Why you can never say no to a holiday in Spain!

Viva Espana

L’Homme and I love going away with the kids. We have done a fair share of UK holidays and quite a few in France too obviously (where I am from). This year, I craved sunshine and I was desperate to return to Spain.

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Welcome to Ile de Re, the cycling dream/Bienvenue a l’Ile de Re, entre nature, mer et vélo

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🇬🇧 As lots of you know I was born and bred in Paris and I have spent a fair amount of holidays in France especially as my parents were brilliant at taking us to new areas for ‘discovery’ holidays.
It was half term at school and l’Homme still had a few days he could take off.
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Welcome to Ile de Re, the cycling dream/Bienvenue a l'Ile de Re, entre nature, mer et vélo

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🇬🇧 As lots of you know I was born and bred in Paris and I have spent a fair amount of holidays in France especially as my parents were brilliant at taking us to new areas for ‘discovery’ holidays.
It was half term at school and l’Homme still had a few days he could take off.
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Italy part 2 – Umbrian highlights/Temps forts en Ombre

🇬🇧 Ciao a tutti, our holiday in Umbria earlier this month went too fast!

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Highlights of our time in Italy – and in no particular order;)  – include:

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Italy part 1 – A trip to the Umbrian hills/Un voyage dans les collines d’Ombrie

🇬🇧 Last August we all received from my Mother in law an invitation to a big family get together to celebrate 2 special family dates. My parents in law decided to hire a big villa (they have 6 kids (+ partners) and 11 grandchildren!) to welcome everyone for the reunion in a spot nobody had visited before and they chose the medieval village of San Gemini in the Umbrian hills. I was so chuffed to visit Italy again, it had been too long since we last went to that beautiful country. Umbria is situated 1h30 north of Rome and is not yet as popular or touristy as Tuscany can be.

🇫🇷 En aout dernier nous recevions une invitation de ma belle-mere pour une grande reunion de famille en Italie afin de marquer le coup de 2 anniversaires pas comme les autres. Avec une belle famille pour le moins internationale (Canada, France, Belgique, UK, Australie, Russie…) ca n’était pas rien de tous nous retrouver mais les 5 frères et soeurs de mon mari, leurs conjoints et les 11 enfants et bien sur mes beaux-parents ont tous fait le chemin vers les collines verdoyantes de Ombrie pour festoyer ensemble. L’Ombrie se trouve au Nord de Rome et n’est pas aussi populaire ni touristique que la Toscane. J’étais ravie de retourner en Italie, ca faisait un tel bail que je n’avais pas visité ce beau pays.

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Jaf in the box on a break…

Hi all! This week there won’t be a proper blog post. We are in Italy with my husband’s family  (his parents + 5sibblings + all the children!!!!! ) having a big family reunion and I feel this is just precious time we should just enjoy. I’ll be back for more stories and pics so stay tuned! In the meantime feel free to follow me on Instagram (Jaf_in_the_box) for nice photos of our Italian break.

Greetings from Italy! 🇮🇹😘

Italy, Fiat 500, Stripes, striped dress, uniqlo, tom's shoes
Super cute stripey dress from Uniqlo for the bargain price of £9.99 (limited edition offer) and navy Tom’s shoes (so confy…I will wear them to the ground!!😉)