Gloria Hunniford: I never return from France without buying jewellery as souvenir

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Gloria Hunniford

GETTYGloria Hunniford has been a TV and radio personality for decades

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY? 

I’ll never forget visiting the island nation of Seychelles in the mid-80s. 

Although I was on an assignment for the World Service, I turned it into a holiday. 

Most time was spent on Mahé, the largest island, but the tourist board took us to some of the other 100-plus isles. 

During the trip, I experienced natural air conditioning – a big gap at the top of the wall open to the elements – and, for the first time, geckos crawling over bathroom walls. 

They freaked me out but when someone told me the lizards swallowed mosquitoes, they seemed more palatable. 

During the holiday, I paraglided on the beach and the feeling of flying like a bird was wonderful. 

It was an interesting holiday with lovely food, great people.  

AND YOUR WORST? 

A caravan holiday near Dublin in the early 70s. 

My son, Paul, became very ill and we struggled getting a doctor. 

He complained of severe headaches and wept so much I was worried he had meningitis.

It turned out to be an ear infection but I remember thinking that being stuck in this caravan miles from anywhere was the last place I wanted to be. 

WHICH GADGET IS ESSENTIAL? 

If I’m working, I’ll take a steamer to rid my clothes of creases. 

And I always take hairspray, curling tongs and a first aid box.  

BEST BOOK? 

I’ll pick something up at the airport – nothing too serious. 

I like John Grisham’s books as well as biographies. 

I prefer to dip in and out of books as holidays are about joining in with the family and exploring. 

BEST SOUVENIR? 

I’ll usually bring back clothes and jewellery. 

For some reason, jewellery is cheaper in France.  

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Gloria Hunniford said her worst holiday was a caravan trip near Dublin in the early 70

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY? 

I used to enjoy covering myself in olive oil or any sun cream and baking in the sun but when I was pregnant with my third child, Michael, my metabolism changed and now I can’t bear very hot weather. 

Although I’ll still walk around in the sun and sit in the mild sun, I don’t sunbathe. 

I’d rather hire a car and explore.   

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Saint-Paul de Vence, South of France, is a place Gloria Hunniford would revisit

WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT? 

Saint-Paul de Vence in the South of France. 

About eight years ago we bought a 1950s detached house as a family. 

It looks out towards the village and, on a good day, the sea. 

It has an acre of land, its own swimming pool and is big enough for us all to use. 

I fell in love with the area the first time I saw it, back in 1982. 

My Life by Gloria Hunniford £20, John Blake Publishing.  

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