I really love travelling, but I am really missing home…

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all well!

I’ve now been away from home for 5 weeks and it feels like such a long time.  I really love travelling, especially when I am with my family, but I am really missing home and I can’t wait to be back in my own bed.
I’m sure Rocco can’t either.  I’ve just about had it with my travel cot and find it such a nightmare to collapse.  I don’t think I will bother bringing it back to the UK. Surely there must be one out there that is simple to use…

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Collioure

I have now moved up from Spain in to the South of France.  At the start of last week I filmed an episode in Collioure which was picture postcard perfect – try saying that after a few glasses of vin rouge!  The pedestrianised streets were cute, there was an amazing tapas bar called Casa Gala, as well as some lovely interior shops too.  It was a little touristy and likely to be packed in the Summer but it is a beautiful place and worth a visit.  I am now in a place called Martel, staying in a little chalet at the Soulliac Golf and Country Club.  If you are a keen golfer it’s a lovely course and it’s quiet as it’s not yet peak season.

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Me in Collioure

I’m finishing my last episode in Carcassone, one of my favourite locations in France.  It’s such a magical, romantic place and reminds me of a huge Cinderella castle.  I think it was actually used as a filming location for the film ‘Ever After’ starting Drew Barrymore.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit Carcassone several times; a couple on holiday and once previously with ‘A Place in the Sun’.  This time my Mum is with me (as she is looking after Rocco now) which is great as it’s a place she has always wanted to visit.

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Me in Carcasonne on a previous visit

Rocco’s first tooth has now made an appearance and he is also very close the crawling.  It’s amazing how quickly he is developing now.  He’s had a couple of nights where he has had broken sleep but this could be down to the fact he is teething and also that he is approaching some big developmental changes – well that’s what ‘baby centre’ (an online source I use regularly) said!  Whilst Rocco has been away with me it has been fantastic but when I get back home I am planning on starting a few classes with him where he can interact with other babies as this is where I feel he had missed out a little.

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Rocco teething using his Tommee Tippee toy

If you are going away with your little one anytime soon and you are going on a long car journey (I’ve had quite long drives between locations), I’ve found the ‘Babycademy Music Time’ CD very useful.   When Rocco is crying he immediately stops when he hears this music.   I find myself humming the songs too when I’m on location filming.  The crew think I am a little strange but the songs are so catchy they just stick in your head!

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The Tummy Tub

Something else I have discovered whilst being away is the ‘tummy tub’.  I’ve stayed at several properties that didn’t have a bath and Rocco has a bath as part of his bedtime routine.  One of the owners of a property I stayed at loaned me a tummy tub as an alternative.  You fill the water to the marked level and sit your little one in the tub.  Rocco loved it and apparently it is like being back in the womb.  I’m not sure how practical they are to travel with but if you need a bath for your baby and you know your accommodation won’t have one, it’s worth packing if you have the space.

The next time I blog I will be back in the UK.  I’m only there for a week though before I return to France to film Fort Boyard.

Have a lovely week,

Laura xxx

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