A flying visit to Milan

A flying visit to Milan

Not so long ago while doing some holiday research I discovered that Milan’s Malpensa airport offers a wider selection of destinations at better prices than our local airport Nice.  Having taken everything into account – fuel, motorway tolls, airport parking and even...
Sagrada Familia Barcelona: 15 years on

Sagrada Familia Barcelona: 15 years on

I recently visited Barcelona for the 3rd time.  The first time was 15 years ago in May 2001, then again in February 2011 and just now in June 2016.  Each visit was very different.  The first was JF’s and my first time away from our baby, let loose for an adult...
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...
Nantes and its fabulous giant elephant

Nantes and its fabulous giant elephant

If you like the idea of wacky giant mechanical creatures set in an edgy industrial landscape with innovative architecture, urban parks and street art then you’ll love Nantes.  France’s 6th biggest city, straddling the Loire river, located in the west of the country, a...
Secret Riviera – La Colle sur Loup

Secret Riviera – La Colle sur Loup

The French Riviera is a beautiful place but no one could say it was undeveloped and empty.  Its very beauty has attracted holiday makers, second home owners and new residents for more than a century resulting in enormous amounts of construction.  Recently I had guests...
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...
An evening walk in St Paul de Vence

An evening walk in St Paul de Vence

St Paul de Vence is one of those picture perfect almost too-beautiful-to-be-true Provençal villages. It sits majestically perched on a low hill with 360° views, taking in the striking Baou de St Jeannet, the town of Vence, and the gentle plain that runs down to the...
Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Grow your Blog – blog hop party!

Last year I participated in the biggest blog hop I’ve ever come across with over 400 participants and it was such a success that I’m doing it again. It’s called Grow Your Blog and it’s open to all genres of blog, from all over the world, simply...
Snapshots of Strasbourg

Snapshots of Strasbourg

Happy New Year everyone!  Bonne année!  A new year, new beginnings, back to school today…and yet, I’ve still got one more christmassy post for you.  Indulge me!  I know most of you are probably done with the festivities, but technically it’s still...
Top 10 posts of 2014

Top 10 posts of 2014

As 2015 begins I find myself drawn to making lists and analysing what works and what doesn’t on my blog.  So just like last year here are the Top 10 most popular posts of the year and I must admit to being quite surprised by some of them!   1.  A (short) walk...
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...
Blue Reykjavik

Blue Reykjavik

I’ve recently got back from an absolutely excellent family holiday in Iceland, with around 1500 photos to prove it!  I’m rather overwhelmed by the task of editing them and writing about all our experiences, but I need to get back into blogging after a very...
Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

Postcards from Aix-en-Provence

I’ve just discovered Aix-en-Provence!  After more than 7 years on the Côte d’Azur and having heard only good things about Aix, I can’t explain why it took me so long to get to this adorable city. But for whatever hopeless reasons I failed to get...
Falling in love with Budapest

Falling in love with Budapest

There are certain places in the world I’ve visited and lost my heart to, even after a very short visit. Until recently the most instant city love affairs have been with Amsterdam, Stockholm and Barcelona, I’ve come away from these places saying I want to...

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