Teresa

Couples’ nightmare or the perfect holiday? - Al Fresco Holidays

As a childless couple planning a holiday (30’s-40’s), do I look at this picture and think, “Nightmare! Avoid at all costs?” Well actually no, I think it’s going to be a great week. We might love quiet nights, with a delicious meal on the veranda and a bottle of wine, but we also love water parks and theme parks, I think this could be the perfect Al fresco spot for us!

Not being stuck to school holidays means we can travel in September when the prices drop considerably, getting ourselves a great bargain, and the luxury of things being just that bit quieter than school holidays.

We are starting our Journey with the P&O Hull-Rotterdam sailing, going overnight. With a pre booked on board meal, we can relax and enjoy the evening, a bit of cheesy cabaret and a couple of drinks, ready for an early start in Rotterdam the next morning. With only about 20 miles to Duinrell, (subject to my navigating!) we can take a slow leisurely drive taking in the surrounding area before arrival, I think a nosy around Rotterdam first might be an idea. The Imax cinema is supposed to be fantastic.

One thing I’m very excited about is that there is no luggage allowance, we can take everything we want, even the kitchen sink but I will draw the line somewhere, (well my husband will) although we will certainly be taking our bikes.

So when we arrive it’ll be park up, unpack the car, get the bikes out and go exploring the site. The video on the Al fresco website looks like there is plenty to do, so checking everything out is my first priority anyway! I will be like a little kid, rushing around wanting to do everything NOW, the waterslides, the theme park, the high rope walkways, which one first?

Once I have got over the excitement of everything to do on the site, it’ll be time to plan the week ahead, and decide on when we will visit all the many interesting places in the area.

• The local town of Wassenaar, walking distance from the site but I think an opportunity to explore on our bikes too. There are some cool cafes and some decent restaurants within a stroll or a quick bike ride.

• The Hague 16 miles away, the capital city of the South Holland province, the 3rd largest city in Holland, got to be worth a visit. It’s also easily navigated by bus or perhaps the bike if we are feeling fit enough.

• Madurodam, Holland in miniature 16 miles from the site.

• The canals and museums, shops and gabled houses of Amsterdam 19 miles, always wanted to go to Amsterdam on a city break, so a day taster should set me up for this. An early start I think to really make the most of it.

But I do need to bear In mind that we are coming away to relax a little too, so we do need to fit in time for chilling on our veranda, delicious food, lovely wine, great surroundings and no work! Definitely sounds like the perfect holiday to me.

See you when I get back . . . . . .

Teresa Schofield

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