Travel: Fabulous France

travelWhen I think back to all the holidays we had when our son was younger, France featured very heavily. Whether it was a busy city break or a relaxing camping trip, France was the perfect destination for a family holiday. I have great memories of playing on the beach with a toddler in Dinan, Brittany, then years later exploring the prehistoric cave art with a teenager in the Dordogne

Getting there

Being so close to the UK, France is a popular choice for British families. But what’s the best way to get there and what do you need to be aware of if you’re driving? Here are some helpful suggestions.

How to do a Brittany Ferries crossing in luxury – Taking 5

Driving to France – Mini Travellers

Brittany and Normandy

There are a number of fabulous holiday destinations within easy reach of your channel crossing. Beautiful beaches and an abundance of picturesque towns await you in Brittany and Normandy.

 

Photo credit: Pigeon Pair & Me

Finistère, Brittany: a great destination for families?Pigeon Pair and me.

City breaks with kids: HonfleurSuitcases and Sandcastles

Burgundy

Burgundy was a big hit with a number of travel bloggers last year. Discover the hidden delights of this part of France by taking the scenic routes.

Photo credit: Extraordinary Chaos

Things to do in the Burgundy backroadsExtraordinary Chaos

Taking the Burgundy backroads: Magical castlesMy Travel Monkey

La Montagne aux Alouettes farmhouseFive Adventurers

Camping

Camping in France is a very popular holiday choice. Most campsites have fantastic facilities with pools, playgrounds plus kids clubs for children of all ages. Here is a review of a campsite just outside Paris and, if you’re after something a little different, check out all the possibilities on this site in the Loire Valley.

Eurocamp La Croix du Vieux Pont campsite, ParisIckle Pickle’s Life and Travels 

Exploring the Loire Valley: Alternative accommodation – Tired Mummy of Two

Summer fun

If you want some inspiration for a summer break, there are some exotic destinations in France which might trick you into thinking you’re in the Caribbean. The French Riviera has some superb hot-spots and there are hidden delights on the south-west coast. Even areas more noted for their winter activities will surprise you with some summer fun. 

Finding exotic destinations in France – Dais Like These

French Riviera for family funWay Too Much Luggage

Le Petit Train Marseille with kidsTin Box Traveller

Secret delights of Moliets, France, with Madame Vacances – Jenography

10 summer activities in Morzine – Globetotting.com

Fancy a tipple?

Of course one of the good things about France is its reputation for fine wines. Find out more about the capital of Champagne, Epernay, and what you can expect from a champagne tour at the House of Krug. The new Bordeaux wine museum looks like an amazing place to visit, even before you’ve had a little taste. And if you’re not keen on wine, maybe dairy products are more to your liking? In that case, a trip to Lactopôle is recommended. 

A taste of champagne in EpernayWander Mum

Private tour and tasting at the House of KrugLike Love Do

Bordeaux wine museum: La Cité du vinUntold Morsels

Lactopôle: La Cité du lait – Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

A dash of Disney

I have fond memories of two trips to Disneyland Paris when my son was very young. I think we spent most of the time on the Small World ride and that tune was stuck in my head for weeks afterwards. If your children love Disney princesses and want to meet them in style, this extra special treat is worth considering. 

Lunch with the Princesses ADC Disneyland Paris – Twinderelmo

Plus tips for making the most of your visitWhere Jo Goes

Winter adventures

Naturally, when the snow appears, skiing is on the agenda. But there are so many other activities to try and, if you want a rest from all the schussing, allow some four-legged friends to take the strain. 

ESF ski lesson on the slopes at La Rosiere. Photo credit: Family Adventure Project

Our week away with SnowbizzThe Mummy Adventure

Snow & ice, action & adventure in sunny La Rosiere – The Family Adventure Project

Dog-sledding in Alpe d’Huez Mums Do Travel 

A Nice treat

Finally, a travel round-up treat for you. Phoebe, BritMums member and travel blogger, has a beautiful family-friendly gîte near Nice on the Côte d’Azur. She is offering a 10% discount for readers if they quote BRITMUMS when booking. If you would like to know more about her self-catering accommodation, this post is a great place to start:

Reasons to book a self-catering gîte holiday at Lou Messugo – Lou Messugo

Next month there is no theme as such so please let me know if you have any recent travel posts, at home or abroad, you would like to share. You can contact me via Twitter @mumsgoneto or via my blog, Mum’s Gone To…

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About Trish Burgess

Trish Burgess started her blog ‘Mum’s Gone To…’ with a series of posts called ‘Mum’s Gone To Iceland’ where she was extremely ill on a whale-watching trip and thought she would die snow-mobiling on a glacier. Thankfully she survived and continued with less scary family trips: ‘Mum’s Gone To…Canada, Cyprus, Barcelona, Berlin etc. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne she now lives in South Lincolnshire and travels with her husband and occasionally with her son, who is now at university. Trish can be found on Twitter at @mumsgoneto

5 Comments

  1. 06 February 2017 / 16:05

    We are off to Disneyland Paris at the end of the month with the children. I’ll be sure to check out the posts linked

  2. 06 February 2017 / 16:22

    Fab listing, also check out Familytripfinder.com for some great family-friendly accommodations in France.

  3. 06 February 2017 / 23:02

    Thank you for including my Champagne post Trish. Looking forward to reading and getting inspired for some more France road trips!

  4. 07 February 2017 / 11:55

    Thanks for including my special offer at Lou Messugo.

  5. 07 February 2017 / 15:08

    Thanks for the shout out for my wine museum post Trish. So much inspiration here for more trips across the channel