In September 1964 my parents went on a 3 week Club Med holiday in Sicily – it was 3 weeks for the price of 2 at the end of the season and my mum had to take unpaid leave.

It sounds like quite a journey – these days, we’d simply hop on a cheap flight but they got the train. I’m pretty sure that they got the rail-ferry across the Channel and to Paris. From there, it was train all the way down to the south of Italy.

This was back when Club Med was the original all-inclusive holiday – extras could be paid for with beads, no need for cash – and it was all quite basic, with straw hut accommodation.

In 1994 they went back to the same place – my dad took some of these photos with him to show the current staff what it used to be like.

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