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From France with love

French travels

Ever since I visited Paris with my family at the tender age of 9 I was smitten with the country, it's style, culture and food. My Father from whom I got the travel bug had been a few times before and couldn't wait to show us The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame as we walked along the River Seine. I remember so clearly one day we had been exploring the city and decided to pick up a bite to eat from a bakery in one of the less touristy areas of Paris, my father tried his best in bad french to order some baguettes but you know some of the Parisians can be a little bit off at times and he knew what my father was trying to say but was putting everything else but the baguettes on the counter, in the end it all made us laugh.

childhood travels

A couple of years ago I had the chance to work in Nice in the South of France for a season and jumped at the opportunity, it also meant that I had another chance to visit the capital city before heading down by train across the French countryside to the South. I really enjoyed my time down their and explored the coast taking in Antibes, Cannes, St Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco to name a few before moving on with my travels to Italy and central Europe.

music on the beach

South of France

beautiful sunset

It really was like paradise in the South with lots of time spent on the beach with friends drinking french wine and eating fresh bakery delights dipped in olive oil and balsamic. My only regret is I never explore more of the north, such as Brittany and Normandy and it's very much on my list of places to take the little man very soon, Especially as it's steep in so much history and culture and with this year being the 70th year since the Normandy landings it seems more relevant than ever and with so many museums and sights that are both of interest to me and John is seems like a great destination to explore and since I don't like flying taking a Brittany Ferry which I have done in the past is a comfortable, easy and toddler friendly way to travel. Check out this info graphic for some inspiration

A trip to remember - where to visit in Normandy to discover the history of D-Day: An infographic

Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the D-Day guide.

Linking up with Travel Tuesday

In association with Brittany Ferries


  1. I adore Paris. Probably my favourite city of anywhere in the world. It's stylish, there's so much culture to see, the dining is equisite. Oh, I could go on... OK I will, I got engaged there too so it holds lots of sweet memories. My husband's sister used to live there, so we'd visit often. They've now moved but to somewhere close to Biarritz, so can't complain about that either, lol! Lucky you for getting an opportunity to work in France. Your post brought a bit smile to my face :)

  2. gorgeous pictures, and what a beautiful place to have been able to go looks lovely x

  3. That shot of you and your brother is lovely! I want to go back to Paris!! x

  4. How lucky to have the chance to work in the South of France for a season! My husband and I are headed there later this month for a holiday - any recommendations for the coastal region? Merci!

  5. I haven't visited Nice, Paris or the Normandy yet although I've been to France twice! Really want to visit the North of France though. I've heard so many great things about it!

  6. We used to visit France pretty much every year as kids and stay in camping parks, and I loved it! I haven't been back to years, but would love to visit Paris and the rest of France again!

  7. What a great story! It's so fun to re-visit places that holds a connection for us. Thank you for sharing! I hope you make it to Northern France soon :)

  8. Love France! We were lucky to spend a lot of time there when we were younger as my parents loved it too. French food and bread (and wine) is the best x

  9. I'm a total francophile too. Love everything about that country!

  10. Beautiful pictures! Just adore Paris! I was never excited about it until I went there and I was fully charmed! and thank you for adding the guide to the northern beaches! I always wanted to visit and it will definitely help :)

  11. love that second photo! i've never been to france ..or anywhere abroad actually.


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