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Have you ever seen a more beautiful kiddie pool in your life? This is at Terre Blanche in Provence.

The World’s Best Kiddie Pool: Terre Blanche in Provence

The kiddie pool at Terre Blanche, a five-star luxury resort in Provence, has to be the best kiddie pool in the world. No, I haven’t been to them all but I don’t see how there could be better one in existence. First, you’ve got the incomparable Provencal setting. But beyond that, look at how beautifully this French pool has been constructed with its trio of fountains and mosaic-tiled bottom.

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You can see the Old Town of Antibes, France, peeking out behind the yachts and sailboats.

Feeling at Home on the French Riviera: Our Apartment Rental in Antibes

My whole South of France and Geneva itinerary came about because I had a persistent daydream of my husband, toddler and me playing on a beach in the French Riviera. There were plenty of fabulous Cote D’Azur towns to choose from but once I realized that a sandy (as opposed to rocky) beach was a must, my choices narrowed considerably. So now all we had to do was find a vacation rental in Antibes … in less than two weeks from our departure date!

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The famous Pont Saint-Benezet or Pont D'Avignon, as it's also called. This bridge (now broken!) is made famous by the children's song "Sur le Pont d’Avignon."

Avignon: Lovely Views from Rocher des Doms

We had fallen totally in love with Annecy, France, but we were beholden to a strict itinerary (designed by moi). So after lunch on our second day there, we reluctantly departed from this gorgeous Alpine Venetia and set off south to Avignon. This had been a last-minute addition to the itinerary when we decided that we wanted to break up the six-hour drive from Annecy to Antibes, where we would spend three nights.

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Lake Annecy, France

Lake Annecy: Europe’s Purest Lake

Whatever France’s Lac Annecy is selling, I’m buying. After all, I’m only used to seeing this kind of pureness in advertisements that are trying to persuade me to buy beauty products and pharmaceuticals. Looking at this lake, anything is possible. If you could be younger, smarter, more energetic, happier, better looking, stronger or just plain healthier, this lake will make it happen. I’m perfect, the lake says. You can be too.

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