coast on the delightful river Deben.

Here’s the well known Woodbridge Tide Mill with below, the mill in the distance.

And no we weren’t staying in that house but a delightful cottage not far from the main High Street.

This is not the street but the houses are very similar to the one we stayed in.

That was another question: Hotel, Condo or House?  Has to be a house, or cottage, as hotels seem to me to be the same as a cruise, with too many people and the wrong food always available at the wrong times. (I hate rich food and never late at night, urgh).  Actually I have been known to lose weight on a cruise as I can’t stand all that food being on offer.  Nothing to do with my age, btw, as I’ve always been like that!

We were very relaxed as we’ve been coming to this area for decades. My parents moved to Suffolk in 1974, the year we married. Here’s a pic of us on the beach at Felixstowe before we had children.

And below with my children on the beach at Aldeburgh, a place that is now gentrified to the nth degree!

Susie’s hair is naturally curly and comes courtesy of Mr Frugalfashionshopper, and Peter has the red hair of my Scottish ancestors – still plenty there at the age of 40!

Should have bought one of those scruffy houses on the seafront as they’re all tarted up and worth a fortune now!

Where did those years go!  Do you think that? I don’t dwell on it really, but we did celebrate meeting each other 45 years ago in July by going out one evening for a curry.  It was such a good meal – link here to the restaurant. Our 45th wedding anniversary is next year.

And this is what I wore – a Woodbridge charity shop skirt at another £4.  Mind you in the evening that cool breeze was so cool I had to dart back to the cottage for a long top and jacket!

My parents lived in Felixstowe for nearly 20 years. They died in 1993 and 1996 and are buried there. I honoured them in my thoughts and left some flowers on their grave. I felt quite sad for several hours afterwards, thinking of them and regretting that they were gone – ridiculous really. Then I thought, no, they both had a good life. Don’t be sad, look forward and embrace the now, which I do. Life is for living and I do wholeheartedly believe that you go forward and grasp the day and every opportunity that there is out there.

So, it’s back to Brighton and I can tell you it’s a lot hotter than Suffolk!  So, consequently I do have some hot weather clothes to show you, although I also have a big confession to make to you all, more about that another time!

Finally we’re a very happy country at the moment, what with that football result last night (Saturday) but although even I got a bit excited about it, it’s the tennis that gets me going.  Actually it’s an amazing weekend for sport: tennis, football, the start of 17 days of the Tour de France on Saturday and the British Grand Prix on Sunday, all watched on the telly in my very cool flat. We don’t have air con in the UK but my flat doesn’t get the sun, which a lot of people think is so bad.  I’m the opposite I relish the fact that we don’t get the sun, especially in this heat, which is actually not very hot if you’re in the States or Australia, but you’ll just have to bear with us as it is unusual weather for the UK. But are you watching Wimbledon?  It’s great.  And you know who gets my full attention?  Rafael Nadal, because, yes, his tennis, but wow, those muscles, they’re rather exceptional! I have more to say about building muscle in a future blog.

That’s all for now, although do tell me your feelings about cruises, and the merits of relaxing as opposed to seeing as many sights as possible.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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44 thoughts on “Holidays and vacations – what do you like to do?

  • 8th July 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Cruise-never in a million years. I hate the thought of all those people.
    Hotels-no-expensive – mediocre food in most cases and too much of it.

    We do self catering* every time. We camp in our trailer tent-we love it though I appreciate that it’s not for everyone. And there will come a time when we are too old for all that malarkey.
    Other than that we stay in apartments and explore our immediate environs depending on where we our. We walk, we mooch, we chill. Love it!
    Before someone shrieks -“that’s not a holiday!” Oh yes it is!
    My lovely husband likes to cook and he does most of it. I also do a bit. I would always rather have nice home cooked food with a decent bottle of wine, than I would being over fed on over priced mediocrity! Why waste the calories? Don’t get me wrong, we do eat out and enjoy it, but not purely for the sake of it.

