the sea in Cannes, France

So we’ve been in Cannes for the last week after a blissful 6 days in Avignon where we’re returning on Thursday-and it must be said, holidaying by the coast with my kids is totally different to my usual champagne-fuelled film festival shenanigans (naturally)- but it’s been just as awesome (despite the constant urge to get booty shaking by night)!

Spending many a summer in the South of France as a child, I literally couldn’t wait to bring my own offspring here, and each year at the fest, I’d get all misty-eyed as I passed little ones bobbing up and down on the carousels on my way to a movie premiere-making this holiday a dream for me.

You see, because I’m always at the festival in April, the husband and I always choose somewhere else for our summer holiday and that my friends, in retrospect has been all kinds of silly, because Cannes is such a babe, it’s worth a bi-annual visit every year for sure.

And while I’m all for travelling the world and hope to hop around the globe to as many countries as possible en famille, Cannes will always have a special place in my heart…it’s somewhere I’ve made memories since I was a baby and now my kids are!

child holding a large cookie

Cookies the size of your head are everything!

children eating food in a restaurant in Cannes

Now on to the meat (or beef carpaccio!) of my post… After sharing my piece on the things I’ve learnt on holiday in Avignon, I wanted to share more lessons racked up in Cannes.

blogger on the beach in Cannes

I’ll be writing a big round-up travel post as per, bursting with pics of our holiday (standard) when I get back to Blighty of course (so get the pot of Earl Grey and Rich Teas at the ready for that one) but first…

Here are the things I’ve learnt on holiday with kids in Cannes-

palm trees

1.  Yes Cannes will always be synonymous with the film festival to me- and a lot of partying (hic)- but it’s also the perfect location for a family holiday with its pristine coastline, bright sunshine with a breeze thanks to the sea, playgrounds in the shade at every turn and the most delicious, child-friendly food… I’m not sure we’ve ever collectively eaten as many croissants!

2.  Speaking of food…even in one of the culinary capitals of the world, I’ve learnt my kids will still ask for McDonald’s when they see one (because…kids)! To be fair, it was the best McDonald’s we’ve ever eaten (because…South of France)! Insert crying with laughter emoji!

3.  Travelling by TGV to Cannes from Avignon was easy as apple pie (tarte de pommes). So speedy at just 2 hours 20 minutes, clean and with plenty of space on board, it was a joy to travel by train to the coast. We also nabbed First Class tickets for less than Standard (I know!) and the kids loved peering out of the window as we passed the Southern French countryside on our travels.

4.  Kids want to buy everything they see (this much I knew) but in places like Cannes, those things are far pricier than pretty much anywhere else in the world… So, take the fairground in the centre of the Croissette for examp10-minuteminute play with an electric toy boat on a makeshift pond was 5 euros (!)- and with two kids, everything doubles too (eek). Food, drinks, ice cream, toy cars are definitely not cheap and while you can look around for deals at restaurants, or hit the supermarket for picnics, be prepared for spending le dosh!

5. The sea is EVERYTHING. I’m a total water baby and am happiest by the ocean. However in April/May during the fest, the sea here tends to be a little too cold for a dip, so it’s been utter bliss to enjoy the warm waves here and spend hours by the beach.

6. Siestas are the way forward people. If only it was hot enough to justify them in the UK hey. Having a midday snooze meant going out later at night and feeling like we got the most out of our day allowing us to enjoy the bright lights of Cannes by night- and that extortionate fair again (!)

7.  Finally, I’ve learnt that I’d like to be a Kimye-style squillionaire please so my family and I can basically spend half the year in Cannes living the good life, ideally with our own yacht. Just putting it out there to the universe!!!

À bientôt for now folks, there’s a croissant with my name on it! 

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75 Responses

  1. Silly Mummy

    Sounds lovely! I’ve only ever been to Cannes very briefly – literally a day trip – but would be nice to go for longer. #brilliantblogposts

  2. Nicky Kentisbeer

    Such a lovely part of the world isn’t it. We have taken a few trips that way when our daughter was smaller and loved it. It must be a real joy to take the children to a place that is so close to your heart Vicki. I did laugh at the fair! Thank you for hosting #brillblogposts

  3. My Petit Canard

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing time. That one about the mcdonalds – so true. Our little one asked for it in Dubai! Cant wait to see the round up post with pics, I bet theyll be amazing 🙂 Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts

  4. Jo (seasidebelle

    Cannes is on my bucket list but with four children that would be 20 euros for a ten minute play! My cousin lives between Cannes and Nice, so maybe we might manage a trip soon! #brillblogposts

  5. Laura

    I love France – we used to spend our summers at Euro Camp! Not quite Cannes though ha ha. Looks amazing though, I’ve aways wanted to go! Thanks for sharing and hosting #brillblogposts

