SINCE I TOLD READERS THAT I WAS SPENDING THIS WEEK WITH MY BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY IN GRAN CANARIA I HAVE HAD THE WEIRDEST COMMENTS - WHICH I HAVE NOT PUBLISHED.
They seem to come mainly from priests, suggesting that I am spending my whole week in gay saunas and on nudist gay beaches!
In my whole life I have never been in such a sauna on on such a beach.
Why do these people think that everyone indulges in the holidays they indulge in?
I have spent the week in the company of family and friends seeing historical sights such as the cathedral of Saint Ann in Las Palmas and the house (now a museum) where Christopher Columbus stayed before sailing to discover the West Indies.
I have been for walks along volcanic cliff edges and through lovely villages, towns and harbours.
We have gone out for meals together and last night I cooked a meal in.
We have had a beer on the apartment veranda in the sun and a glass of wine with our food and indeed a nightcap.
Yesterday I had a deep tissue massage for an hour at the hands of a Cuban lady masseuse which was thoroughly de-stressing and cost Euro 40.
In the coming days we will visit a vineyard, have a birthday meal for one of the family and maybe visit a water park.
Since I came here on Sunday I have not seen any signs of saunas or nudist beaches anywhere.
Where we are staying is populated mainly by Scandanavian retirees who like the sun and relaxation.
I would be absolutely put off by loud bars and clubs, throbbing discos or tourists drinking and throwing up in the street. I am sure that this is in keeping with a man in his 60s?
Why would anyone, except wild young folk who are sowing their wild oats, want to spend a holiday drinking and vomiting. I cant think of nothing worse.
Why a priest would want to go abroad for booze, sex and nudist gay beaches also eludes me.
I am in no way a prude. But surely any mature person wants true relaxation and the company of people who like and love them?
Why would anyone mature want a holiday that would exhaust them physically emotionally, mentally, etc and in need of another holiday to recover?
And why are priests and others sending me crazy messages on here about debauchery and gay saunas and beaches?
As the add for a well known Dublin bread says:
THE WORLD IS IN A STATE OF CHASIS!!!