Published On: Sat, Sep 22nd, 2018

Celebrity traveller: Denise Welch | Travel News | Travel


WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY?

Turkey has a special place in my heart. We’ve had a villa in Ovacik, near Fethiye, for nearly 17 years. We holidayed there with my children and my mum when she was alive.

Now Lincoln and I go every year with his mum and my dad. It has a rustic charm.

Fethiye has beautiful markets. I love the hustle and bustle as the fish comes in. I love the beaches – Ölüdeniz is my favourite. It’s beautiful and sandy and we love to watch crazy people paragliding off the mountain.

My 82-yearold dad has done it and probably would again. We like places where they throw a salad and lamb chops on the table and it’s the best meal you’ve ever had. The warmth of the Turkish people… we’ve developed very good friendships. Special memories.

 

AND YOUR WORST?

A Baltic cruise to Estonia, Russia and Germany. I didn’t see the end of the boat for 12 days – it was grey, foggy and raining. Everybody on board was grey and foggy.

It was so depressing. One day, it wasn’t as grim and we walked on to a German beach – it was a nudist beach!

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY?

Lazily. We did nothing but sleep, read, sunbathe and eat in Crete this year.

If I go to Venice, I could walk for hours – the wonder of every little street you turn into… it’s exquisite. It’s just like a film set.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SOUVENIR?

I could say my son Louis because I conceived him in Amsterdam. Otherwise, it was probably the rusty old key I got from an artefact stand in Kaya Village in Turkey.

I pride myself on not being superstitious but I must be a little. When I got home, my luck turned – my health improved and I was busier with work – so I’ve cherished this key

BEST HOLIDAY READ?

The Break by Marian Keyes. Marian’s a great writer for women and very funny.

WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT?

I’d love to take Lincoln to Prachinburi for a taste of the real Thailand. Our friends, May and Steve, run the Chilli Banana Restaurant in Wilmslow.

When I was over there, May invited us to see where her family was from. It was delightful. In Thap Lan National Park, I’d walk down this jetty to a lake where there was an orchid farm. My idea of paradise.

WHERE NEXT?

Barbados. I’ve only ever stopped off on a cruise.

I do like my holidays and people say: “Where are you going this time Judith Chalmers?” When we were there before, we went to Treasure Beach Hotel for lunch and there was Judith Chalmers. I was too shy to say anything!

Denise stars in the UK tour of Calendar Girls: The Musical. Visit calendargirlsthe musical.com for details. Her novel, The Mother’s Bond (Sphere, £8.99), is out now.



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Celebrity traveller: Denise Welch | Travel News | Travel