He had pictured a perfect holiday with Sidney - nothing but fun and relaxation and "quality time" as they say. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way; he had to take care of too many mundane details (rental car, insurance, etc.). So, if he went home and told everyone that he'd had the "ideal", or perfect, vacation with Sidney, he wouldn't be telling the truth. He still had an enjoyable time, but it was far from perfect.
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