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Our Perfect Holidays

What does your ideal holiday look like? Close your eyes and try to picture it. Are you lying on an empty beach, sipping a cocktail? Are you paragliding from the top of a mountain? Are you having a picnic with your close family by a lake?

I know what my perfect holiday looks like, but yesterday, I was pondering whether it was the same as what the rest of my family would describe as their ideal holiday.

I wanted to find out what each of them really pictured as the ultimate trip away from home. I quickly concluded that if we talked about it, we would influence each other’s description and decided to get my loved ones to draw their ideal holidays.

Wriggly (6 months) and Jumpy (2 years 1 month) were too young to be involved, but Hubby, Crevette (6 years 4 months), Beanie (4 years 2 months) and I took part in my little experiment. We each had an A4 piece of paper as well as pens, pencils and felt tips. We were not allowed to look at each other’s artwork. It was all rather exciting if I may say so myself.

After we had finished drawing, I asked each artist to describe their masterpiece in as many or as few words as they wanted, and I have typed below their exact words, uncensored.

The first picture that was unveiled was Hubby’s.

When asked to describe what he had drawn, he said: “Very warm. Comfy bed. Cheap beer and food. Some kind of vehicle to get us around. Exotic food.”

Please excuse Hubby’s inability to form sentences on a Saturday afternoon.

After listening and noting down his description, I commented, “You don’t like beach holidays.”

To which he replied: “You would have been angry if I’d drawn the sofa.”Hubby's Ideal Holiday

Crevette drew “Me and Mummy playing in the snow, throwing snowballs. We’re singing Jingle Bells as we’re playing in the snow. There’s a big star on top of the Christmas tree. The sky is very bright with stars. The snow is deep. We’re going on a ski lift to go skiing.”

Crevette's Ideal Holiday

Beanie’s ideal holiday sounds like this: “There was a thunderstorm, me, grass, rain and the sun. There was my whale and clouds and the sun and grass and the hills. I want to go skipping to the campsite because I’m going camping. I’m going to the shops because I have no bread then I’ll fall asleep. The end.”

Beanie's Ideal Holiday

My picture just shows six happy people (us) in an alpine scene. Crevette, Beanie and I are skiing, and our two little girls are sledging with their Daddy. Everyone is smiling.

Mel's Ideal Holiday

I have fond memories of holidays in the French Alps with my grandparents. As a child, my grandfather was my main male authority figure. I admired and feared him in equal measures and he taught me how to ski, patiently and relentlessly. He is nearly eighty-two years old now and the last time I went skiing with him, he was as good a skier as he had ever been!

Hubby proposed at the top of the very mountain where I learnt to ski, and he could not have chosen a better place. We have not been there for a couple of years, and I really miss it. I would love to see my children play in the snow, learn a new skill and gain confidence, day after day. We would then have hot chocolate to warm ourselves up and eat as much melted cheese as we could in the evening, before falling asleep exhausted after our day in the great outdoors.

My happy place is at the bottom of a very long slope. Picture this: the mountain you just conquered on your right, another majestic mountain on your left, nothing but snow and trees. The wind on your face is clean, fresh, invigorating. You can hear the faint ripple of a stream in the distance. You feel alive, happy.

Alpe d'Huez



  1. jollyjillys
    15/12/2014 / 12:52 am

    I love a luxury holiday and to fly first class would be even better lol

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:20 pm

      Definitely. I am not sure people in first class would be too happy to see us with our four little ones!

  2. 15/12/2014 / 12:25 am

    Wow what a luxury holiday that would be… I too have fond memories of mountains, although mine are more around getting up at ungodly hour to try to catch the powder, hiking up stupidly high mountains, and feeling very sketchy in crampons and ropes. Ugh. The wind on your face and the beautiful snow and the joy is something I miss, just as much as you do 🙂

    I didn’t enter this competition, as I thought no point with all big blogs going for it. But maybe next year I have a bit more followers and will enter 🙂 Good luck to you! Hope you win! #magicmoments

    • Mel
      15/12/2014 / 12:36 am

      Writing this post has reminded me how much I miss it all… Fingers crossed!

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks Sara

  3. 15/12/2014 / 6:53 am

    Love the idea of everyone in the family describing their perfect holiday. I have brilliant memories of skiing with my family throughout my childhood!

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:52 pm

      I would really love to take the whole brood skiing!

  4. 15/12/2014 / 10:35 am

    Nothing beats some family time away on holiday.

    • Mel
      15/12/2014 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks Fiona. xx

  5. 15/12/2014 / 2:20 pm

    Wow those drawings are amazing. I wanted to join this one but the big blogs are joining so I dont think I have a chance. This entry is so nice and innocent! Good luck. #MagicMoments

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks Merlinda; it was lots of fun drawing all together!

  6. Ce
    15/12/2014 / 6:30 pm

    I loved reading this post! I am sure they will. Fingers crossed for you. Xxx

    • Mel
      15/12/2014 / 8:08 pm

      Merci ma belle x

  7. Eva
    16/12/2014 / 2:31 pm

    J’aimé beaucoup les dessins des enfants, c’est sont des vrais artistes ! 😉

    • Mel
      17/12/2014 / 9:58 pm

      Merci Eva. Ils dessinent mieux que nous!

  8. 16/12/2014 / 9:23 pm

    Hello there, I really enjoyed your post and what beautiful pictures photos. I have never skied before but you have inspired me to give it a try, especially as we are keen for little man to learn! x #magicmoments

    • Mel
      21/12/2014 / 12:13 pm

      I am desperate to go skiing. Maybe next year…

    • Mel
      17/12/2014 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks hun!

  9. Tracey @ Mummyshire
    18/12/2014 / 12:04 am

    Oh wouldn’t that be just wonderful to be able to take the children skiing and to experience the mountains?! Holidaying in the mountains is just a wonderful experience and something that I too have a distant memory off pre-kids. I love the drawings xx

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:56 pm


  10. 18/12/2014 / 1:53 pm

    Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and for all the amazing linky support in 2014! I can’t thank you enough. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • Mel
      18/12/2014 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks my lovely. It was a really nice challenge; I loved getting my family involved in our little drawing session.

  11. 18/12/2014 / 9:37 pm

    I’m sure they will like it! Skiing with a family of six sounds like quite a challenge to me

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:46 pm

      We have not attempted skiing with our family of six yet, but it should be feasible!

    • Mel
      21/12/2014 / 12:07 pm

      It is really nice knowing exactly what everyone’s ideal holiday looks like. I always thought their favourite thing to do on holiday was throwing stones in the sea. How wrong was I?

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