    • 8th July 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Marion – there is really a choice on cruises – you can eat what you want!
      It’s not compulsory to eat everything on offer and there are usually some very healthy options, really!

    • 9th July 2018 at 9:11 am

      We’re very much the same as you, Marion, as we love walking, mooching and chilling. I like to sample the culture of places and will always try the local museum and, if they have one, an art gallery. Was very impressed by Malaga for all their galleries. And there’s nothing better than home-cooked food on holiday with the right ingredients and eating at the right time to suit you rather than the hotel. No other people around either – this was so relaxing.

      We’re also going to try the train – that’s actually pushing our luck a bit as we have to use Southern to get up to Victoria. Although actually there’s a stop nearby for the coach – so we’ve been thinking about using that if the trains continue to be so awful. We would like to try a city-break in Liverpool – never been and really wouldn’t like to drive there from Brighton, so we’ll experiment with a different mode of travel. And then stay in a self-catering apartment and eat out if we want or buy some food and cook for ourselves. It’s good to have that option which a hotel doesn’t offer.

  • 8th July 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Ditto Marion! Apart from the camping trailer. We have motorhomed our way round Canada, Tasmania and Scotland in November, which is the best time because it is beautiful in Autumn and you have it to yourself. Mostly though, we like to mix it up. We’ve just returned from a month road trip in northern Spain staying self catering in a barn conversion, an old monastery, small family run hotels and overnights in corporate shiny ones at weekends when the rates are piddling. We would rather eat in than out with a nice view, a cracking sunset and a good bottle of wine. Spending 24 hours cooped up on the Santander ferry was enough for me. All those people milling about looking for something to do. I still love getting dressed up but not cruising for me – unless to specific places such as Alaska or Antarctic (both on my bucket list). My travel mantra is travel light. Take what you need and leave what you don’t. But that’s a topic for another day…

    • 9th July 2018 at 9:41 am

      Hi Pamela

      Yes, we want to mooch around cities mainly, but I do have 2 bucket list cruises. One is the one from Canada to Alaska, another would be a return to Norway via the Hurtigruten ferry which would be an experience rather than a dressing-up cruise. I would like to visit Tromso and haven’t so that’s what makes me want to return to Norway along with seeing those amazing fjords again. So, my aim is rather than a cruise a year (which we were doing) I shall only go on these two.

      To be quite honest we don’t like driving all that much – so another set of holidays we’re going to go on are train holidays in Europe. I quite fancy that – let the train take the strain. We had a wonderful experience doing that in the States – went from Florida to New York. It was a great way to meet people.

      • 9th July 2018 at 10:25 am

        I can fully recommend the Hurtigruten and Tromso, and all the little towns you stop off at on the journey – really interesting and the food on board is excellent. Enjoy!

  • 8th July 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Penny – re ‘Cruising or Not’. I have only been on one cruise. We listened to our friends who cruise every year and it sounded great. So we booked what was for us ‘a whopper of a cruise’. One leg of P & O Round the World Cruise. We got on at Sydney, after visiting son and family. Went round the southern coast of Oz, up the west coast and left at Singapore. We LOVED it! There was so much to do and see. I love the little ‘newspaper’ left outside your cabin with the next days events in it. The food was lovely – huge choice. Beautiful fresh fruit choices at breakfast, healthy- or not – at lunch, you choose! Dinner menu was always good and the service was great. We did not think the wine or drinks were overpriced, as we had previously expected. What was amazing is that we didn’t bump into the same people all the time, even though there was nearly 2000 passengers on board. Husband and I both thought it was like being in a 4 star hotel with differing destinations and stress-free travel between them. It was a wonderful experience and our only regret is that we haven’t been able to do another similar cruise. But we are still optimistic that we might! Some people may not like the ‘idea’ of cruising but I think you really don’t know until you’ve actually tried it.
    Holidays in general – relaxing, mooching – they don’t have to be educational now!
    Regards. Pauline.

