Tigerlilly Quinn: Wishing a little (grand) adventure

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Wishing a little (grand) adventure

Once as an icebreaker at a class Tom and I were attending we were asked where our ideal holiday would be. As we went round the circle listening to the answers of the other members of the group we threw each other knowing smiles as we heard the names of exotic locations being thrown around the air. The reason we were smiling was because we knew what our answer would be, if we could go on holiday anywhere? It would probably still be the UK (and its not purely about my utter terror of flying).
I realise this may make us seem incredibly small minded. My own parents I think are baffled by my non existing longing to travel the world, they themselves visiting and living in many different countries and locations throughout their lives and myself visiting some great places as a child. 
Tom and I have been lucky enough to have holidayed in a few places throughout Europe and I greatly enjoyed my time but that being said there are so many places in the UK I still have yet to explore. My Grandfather was from the North of England, his ashes are scattered in the Lake District, one of the most beautiful spots in this country, I have yet to visit. My Niani (Grandmother on my dad's side) was from Wales and my Taidi (Grandfather on my dad's side also) from Ireland, I have yet to visit the places they grew up. My elder brother and his family now live in Scotland and yep you guessed it, yet another place I have never seen. All these places with special meaning to my ancestry and just waiting to be explored. 
We are so lucky in the United Kingdom to have such a small island that varies so much in climate, culture and accent. I want to visit the very south to walk along the beaches in St Ives and I want to visit the very top (my brother does live in Orkney!) and witness the biting cold..(ok well maybe I want to visit in Spring when its not quite so biting) to view the lochs in Scotland and the green of the home counties.
I know it would be fantastic to sip Retsina on a beach in Corfu but I honestly think it would be just as fantastic drinking a cider and eating a cream tea in Devon.
I love the idea of travelling the country, stopping in cottages and gypsy caravans, like this one. I don't like camping but I would be more than happy with a family annex at one many Youth Hostels scattered along the way. 
One of my favourite places in the UK (that I have seen so far!) is Portmeirion. I have been twice so far, once in the height of summer as a child, sunbathing and running to rock pools and then looking up squinting at the beautiful colourful buildings above. The second time I went back with my family bringing Tom with me for new year, it was a little grey but still oh so beautiful and really quite magical. 

Listen, I'm not particularly patriotic and I'm certainly no royalist but there are places in the UK that are simply beautiful. I think if there are places like Portmeirion still to be discovered then I'm very happy for our adventures to be based here for the time being.
What do you think? Do you think it's not a holiday unless you go aboard? Or are you happy with a cream tea and a boat ride to see some dolphins? I'd love to know! 

22 comments:

Cathy said...

Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives Maldives.

Not that I like the Maldives or anything :)

Paradise on earth - I'm a simple creature. Sun, sea and sun. That's all I ask for in a holiday xx

Lil said...

you'd be hard pressed to fnd more stunning beaches in the world than around my hometown - there is just this small rain problem lol. I like city breaks - UK or abroad - love Cornwall - love a beach - though HATE places like Canary Islands where its lying on beach and thats it.

Al and I have started going on Cruises now are hols are kid free, bit of luxury and I love being at sea - we went to Croatia last year its beautiful.- my fave hols when the kids were small were bucket and spade / caravan hols in France.
anyway its New York next for us - I hate flying also but have developed a two double vodka just before boarding system ;)

jen said...

I'm also not keen on the whole air travel thing. I like nothing better than packing up the car with the tent and just exploring our homeland. The North Norfolk coast is next for me! And I must go see more of Wales. x

Mylittleacorns said...

couldn't agree with you more! Anglesey is my holiday hot spot...we even went there on our honeymoon, people were Gobsmaked!x

Alicebijou said...

I vote for Devon, mostly because its my homeland and its stunning... plus I can give you plenty of tips ;) x

Meggs said...

I live in BC, Canada, and would love the chance to see East Coast Canada! I love me a tropical vacation, but I also think it's important to see more of your own domain.

M.

Sarah Rooftops said...

I've been overseas, I think, ten times in my life and I do love going and experiencing a different culture. BUT there's so much to see in the UK - I'm more than happy to stay on this little island most years.

ladaisi said...

You are adorable! And I love your blog. (New here, and hi ;)

I hope you get your holiday in UK. I'm currently living in Denmark, which is sort of like living on a holiday for two years before moving stateside again. Sometimes, though ... I think the best 'holidays' are family weekends.

Also an artist mama. Love your work, lady!

Be back soon.

Ladaisi Blog
Ladaisi Etsy

Kate said...

A holiday is a holiday - travel or or not! Though I am hoping to get out a bit more this summer... spending time in the fresh air is so good for the soul ;)

Kate said...

Oh, oh, oh, Portmeirion! I knew it from the very first photograph. I LOVE it there, such a beautiful place. I've only ever visited for the day, but I would dearly love to stay there properly. I used to holiday in Criccieth for many, many years and the Portmeirion day trip was always the highlight of my stay. Such a beautiful place, you really do feel like you're somewhere far, far away. The story behind it is so romantic too.
Thank you for bringing it to mind :)xx
Kate
Just Pirouette and Carry On...

unfounddoor said...

Portmeirion looks lovely - I've never been.

As part of our economising, we are looking at spending more holiday time in the UK - which, oddly enough, fits my archetype of the "family holiday" from my childhood - mum, dad, grandparents, kids, packed up in a volvo and staying in a cottage or farmhouse somewhere... some of my favourite holiday memories were in Somerset or Dorset or Scotland:)

And Orkney? Wow. I would *love* to head up to the islands someday (once one of us has our drivers licences is the plan!)

xx
Patricia

fritha strickland said...

Cathy haha! I'm sure I wouldn't say no..well apart from the flying thing
We are not great with the heat though, my pale celtic skin! xx

fritha strickland said...

Lil thats true I did love Barcelona and I think I liked it more that we went in Feb when it wasnt very hot. I love Cornwall too, only been once but would love to go back to St Ives in the summer! Cruises sounds nice..although I am also a little scared of the sea! ha! x

fritha strickland said...

Jen thats exactly what I mean! Although I'm not a huge fan of camping I love renting a cottage to stay. North Norfolk coast sounds like a great place to go, you must visit Tenby if you go on a Welsh trip :) xx

fritha strickland said...

Lucia thats exactly what we would do I think, somewhere in the UK. My Naini and Taidi ended up in Anglesey so I know it well! :) xx

fritha strickland said...

Alice I would love that! Devon is so pretty x

fritha strickland said...

Meggs it is isnt it! Even taking a break in your own city and seeing it though a visitors eyes :) x

fritha strickland said...

Sarah yes, I do think its important to experience other cultures your right, but yes so much to explore in your own country (even if it is a small island!) xx

fritha strickland said...

Ladaisi I just saw your pictures I almost took back my whole post, Denmark looks stunning! x

fritha strickland said...

Kate It is isn't it! I wonder if I lived in a place like the US that one part can almost be like a different county in comparison to another its so big!xx

fritha strickland said...

Kate It is isnt it! I'm glad you agree, something so beautiful and romantic about it :) x

fritha strickland said...

Patricia, you must! You would love it. This is exactly how I feel, like family holiday from my youth, camp fire's hot cocoa, walks on the beach (even if it starts to rain) ahh :) xx

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