french adventure

Photo by Jessica

Well pals, we’re finally going on a (little) multi centre trip in June this year and I am stoked. There’s so much we have planned during our 10 nights of dashing around France that I feel like writing it all down makes it seem a little less daunting. With it being the hub’s 30th Birthday this year, the trip will be all the more special celebrating the next decade of his life (cripes!) We’re also travelling with Mr C’s cousin and girlfriend too, so it’s going to be a LOL a minute, there’s no doubt! We have a Music festival, sightseeing in Paris, A day at Disneyland followed by a few nights relaxing on the French Riviera to cram in.

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We arrive in Paris on the first day, and before we make our way out to the suburbs of the city to our Air BnB, we want to leave our bags in a locker at Gare Du Nord Station and spend the afternoon sightseeing. We can’t check in till early evening so we thought it was a good idea to possibly check out the sights. Having only ever driven through Paris, or passed it on the train it will be dreamy to finally head to the top of the Eiffel Tower and grab those money shots. Maybe even hop on a River Seine cruise.

I’m trying to convince everyone to grab one of the world-famous Ladurée Hot Chocolates before we whizz back on the train to our apartment. I imagine once we get settled in to our home from home, we will do a quick Carrefour shop for beers and food before we head to Download Festival for the next two days.

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I’m super excited to be collaborating with Festicket with a couple of days at Download Festival. My husband is a major fan of rock music, so for his 30th Birthday we are going indulge in a bit of head banging. (I can already see you laughing at your computer screen!)

I’ll be honest, the line up at Leeds Festival is more “my scene”, but, I can’t wait to see Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne live on stage. It’s going to be one heck of an experience!

I may have been a bit naughty and bought a Longchamp backpack for the occasion as I’ll need a small enough bag to follow bag regulations at the festival, but one that can still fit my camera, some suntan lotion (‘cos lord knows, there needs to be sunshine at festival abroad!) phone and purse in. And, after all, it is a French brand so it would have been rude not to purchase it.

We’re about half an hour away from the festival on public transport so we need to factor in travelling around, getting from A to B, but I’m sure once we get there we will find our bearings!

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We needed to make sure we fit at least one night in the city of love. I’m a little bit excited about it too, as we get to stay at the Insta-worthy hotel, The Hoxton. 

As you can imagine, getting to spend some more time in Paris has my “Instagram-feed eyes” on. I want to sit in quaint little bars sipping beer, eating steak frites, watching the world go by and the ever-so-chic Parisians go about their daily business.

Getting to the top of the Sacré-Cœur for far-reaching views over the city is something I’ve wanted to do since watching “Monte Carlo” with Leighton Meester. (LOL, I know, so cool right?)

I would love to make sure we see the Eiffel Tower light up at night and I want to prance around the Galeries Lafayette pretending I can afford a designer handbag. A girl can dream right?

Then I can’t wait to head back to our hotel room at the Hoxton for a good nights sleep for an early start to head to Disneyland Paris the next morning.

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What trip is complete to Paris without a whistle-stop tour to Disneyland? I’ll be visiting for my 6th time and taking some new timers with me. We aren’t staying a Disney hotel, purely for the fact I wish I could wave £600 in their face for a 1 night stay and day pass to the parks, but alas, I’m a mere pauper and will stay at the Kyriad Hotel. We’ve already stayed there a few years ago, it’s simple yet it still has a bus to the parks – and for 90 euros a room, for 2 it doesn’t make my purse, gasp!

I’m definitely all about getting the thrill rides in. My favourite being Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain. I’m hoping I can brave the Aerosmith Rock n’ Rollercoaster this time! I’d love to end the night watching the parade and fireworks.

I just want to feel like a kid again, even if it is only for 12 hours.





For the last leg of our French Adventure, we are heading down the south coast of France (flying in to Nice) we have 4 nights here to relax (after a rather frantic the first half of the holiday.) We just want to relax.

This is the only destination that we’ve not booked any accommodation for yet. We have various ideas, we just don’t want to stay in the centre of Nice as we have already been there in a couple of years ago.

I’ve got my eye on a dreamy, seafront apartment in Menton but there’s also Antibbes and Eze on my hit list for french markets and cobbled streets.

Ideally we want a seaside spot where we can relax and chill out with a few french beers each day. I mean, how bliss does that sound?

If we do end up staying in Menton, it’s not too far from the Italian border so we could even spend a day in one of my favourite countries too. I’m probably going to be a little bit sad when we have to come home!


I’m super excited for our trip. Have you done a trip similar to this? I’d love to know what you did so we can get some cool ideas for when we are there!


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13 comments so far.
  • Oh wow, it sounds so amazing! We’ve just returned from a Paris city break and I already want to go back. It’s an incredible city! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    • Ooh you must tell me where we need to go and eat! Do you have any posts?
      Bee xxx

  • ahhhhhh SO much fun to be had. france is my favourite place in the whole entire world, i would LOVE to be doing what you’re doing!! plus GAWD feel ya pain about disneyland, when i lived in paris we used to go all the time and still couldnt quite fathom the price of the disney hotel…insane!! (and totally NOT magical!!)

    katie. xx

    • I am so excited to indulge in all my French fantasies haha! It’s so expensive isn’t it?
      Bee xxx

  • Ooh your trip sounds so much fun! I’m dying to visit the French Riviera and walk along cobbled streets and explore the amazing french food markets! Is it weird that I’m not overly fussed on Paris? I’d like to eventually visit one day, but Disneyland is definitely calling my name haha! I hope you have the best time and I can’t wait to read all about it!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • I can’t wait. We did Nice a couple of years ago, I’m ready to experience the little villages now, with more time to do it.
      Get yourself there, I mean our hotel at Disney was 90 euros for the night! and if you can get a cheap Eurostar or flight, it’s do-able on a budget 🙂
      Bee xxx

  • You’ve made me want to pack my bags and book a flight to France pronto. I lived in France for a while so it’s a place that’s close to my heart but I’ve never thought about doing a road trip style trip there.. amazing idea! I can’t wait to read about what you get up to!


  • Ohhh this is so exciting, I can’t wait for you guys to visit, you will have a wonderful time. I have always wanted to visit France and Paris and this makes me want to visit even more. x

  • Amy Eade

    Oh wow I can’t believe you’ve not really been to Paris before! I looove it and I’m definitely overdue a return trip haha. Can’t wait to follow along with your travels, if you don’t stay in Eze then definitely make sure you go, it’s stunning!
    Amy xx

  • Kel

    This sounds like an amazing, and very varied, trip! I love Paris, but would love to spend some time soaking up the French Riviera!
    We’re Disney-bound later this year and I absolutely can’t wait!

  • Jennifer Grimshaw

    Hi Bea, your trip sounds fabulous! Make sure you go to the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette, the view is brilliant and there’s a lovely bar too!! x

  • Sounds like an amazing trip! DLP will be amazing! I can’t believe what they get away with charging for their rooms, I swear it can be just as, if not MORE expensive to go to DLP than to Walt Disney World when you break it all down! Crazyness!

    Sarah 🙂

    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Frankie Bridger

    oh wow this sounds amazing, I’m so jealous!



I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.






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