My criteria for a Simple Holiday (see Sep 21 2010) - no flights in the middle of the night, a clean and simple place to stay, new landscape to explore, energising, and different enough to be stimulating - were met with the recent trip to the south of England, and I've decided to make our annual holiday a trip to a music festival.
Not Glastonbury - far too mucky, and not Glyndbourne - far too expensive. Not T in the Park - far too many people (85,000! mass hysteria never was my thing..)
Part of the research is to find those I can afford - Aldeburgh or Mendelssohn on Mull perhaps....The brilliant violinist Rachel Podger runs one in Brecon..I think I like chamber music best and festivals run by the musicians themselves have an intimacy and enthusiasm and a creative energy about them that I love.
Some nice research required....
Have you figured out exactly what you want from a holiday?