Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holidays


Caravan Parks following WW11 were immensely popular.  After a time of rationing and doing-without, a park providing comfortable housing and entertainment along a river or ocean was welcome. Families visited these parks in droves.

An English mystery, George Gently, had an episode that centered around a death in one of these parks.  The time period of this episode was in the late 1960s, when cars were more available, allowing families to drive themselves to all sorts of places.  This particular park was on the down slide.




In Ireland, Hazel and her family had a standing reservation, year after year, at one park...only no murders were part of the holiday experience. While her children and husband enjoyed this park, Hazel was not/is not as woman who sits around tea and gossips.  Mindless conversation is not/was not her interest.

In 1984, our family was traveling around Ireland, Wales, and England.  We spent one week at a simlar camp in Wales.  Compact holiday houses (not caravans) were comfortable with all the facilities available.

Later in 1987, we visited another such park in Ireland, Trabolgan Cork. (You must access that site, by clicking on the underlined words.  You will love the advertisement!). Great times there. Just the break we needed.

Trabolgan
Trabolgan Cork

12 comments:

  1. The second sure looks like it would be a grand time for all. Much more fun that sitting around gossiping.

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    1. So much to do for all ages--the modern parks are a world in themselve.

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  2. A pool and go-karts - now that's my idea of a campground like park.

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    1. Trabolgan has an indoor pool that has waves like the ocean. Warm and tropical, we loved it.

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  3. My word. It seems Halloween is as popular in Ireland and here.

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  4. I read something about those recently. Some blogger had taken a vacation there. And she talked about them like it was so normal and taken for granted. But she's in the UK, so maybe they still are there. (That's what I like about following international bloggers. The different perspectives.)

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    1. International bloggers present such great stories and view points. I love them.

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  5. Too many people for me. It seems that the family has influenced me more than I realised. As a child WE never stayed in areas where there were lots of people.

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    1. We, as farmers, seldom if ever took a vacation. Responsibilities of livestock care were tremendous. And if we drove somewhere, it was not too far away. Dad did not like being in crowds either.

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  6. I am sure many family memories were (and still are) made in places like that.

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  7. What a place! No place like that in rural Illinois. We enjoyed county fair, though.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!