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Postcards from a French Road Trip

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Anyone who’s been following this blog for a while will know that we enjoy a good old road trip in our family and go on a long one almost every summer.  A few years ago, before I started writing and documenting our travels, we took a particularly scenic trip across France driving cross-country from home in the South-East across to Brittany in the far West, passing through the pretty volcanic region of Auvergne and the famous Loire valley on the way, and the gorgeous little island of Ré and magnificent walled city of Carcassonne on the way back.  This road trip, our Tour de France, took two weeks and covered about 2800 km.

road trip France

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What to do in Paris with teenagers

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Insider Inspiration for visiting Paris with Teenagers by Paris Teens 

Inspired by a blogging friend asking for tips on what to do in Paris with teenagers I took the brief seriously and got to work asking all the teens I know in Paris for ideas.  You see we used to live there, in the city that’s “always a good idea” to quote Audrey Hepburn; we lived in Paris for 10 years but we lived there as young newly weds, as young new parents and through until our first born, now a teenager, and referred to in this blog as the Teen, was 7.  Our personal experience of Paris for littlies is extensive but Paris with teens is limited.  However, having lived there for so many years we have plenty of friends with similar aged kids as ours and know a great many Parisian teens.

Paris roofs Eiffel Tower

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Sunday Photo - Paris scene

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Paris street scene

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A review of our year of travel

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2016 has been a year full of travel for me and my family; looking back now I realise we've been away every school holiday and even managed some weekend breaks in between.  It's involved all sorts of different configurations including solo trips for three out of four of us, a child-free break with my parents, a full-on child-centered school trip to Barcelona for me and 55 kids (of whom one was my own), a boys' weekend and several family holidays.  We've flown long haul for the first time in a very long time, taken another of our beloved European road trips, camped, rented a luxury penthouse apartment, stayed in a youth hostel, stayed in an ecolodge and a bamboo shack on stilts over water.  We've stayed in the dodgiest Airbnb room I've come across yet and some very ordinary hotels, but we've also blissed out in a 5 star spa resort and been hosted in style by old friends. We've explored new countries, new regions of France and old haunts.  From a travel point of view it's been an amazing year.  It's going to be hard to live up to in 2017!

family travel

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Right at the beginning of our Iberian Peninsula summer road trip, while staying in Donostia San Sebastian in Spain, we popped back for a day to France, thanks to JF’s addiction to the weekly newspaper Le Canard Enchainé.  This satirical journal is published every Wednesday and seeing as we were only minutes from France, we decided to visit Biarritz and the nearby beaches on the Wednesday rather than any other random day, so he could get his weekly fix of French satire. Somehow it seemed odd to head back to France having only been in Spain for 3 days but some would say we weren’t in either Spain or France at all but in the Basque country.  This region, called Euskal Herria in the Basque language straddles the Western Pyrenees and covers parts of both Spain and France.  The people, language, traditions and culture are bound together historically, with Basque nationalism stronger in parts than others, but for all intents and purposes (in this case, the need to buy a French newspaper) we definitely felt we were going back to France!

beach tents in Biarritz

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