    • 9th July 2018 at 9:51 am

      That must have been an amazing trip. We have had an excellent time in 4 out of 6 cruises and I really rate one cruise line – Saga. It has such high standards – and if I ever went back to cruising just for a holiday I would choose them. But we have decided to get out of that ‘habit’ of cruises. Honestly I think some people we’ve met on board ship are near to being addicted to cruising. Anyway I have 2 cruises I want to go on – one will be the Alaska one and the other to Norway again.

      Totally agree that mooching around is the way to do a holiday, and for me, that would be around a city so that’s what we’ll aim to do in the future.

  • 8th July 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I’d probably say – it depends!
    PS really like your hair that length.

    • 9th July 2018 at 10:06 am

      Indeed! And thanks for the feedback about the hair x

  • 8th July 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Hello from North Hills, California (20mi NW of Los Angeles)! Today is our 40th anniversary and it shall be a quiet one with my husband still in healing mode from a very rough first half of 2018. We have hearts full of gratitude.
    Our go-to vacations during our budget-minded, young family years were camping/fishing trips in the eastern Sierra mountains. Our sons are continuing that tradition with their families. Now, we only camp with our sons & their families who have the muscle to set up camp
    When we do vacation elsewhere, we like a home-like atmosphere w/cooking facilities. Both our sons are marvelous cooks (our DIL’s love me for that) in a kitchen or open campfire! It’s fun to cook together while having a sip or two.
    We have taken one Caribbean cruise. Enjoyed ourselves but love the great outdoors.
    Your outfits are beautiful and perfect for both occasions. Your thrifting inspiration sent husband and I to the Salvation Army for better fitting clothes during his recuperation. We scored!
    Love your sweet sentiments of your parents. As always…thank you for sharing.
    I so enjoy your blog and the glimpses of life in England…Charlene H

    • 9th July 2018 at 10:35 am

      Hi Charlene – lovely to hear from you and congratulations on your 40th anniversary! Good to know you like hearing about England, which is ‘suffering’ under a heatwave, which would be just like a warm spell where you are! And also that you’ve tried thrifting – the bargains are there!

      We had many budget holidays and I don’t think we ever stayed in a hotel when the kids were young, or even when they were older. Instead, we stayed at my parent’s house in Felixstowe which is by the sea and, incidentally, is now a big container port. Then we moved on to camping. This was in France and the kind of camping that’s set up for you with a large tent ready and big enough for 4 people. We did that for many years until for two years running we were quite near a tent with a crying baby – that was the time to do something different! We then did a cycling holiday in France in the days before ‘health and safety’ so there were no helmets or anything. However, it was a wonderful holiday as we had our luggage taken by car from place to place and being France, our ‘packed lunch’ was a gourmet meal with several courses! Amazing but that’s France for you, and it made us sit in the shade and take a rest while we enjoyed our meal – happy days.

  • 8th July 2018 at 7:02 pm

    And what about the Dutch girl on Wimbledon! I love Wimbledon. I’m glad you had a great time in Suffolk. Can’t wait till we go to the UK again! And perhaps get to meet you! Wow, fantastic!

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yes, Kiki Bertens plays today – will be watching! Suffolk was great and let me know when you’re coming. Message me on Insta 🙂

  • 8th July 2018 at 7:18 pm

    So, so agree – cruising def not the life for me but make a small exception – have u tried river cruising? Get off relatively easily at least once a day to explore a local area with lowdown on local sights if U like.. If sea cruising not ure thing, try this, you maybe pleasantly surprised..
    I do prefer activity hols tho’ – need a focus now I’m on my own n can choose for myself. Atm, I’m in Austria n challenged to complete a longer climb than I attempted last year – up the Untersberg – n I DID IT!! Came back via Hellbrun Palace + 300 yes old trick Fountains. Quick It supper as lack of sustenance was beginning to make itself felt… Tried to go to Vespers as a good friend, quasi relative passed away last night, but couldn’t access so here I am in bed with drinking chokkie n thoroughly enjoying catching up!! Super day as far as I’m concerned… just up my street..

