A holiday rental on the Côte d'Azur

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...
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...
Sunday Photo – Paris scene

Sunday Photo – Paris scene

My Sunday photo on a Tuesday!  I was away over the weekend in Paris and had some technical issues with the blog which meant that for the first time since I began posting Sunday photos years ago, I didn’t manage it.  However, I decided that I wanted to share this...
A review of our year of travel

A review of our year of travel

2016 has been a year full of travel for me and my family; looking back now I realise we’ve been away every school holiday and even managed some weekend breaks in between.  It’s involved all sorts of different configurations including solo trips for three...
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...
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...
3 meals in 3 different countries in 1 day

3 meals in 3 different countries in 1 day

Road-tripping in Europe is one of our favourite ways to take a holiday; it’s so satisfying driving through different countries in a short time, crossing international borders often several times a day. Take for example our holiday last summer where we woke up in one...
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...
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...
Zalipie, Poland’s painted village

Zalipie, Poland’s painted village

When planning our road trip around Poland this summer I did a great deal of research on Pinterest, pinning pretty photos of interesting places to visit, and it was here that I first came across the tiny village of Zalipie.  It only came up once but that was enough, I...
Holiday Snapshots – Road Trip 2015

Holiday Snapshots – Road Trip 2015

We’ve been back from our mega European road trip for a couple of weeks now and I haven’t found the time to write about it, mainly because as usual I don’t really know where to start, there’s so much to say. So while I get my act together with...
4 of the best places to swim in Iceland

4 of the best places to swim in Iceland

I recently wrote about places to swim or bathe in Iceland, including the famous Blue Lagoon and a municipal pool in Reykjavík, with tips on swimming pool etiquette.  Here I’m going to tell you about the more adventurous swim spots we found including the oldest pool in...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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