What your hosts do in the summer


Hello from the beautiful South Coast of England. When I say ‘au revoir’ to La Tania at the end of April after an amazing few months I trade the sun, snow and skiing for sun, sea and surfing. I miss the fun we have in the mountains, the people we’ve met and the cooking and entertaining.

So in truth it’s hard going home to an empty flat but it’s great catching up with friends and family and having some down time. From working hard for 5 months, 6 days a week (technically now I’m a pensioner) I go to being a lady of leisure who has long lie ins, 3-hour lunches and lazy days on the beach. I enjoy swimming everyday, sometimes in the pool where I also do an aqua fit class 3 times a week and enjoy a soak in the jacuzzi. But I can often be found in the sea and potentially boshing about in the waves or on my body board. And of course, soaking up the sun on the beach. The great thing about not working is if I get up and it’s sunny I can just pack a picnic and head out for the day.

It’s fair to say that also during the summer months my liver has a chance to recover, despite still enjoying the odd Aperol spritz or glass of vino.

As winter approaches again we start preparing and looking forward to getting back to the mountains. We put the finishing touches to our menu and try and get fit for skiing, maybe even try and lose a few pounds.

Then it’s bye-bye Britain and hello France!!

(Editor’s comment: What Moira hasn’t said is how hard she has worked this summer to make sure we have a full complement of hosts!)

Melinda and Jonty

After a hectic few days back in the UK trying to fit everything we should have done in the last six months into 10 days, we returned to France for our summer past-time of working as ‘couple site reps’ for Eurocamp.

Like hosting Jacqueline, this mainly entails making sure our guests here at Camping St Louis just north of Cannes have a great holiday, but there the similarity ends. First off there’s no snow, so we can’t ski (I guess it would be worse if there was snow and we couldn’t ski) and it’s normally around 30 degrees and ALWAYS sunny 😊🌞. Also, we don’t have to cook….

St Louis is not a large campsite with only around 150 accommodation units and some touring pitches (and two very inviting pools), so it’s very quiet. Our job is to look after 20 Eurocamp units on the site, making sure they are spotless and in a good state of repair for guests. Then it’s just a matter of making sure they’re happy, which means a tour round the site every evening chatting to guests (which those of you who know Jonty will also know he can be a little too – how shall we say? – proficient at)

The Cote d’Azur is a wonderful place for a holiday. All those iconic places – Cannes, Antibes, Nice – all with wonderful beaches. Just inland are the Alpes Maritime, which is very much a wooded wilderness with lakes, gorges and lots of hiking trails.

Sadly, though we don’t get much time off together to experience as much as we would like to as if we stray too far you can bet the phone will ring with some emergency or other!

At the end of September we head to the UK for a month or two, before heading back to La Tania for the start of a new season. Can’t wait!

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