A holiday rental on the Côte d'Azur

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...
Processionary caterpillars – what are they?

Processionary caterpillars – what are they?

On a recent day out to the mountains to check out the dire snow situation in the local ski resort we were taken aback by just how many caterpillar nests we saw in the pine trees and how much destruction they had caused.  There were vast areas of what looked like dead...
A night at the ballet

A night at the ballet

Last week JF and I spent the evening at Covent Garden, along with Darcey Bussell, Fiona Bruce and Carlos Acosta but this didn’t involve flights, hotels and expensive tickets; we didn’t leave France, in fact we didn’t even leave our own local area. In...
Expat farewells

Expat farewells

It’s no secret, I love living where I live.  I’ve lived a nomadic life moving country 9 times though sometimes all those other countries seem a very long time ago as I’ve now been in France for nearly 18 years.  But even within France I’ve...
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...
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...
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...
Stay safe in the sun – stylish UV clothing

Stay safe in the sun – stylish UV clothing

       For the second in my series on friends who run businesses worthy of everyone knowing about, let me introduce you to Jane and Rohana, the creative forces behind Tamarillo UV Swimwear, a new concept in chic, stylish UV protection clothing for in and out of the...
Aromatherapy pampering on the Côte d’Azur

Aromatherapy pampering on the Côte d’Azur

While lying on a massage table being thoroughly pampered this morning, my eyes closed and gentle music playing in the background, my mind started whirring and I came up with an idea.  I know so many talented and clever people in my area all running small independent...
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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