Our French Christmas: Decorations


Christmas cards may not be a tradition in France (there’s hardly any in the shops), but they are big on Christmas decorations! Every town seems to be very proud of it’s Christmas lights display and does so tastefully with lots of fairy lights, stars and Joyeuse Fête signs over the high street. Even our little road on the edge of town has an adorned lamppost with blue lights like waves (when on the Cote d’Azur!). Read more

Eagle’s nest views & lavender ice cream

View from La Taverne Provencale, Gourdon

To celebrate our one year Anniversary in France we chose a special place for a family lunch with spectacular views of the Cote d’Azur. Known as “The Eagle’s Nest”, the village of Gourdon sits at the top of a cliff and from there you can see over the valley and the River Loup, to Nice and across to Theoule – a long way!

Gourdon is in the mountains, 31 km from Cannes and 14 km from Grasse – to get there you have to drive up a winding road with a sheer drop next to it, which I admit made me a little scared (in comparison to my Petit Garçon who found it fun)…however, the of promise of lavender ice cream made it worth it!

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A year in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

First paddle in the Med, Cannes, Sept 2015

“That’s crazy!” was the response from some friends and family when we told them we were moving to France. We heard “amazing” and “brave” too. One year later (today in fact) I have to agree…that what we have done is really amazing, we’ve had to be brave, AND there are days when it all feels a bit crazy!

Last summer over the period of a few months we left our jobs in the UK (initiated by me receiving voluntary redundancy), packed up or sold our stuff, said our sad goodbyes, and followed our dream to live in the South of France, with our then nearly three year old son.

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