Our Year of Travel in 2018

Paris

Last year I wrote a post all about our travel plans for 2018 and although we succeeded in travelling to the places we had already booked, plus a couple more, we didn’t manage to achieve any of the places on our wish list. This time last year we had planned holiday’s booked with Martinhal Resorts in Lisbon, Portugal, Camp Bestival and Christmas at Coombe Mill to look forward to, but this year we have booked nothing, mostly due to the fact that Hubby was threatened with redundancy at the end of the year and we only learned that he had… Continue Reading “Our Year of Travel in 2018”

Visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids

During our visit to La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco holidays in half term, we made the most of our week with visits to the City of Paris, Disneyland and Parc Asterix. After three days of theme parks, we decided to finish the week with a little more culture by visiting the Palace of Versailles. We weren’t keen on driving in Paris, but luckily the route to Versailles was fairly straight forward and avoided the city centre. The roads around Versailles themselves are very quaint and there is a handy carpark directly outside the palace, costing €16 per day. What we… Continue Reading “Visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids”

A half term visit to Paris

Arc De Triomphe

Back in September I decided to make myself a travel bucketlist of 50 places to visit as I creep towards the grand old age of 50. One of those locations was Paris and during our Al Fresco holiday to La Croix du Vieux Pont in half term, I finally got to visit the city that has been eluding me for years. Having driven from Caen to the campsite, we weren’t that confident about driving in Paris as even the outskirts were a little hair-raising, so we decided to book the coach tour that they offer, which drops you at the Palais… Continue Reading “A half term visit to Paris”

Staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco Holidays

Kayaking

Over October half term we headed to France with Al Fresco Holidays to their fabulous park La Croix du Vieux Pont, which is the perfect base for day trips to Paris and Disneyland. We opted for their package holiday option, which included ferry travel with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen. I have to admit, there was a certain amount of trepidation for the ferry journey, as our last one back in 2016 was a real baptism of fire as the weather was terrible. Thankfully we took our own advice on preparing for a ferry trip with kids and were ready… Continue Reading “Staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco Holidays”

La Cinéscénie at Puy Du Fou – Review

La Cinéscénie

Puy du Fou is like no attraction I have even witnessed and, if I am honest, I am still struggling to put into words how awesome it is. The shows are literally ‘out of this world’ and will have you questioning yourself about how they pull off some of their amazing stunts and tricks. There was not one show that didn’t impress me and I loved them all, but throughout our visit we were told “Just wait for La Cinéscénie“. La Cinéscénie costs an extra €27 on top of park admission, although you can get this discounted if you buy it… Continue Reading “La Cinéscénie at Puy Du Fou – Review”

France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou

Last weekend I travelled to Nantes, France with Britmums on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses. Puy du Fou is France’s best kept secret despite being their second largest theme park, attracting over 2.26m visitors a year. Calling Puy du Fou (pronounced “pwee de foo”) a theme park is actually doing the park a disservice as it is so much more. There are no rides and no tacky merchandise, just pure entertainment in the form of spectacular daytime and evening shows and four period villages. When walking through these villages, you feel like you have… Continue Reading “France’s Best Kept Secret – Puy du Fou”

Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou

The Îles de Clovis

When Britmums invited me on a press trip to a little known theme park called Puy Du Fou in Les Epesses, France I was intrigued. Labelled as a theme park and rated as the best in the world, I am still struggling to find the perfect words to describe it, other than “WOW!!”. What Puy Du Fou (pronounced Pwee de Foo) does offer is spectacular, immersive and awe-inspiring shows, rather than rides, that get your heart soaring and spark your emotions and the fun begins as soon as you step into one of their unusual hotels, which promise to send you… Continue Reading “Staying at Les Iles de Clovis at Puy Du Fou”

Top 10 Tips for Saving Money when Booking a Holiday to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

It is that time of the year where we are in limbo between Christmas and New Year and my thoughts have turned to booking a holiday for 2017. The kids are all desperate to go to Disney as our last visit was 4 years ago. Unfortunately, Florida is out of our reach but I have been busy researching the best deals for visiting Disneyland Paris. Finding a bargain can be a challenge, but I have I do have some hints and tips for you: 1. Book Direct Booking directly through Disneyland Paris is the cheapest way I have found to book… Continue Reading “Top 10 Tips for Saving Money when Booking a Holiday to Disneyland Paris”

Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane

Condor Ferry

Back in February we made the journey from Poole to St Malo in France for half term. It was a holiday we thoroughly enjoyed, although surviving a ferry journey with kids in bad weather was a steep learning curve. Taking the ferry is far less hassle than travelling by air, as you avoid long queues to check-in, excess baggage charges and a 2 hour wait for your flight to even board. Taking a ferry means you have to be at the terminal an hour before you need to board and can arrive closer to your final destination by choosing the closest… Continue Reading “Travelling to France: Ferry vs Plane”