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Welcome to Postcards from Europe, the Canvas Holidays blog!

At Canvas Holidays we know all about camping holidays in Europe. We were the very first UK tour operator to offer package camping holidays to Europe 50 years ago. Things have changed quite a bit since then and while we still offer our fabulous Maxi Tents, you’ll now also find a wide choice of mobile homes, luxury lodges, stylish Modas and deluxe Safari Tents. All this time, the essence of a Canvas Holiday has remained the same – spending quality time with friends and family, enjoying new adventures and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We love camping and we love Europe so on our blog you’ll find lots of interesting articles on European destinations, fantastic campsites and personal holiday experiences. We love our food too so no doubt lots of delicious delicacies from around Europe will pop up.

Holding the blogging fort here is a group of fabulous ladies from the Canvas Marketing team 🙂

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We’d love to know what you want to read about so if you’d like to suggest any ideas for new posts or give us any feedback we’d love to hear from you: enquiries@canvasholidays.co.uk

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  1. Just to refute something your MD said re couriers.I was lucky enough to be recruited a few years before him but was neither Oxbridge or even a languages student (well,Latin and Ancient Greek was my degree!)Having been on many Canvas trips with my family since the company began,I applied for courier work in 1976.A 5 minute phone call resulted in my acceptance-no application forms or even proper interview.I travelled by bus from my Edinburgh home to Welwyn Garden City and the home of the Cuthberts,the original company owners.There we had our training which consisted of an hour’s instruction in tent erection-an old scout bell tent-while the evening was spent in the family’s indoor pool,complete with trapeze.Having dossed down on floors around the house,we 7 wouldbe couriers were transported by minibus the following day to France and dropped off at our various destinations.I was working at Le Puget,near St Raphael on the Cote d’Azur and it was really in at the deep end.The tents had already been erected but we had to furnish them,including mastering the intricacies of gas bottle ordering.Fortunately we had a trusty Solex (a French moped)so we could zoom all round the area to locate supplies.We were all 17 and no one could drive a car so this freedom was brilliant!
    The post the next day brought a list of prospective campers so we readied their tents and bought wine ( petrol cans filled with a hose from the local vineyard)as welcome gifts.Gradually the weary travellers arrived and, to a man,the first thing they needed was an exhaust bandage to fix their ailing cars after the journey.I quickly became an “expert ” mechanic and kept a stock of basics to save trips to the local garage.Medical problems were also treated by ourselves,although we had two deaths which were beyond us.The most common problem were lost dentures while swimming in the Med so we rapidly became best mates with the local dentist-we should have been on commission!
    We had floods,necessitating complete dismantling and resiting of tents,not to mention a forest fire which forced an evacuation but we carried on.There was no formal entertainment but we had our infamous wine and cheese parties.This consisted of drinking the rotgut content of the petrol cans-(wine cost about 10p a litre!) until the very proper middleclass bankers and teachers were paralytic and spiralled gracefully down the tentpole,virtually unconscious.Happy days!
    Once a fortnight,the post arrived again with the new customer’s names but also in the envelope was forty pounds in sterling.We two couriers received £10 each per fortnight wages and the rest was for camp expenses.I’m sure it’s slightly more hi tech nowadays but the one and only time we had cause to phone England (the day the two customers from two different families died from a heart attack and and an aneurysm),we were so worried about the expense of it that it took our minds off the tragedy.
    We were only kids and I’ve no idea how we coped with everything that was thrown at us but we loved every minute of it – more importantly,so did the customers.I returned for several years in the same capacity and met many of the same guests.In fact,I’m still in touch with some even now.
    I’m sure it’s all very organised nowadays – that’s rightly what customers expect- yet our somewhat haphazard approach seemed to work and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

    • Wow – thanks so much for this Susan. Love hearing memories from ex-couriers (I was one myself in the 2000’s!) Just brilliant.