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.

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The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur as it’s called in French, is famous (and possibly infamous) for its beaches.  There are an enormous variety in the approximately 125 kilometres of coastline between Menton and St Tropez, from pebbles to fine white sand, from long open stretches to small rocky coves, from urban built-up beaches to wild secluded ones, and just about everything in between. 

Pointe de Laiguille Théoule sur Mer

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You don't have to be a foodie to have heard of Peach Melba, possibly one of the most famous desserts in the world, so it was to the home of the inventor of this delicious dish that I recently went for my weekly museum visit.  The Musée Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire is the childhood home of Auguste Escoffier (seen on the left in the photo below), the inventor of the Pêche Melba, the father of modern French cuisine and one of the most influential chefs of all time. And it just happens to be 10 minutes down the road from Lou Messugo.

Escoffier museum culinary arts in Villeneuve Loubet French Riviera

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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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Villeneuve-Loubet beach, east of Marina Baie des Anges, is our closest stretch of coast and we're rather fond of it.  It's where we pop out to for a quick evening dip, or where we meet friends for an evening picnic/apéro.  It's really not on the "chic" Côte d'Azur radar which means we've never failed to find parking even in the middle of the day in August!  

best beaches on French Riviera Villeneuve Loubet

Villeneuve-Loubet beach is, like all beaches east of Antibes, pebbly, but there's a small area of imported sand at the section called Rosy Beach (opposite the restaurant of the same name).  In the area between Marina Baie des Anges and Rosy Beach you'll find a beach volley pitch (free and often available, and sand obviously!) several fixed palm-frond parasols (you have to be early to get one), trampolines, a friendly and reasonably priced yacht club, a place to hire jet skis and go para-sailing/banana/biscuiting etc, a couple of snack bars, a couple of restaurants and some picturesque fishermen's cottages, all conveniently joined by a boardwalk.

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