Free family fun in Nice

Free family fun in Nice

I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing a guest post for one of my favourite travel blogs, The World is a Book all about free things to do in Nice with children as part of a series of free things to do in cities all over the world. Mary runs an occasional...
Postcards from a French Road Trip

Postcards from a French Road Trip

Anyone who’s been following this blog for a while will know that we enjoy a good old road trip in our family and go on a long one almost every summer.  A few years ago, before I started writing and documenting our travels, we took a particularly scenic trip across...
What to do in Paris with teenagers

What to do in Paris with teenagers

Insider Inspiration for visiting Paris with Teenagers by Paris Teens  Inspired by a blogging friend asking for tips on what to do in Paris with teenagers I took the brief seriously and got to work asking all the teens I know in Paris for ideas.  You see we used to...
One of the best places on earth!

One of the best places on earth!

What is Lou Messugo? Let’s talk about “Lou Messugo”.  Sometimes I get the feeling people are confused about Lou Messugo. What / who is it exactly? Perhaps I’m too wary of promoting my own business on this blog that it’s not actually clear that Lou...
Asian Arts on the Côte d’Azur

Asian Arts on the Côte d’Azur

In preparation for our upcoming trip to Vietnam, and to get new material for my (rather occasional) series Museum Mondays, we recently visited the Musée des Art Asiatiques (Asian Arts Museum) in Nice en famille. The Asian Arts Museum is easily managed with children as...
Travel with kids: festivals around the world

Travel with kids: festivals around the world

Today’s post is a first for me: I’m hosting the Multicultural Kid Blogs monthly blogging carnival on travel with kids.  Travelling with my kids is something regular readers will know I’m passionate about so I’m delighted to be able to collate...
Exploring the walls and beaches of St Malo

Exploring the walls and beaches of St Malo

During the recent school spring holidays we spent a week based in Rennes, in Brittany, exploring parts of northern and western France that we as a family didn’t know.  We visited places that had long been on the “desperately want to see” list (I don’t do “bucket...
Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

Easter Carnival on the French Riviera

As spring arrives on the Côte d’Azur, towns and villages across the region come out to play.  Fêtes and celebrations of all sorts take place, heralding the end of winter and the arrival of the good weather.  Last year on Easter Monday we went to the Fête de l’Oranger...
Naples with a teenager

Naples with a teenager

Sometime last year I decided I wanted to take my older son on a trip for his 16th birthday, just him and me, something I’d never done before.  I’d been brewing the idea for a while ever since a friend took her son away for his 13th birthday; it wasn’t something I’d...
Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur

Christmas on the Côte d’Azur is full of fun, often full of good weather and probably a great deal more festive than you might think. I’ve put together a round up of christmassy things to do and places to go on the French Riviera and nearby based purely on my...
Cruising the Danube

Cruising the Danube

At Christmas my parents found themselves in the unusual situation of all three of their children – me, my brother and sister – not spending the holidays with them.  We were all with our in-laws.  So rather than mope around at home missing us (!) they...
A French family Christmas

A French family Christmas

Today I’m participating in a series about Christmas around the world with my blogging friends at Multicultural Kids Blogs so it seemed a good time to tell you about how my French family celebrates. My first French Christmas was in 1997 pre-children and...
Instagramming Paris

Instagramming Paris

We recently spent four days in Paris during the school Toussaint holidays and as usual I took far too many photos so I thought I’d just share some of my Instagram shots here. Having lived in the City of Light for 10 years and visited several times since we left...
Getting back into the swing of things

Getting back into the swing of things

There was an unusual melancholy hanging over Lou Messugo a couple of weeks ago upon our return from Iceland.  Whether it was owing to exceptional circumstances in the gîte – guests and their personal dramas that we became involved with – or the displaced...
Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

Nice Carnival 2014 – a photo essay

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to go to Nice Carnival 2014.  Under the bluest of blue skies we spent a fun afternoon watching the the creative, witty and satirical floats pass by united under the theme of gastronomy.  Being our 5th or 6th time at...
Nice new promenade in Nice

Nice new promenade in Nice

Nice has a new Promenade, nearly 160 years after the Promenade des Anglais on the seafront opened and became the place to be, there is now a lovely new park in which to stroll, play, relax and watch the world go by.  The Promenade du Paillon opened recently after two...
June, the month of fêtes

June, the month of fêtes

June is the month of fêtes.  Every few days it seems there’s another excuse to have fun, whether it’s a local village en fête or a national occasion, there’s just so much going on.  Add to this two family birthdays chez nous in mid June and all the...
Lucéram The Christmas Village

Lucéram The Christmas Village

In our quest to get into the Christmas spirit, we recently spent a day in Lucéram, a pretty medieval hill village north of Nice and less than an hour from Lou Messugo.  Why? Because it comes alive in December with its “Circuit des Crèches”.  Literally...
What not to wear at the pool

What not to wear at the pool

Did you know that men/boys are not allowed to wear board shorts/loose style swimming trunks in public swimming pools in France?  Well now you do!  I’m sure there’ll be some exceptions to the rule as I certainly haven’t visited every public swimming...
When the Tour came to town

When the Tour came to town

Watching Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France today brought back happy memories of the last time I saw it live, back in 2009, when it came through Roquefort les Pins. We were actually living temporarily in Cagnes sur Mer while our home, Lou Messugo, was being built...
St John’s fire

St John’s fire

On Sunday night we went to the Fête de la St Jean (Feast of St John) in nearby Valbonne village.  It’s a spectacular fête, quite unlike any other and just so full of atmosphere.  Apart from anything else it’s amazingly dangerous.  Put a couple of thousand...
Music, music everywhere

Music, music everywhere

This week’s fun is la Fête de la Musique.  On June 21st when many cultures around the world are celebrating summer (or winter) solstice, France makes music.  To enjoy the longest day of the year musicians of every style and ability gather to perform in public...
Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France from the UK or northern Europe is very doable, pleasurable even, particularly if you make the journey part of the fun and take your time.  Many of the guests at Lou Messugo drive from the UK and while there are plenty of dedicated...

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