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.


A random act of kindness

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There is almost nothing better as a blogger than getting unexpected and random appreciative feedback in the form of emails from unknown readers.  We all love comments and social media shares, in fact we rely on them to help get the blog post seen, but when someone who has never manifested themselves before gets in touch to thank you for something you've written, well that just warms your heart. 

St Paul de Vence Côte dAzur France

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10 most popular posts of 2015

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It's that time of year again when I look back and see which posts got seen and which ones didn't.  I do it mainly for myself as I love lists and statistics though I hope my readers enjoy it too.  I make this list from viewing figures which means that posts written earlier in the year have an obvious advantage simply by being around for longer, but I was delighted to find the post in fourth position was written just over 3 months ago.  

Top 10 posts of 2015 Lou Messugo blog

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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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Versatile Blogger

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Pondering on dates and anniversaries recently over on my Facebook page for Lou Messugo I realised I'd been running the gîte for 5 years.  Which got me thinking that April has another anniversary - my blogiversary.  Three days ago, on the 18th April this blog turned 3!  I still feel like a new blogger but I guess at 3 I'm now quite mature.  I may not be as prolific as some established blogs that I enjoy but I try to be consistent and so far have not had a long period without writing in that time.  Long may it last!

Over the last year I've branched out and now cover a greater variety of topics including travel out of France, expat tales, personal history and multiculturalism.  So how delighted was I to be nominated for the "Versatile Blogger" award from Ersatz Expat?  Yes, you got it, very!  Apparently I'm versatile, and I'm happy with that.


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Grow your Blog - blog hop party!

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Last year I participated in the biggest blog hop I've ever come across with over 400 participants and it was such a success that I'm doing it again. It's called Grow Your Blog and it's open to all genres of blog, from all over the world, simply to get to know each other, support and follow each other's blogs. Regular readers of my blog, you too may find some interesting new blogs to follow.

Lycée Masséna Nice

If you are visiting for the first time, hello and welcome. Here's a little bit about me to start you off. I live in the south of France with my husband JF and our two boys, where I run a vacation rental called "Lou Messugo" (hence the blog's name). My name is Phoebe (not Lou!) and I'm a British and Australian passport holder though I don't really « come » from anywhere in particular. I've been an expat since birth and have lived all around the world. JF is French and our children are tri-cultural and bilingual. This muticulturalism is an important and vital part of our family and naturally influences my interests and choices in life. If you'd like to know more about me click through to my About Me section here...

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