World Leaders on vacation

Well – they are human too you know.  They also need a break from the nine to five (they probably put in longer hours than that).  I would imagine that being a world leader is a pretty tiring job and when you go on vacation you just want to relax and try to escape the photographers….. or maybe not.

David Cameron enjoys Cornwall (as I grew up there I really approve his choice) Cheers Mate!
Politicians on holiday: from Cornwall to the Côte d'Azur

And isn’t this a typically English beach scene…… getting changed on the beach with just a towel for protection

Have you ever tried this little stunt.  It is not as easy as it looks.  One false move and there is a photo that will be on the front page of the Telegraph.  I can sympathise with Mr Cameron.  The beaches of Cornwall where I grew up were devoid of things like changing rooms.  Just look –

Dear old Maggie Thatcher loved Cornwall too although unlike Mr Cameron the Iron Lady kept in character right down to the sensible shoes and rigid hairstylethatcher-

Some leaders have tried more exotic locations – Here Tony Blair looks distinctly uncomfortable on an elephant in Bali
Politicians on holiday: from Cornwall to the Côte d'Azur

But first prize has to go to Putin – his tough guy holiday snaps are famous
Politicians on holiday: from Cornwall to the Côte d'Azur
Much more realistic is Obama on holiday in Marth’s Vineyard.  Note the sensible helmet….. shame about the crowd of security cycling behind although I guess being on Obama’s watch means that you keep fit at least.
So you see World Leaders are just like us – they go on vacation, get sand in their shorts, change on the beach and sometimes don’t look the best in their swimsuit.  The difference between them and us is that if my husband took a photo like this of me and didn’t immediately delete I would kill him!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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