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:07 am

      Oh well done you for doing that climbing – it all sounds amazing! Yes, a lot of people say why not try a river cruise but we have tried a river cruise and it wasn’t very good consequently, not sure whether we’ll try again.

      But we are up for trying new things so we’re going to do things by train – we’ll experiment and see how things go.

  • 8th July 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Hate cruising, with one exception……….Alaska, I have done it four times now, and experienced every weather imaginable, I am humbled by it’s intense beauty and magnitude, delighted with the fact, it’s like going back in time. I would do it again and again. Frankly, I just loath being around a lot of people, especially loud ones. We discovered the tiny outer islands of the Bahamas 18 years ago, and fell in love. Now, I don’t care if I never go anywhere else. We travel there each February with another couple, who we get on with famously. We rent a house on the beach, and do absolutely nothing for the month. We eat simply, mainly barbecues and fresh veggies or salads, we go out for lunches, usually eaten at lovely restaurants by the edge of the ocean. We have siesta, we swim a lot, read tons of books, get off social media, and walk the beach. We are the only people on the beach, the outer islands are so small, with no large hotels, so the beaches are usually empty, we might see one other couple. The sand is soft like icing sugar, and is pink, the water is turquoise, and it is my idea of heaven. It also gives us a break from the long Canadian winter, we don’t live extravagantly year round, so this is our indulgence. The thought of embarking and disembarking with thousands of people fills me with horror just thinking about it!
    Love your outfits Penny, your holiday sounded idyllic.

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:10 am

      Alaska is on my bucket list – will definitely do that one day. Otherwise we’ll choose very carefully where we go and who we go with and not get sucked into the idea of taking a cruise every year – we were getting near to that.

      Your island sounds so very very idyllic. But Suffolk was lovely.

  • 9th July 2018 at 7:03 am

    Ooo what a surprise! We had a self catering break in Woodbridge 2 years ago and actually stayed in the little cottage on the end opposite the Mill. It was from a chi-chi website and is sadly no longer available but we woke every morning and watched the birds on the river – binoculars provided. Loads of people peeping through the windows but fortunately we had shutters. LOVED Suffolk and agree that I don’t like it hot, hot, hot. I’m still milk-bottle pale despite the recent boiling weather (I live mid Sussex) as I don’t do well in the heat. Feet swelling so that sandal straps cut like cheese wire and cause blisters..red, shiny face and flat hair. Yuk!
    I don’t ever fancy an ocean cruise – people aspiring to diamond or platinum status so they get access to privileged areas on board…having to clock watch on excursions as I have an anxiety about being left behind. I would do a river cruise and would love to see the fjords but all for culture rather than relaxation because, as you say, you are constantly on the move.

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:22 am

      Oh wow, what a lovely place to stay in. And that cool breeze was total bliss. We’re going to stay in Woodbridge again in another season so we do more walking – despite the breeze, it wasn’t the weather to walk much.

      Well the thing is about cruises is, it’s important to choose the right company – nothing brash or too cheap, but not too high end either. The cruise line that was best was actually Saga. It had very high standards and moreover they collect you from your door! If you go on an official excursion they will always wait for you. But we like exploring on our own and sitting in a cafe people watching. If you ever get near to thinking about a cruise I suggest a 7-day Saga cruise to Norway as it’s the only way to see those beautiful fjords.

      • 10th July 2018 at 9:21 am

        Thanks for the tip. Love your blog x

  • 9th July 2018 at 7:31 am

    I have only ever done two cruises in my life. The first being a raffle prize I won for two people to go to Germany via the ‘Arkadia’. This was back in 1966 and my boyfriend and I had a fantastic 3 days. The second one was with ex-hubby in the Bahamas again about 3 days and quite enjoyable.
    A large cruise ship with all the people and time-tables does not appeal one bit. But a friend of mine does river cruises with her partner and they love it, on the Seine or the Rhine. Small ships holding about 200 passengers, that sounds reasonable to me, but not sure if it would be good for a single person like me.
    This year I am going nowhere, last September I did a complete and very necessary kitchen renovation, so this summer I am sitting back enjoying the gardens and pool here with my neighbours and sometimes with a granddaughter, and thinking about possible holidays for next year!!! whatever!!!

