“what do we want to be doing staying in a tin can at 40 degrees?” moaned my husband as I booked the first part of our summer holiday this year. “Camping and the outdoor life is good for the soul – and the kids love it” was my optimistic reply. And, thank you oh thank you I was proved right. Our 4 nights staying in the Belrepayre Retro Caravan and Camping site in the midi-Pyrenees region of the south ofFrancewere very happy ones. Melody Maker – our Airstream Caravan home for those days – was a 1970’s delight of orange, retro crockery, vinyl, complete with it’s ‘wallpapered’ interior – which was actually original Melody Maker (do you remember that music magazine?) pages. Nothing hot and pokey about our temporary abode . Sitting amongst another dozen or so Airstreams with a additional few pitches waiting to be filled by either tents or others with the same passion for all things retro (no modern caravans or campervans welcome!) it was a tranquil spot where it felt batteries could be recharged. A further airstream had been turned into a bar and small restaurant for a bit of evening entertainment – the site’s owners Perry and Coline spinning the tunes and cooking respectively with their son Coreo providing great entertainment for the kids the evenings he was around. Magic tricks and juggling acts enthralled them and the etch a sketches (car bootie finds apparently) were another big hit. I know I will be very unlikely to promote true camping to my hotel/villa loving husband but if this is as close to a tent as he will get I will remain happy …. Glamping seems to be our families way forward in the world of the outdoors but it’s not a bad compromise for anyone if the Airstreams were anything to go by.