A holiday rental on the Côte d'Azur

Vietnam memories

Vietnam memories

This week we’re off on possibly the most highly anticipated trip of the last 15 years, the biggest adventure ever for our very well-travelled but very European-based children, the most emotional and longed for journey in many many years – excitement is at fever...
Andorra and the European Microstates

Andorra and the European Microstates

It wouldn’t be a European road trip without notching up another country or two.  Last year Poland was new, in 2013 Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina were all new to me.  So this summer the temptation to visit Andorra, a tiny principality wedged high in the...
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...
The trip that was and the trip that wasn’t

The trip that was and the trip that wasn’t

As I sit at home writing this I should be in Naples, sipping coffee and tasting my first sfogliatella, gazing over the bay at Vesuvius, preparing to attack a day full of sights and pizza.  My flight should have landed a couple of hours ago and I would have had time to...
Souvenirs of an expat life

Souvenirs of an expat life

Memories make up an integral part of expat life, memories of “home” or previous countries lived in, often rose tinted, usually nostalgic, sometimes sad, mostly happy, but always there.  Of course every life is comprised of memories whether expat or not,...
The beginnings of a multicultural marriage

The beginnings of a multicultural marriage

Once upon a time a young British/Australian girl met a handsome Frog in a far away land. After a whirlwind romance they decided to get married and this is where the fun started. They lived in Hanoi, Vietnam, her parents lived in Barbados, her siblings in England, one...
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...
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...
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...
About me

About me

Hello, bonjour, bienvenue and welcome to my blog! As you’re here, doing me the great honour of reading my blog, the least I can do is to tell you a little about about myself and what to expect in the Lou Messugo Blog. I’m Phoebe, a British and Australian...
5 places I could visit over and over

5 places I could visit over and over

Having recently returned from a trip to Iceland, a place I lived in as a child, I’ve been thinking more and more about the desire to go back to old haunts.  My curiosity to see and discover new places is insatiable and I usually find when deciding whether to go...
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...
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...
The Blue Church, Bratislava

The Blue Church, Bratislava

After two years of writing exclusively about France, mostly about the area where I live and French culture, I’m diverging into wider pastures, so this, my friends, is my first offering not about France. I’ve been itching to write about other places...
Grow your Blog – let’s have a party!

Grow your Blog – let’s have a party!

Today I’m trying something a little different.  I’m going on a Blog Hop.  For many of you that term will be familiar, but for my readers who aren’t also bloggers, it’ll undoubtedly be a new one.  So let me explain.  I’m participating in a...
What does adventure mean to you?

What does adventure mean to you?

Adventure.  Oh this word conjures up so much! My life has been one big adventure so far.  Having lived in nine different countries, and travelled in 60, I’m eternally curious, forever wanting to explore more.  In this sense adventure means physically exploring...
Did I mention I like to travel?

Did I mention I like to travel?

56 countries and counting …. I first travelled abroad at the ripe old age of 10 days old and have lived in 9 countries:  France, England, Belgium, India, Czech Republic, Iceland, Bulgaria, Australia and Vietnam. This summer we’re taking a road trip through...
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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