Hello Again!

....after almost three blissful weeks in the beautiful south of France
I am back refreshed, relaxed and invigorated....
.....hello again :)

....our destination, Villefranche-sur-Mer....this is the old town where we stayed and this was our daily view from the beach....just look that beautiful clear water!

....our little street....

....I lost the job of "bread girl" pretty quickly to my daughter!

....Cap Ferrat as seen from Eze-sur-Mer....Villefranche is the other side of the bay....

....a boy and his boat....happy days....

....the famous Monte Carlo casino....and on the right the beautiful Hotel de Paris....

....Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Cap Ferrat....

(if you ever visit this part of France, you must visit this Villa, it is gorgeous!)

....we love this part of France.....the Cote d'Azur, the French Riviera....and have spent many summers there....it's our happy place....

There are the crowds, huge hotels and vast beaches of Cannes and Nice....and the glitz and glamour of Monaco....but there are also have the beautiful ports, private bays and raw landscapes of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, Cap d'Ail and Eze....quiet, simple, stunning and oh, so French....

....we always spend a lot of time on the beach....just playing, swimming in the crystal clear waters, relaxing, reading (in the first 10 days I read 7 books!)....and eating delicious ice cream....

....we went on some wonderful walks, cruised on a boat along the coast and sailed into the harbour in Monaco, visited Monaco in the evening for two fantastic firework displays, cooked seafood fresh from the port and ate the most delicious food every day, went to Italy, visited the nearby Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most beautiful homes in the world with definitely the best views....

....it's a great location....so many other fabulous places nearby to visit....

....Eze-sur-Mer....reached by windy roads (and some nerve-wracking hairpin bends) on a small bus....the best views of the Mediterranean by far, just breathtaking....

Cap Ferrat....this has a simplicity that belies the fact that it is home to many of the rich, famous and titled....gorgeous secluded villas hidden behind wrought iron gates....and home to just one main cafe that serves wonderful sandwiches and ice cream desserts to die for....

Monaco....a really fun place to visit.....its harbour hosts some of the most fabulous multi-million pound super-yachts in the world.....it houses some amazing apartment blocks (many of which are barely lived in but just for tax purposes only, the actual population is pretty small)....the Monte Carlo Casino is a must-see as is the stunning Hotel de Paris.....and the views from the Royal Palace are excellent....I love to visit for the day, enjoy its energy and then return to my quiet beach!

Italy....only 35 mins away on a very picturesque train ride.....we went just for the morning and visited the fabulous food market there.....

the best parts of my holiday....

....my daughter going to the bakery every day and listening to her happily making friends on the beach....all in French
....sailing along the coast to Monaco....
....pizza and champagne on the beach on our last night....
.....reading to my heart's content....
....seeing my 4 year old son's swimming improve so much....
....the Spanish firework display in Monte Carlo....best display ever....

I have to say a huge thank you to my guest-bloggers....Nikki at BellaMumma, Dustjacket Attic, Mimi Charmante, Trish, Liz, Marsha Splenderosa, Melissa, ....I absolutely loved reading your posts, thank you so much for all agreeing to write something for me....they were all brilliant....thank you too for your kind words...you girls are wonderful!

The winner of Marsha's beautiful necklace is Loui from Mountain Mermaid....congratulations to you....please email me :)

I did miss writing on my blog every day....it's good to be back :)


  1. Simone,
    These beautiful pictures remind me so much of our honeymoon. I remember you saying you went there every summer... oh my gosh, its so beautiful. I would love to stay there for an extended amount of time. It is so incredible that your daughter made friends speaking an entirely different language, your son's swimming improved, and pizza & champagne on the beach... beautiful. SO glad it was relaxing and amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Welcome back! I love your photos! I was in the south of France earlier this month so everything is still vivid in my mind - I can smell those baguettes! Hope you stuffed yourselves with pains au chocolat as well :-)

  3. What a wonderful vaca. Oh to read to my hearts content...sigh...;) Welcome Back!


  4. Welcome home! Sounds like a fab-u-lous holiday. I'm sure you're recharged and ready for blogging after all that RnR.

  5. Hi - I know we have said 'hello' already but hello again. Your holidays sound just wonderful - I am so envious as I have the worst post-holiday blues ever. That chilled out family time is just worth so much and don't you think three weeks is THE answer? Love it. Want to go again. We must chat Florida! Always on the lookout for the perfect destination. Have missed you. And by the way - did anyone ever say that your daughter is a spit of Lourdres - as in the daughter of Madonna? It's those italian brows. She is a beauty for sure. Lou x

  6. Hello again...you have been missed, but loved your wonderful guest bloggers too!! Your vacation sounds like a dream! Alex and I are talking about Spain & Italy next summer, but I definitely want to fit in the South of France, so I may be picking your brain at some point! Glad you had a nice relaxing holiday with your family!! xxoo :)

  7. Sounded like an enchanting holiday!!! Reading this brings back memories from mine! I love this part of France! Lovely photos and it's good to have you back! :)

  8. Welcome back! Beautiful pictures. This is where we took our honeymoon, and I am so dying to return! (We stayed in Eze for a week before heading south a bit to Cassis, but we explored the whole region. Breathtaking.) Thanks for taking me back!

