The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.


At first glance the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera) might not seem like an obvious choice for a holiday destination for families with toddlers with its reputation for glitz and glamour, but look again, it really is.  I’m going to show you just how toddler-friendly this place isWe’ve lived here since our youngest was a toddler; I speak from personal experience.  Here are 28 things to do, activities and days out with toddlers on the Côte d'Azur, France.

holidays with toddlers on Côte dAzur

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I’ve travelled my whole life from babyhood onwards and have never let having my own kids stop my travel passion.  I’m not a theme park or all-inclusive resort type of person and luckily my husband JF shares my love of independent holidays where we make our own fun for the family.  We now have a 16 year old who’s visited 31 countries and has travelled at every age since his first trip abroad at 10 weeks.  His first 6 years were spent as an only child and then son N° 2 came along.  Having 2 kids didn’t stop us despite the added expense.  N° 2 is now 10 and has been to 26 countries, he even took some of his first steps at the Acropolis in Athens just after his first birthday, precious memories indeed!

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I want to show you that travel with toddlers is easy and can be about having fun and making lasting memories, rather than stress and great expense.

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There are times when you need to find an activity or something to do indoors, as a family or for a group of children, even on the Côte d’Azur.  Our climate is famed for its 300 days of sun a year but that still leaves another 65 or 66 when it could be wet.  And when it rains in the South of France it really rains! You need to get out of the house/hotel or holiday rental and do something, but what?

indoor activities on the French RivieraRead on, I’ve picked 10 fun things to do indoors on the French Riviera, all tested by my boys or trusted friends.  I’ve chosen a selection of activities to cater for all ages, from toddler to adult. For more information such as addresses and opening hours click on the links.

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Birthday parties in France - and what not to do

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I was drinking my coffee this morning in a reflective mood remembering this day 16 years ago when I hoped my first baby would be born; the date was 9.9.99 and I liked it as a birth date.  Baby had other ideas however and finally made it into the world a couple of hours into the 10th.  While ruminating on this momentous event and beginning to get all nostalgic I noticed a call out for posts about children's birthday parties around the world from a blogging group I belong to.  And so blogging inspiration struck and the nostalgia became constructive.

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Silent Sunday - 12 July 2015

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