Every year, since I was three months old, I’ve gone to my grandparents’ home in Albi in the south of France, which now belongs to my parents. Here are the items which should guarantee a truly zen experience.

Time was, I’d go back home and grimace at my dad’s old sandals. Fashion being what it is, and ageing too, I now covet them, or bring better versions home. I’ve done the Birkenstocks and the slides: my current favourites are the real “German dad at a picnic, circa 1992” ones, which means original Tevas, or this relatively low-key pair by the brilliant Suicoke. Suicoke sandals, £75,

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