  9. 7 books in 10 days! Now there's wonderful... Sounds like you had a most wonderful holiday. Welcome back!

  10. Looks and sounds like a fabulous family vacation. Makes me want to go there next summer for a visit. Let's see if I can make that one work out.
    Welcome back.

  11. Although I loved your guest posters ~ I did miss you terribly! I am so glad that you are back. These pictures are fabulous Simone ~ along with all you did ~ what an amazing vacation. 7 books in 10 days ~ wow, wow, wow! I finished The Help and enjoyed it very much ~ it is now making the rounds with the girls at work and I also heard that they are going to make it into a movie ~ will have to put that on my must see list. Happy Monday my dear friend and I will talk to you soon. xo

  12. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Welcome home!

  13. Welcome back, glad to hear you had delicious holiday!

  14. Simone welcome back! how gorgeous!! Seems lie you had such an amazing time!!! xxx

  15. welcome back. such stunning photos. if i visited the south of france, i would never want to leave. i have only been to Paris and northern france. we did drive to italy and the entire trip remains one of my fondest memories. thanks for sharing and take care.

  16. Hello Simone - Thank you for your comment and WOW your holiday looks really amazing... so glamorous, yet peaceful too. Any books to recommend? What bliss to read a book a day. I've been enjoying your blog very much and love all the gorgeous photos - uplifting stuff!
    all best wishes, Sarahx

  17. Hi Simone.... welcome back! It's good to have you home again. Your holiday destination looks absolutely divine - we're looking for a new place to go next year so I will be leaving this screen open for Other Half to see! Loved your photo's... gorgeous! xxx

  18. Oh... this is lovely. Thanks for letting me dream a little.

  19. Hi Simone!

    I am so jealous I cannot see straight... what a fabulous and simply gorgeous trip!!

    Welcome back...
    xo Laura

  20. Hello,dear Simone:-)*
    You are back,great news!
    What an amazing place of you vacation time...
    SOooooooo incredibly nice!!!
    I can imagine how much you enjoy there with you familie!
    It likes fabulous dream vacation:-)))*


  21. Welcome back Simone...what a wonderful holiday. You lived it well!
    Beautiful photos and I love your descriptions.

    Jeanne xx

  22. Oh i sooo loved seeing these pics! We were just in Villefranche in May, and made it to Nice and Eze . . . LOVED it!!! What amazing places to visit. next time I want to visit longer:-)

  23. P.S I just grabbed your cute button! ;-)

  24. Welcome home Simone. So fun to see your beautiful photos and read about your holiday. My husband was asked last week if he wanted his CV submitted for a job in Monaco. It took 30 seconds to decide. Although it's a shot in the dark, it's always good to dream. So happy you all had a marvelous time.

    Cheers x Deborah

  25. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!!! Sigh...I missed you!!!! I kept checking back each day in hopes of seeing a post from you...sooo WELCOME BACK!!!!
    I'm so glad you had a lovely time, and you MUST share what books you read and which ones you would recommend!!
    PS-I just posted our engagement photos and they are fabulous :)

  26. Oh I'm dreaming...I was there 2 years ago and wished I would have spent much more time there, thank you for letting me see it again

  27. Thanks for the beautiful images

  28. Welcome back Simone! I did miss you too....I know those places, I've been to Villefranche and visited the nearby more than once. Awesome time! I can easily believe you enjoyed and loved them so much! Did you meet Bono in Eze by any chance? ;))

  29. You make me dream today!!
    How i love this tryp!!
    greetings from Spain

  30. wow, looks gorgeous, am uber-envious, a week in Edinburgh does not a holiday make!!

  31. welcome back Simone! it looks like you had an awesome vacation! love the photo of your 'bread girl' daughter. can I be a bread girl there too? xo

  32. Hello beautiful! We certainly missed YOU. What a wonderful vacation for your family. These are the things one never forgets. I, too, think the Villa Ephrussi de Rothchild is one of the most splendid places on Earth. Well, of course, it is...it's the Rothcild's. Those gardens will stay in my memory as long as I live. I'm just so happy for you. M.

  33. I did missed you a lot! Welcome back, love, Monica

  34. Oh I missed you too, I did love the little comment whilst you were away though :) Thank you.

    I have fallen in love with your holiday spot, you must have the most delightful memories especially with the children. I'm so happy for you.

    xoxoxo DJ

  35. Oh wow, it sounds heavenly. I'm off to Monaco for the yacht show later this month & look forward to being blown away by crazily huge & opulent boats. I hope also to do some of the other things you did - pizza and champagne on the beach sounds wonderful & rather romantic xx

  36. Welcome back. The pictures are lovely. I hope to visit France someday. I can't believe you read so many books. My kids wouldn't leave me alone long enough to read that many. I am on my 2nd book this week though. That's almost unheard of.

  37. Dearest Simone ~

    So lovely to see that you are back! You were missed, but I must say, if I had to choose between blogging and Villefranche, I know what my choice would be (an easy one by far!).

    We are still visiting family and return home next week. I'm ready! Beyond ready to ease back into the familiar routines and wake up in my own bed.

    Lots of catching up to do....



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