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:42 am

      It’s good to go nowhere especially with this weather! We don’t like those large cruise ships either. We tried it once (Holland America with 2600 passenger) and the only good thing I’ll say about it is that they had a great cinema on the top deck, which had a retractable Wimbledon-style roof, so you could look at the stars and be in north Norway and still be nice and snug! There were good films too, which was great as we absolutely do not like the ‘shows’ that everyone seems to think cruise passengers like. River cruises are not for us. We’ll just stop cruising (apart from the bucket list) and be more grounded and do more mooching!

  • 9th July 2018 at 8:02 am

    P.S. Penny, love your colourful outfit and it has given me the idea of making a red cloth bag to match my red avarcas!!

  • 9th July 2018 at 10:02 am

    if you do not care about the environmental or social damage cruise ships cause, then you may mindlessly enjoy it. i am surprised that any person with an iota of intellegence would consider holidays this destructive. all travel, even just being alive, will cause environmental ‘damage’, so i think you have to accept that as a human you will cause environmental damage and do your best to reduce that damage.

    • 9th July 2018 at 10:14 am

      As we drove back from our quiet holiday in Suffolk I was appalled at the amount of traffic on the roads. A12, M25, M23 – just awful. There are too many cars. And we have to go electric – yes, probably would find it difficult to get to Scotland from Brighton but I think the government is gearing up to putting in more battery points.

      All holidays damage the environment – think of the flights we take. But haven’t done one this year and won’t. I vowed that we would not drive to and from these week-long holidays. Because we could get to Woodbridge in Suffolk by train. So next time, it’s a train.

  • 9th July 2018 at 10:04 am

    I like cruises but we choose smaller more traditional ships. I think they are the best way to see a lot while not having to keep packing and unpacking. I like the dressing up but when we do our longest cruise in the autumn (26 days) I’m sure some evenings we’ll eat in the buffet and watch TV in the cabin!
    I sometimes get the feeling that there are people who are very disdainful of other’s choices, but it does not have to be one kind of holiday or another. Next month we go on the Norfolk Broads with our 12 year old granddaughters. We’ve been there many times before , it’s great.
    Many people mention river cruises and they are lovely. We went from Budapest through Eastern Europe to the Black Sea recently. Lovely weather, indeed hotter than we expected. Food and fellow passengers interesting and sitting with a drink looking out on the river like glass and the sun slowly setting – few things are better than that!

    We’ve been to Suffolk -lovely. I know you will have had a wonderful time!

    • 9th July 2018 at 11:56 am

      I agree, and some of our friends are really quite disdainful about our cruises. They haven’t been on a cruise but they condemn the very idea! But how else would you see those wonderful fjords – I shall definitely do at least one more cruise to Norway, and maybe even another! However, while we can we want to do a different kind of holiday.

      Suffolk is just so good. We’ll be back there for sure. The Black Sea trip sounds excellent – we tried a river cruise and it really wasn’t all that good – food was terrible – so we’re a bit reluctant to try again as it just wasn’t value for money. But never say never!

