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    Sheryn

    Undressing for Dinner

    It’s a warm summer evening at Vassaliki Naturist Club, Kefalonia where my husband and I are on holiday. It’s one of our favourite Naturist resorts and it’s easy to make friends. Good food and wine and wonderful live music by a talented local singer/songwriter is being shared by a group of guests. But everyone is dressed – except me.

    Being the evening, we weren’t experiencing the hot Greek temperatures enjoyed during the day but it certainly was not cold. All the guests – bar one other, actually – were formally dressed despite having spent all day by the pool naked. I was happy to be naked whilst everyone else was dressed. My partner in skin commented on it and I ended up telling him my story. 

    My life had been fully 'textile' until 2007 when I discovered Naturism and now I definitely prefer being naked. My husband owned and ran a successful kitchen supply company until his retirement some years ago. Like many business people’s lives it was a very stressful and demanding time. Bringing up our two daughters meant we were both very busy and spending quality time together was always at a premium. We enjoyed many family sunshine holidays in Minorca and always went to the Naturist part of the beach at Son Bou where Peter and the girls went naked. For me – it was, no way! With Peter’s business we were fortunate to visit many spectacular destinations but it’s fair to say that even in a textile environment, meeting up with other kitchen suppliers and their partners was quite daunting for me. I have never considered myself a confident person where you are mixing in the most part with complete strangers. There was also an element of cliques and I always felt on the outside. I loved the travel but never felt at ease with the socialising. When it came time for Peter to take his well-earned retirement and our children were both independent, our holiday destinations became even more far flung, mostly to places of my choice. One of the most spectacular was Japan. We visited an Onsen, a type of Japanese bathroom, where nudity is expected, and the norm, albeit with a small rectangular towel to cover ones ‘bits’. I remember being a very hesitant about it but I soon started to enjoy the company of the Japanese ladies and girls – Onsens are gender divided. Whenever we came home I admit to feeling guilty for always choosing our holiday destinations so I told Peter he could choose the next holiday – and wherever it was I would be happy to go. The reply was; “a Naturist holiday” – oh no! but a deal is a deal.

    Peter chose the small resort of Sorobon Beach in the Dutch Antilles,  sadly no longer a Naturist resort. I clearly remember arriving at Sorobon, going through the doors of reception, turning a corner to our beach chalet and seeing a couple sunbathing on their veranda – spread-eagled and totally naked. In our chalet it was decision time, I took a deep breath, discarded my clothes and walked out onto the beach. The freedom that I felt and the heat of the sun on my skin was wonderful. I was an instant convert. Suddenly I was in an environment where everyone was ‘dressed’ the same. Interestingly, being in a completely naked group was easier for me to deal with. Gone were the days of the business trip; had I got the right cocktail dress on? Was I up to date with the latest fashion? Was I over dressed or too casual? I was now seeing people as they really are, not what they dressed as. I am able to relax and be at ease with myself when we meet new people in a Naturist environment. I loved it then and I love it even more now. My confidence and self esteem has grown and this has continued into my textile life. Since that first holiday Peter and I have been to lots of naked resorts and made many good friends along the way. We have holidayed at Vassaliki many times, thoroughly enjoyed a naked cruise around Greek islands, stayed at Magnolias Natura, Gran Canaria and we spend three weeks a year at La Jenny in France. I love being able to be naked from the moment we arrive until the moment we leave. Three week’s of Naturist holiday clothing doesn’t take up much space! If I can be naked on holiday then I just won’t dress – what’s the point of being at a Naturist resort and being clothed?! Admittedly I might have a higher tolerance to cooler conditions and I will persist with being undressed longer than most – but I love being naked and that’s why we go to Naturist resorts. Sadly however, 24/7 nudity at resorts appears to becoming less and less common. I appreciate that it is not always desirable to be naked when serving ourselves from buffets at meal times but a light wrap worn at the appropriate time solves this problem. There are lots of resorts that have rules stating clothes are also to be worn after a certain time. Our choice will always be to travel to resorts where it is accepted that those who want to be naked can be at all times of the day in all areas.

    Would I go on a ‘textile’ holiday again? Absolutely! There are so many beautiful places in the world to visit that demand being dressed. Next we are travelling to Kerala in India for a cycling holiday – being naked on that holiday is hardly going to be practical. We do however already have our next Naturist holiday in the pipeline. If there are any ladies reading this still wondering whether to try it or wanting to take the first step into Naturism and enjoy that marvellous feeling of freedom then don’t hesitate, you won’t look back. If there are male partners out there who would like their wives or girlfriends to take the first step, then carefully consider where you might take them for their first naked experience, choose your resort carefully. Going to a completely Naturist resort will be perfect as there are a vast majority of people who will be naked all the time and there will be little compulsion to resort to getting back under the safety-shield of clothes. Choosing a sunshine resort is also important as experiencing the warmth of the sunshine on your whole body is most definitely the best start for a journey into Naturism. 


    Pat Phillips

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