  6. Themotherhub

    I also spent many childhood summers in the south of France and have such happy memories. Would love to recreate with my own kids too. Sounds like you all had an amazing time #brillblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      So special when you’ve been to those places as a kid too huh, we’ve had a lovely holiday and really enjoying our London hols now before back to school next week x

  7. lynn @ More4mums

    The south of France is so beautiful but you are right tres expensive with kids in tow. I love the trains in Europe they are so much more civilised than the UK. #brillianblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Aw we love the trains in the UK too, been a fab trip and def worth the bucks. We were lucky that we were invited to Avingon by Eurostar as well and had the best time in Avignon, it’s been wonderful x

  8. Kim

    I want to vacation so bad right now! What a great family trip. I think I will also ask the universe to be kimye rich… You never k ow what the universe has in store!! Glad you had a great time!

  9. Mrs O (Candid Cake Club)

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve been to this beautiful part of the world lots as a singleton but not yet as a Mumma (or wife for that matter!) Would love my Little Miss to experience a trip there – she’ll be three next year. Not sure if that’s a bit too you to really appreciate it……? What are your thoughts? X

    • Honest Mum

      No not too young, perfect for babies, I have been going since I was a baby, beautiful beaches, lovely restaurants and bistros, you can travel around if you want to Antibes, Grasse, St Tropez etc too- enjoy x

  10. becca farrelly

    Aww sounds amazing, fab photos! I haven’t been but I know a lot of people who go year after year and say its beautiful! We have managed to get away this year which is disappointing but fingers crossed for next year! 🙂


    • Honest Mum

      It’s a lovely part of the world, fingers crossed for next year, we love staycations at home too, some of our best hols have been in the UK x

  11. Susan Mann

    It looks truly amazing. What stunning beaches. I’d never have thought to take kids there. I always thought of it about the film festival and all that jazz. I’ve never thought about it from a family point of you. It looks lovely and definitely somewhere I’d consider xx

  12. Notmyyearoff

    It looks amazing. I’ve always associated it with film, glitz and glamour so it’s really interesting to see it from a family point of view. It’s such a nice place!!

  13. Oana - Blondie Mommy

    I love your pics. Cannes seams so lovely. I’ll definitely put it on my travel list 🙂
    I’m a sea person also. I like to stay in the water as much as I can.

  14. suz

    That beach looks gorgeous, and eating a cookie as big as your head sounds awesome. Shame about the McD’s request lol.

  15. Sunita

    Cannes does look so glam. We always went to the South of France as kids. Going down on the train is a great idea! #brillblogposts

  16. The UnNatural Mother

    This sounds like a great family holiday.Think i would have to have a few bottle of champagne seen as how it’s Cannes. It would be rude not to . #brillblogposts

  17. Charlotte

    It looks absolutely gorgeous! I never used to like the sun much but as I’m getting older, and can now actually catch a colour, I can actually enjoy it.

  18. One Messy Mama

    This looks amazing! Yes, kids always ask for some MackieD’so and everything they can see.. Love number 7.. haha.. A squilionare ?? … Glad you had such a beautiful and memorable time away… xx #brillblogposts

  19. Eb Gargano

    Oooh Cannes sounds lovely – never been, but would really like to one day! Love the South of France – we made it down as far as Bandol this year, which was also lovely – probably a little quieter than Cannes (!), but still with gorgeous beaches and yes I can totally agree with most of the things here – yes, the kids just loved being on the beach and in the water and yes, they wanted to buy everything! Mean Mummy and Daddy made them eat baguette sandwiches in a proper French cafe rather than Le McDo, though! And 100% with you on point 7 obviously!! Xx

    • Honest Mum

      So lovely, you would love it and not very busy, we’ve had the most perfect holiday, onwards to London tomorrow night for 4 more days of holiday then it’s back home xx

  20. Tooting Mama

    Oh I do love the South of France and you can’t be at the Cote D’Azur for glamour and to burn a hole in your purse! Living over here we are making the most of the TGV trains (double deckers as our kids call them!). So get you about the kids and food, amazing food in France and our kids want burgers, pizzas and chips – when they see them!

  21. Lucy (@Lucy_at_home)

    Ha I love a good croissant and that beach looks stunning! I’ve never been to Cannes but it sounds wonderful. I’m glad you’re enjoying your holiday #BrillBlogPosts

    • Honest Mum

      You would love it, having a gorge time thanks, back in Avignon now and just had dinner under the stars-how are we ever going to leave, ha x

  22. John Adams

    I would love to introduce siestas to the UK, but you’re correct. Not hot enough. And the TGV is awesome. Great post and look forward to your big round up. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts

  23. Kate Orson

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like a fantastic place for a holiday. Being in landlocked Switzerland I miss the sea so much! We love travelling by train too. It’s such a nice way to get a sense of distance rather than just flying and landing. #brilliantblogposts


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