I’m thinking about going back to France sometime soon, perhaps next year? Would love to hit up Paris again and take the children to Disneyland Paris. I might start booking soon for summer in one of the most romantic countries in the world. I have been before, but I’d quite like to experience it all again, particularly now my kids are a little older. I know there is one place there that they would love to go. For those of you who haven’t been, you can divide French holidays between a trip to the North and a Trip to the South. Which direction you head will depend on the type of Holiday you are looking for. Here’s your guide to both.
The South of France
If you’re taking a vacation in the South of France, make sure you do it right. I imagine if you are heading to the south you are looking for a peaceful getaway in a romantic and beautiful location. Am I right? Well then, you need to start by booking your accommodation and take my advice. Don’t bother looking at hotels because that will make your trip pointless. There are some incredible luxury resorts in the South of France that you can book right now. Rent out a private villa and you will understand how the rich and famous feel. You will have your own private pool perhaps even a tennis court and, if you are lucky, a stunning ocean view. Book for a couple of weeks at least and then look forward to one of the most relaxing experiences you will have in your life.
That is not to say there isn’t things to do. There are some gorgeous beaches for you to visit, and you should make sure you check out some of the local wine vineyards. Again, take my advice and hire a car because you will need it to get to some very remote locations. You might also want to look into a bike hire service. After all, you don’t want to spend your whole holiday driving around if you can cycle and take in the scenery the way it’s meant to be seen.
I think the final part of a holiday in the south of France is experiencing the food and the culture. You will find little bakeries and butchers, and if you like, you can spend the whole time dining on bread, cheese and fresh meat. We went to France a lot when I was growing up and I have such fond memories of it.
The North Of France
On the other hand, if you are journeying to the North, you must book a hotel in Paris and experience the city of love. Be sure to wander the streets at night and don’t forget all the sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. You might want to learn a few phrases before you go because the locals will expect you to know at least a little French. Don’t expect them to talk to you in English, chances are they won’t. It is rather like London – locals getting a bit sick of tourists.
And of course, if you are looking for a place to take the kids, Disneyland is only a short train ride away. It’s not as big as its American sibling of course, but the park is still worth a day trip for the little ones. I hope I have convinced you to take a trip to France next summer. I’ve already got another tab open to book mine!
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Ooo so many fabulous sites to see – how can you choose which direction to go?! I went to Paris when I was 21 & loved it! Such a beautiful, magical city. x
Thanks Becky x
I too want to go! We went right before we had the twins and we loved it. The cheese, the wine, the bread, the weather and the scenery! Yours looked stunning xx
I would add the Alps, either in skiing season or in summer. We’ve done the French Alps twice in summer now and I’d thoroughly recommend it (although it helps if your kids like to walk a bit). Great scenery, good food, plenty to do and the weather is often just right too.
We just did the Disney and Paris stop before heading to Italy, we went mid June, perfectly times as we walked onto rides at Disney and experienced no lines at the Eiffel Tower, it was absolute perfection! Stunning city, and that fresh cheese and bread made for the perfect picnics!