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The Fren Family – MARK (57), CATHY (55), JONATHON (27) & VICTORIA (25)
The Frens run the German restaurant Oma’s Kitchen in Newcastle, NSW and are accustomed to the occasional workplace meltdown. As a result, they are well equipped to cope with stressful family situations and can always find the funny side of any holiday disaster.
Mark is the upbeat and forthright dad. When on holiday he loves to negotiate hotel room upgrades. For more than 30 years he has been happily married to Cathy, whose quirky sense of humour and distinctive laugh is contagious. She jokes that marrying Mark was probably the “tenth best thing to happen in my life”.
Daughter Victoria is always ready to voice an opinion but admits she tends to speak before she thinks. Son Jonathon is the more reserved one of the bunch and often finds himself unwittingly involved in the family’s candid antics. Jonathon is still single, despite Mark and Cathy’s best efforts to set him up on dates on every holiday.
The Frens love visiting new destinations and experiencing different cultures. They are unafraid to give anything a go, which often leads them into unpredictable situations.
When travelling, they have champagne taste on a beer budget and often struggle without creature comforts. They loathe lining up, hot weather, activities that require too much physical exertion, and anywhere that doesn’t have a decent buffet.