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Our Best Memories of Family Holiday Breakfast (& a Giveaway)

This week is National Breakfast Week. Isn’t breakfast the best meal of the day? I really enjoy it at the weekend or when I am on holidays with plenty of time to enjoy one of my favourite hobbies: eating whilst drinking coffee.

As long as I can remember, my favourite breakfast has always been coffee with croissants from the bakery. Wherever we go to, if we stay in a hotel, I always have a few pastries with my first cup of coffee, then I look at all the other options available.

Breakfast on Holidays

Our holiday choices have changed a lot over the years. As a student, I would happily travel around Europe by coach, sometimes spending 24 hours or so to get to my destination, and then stay in a youth hostel, sharing a room with strangers, chatting to people from all over the world, eating dry toast for breakfast washed down with a cup of instant coffee.

Fast forward a few years and I met Hubby. We travelled a fair bit together and stayed in a lot of hotels, ranging from a cheap night on the French motorway to break down a long car trip to a luxury hotel in Doha. We would have breakfast on planes, in airports, in hotels, by the side of the road…

At the time, Hubby worked out some sort of set routine for our breakfast whilst away from home. We would go down for breakfast at the latest possible time, generally just before 10 a.m., and we would eat as much as we could, so we would not have to have lunch. Hubby was really serious about this little routine of his and he treated breakfast like a competition to engulf as much food as he possibly could. We had amazing pancakes with syrup and bacon in Los Angeles, noodles in Thailand and haggis in Scotland.

My favourite memory of holiday breakfast as a childless couple is definitely the bacon sandwiches made on a disposable barbecue during an impromptu camping trip to the moors in Devon. Those sandwiches tasted good!

Camping, Disposable Barbecues and Bacon Sandwiches in Devon

Ten or so years and four children later and our favourite holidays are either a visit to family or having a house to ourselves. That way, we can really relax, enjoy being together and not bother anyone with our noisy brood.

I have fond memories of breakfast on the balcony with my mum and nan in France last summer. We also had moreish breakfasts during our trip to Scotland in October. Jumpy always goes for cereal first!

Jumpy enjoying breakfast in Scotland

Whenever we travel to France or go the self-catering route, we could not possibly travel without teabags for Hubby and porridge for the children. We also sometimes bring bacon, beans and a loaf of bread to make a full English breakfast for my brothers and my mum when we go to France. They all love it!

Have you got a favourite holiday breakfast memory?

Tell us in the comments section and you could win a luxury HomeAway breakfast hamper.

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  1. Chloe Philippe
    31/01/2016 / 11:39 pm

    I loved getting up and having breakfast with all my family outside on the terrace in Spain. Both my parents and my 3 sisters were there and it was a great little family reunion with freshly squeeze orange juice (we bought the oranges at the market the day before) as well as home made crepes!

  2. helen sahl
    31/01/2016 / 11:11 pm

    The first breakfast on the terrace of the apartment in the Algarve, cured ham, castello cheese, plum tomatoes, rustic bread, butter and to drink freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coffee, the taste, the texture, the flavours and the colours are magical, there was nothing like it.

  3. Natalie Crossan
    31/01/2016 / 11:13 pm

    Yes, breakfast in Disneyland was great – just waiting to meet all the famous faces x

  4. Angella Willis
    31/01/2016 / 11:19 pm

    We hired a cottage in Truro last year and myself and my husband took my elderly father for a weeks holiday and it had a little balcony which was south facing and we had breakfast out there every morning and we watched the wildlife whilst enjoying our food and tea. It was wonderful

  5. 31/01/2016 / 11:37 pm

    Best was my Mum cooking up a fry-up in a caravan holiday as a kid 🙂

  6. Victoria Prince
    31/01/2016 / 11:53 pm

    We have only ever holidayed in the UK, so nothing exotic – but without doubt my best self-catering breakfast experience on holiday was when I was 11 and we went to the Peak District. We stayed on a smallholding, and for breakfast we had Kellogg’s Variety Pack cereal (what is it about those things, cereal is exactly the same but that was always one of the highlights of my holiday!) with fresh milk from their cows, and I got to collect the eggs from the chickens which I then had boiled!

  7. Julie Rayner
    04/02/2016 / 2:05 pm

    Tea every time

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