our summer travels ~ the french riviera

After a two week break I’m back and raring to go again.  I’ve so much content planned for this next couple of weeks that you’ll be sick of the sight of me for sure! 😉  I wanted to start off with a couple of quick posts on our Summer travels though.   If you’ve been following along on Instagram you’ll know that we recently got back from France and Italy, and I always like to write a little travel diary when we return from holidays, mostly for our own memories really.  I often think of this blog as a little journal of sorts, and imagine our little three reading back on it in years to come.  In the mean time though, I hope that it might give you some holiday inspiration too, encourage you to try a new area, or perhaps just escape to the sun for a quick ten minutes.

As you maybe know, my parents have a place in the South of France, midway between Nice and Monaco.  It’s where we start our travels most years, mostly because it’s a familiar base, we know the area really well, and it’s good to ease ourselves gently into the holiday pace of life.  That said, I think next year we might fly somewhere different first off and do the busy part at the beginning.  We travelled home for twelve hours on Saturday past – right up Italy and back into France again and, after several busy days already, I think we’re probably more tired now than ever!  There’s something to be said for a few pool days at either end I think.

Anyway, a few pictures of a wonderful ten days…

 

Similar Skirt : ASOS

When it comes to favourite spots in this area, Villefranche is one of our favourites.  From cobbled streets to rainbow coloured houses in all the ice cream shades, it is pretty through and through.  It’s also home to the best gelato we’ve tasted on all our travels (and we consider ourselves serious experts guys!)  If you are in this area be sure to visit Solea.  Our favourites are the Kinder, Stracciatella and Peach varieties.

 

 

 

My Dress : MISS SELFRIDGE

Kids and Andrew’s Shoes : TOMS (we love them and never have any complaints of sore feet!  They are brilliant for lots of walking too!)

 

The little mountain village of Eze is so worth a visit too.  We are unashamedly biased as it’s where we stay while we’re in this area, but even visitors will tell you how beautiful it is.  Perched on a mountain top, it is largely unchanged from what it was originally.  You can climb right to the top and look right across the Cote D’Azur but, for us, it’s always wandering the little streets that is our favourite.  So many pretty photo spots too, although a top tip is to try to visit at dusk to watch the amazing sunsets and avoid the day tourists arriving from cruise ships docked nearby.

 

 

Flower Crowns : INNOCENT CHAOS

 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is another favourite of ours and, whilst pricey enough to get in (around 50 Euros for a family) it can’t be beaten for setting and backdrop.  A stately home (a lot like a National Trust property here I guess!) it’s gardens are truly stunning, topped off by the amazing dancing fountains that put on a display every fifteen minutes.  It also boasts a a beautiful tea room (try their amazing Chocolat Chaud!) and kids can pick up a little scavenger hunt booklet to fill in as they walk the grounds.  We usually bring a little snack and make a morning of it too.

 

 

This part of France is definitely one of our favourite places in the world.  Our children have grown up coming here and we never seem to tire of it.  Nice and the surrounding areas are so family friendly, and the coast is so accessible from this area too – you can be in Cannes in forty minutes, Monaco and then Italy in under an hour.  But more on that soon!

It’s good to be back. Hope you are well everyone!

E x

6 Comments

  1. August 21, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I enjoyed every moment of your travels! I was feeling a bit anxious and your daily posts and clogs took my mind off of things and transported me to such beautiful places!

  2. August 22, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Oh my, those little white dresses and flower garlands took me right back to The Sound of Music – my most favourite musical ever! So many gorgeous photos and moments here Em, difficult to know what to comment on! We drove 2300 miles during our 2 week break through France and Italy so know exactly where you are coming from! Sounds like a wonderful family time. I do hope it was just what you all hoped for. xx

  3. August 25, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I always absolutely love the photography and photos in every single blog post. You all look like you had an absolutely fabulous time <3 and it's definitely giving me some holiday blues but I love living vicariously through these posts. xx

  4. August 30, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Oh Emma your trip looks and sounds just heavenly. I am so jealous of the sunshine on the riveria every time we go we get the rain. Boo. Love all the summery outfits too Hope you are all well and had a fantastic summer together. Just catching up on your many adventures as we travel back to England today. Miss you guys.

  5. October 7, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been wanting to visit the South of France for the longest time! I don’t think I could drive there though – I’d have to fly. I love your travel photos – they look like they’re out of a magazine 🙂

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