I’ve never been on a ‘Winter Sun’ holiday before. Like most I retreat England for sunnier shores during the mediocre, overcast-skies affair we call our Summertime. So boarding a plane on a rainy evening in late October didn’t feel too unusual. It was only when we touched down in the balmy heat of Alicante that some adjusting was required (mostly the removal of all our winter layers!) For a week, a villa in the small town of Moraira was home, about an hours drive from Alicante. It felt odd to be dressing for heat again, so I turned to old favourites, such as this vintage silk scarf which was a Glastonbury find a few years back. I often wear it as a DIY turban (see here here and here!) The chambray shirt is from Topshop and has very quickly become a favourite in my wardrobe, for lazy days and comfort dressing. It’s incredibly soft and feels like pyjamas! The vintage high waisted shorts were an eBay find, another summertime favourite of mine. The frilled bikini top was lent to me by Becca. I wore this outfit to the beach one afternoon, and once there I kept my turban on alongside my matching black bikini. The chambray shirt was perfect as a quick cover-up! Although obviously not visible to me whilst wearing it, I always try and tie my turban so this tiger features on the back…He’s beautiful! Probably the palest legs in town… And thanks to factor 30 it stayed that way! I can’t really explain why but I don’t particularly like being tanned! Sun-kissed? Sure! But anything more than a light bronzing and a sprinkling of freckles on my nose…No thanks! Odd aversions to having a suntan aside, I had a wonderful holiday. As usual I snapped away wherever we went, the only slight difference was that this time I was mostly using a (new to me) Pentax ME Super. A few months previously Becca had patiently shown me how to use this camera, and after getting hold of a model of my old…Voila! My venture into film photography has begun! Blue skies and amazing views in Valencia (Joshua and I visited for a day to see the city and meet up with a Brighton friend who has moved there!) and Guadalest, where we trekked to see the great views from great heights…
Little man all set for the pool – Junk art in Turia Park – A Valencia moped – Rose Champagne by the pool!
New and Old in Valencia (the architecture of Santiago Calatrava vs. Valencia train station)
Playing on the beach is much more fun than sunbathing! I buried little man, and then to apologise (he loved it really I promise!) helped him build a sandcastle fort!
Flashes of colour surrounding the villa – Sticky finger inducing ice creams – A little friend who joined us for lunch!
And finally, we couldn’t resist a few outfit photos on this bridge that linked the two sides of the Turia park in Valencia. I just wish I had been wearing a more deserving outfit for such a great location! My skirt is a vintage eBay find, worn with old sandals a Topshop crop top.
I hope my holiday post hasn’t been too photo-heavy for you all (believe me, I did cut it down!) Perhaps this rainy afternoon is just making me eager to share sunny day photos! Back to winter dressing in the next post…
- SAM LUCK PHOTOGRAPHY