  • 9th July 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I’ll just throw this into the mix! Caravanning – this will probably attract the same marmite reaction as cruising and I do understand why some people hate them but it works for us. We’ve tried cottages, they often look fabulous on the website but as I have mobility problems I often find the somewhere that looks easy is in fact very difficult – unexpected steps, difficult bathrooms etc. In the caravan I know I can do everything without worrying and as we are both very happy to have relaxed holidays this suits us fine. We often have lunch out but enjoy dinner in the ‘van where we put on our comfy clothes and have a glass of wine.
    I haven’t been to Suffolk but have had many lovely holidays in North Norfolk, wonderful wild coastline and huge skies. This year we had a special trip to Anna Maria Island in Florida for my 65th and are going to have many little trips around our beautiful home county of North Yorkshire.
    Your holiday outfits looked great, thank you for sharing
    Chrissie W

    • 11th July 2018 at 10:55 am

      Yes, caravanning, probably won’t do that now, but I do know it’s great fun as we spent our honeymoon in a caravan. It always amazes me how much people spend on their weddings and honeymoon. We got married in a Registry Office, had the reception in our rented flat and catered for it ourselves, and then got on a train and spent a week in a caravan – which was lovely!!!!!

      Yorkshire is so good – I do hope that fire on the moor improves and goes out. We need some rain!

      • 12th July 2018 at 5:21 pm

        We had a similar wedding, registry office, reception at home catered by me and my mum, dad provided roses from his garden for decoration. A trip to Helmsley next day and as the weather was so cold (7th August ’84) a big discussion as to whether we could afford a bag of coal! Still going strong after nearly 34 years.
        BTW the fire is in Lancashire – we had a day out today on our Yorkshire moors and they are looking beautiful, hoping for rain for Lancashire though, I haven’t heard much about it in the last few days.

        • 23rd July 2018 at 7:21 am

          So great to hear someone else had a cut-price wedding and honeymoon, which at the time didn’t seem anything out of the ordinary!!!!

          Apols about getting the fire in the wrong place – I hear it’s really out now, thank goodness!

  • 10th July 2018 at 9:18 am

    I must admit to having never been on a cruise and have no desire to do so in the near future. I am not a fan of organised tours either , I am way to contrary to be told what to see and do.When we travel overseas , we either travel by train or drive (my husband not me) and stay in smaller hotels or guest houses and sometimes apartments. I enjoy trying local restaurants or visiting the markets and finding picnic foods.
    I did have to smile at the shot of you and your children on the pebbly beach , this was the one thing that we found so different to our sandy, white beaches.
    Sounds like you had an enjoyable break , isn’t it good to just do whatever takes your fancy.
    As for the sport , like you I am a Nadal fan and enjoy watching the Tour de France. Richie Porte is a local boy (his mother and I were school friends) so am watching with interest.
    Enjoy your week, hope it isn’t too hot for you. xx

    • 11th July 2018 at 10:49 am

      Next year we’re going to do some travel by train around Europe and see how that compares to cruising. Thing is cruising is so expensive and as the negatives were beginning to outweigh the positives, really that’s the end of cruising. Never say never though!

      We’ve seen the Tour de France for real twice now. Once, years ago, when it passed our door in Brighton – so exciting, we caught the bug – and then a couple of years ago in Yorkshire. And wow, knowing Richie Porte’s mother! I too watch him as he’s great. I’m very disenchanted with Sky and feel it is its own worst enemy being so secretive about everything really. It’s good to see others nearer the top of the GC rankings. I have a soft spot though for the sprinter Mark Cavendish but wonder if he’s past his best now. We watch the highlights every night.

      Weather’s cooler – phew xx

  • 11th July 2018 at 8:45 am

    cruise? Um, no. I prefer to explore…. unusual places for example.

  • 12th July 2018 at 11:03 am

    It sounds like a fab holiday, Penny. I like excursions and exploring but a couple of days just chilling is always on the cards, too. Your summer holiday wardrobe looks perfect and I loved your tiered maxi skirt. I also loved the pictures of a younger you – you haven’t changed!

  • 12th July 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Ashamed to say I have never been to Suffolk. It looks very charming from your pictures, so I will add it to my list. I often wonder where the years have gone – I can remember so clearly the holidays in 1971 (caravan in Torquay) and 1974 (hotel – 1st time – in Bournemouth). Thanks for featuring my blog!

