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Visit France #1 – Alpes Maritimes

Today I am glad to unveil a project I have been working on for almost a year. If you read our newsletters, you know that we spent a whole month in France last summer. It was like a sabbatical after Daniel’s birth. We first spent a week in Yann’s family in Grasse, then a Christian family had us stay in their home in a small village not far from the city of Gap in the Alps. I filmed our trip and wanted to share it with you. Were you to spend holidays in those regions they might offer you a few ideas for baby/toddler-friendly activities. The first video is all about French Riviera.

We were staying in Grasse, at my in-laws’. Did you know that Grasse is considered the world’s capital of perfume? We admit we are totally unable to recommend the best perfume shops and factories since we are no tourists. Go for a walk in the narrow streets of the old city, have a drink on the Place aux Aires, visit the cathedral and enjoy the panoramic view. This video contains a few shots of the city, but most of the time you will see the family’s garden. If Grasse is not far from the sea, it is neither far from the mountains. Note this if you love hiking in the mountains like us.

The Parc de la Valmasque, a 20 minute drive from Grasse downtown. Many activities are available on site: go for a walk, have your kids learn about local insects from informative boards, fitness trail (1,4 km), trail riding/horse trekking (8 km trail) and a playground for the kids. In the video you’ll notice that it is possible to get lost in the woods.

The Etang de Fontmerle in the Parc de la Valmasque. A pond in the middle of a huge meadow. In the summer lotuses are in blossom. Kids will love feeding fishes, ducks and other birds.

The city of Nice where Yann went to university. Once again we are very lousy tourists, but we recommend a tour in the old city. Don’t forget to taste the famous ice creams of Fennochio on the Place Rossetti. In the video we were on the Colline du Château (Castle Hill). Have your kids run through the playground while you enjoy the panoramic view on the harbor from where boats leave for Corsica. On the way down on the other side of the hill enjoy the waterfall and the panoramic view of the old city, the Promenade des Anglais and the whole seaside.

Go to the beach, you are on the French Riviera after all.With our kids we went to Cannes in the evening, but there are lots of other better places. If you have one day to kill take the boat to the Îles de Lérins (Lérins Islands). We didn’t go there in 2014, but a day on the Île Sainte-Marguerite is one of our favorite trips.

Walk along the sea. In this video you have a glimpse of a tour round the lighthouse in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat.

In July 2014 Loïs was 2 and Daniel was 3 months old. 

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