Letter: Holidays can be endless through vivid memories – Financial Times

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Lucy Kellaway is so right, a holiday is about endlessly returning to a place so familiar that it’s on your mind (Life & Arts, FT Weekend, July 31). My recurring memory is of holidays at my grandparents’ home on the Isle of Wight. A very different experience from Simon Usborne’s experience (“Postcard”, FT Weekend, July 31) in the 1950s and 60s, before the island’s famous pop music festival era. The annual two weeks in Ventnor, a 10-minute walk to the beach at Steephill Cove. Gathering Alum Bay sands, climbing Niton Down to the “Pepperpot” (St Catherine’s Oratory), a Carisbrooke Castle donkey well. I still visualise the contents of my bedroom and other rooms there.

Tessa Dunning
New York, NY, US