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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!

travelling toddler

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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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

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"Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes the unique voices of women bloggers around the world."

I've been nominated by the wonderful Corinne of Reflections Enroute for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.  I'm always chuffed to be chosen for this sort of blogging recognition but not least when it comes from one of my favourite travel bloggers.  One of the best things about blogging, I think you'll find any blogger will say, is the friendships you make online and I've loved getting to know Corinne over the last couple of years.  There's a "small world" anecdote here; Corinne lives in a small town in Bavaria which no one's ever really heard of except that as a teenager I used to go there for R&R breaks from Prague where I was living!  Prague was very much behind the Iron Curtain at the time and when we needed to get out to indulge in a little Western decadence and particularly retail therapy it was to this little town we went, 35 years ago!  A fun little coincidence in this big wide world.  

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What is Grenadine?

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Grenadine is a fruit syrup quintessential to French childhood.  That's it in a nutshell!  Though perhaps I could go into just a little more detail....

French grenadine bottles

Grenadine is a syrup used to make drinks (cordial or squash for children, certain cocktails for adults). The word "grenadine" comes from the French word for pomegranate "grenade" but while the syrup might have been made originally with pomegranates I couldn't find a single make that still includes this exotic fruit. Nowadays grenadine is made up of a mix of red berry fruits such as raspberry, red currant, elderberry, black currant and strawberry, with a hint of vanilla.  And unfortunately plenty of sugar.

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