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family Trip to London then Paris and then where? In July.

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family Trip to London then Paris and then where? In July.

We are taking the kids (10 year old girl and 7 year old boy) to London then Paris and then thought we would do 4 days relaxing somewhere beautiful but with activities nearby for morning excursions. Ideal would be activities (that aren't a huge drive) in the morning and relaxing by some body of water in afternoon (ocean, lakes, pool) in afternoon. Evening would be great food but not glitzy and places we would feel comfortable with our children in. Willing for it to be on the pricey side since this is a splurge! Any suggestions would be so appreciated! thanks.

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1. Re: family Trip to London then Paris and then where? In July.

Hi there,

Are you planning to fly from Paris? You don't say where you are headed back to after the 4 days relaxation.

The French Riviera would work but so would other areas in France closer to Paris, eg the Atlantic coast (Biarritz, La Rochelle for example), the Annecy area.

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could fly back from paris or nice? flying back to the NY area. how do you see the Riviera and the Atlantic being different in generalities?

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It would be a good move to look at some pictures on the internet to get a better idea, or perhaps take an hour in a bookshop reading a guidebook to get a feel for the different areas, because it is hard to describe:)

They are very different

I like both, but am more often to be found on the Riviera

The Atlantic coast is less densely populated than the Riviera, wilder scenery- attracts the surf/sailing crowd. Everything from grand Victorian architecture to surf shacks. Huge swathes of wide sandy beaches /sand dunes. Weather is less predictable than the Riviera. Generally expensive accommodation,

There is a train line and bus service, but a car is really needed to get around between the towns easily

The Riviera is much built up, commercialised, a lot of things to see and do in a relatively small area and far easier to get around using public transport. More crowded. Eclectic mix of styles, definitely some glitz but often just round the corner from ancient buildings.

Sandy beaches west of Antibes. Varied architecture from medieval times onwards, many harbours that attract everyone from mega yacht crowd downwards. Jaw droppingly beautiful in parts. Lots of accommodation in all price brackets. Similarly food

If you can fly back directly from Nice, that may sway the balance for a short break

Hope this helps

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Huge help! Thank you!!

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If you can afford it you won't do better than staying at the Royal Riviera in Beaulieu. A lovely hotel with a private beach in one of the most lovely and least crowded parts of the Riviera. Organised water sports for the children, 15 minutes by bus from the lively and beautiful city of Nice; great walks around Cap Ferrat and other fascinating and historic places nearby such as Villefranche, Eze Village, Antibes and St Paul de Vence, all of which are easily accessible by public transport.

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Cuplicate post. 10+ responses on the other thread.

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