on the cote d’azur…

a quick guide to the area and what i wore!

Andrew and I recently took a quick trip to the South of France on our own. It’s really not like us to leave the kids behind these days, but with a pretty big anniversary approaching (fifteen years though. Where did that go?!) we decided to carve out some time for ourselves. This year has been crazy busy. Lovely busy, but crazy all the same, and we are like ships in the night most days of the week. It’s important to call time at certain points in this hamster wheel of life I think. There is nothing more important than nurturing and protecting the relationships that hold it all together. Anyhow, we are so fortunate to have a base in the South of France (thanks mum and dad!) and the flights were reasonably priced so it seemed like a crime not to go there.

It’s an area that we’ve become so familiar with over the years, and I’ve written about it on several occasions before (most recently here and here if you’d like a look!) Just over two hours takes us to Nice and we always pick up a car there for the short drive up into the mountains. I’m asked quite often about the best places to stay in this area and I’d always recommend heading along the coast a little bit, away from the intense heat and crowds of the city centre. Nice is the most beautiful city, but it’s still a city. Busy and hot in the Summer months and jammed full of tourists. Accommodation will be more reasonably priced here, but just be careful of area. Try to veer away from staying on the airport end of town – it might still be billed as Promenade des Anglais, but this road stretches for miles, and it’s always good to be mindful that you could be a considerable distance from the action. The phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ is never more true than on the Cote D’azur!

Our little home from home is in Eze, the prettiest mountaintop village half way between Nice and Monaco. Everything is on a hill in this area, but we love walking as many places as we can. The car is pretty invaluable for trips to the seaside villages of Beaulieu and Villefranche, and of course into Nice too, but on sleepier days we just love to wander into Eze old town for coffee or dinner, and back up the mountain again to walk it off!

Some photos from our trip!


beautiful eze and villefranche sur mer!

dress, clutch(gifted)

dress, sandals (similar), bag (old)

dress, sandals (similar), bag (old)

In terms of eating out in this region, it can often be expensive and of dubious quality. I’d really recommend Les Garcons in Villefranche though (they have a brilliant lunch menu of two courses for 15 Euros) and Attimi in Nice (regional Italian style food made with organic ingredients. Their filo based pizzas are amazing!) Also head off the beaten track to the back streets for more locally sourced food, and more reasonable prices.

We had the best few days in France and are even more excited to head back there at the end of next month with the kids. We’re staying for a week, before flying to Rome and then on to Sorrento and Positano, so it’s going to be such a fun August of travel. You can keep up to date with all our ambles on Instagram – I’ve recently grouped all our travel pictures under the hashtag #littlewoodtravels. And I save all my travel videos and stories to my highlights over there too, so you can check those out at any time as well!

I hope you are having a good week everyone and are looking forward to the Summer ahead. I can’t believe school breaks up for us next week. Fastest year ever!

Emma x



  1. Heidi
    June 21, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Beautiful , Emma! Please tell me how you counter potential suncream and sweat(!) marks on your gorgeous light coloured dresses? I’m always too worried about wearing my nicer things in very hot weather because of this! X

  2. June 21, 2018 / 4:03 pm

    Sounds wonderful Emma, must add this area to my travel bucket list! xx

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