    • 23rd July 2018 at 7:24 am

      Suffolk is a lovely place to holiday. And caravans, I remember having two lovely holidays in a caravan. Might even try that again as I kind of remember the cosiness of them, although camping in a tent would be good right now 🙂

  • 15th July 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I like all kinds of holidays so long as there is sea involved! Self catering is great as it allows lots of freedom. I love a nice hotel with a little bit of pampering thrown in but most of all I like a cruise. I only ever cruised once on a small ship (1,000 passengers) and it did indeed rock from side to side and there was a real lack of space. I would never go on a small ship again. Newer, larger ships have excellent stabiliser systems and you barely notice that you’re moving. Also, because they have loads of space, I’ve never felt hemmed in by loads of people despite there being 3,500 other’s unless you go into the theatre, for example. But that’s no different to any other theatre. Half the bars and public places are pretty much empty a lot of the time. I love the dressing up, but as you say. You have to choose your cruise line (and even the individual ship) carefully.
    As for relaxing or packing it all in…both! But not on the same holiday. We just got back from a super-relaxed time in Devon. Just chilling, reading and watching (the sea, the peopke, the boats); it was lovely. But I also like taking in architecture, museums, experiencing local culture and cuisine and that’s where a cruise holiday is great. We’ve often found lovely little gems that we’d never have known about otherwise, and even places that we’ve liked so much that we’ve gone back for a week. Holidays, whatever and wherever are enriching. I love them!
    Love your bargain outfit with the white t-shirt and the gorgeous floaty skirt.

    • 23rd July 2018 at 7:30 am

      I’ve got a feeling that cruises will still feature as I’ve just bought a lovely floaty long dress (£4.99) that would look great as part of the dressing up, so I’m working on it as I will have to persuade Mr F. I shall choose carefully next time, but friend has told me – find the place you want to visit then the cruise line and I’m doing that. This will be next year, and really we can’t afford it, but you know a couple of friends have got ill – do it while you can I think.

      I just love art galleries and museums but gosh they’re tiring, so that holiday in Suffolk was the perfect do-nothing holiday. I feel so much better after doing nothing for a whole week!!!!

  • 22nd July 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love seeing these old photos. Doesn’t it just bring back so many memories!!
    We do love cruises, mainly because of the ease and convenience. You get to go many places yet you don’t have to drag your stuff everywhere!! In fact, we are going on an Alaskan cruise in September to celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday, Nancy’s 70th and a friend’s retirement.

    • 23rd July 2018 at 7:33 am

      You must let us know how that cruise to Alaska goes – it’s definitely on my bucket list, but it’s a long way for us. I think Holland America is the best line for that? But tell us about it after you go there, that would be great and so useful 🙂

  • 23rd July 2018 at 12:18 am

    I am late in adding to this post. We are fortunate enough to have tried various cruises and river cruises. Since we are only 50 miles from Vancouver we now take the Alaska cruise every May or June. It’s wonderful .
    I also suggest Quebec City to Boston or New York, especially lovely when you can see the Autumn leaves. I am not a good traveler so both the AK and the Eastern CA trips are excellent as they mostly keep rather closer to shore.
    Another idea I urge you and the readers to consider are the trips with Road Scholar, ( roadscholar.org) these are learning trips in every state in the US, as well as many in Canada and overseas. The ones in the U.S. would be excellent for English speaking visitors. We have taken about 20 of these already. In all that time there have only been two Europeans along, one was my mother and the other was a Dutch lady who had previously lived in the U.S. Very varied topics and all inclusive up front payment which covers excursions and all tips. Our last two have been to do with Geology.
    We like the smaller Holland America ships and Viking for the river cruises.

    • 23rd July 2018 at 7:36 am

      Another person who does the Alaskan route! Alaska is definitely on my bucket list and I think it’s Holland America for the cruise line? Not a good traveller though so we’ll have to plan carefully. Thanks for the tip about road scholar – I shall look it up – thanks again 🙂

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