As a child I was the world worst traveller – I'm still pretty bad today unless I am driving myself, but at least I get some rest bite while I am at the wheel. The fact that I am so bad at travelling meant that we didn't travel to far from home on holiday and I got to enjoy so many of the beautiful places that the UK has to offer.
Cornwall though has a special place in my heart – it is somewhere we visited year after year due to the fact my Mums three brothers, their wives and children all lived there. I was lucky to grow up in a close family, one where everyone accepted me as one of them, even though I was adopted.
I have many memories of staying with my Aunt and Uncle either with them or in one of their holiday lodges they ran for some time, one of my earliest memories in fact happens to be walking along the beach with my parents and them. My Dad popped me on a rock close to where the tide was coming in, to snap a quick picture; as he took a step back to take the picture, a huge wave rushed towards me, he turned and ran leaving me laughing my head of on a rock to be hit by a wave.
I still tease him about that time he tried to get rid of me (one of a couple), but of course I was fine – just ended up with a wet wellies, which was rectified quickly when my uncle tipped them upside down (with me still in them) and gave them a good shaking.
A few minutes after that I disappeared into a rock and found another beach, none of the adults could get through, so I thought it amazing fun to have my own secret beach, while my parents worried about the tide coming in.
As I got older the holidays changed, my Aunt and Uncle moved a couple of times and in my early teens had a lovely little holiday place, which included a mini-farm, large pond my Dad loved to fish and a play area, plus a train would stop at the station right next door, if you flagged it down and it ran right into the centre of Looe, thus beginning my love for it.
Looe for anyone who hasn't been there can be so busy in peak season, but outside of it, offers a lovely little place to visit – most of the shops remain open and feature a mixture of bucket and spade stores, food store and quaint little gift stores, there used to be a wonderful book store as well, one that sold rare and second hand books, which my Dad could spend hours getting lost in and I was probably nearly as bad. We even used to take Sally around Looe and she was very good walking the streets even with quite a number of people around.
Sadly I haven't visited Looe in a few years now, would be nice to back again soon and show Ash one of my favourite places perhaps one day soon I will make it.
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What's your favourite holiday destination?