Summer Adventures {Part Three}

While we were down in the South of France, we took a road trip to Italy for the day. Ventimiglia, the first Italian town past the border, is about forty minutes from Nice, and San Remo about an hour. Mr M and I travelled a bit in Italy in the pre-children days, but never this far north, and so we were keen to see what it had to offer.
The drive was totally straightforward, and it has really put us in the notion to venture further on future trips. We’d love to visit Verona and the lakes as a family, and could totally manage it if we sandwiched a couple of nights stay into our France time. Definitely something to think about for next year!

A few photos if you’d like to see…








We took this first lot before we set off. It was quiet and shady in our little courtyard and we didn’t feel too intimidated setting the camera up! I don’t know about you and your family, but I find that we have so few pictures of the five of us together these days. Anyway, this was our attempt. The ones of the kids and I were Mr M’s test shots! 😉







^^ this one really makes me giggle because check out Noah and Annie’s expressions!  Also, Mr M only realised after that he’d left his sunglasses on. 🙂 We call this our ‘mafia family shot’. Ha!









We made a beeline for coffee as soon as we arrived in San Remo. Much as I love French coffee, you really can’t beat the Italian stuff and it fully lived up to expectations.
Annie had Cioccolata which is basically warm chocolate custard. It was amazing, we were all super jealous, and no hot chocolate will ever compare again. If you are visiting Italy any time soon, hunt this stuff down! 🙂








Gelato!! (Also, I really loved this building. All the doors on this street were so tall. Shops for giants! 🙂 )









San Remo old town is very pretty, and very typically Italian, but we did find it incredibly intimidating too. We wandered along the route that we had read about online, but came across some very shady characters. If you look in the background of this photo you can see a man standing with a baseball bat. We only realised this when we looked back through the pictures at home, but the whole atmosphere of the place screamed ‘Avoid’. I’m pretty sure it was some kind of drug den that we stumbled upon, and I’ve never been so glad to get out of anywhere in my life! I’m sure it’s not typical of this area, but there’s definitely a lesson there in sticking to areas where there are lots of other people!







Our children are such fussy eaters, but never take any coaxing with pizza. Noah told us the other day in fact that his top three loves were Frankie (his toy Koala), pizza and then us. Good to know we come in at number three there! 😉 So, pizza it was for lunch then, and I had this one. It was more like a giant bruschetta really (no cheese and the base was drizzled with garlic oil) , but still really delicious!


It was exciting and different to visit somewhere new and, dodgy drug dudes aside, we did really enjoy our trip. The accessibility of places in Europe is something we’re not used to, living on a little island, but it definitely makes me want to venture further in the future too!


E x









  1. August 10, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    It looks like you all had a great time and I am so envious. Italy may well be my favourite country – a few days in Rome years ago really sold it to me. I love you all wearing white too BUT you put the kids in socks and sandals?! That should be illegal!! Love the family photos though, even the mafia addition! x
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    • Emma Martin
      August 10, 2015 / 11:04 pm

      Haha! They had sore feet Donna! We don’t normally do the sock thing 🙂
      Thanks luvvie xx

  2. August 11, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Completely envious Emma. It looks absolutely stunning and your little family look so chilled and like you had a fabulous time! Slightly scary about that little area but sounds like an adventure you’ll extend in the future! Can’t wait to get an opportunity like this with my little family x
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  3. Lauren - émoi émoi
    August 11, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Looks like you had a lovely time! (Dodgy neighbourhoods aside). It’s so great to be able to take little trips across the border when you’re in Europe, and Italy is so gorgeous, you should definitely try to see Verona 🙂

  4. August 11, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Oh these pictures are just dreamy. You’re such a beautiful lot. Loving Annie’s expression in that pic. We have a little pizza lover here too. Just looks like a beautiful place! xx

  5. August 11, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Fabulous photographs, I love Italy too, visited Venice last year and loved it… off to Italy again this year- hope to send a day in Cinque Terre it looks amazing and Pisa isn’t too far away either… Just google Cinque Terre if you are not aware of it…. Still waiting on the sunshine here in Island… fingers crossed for later this week

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  6. August 12, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    My girls do socks and sandals too Emma 😉 gorgeous pictures! But oh my word… The baseball bat??! Good thing you only noticed afterwards!!

  7. August 12, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Oh Emma, it looks so beautiful! I have never been to Italy before and would love to go! Ben is always saying too that he would love to take me to Italy as he loves it! Hopefully one day we will 🙂
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  8. August 13, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Baseball bat man! Eeek!! How scary??! Glad you got out of there safely. I love Italy, though. It’s one of my favourite countries even though they drive like absolute lunatics. We’ve just booked a villa in Capri for next summer and can’t wait!
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  9. August 18, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    It looks gorgeous Em, and how wonderful that you can just pop across to Italy for the day. I just adore that pic of you and Eva hugging, so cute. xx

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