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Cycling along the seafront, along the splendid Promenade des Anglais in Nice, looking out across the dazzling azure sea, is one of our favourite family activities.  No longer do we have to faff around fixing the bike rack to the car to load up our own bikes, we simply rent a vélo bleu.  Vélo bleu, quite literally blue bike, is the name given to the city’s public bike share scheme, along the lines of Velib’ in Paris and “Boris bikes” in London.  While they may technically be Nice’s bikes, the network extends as far as St Laurent du Var and Cagnes sur Mer, which makes it even more convenient for us to use as we don’t have to drive into Nice to start our bike ride.  Here's a map which shows all the bike stands.

vélo bleu bike share Nice Côte dAzur

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Free family fun in Nice

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I've recently had the pleasure of writing a guest post for one of my favourite travel blogs, The World is a Book all about free things to do in Nice with children as part of a series of free things to do in cities all over the world.
views from Castle Hill Nice

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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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