Monday, May 22, 2006

Best Vacation Ever

What's your best vacation ever?

I know it is corny, but mine was our honeymoon. We were living in Canada, but got married in England, so we stayed in Britain for the honeymoon. We'd had a conference in La Rochelle 2 weeks before the wedding, so we 'did' Paris then (and very nice it was too) and got home with a week to spare. The perfect way to plan a wedding.

But our honeymoon was in Cornwall. In this ancient, one-bedroom cottage with a four-poster bed, and blessed peace and quiet. We hiked the coastal paths, scrambled over the Cheese Wring on Bodmin Moor. Shivered going through Princetown with creepy Dartmoor Prison crouched in the mist. Supped at Jamaica Inn, and climbed all over Tintagel. It was gorgeous and wonderful and lovely.

The only downside of our honeymoon was finding out my granny had died the morning we returned. Bittersweet memories. Always.

14 comments:

Scott said...

I'm not sure I've ever totally enjoyed a vacation, probably because I hate anything that is canned. I think I would love Cornwall, from the look of it. My own wedding in Maui was pretty magical, I must say. We went back, but it wasn't as sweet for some reason. The moment we landed there was something etereal about being there. My best moment was taking a picture of the largest bull I had ever seen in a farmers field. The only thing between me and a bull that looked ready to charge was a flimsy barbed wire fence.

Peggy said...

Beautiful pics and it sounded very lovely. My favourite holiday, hmm? Let's see. I've enjoyed all of them. Each had something memorable.

Toni Anderson said...

Scott-I'm not sure I'd like the bull! Bulls in Maui--who'da thunk it?

Peggy--I enjoy all of mine too--but that is my all time pick. BC too ;-)

Dennie McDonald said...

what a lovely place - we went to Cancun on our honeymoon - it was okay - but as we were both 20 it wasn't all that exciting (I didnt drink so big woop that we could buy beer) but it was nice

so sorry about your Granny

Scott said...

Yeah, you should have seen it. It was like staring at Death itself. Sounds demented I know, but death has a way of making life seem a bit sweeter. It had red rimmed eyes and the demeanor of a proud gladiator forced to submit. It was a demon. Maybe I'll dig up the photo, but even at that you can't tell. You had to be there.

Sandra said...

Oh man most of the names you mentioned on your post, I've seen on "Most haunted" LOL How cool!!!!

I think my best vacation ever was in Marbella, Spain. Beautiful beaches, warm weather, it was just magnificent :)

I always love the photos you share, it's all places I would LOVE to one day visit :)

Brandy said...

Hmmm, best vacation ever? I've liked all of our vacations but good grief, was ever so happy to be home!! Don't have a favorite, maybe someday an extraordianry vacation will come our way.

Toni Anderson said...

Dennie--i've never been to Mexico--I figure it too has its own special brand of magic.

Scott-I have a vivid enough imagination to picture the bull in full red-eyed glory! No thanks!!!

Sandra--Spain is good. Some of those little villages awesome. And the cities! Wow! We chased windmills need Toledo. I love windmills :)

Brandy--I love to travel but I LOVE my own bed!

Meretta said...

Best vacation by far was backpacking around Europe (how cliche! ;) But still awesome. :D

Diane said...

I loved Robin Hood's Bay, and the Yorkshire Dales, even if it did pee down the entire time. I also loved Cornwall, north Devon, north Wales, and Scotland. I just love our country. Best foreign holiday? Visiting my bro in Canada.

Toni Anderson said...

Meretta--no, it sounds fabulous.

Diane, you're right. It is such a diverse place the UK. I love it! And Canada isn't bad either ;-)

Jill said...

Love how much traveling you've done, which i could say I've done the same ...

Melissa Marsh said...

My best vacation was my trip to England back in college. We went from London clear up north to the border between Scotland and England, then went down south in Dorset and Lyme Regis, then ended up back in London. It was a literary tour of England, so we visited the birthplaces (and resting places) of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Emily Bronte. I have wanted to go back ever since!

Rene said...

I think my best vacation is when dh and I went to Hawaii in 1998. I'd had a miscarriage that summer and really needed the moment to get a way. It was so nice, just the two of us and it was my first trip to the Big Island. The Big Island is so unique and so beautiful, I can never get tired of it.